- 502 cubic inch balanced and blue printed big block that was assembled by Miller Race Engines
- GM Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission that's equipped with a 3,500 RPM B&M stall converter
- Custom Boyd Coddington built rear end that's packed full of stout 3.73 gears
- Heidt's front suspension and a custom Boyd Coddington and Bobby Alloway built rear suspension
- Four wheel Wilwood disc brakes
- Custom Boyd Coddington wheels which measure 15 inches up front and 17 inches out back
- Bobby Alloway built Rat's Glass body
- Custom Bobby Alloway body modifications
- Victory Red exterior paint that's accented by custom painted flames
- Custom Lipstick Red leather interior
Hot rods are all about components and pedigree. Take a good, long look at this 1933 Ford Speedstar roadster, nicknamed “Dazzler,” and you'll see a pro-built rod with a ton of high-end parts and custom fabrication. Look at its pedigree, and you'll see names like Bobby Alloway and the late, great Boyd Coddington all over it. It has won shows, been featured in magazines, and is most definitely one of the most beautifully finished rods we've ever featured. And with a thumping 502 under the hood, performance is stunning, with acceleration that will pull your hair out by the roots.
The custom Speedstar body is a Bobby Alloway creation, and is done in fiberglass by the pros down at Rat's Glass. A radical take on a '33 Ford roadster, it looks both retro and futuristic at the same time, and the look has proven to be extremely popular with the hot rodding community. But just because the body is in production doesn't mean that this rod is ordinary—far from it. First of all, Alloway himself built this one, and prepped the fiberglass to perfection before laying down any of the brilliant 2-stage Victory Red paint. Every step of the way, the finish was checked, sanded, and further refined so that the end result is most certainly show-winning in every way. Wade Hughes and Bill Roell down in Cincinnati took care of the flames, giving the car some traditional hot licks that look awesome against the red paint.
Up front, the modified '33 grille shell holds a polished billet insert, while Alloway crafted the custom mounts for the headlights from scratch. Out back, one of the car's most interesting features—the full-width taillight—was also hand made by Alloway. A custom windshield was created to give Dazzler a modern look that eliminates the traditional cowl and allows the hood to fit snugly against the glass.
That balanced and blueprinted 502 cubic inch big block Chevy was built by Miller Race Engines. The list of quality components in the power plant is exhaustive, including aluminum heads and intake by Holley, topped by an 800 CFM Holley carburetor. A Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft was installed in the center of the block, and drives a set of full roller rockers. Ancillary components like the chrome alternator and long-tube headers were all finished for show and still look brilliant today. The valve covers and air cleaner were flamed to match the body by the same guys who did the paint work, so the car comes together extremely well. And for long-term durability and show-quality looks, the engine block was powdercoated, not painted. Altogether, the engine bay is simple and uncluttered, looking more like industrial sculpture than a functioning automobile.
The custom-built chassis is a collaboration between Alloway and Boyd Coddington. Spanning 116 inches, the rails are from Frames 'N Things, but it's suspended by a fully independent setup. Up front is a Heidt's package that features stainless steel upper and lower control arms and chrome coil-over shocks, while out back, a custom swing-arm setup was fabricated by Alloway and Coddington, and holds a unique differential, also made by Coddington and featuring inboard disc brakes. Packing 3.73 gears, it provides heart-pounding acceleration. A TH350 transmission was built to handle the 502's power without sapping a lot of it in the process of getting it to the rear wheels, and features a B&M 3500 RPM stall torque converter. 11-inch disc brakes from Wilwood live at all four corners, giving this powerful roadster more than enough stopping power to counteract the horsepower factory under the hood. A custom fuel tank hangs out back. The wheels are one-off custom pieces made by Coddington just for this rod, measuring 15x6 up front and 17x11 in back and wearing 195/50/15 and 275/60/17 BFGoodrich radials respectively.
You can credit Paul Adkins of Cullman, Alabama for the stunning, show-winning interior, done entirely in lipstick red leather. The bucket seats were custom fabricated just for this car, and the overall design is simple and effective, like the rest of the car. An abbreviated console runs between them, merging into the seatbacks, and houses a shifter from Lokar. An Ididit tilt column has been painted to match the body, and is topped by a billet steering wheel wrapped in more red leather. The gauges are from AutoMeter in a Billet Specialties panel, giving it a retro/modern look that perfectly complements the body. High-end wool carpeting finishes out the interior design. A Sony entertainment system has been installed, and it's powerful enough to be heard at just about any speed, even above the howling big block under the hood.
This car's show history is extensive, and the list of awards it has won is impressive. A few examples:
* Pigeon Forge – Shades of the Past Top 25
* Louisville – Best of Show
* Indianapolis – Best of Show
* Portland Rod and Custom Show – Best in Class and Individual Display Award
* Seattle Roadster Show – Best in Class and Outstanding Rod
* Boise Roadster Show – Best Street Machine, Outstanding Use of Color, and Boyd's Pick
* Apple Run – Sweet Sixteen
* River City Rod Run – Best in Show
* Rock n' Roll Daze – Special Award/Best Finish
* Igniter's – Best in Show
* Starthmore, B.C. – Wild Thing and Best Engineered
* Seaside Hot Rod Happenin – Hyper Hiboy and Hot Rod Guys Pick
* Radium Hot Springs, B.C. – Top Ten and Most Radical Rod
* Grand National Roadster Show – Runner-Up to America's Most Beautiful Roadster
* Sacramento Autorama – Best in Class and Individual Display Award
* Portland Roadster Show (ISCA) – Runner-Up to Best in Show, Best Paint and Top Ten
* Blackie's Fresno Autorama – Outstanding Elegance Award
* Spokane Auto Boat Speed Show – Best in Class
* Oakland Rod Custom Motorcycle Show — 4th Place in Roadster Class
We also have extensive receipts and a build book that includes details on the construction of the car and photos of the entire process. Like any top-flight rod, the new owner will have access to all the component information that went into the construction of this award-winning roadster.
They don't come much more pedigreed than this one. This is most certainly not a mass-produced rod, and the awards it has won are a tribute to the artistry and craftsmanship that went into its construction. The late Boyd Coddington will sadly not be collaborating on any more projects like this, and this is an opportunity to own a part of his legacy. Bobby Alloway, however, continues to lead the industry with innovation and incredibly high standards of fit and finish, and this rod is a testament to his ingenuity. There's no question that this rod can compete and win at the highest levels, and the engineering that went into its construction means it can be driven and enjoyed with confidence. This is a very special car that cost far more than the asking price to build, and there will never be another one like it. To put this piece of hot rodding history in your garage, all you have to do is call!
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