Jack Sheppard & Paul Atkins Built Vicky Speedstar 468ci V8 Auto Quick Change
- Built by street rod guru Paul Sheppard
- Professionally assembled 468 cubic inch V8 that produces roughly 550 horsepower
- B&M Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission / 3,000 RPM stall converter
- Custom leather interior installed by Paul Atkins
- Modified Rat's Glass body / DuPont Honda Milano Red and Mercedes Silver paint
- Modified Alloway chassis / Heidts front suspension
- Winters Quick Change rear end / 4.11 gears
- Sweet rack-and-pinion steering
- Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
- Custom 17 and 20-inch Boyd Coddington wheels
If you're like most of us gearheads you remember the days when modifying your hot rod meant removing extra parts, cutting a little metal and hammering out a few new curves. But as time progresses, technology progresses; and what once existed as merely a backyard hobby has now grown into a hyper competitive, multi-million dollar industry. Today, unless you have a decade and deep pockets to spare, it takes a serious plan and a team of highly skilled craftsmen to even think about competing with the hobby's best builds. And when it comes to planning and craftsmanship, it simply doesn't get much better than Alloway's Hot Rod Shop. Modified and assembled by well-known street rod guru Paul Sheppard, this slick '32 Ford Vicky is a world class custom that'll fulfill your needs faster, and cheaper, than any car you've spent years idealizing. And what's better: with names like Atkins, Cooper, Rat's Glass, B&M, Heidts and Winters on its specs sheet, you know this Hot Rod-featured award winner is built to outlast and outperform just about anything on the road. If you're looking for a head-turning classic that'll hold its own at any show in the country, you've found your next trophy queen!
With most street rods, there's usually a single piece that catches your eye long before anything else. But on this Vicky, EVERY piece screams for your attention. So the best thing to do is just step back and admire the shape of its Rat's Glass body. We've featured a handful of these Alloway-designed cars before, and the extended Vicky roofline gives them such a unique flavor that they're all instantly recognizable. This impressive Speedstar, completely reworked around a traditional '32 Vicky grille by Paul Shepard, is the kind of car that would turn heads in black primer; and what better way to ensure sore neck muscles than covering it with some of the brightest DuPont available? A slick combination of Honda Milano Red and Mercedes Silver was chosen for the job, and performs its task remarkably well. And when the car's 13 layers of paint dried, finishing touches included green and pink pinstripes that flank a yellow and orange divider stripe. If this car doesn't stand out from the crowd, you're probably in Alloway's parking lot!
Of course, a dramatic body doesn't necessarily make up for terrible detailing. And this well-executed Ford strikes an excellent balance between unique custom design and the monochromatic style of modern hot rodding. At the front of the car, a clean stainless grille hangs between Modern PIAA headlights and integrated LED turn signals. At the top of the car, a custom hood runs to a modified firewall, a chopped roof and completely smoked glass. At the sides of the car, a characteristically clean and simple profile is, thanks to shaved door handles and hidden door hinges, cluttered by absolutely nothing. And at the back of the car, a custom LED tail light rides above a completely retractable tag bracket. There's certainly no mistaking an Alloway's gothic shape, but this coupe has an identity all its own thanks to a cohesive theme, careful workmanship and exceptional attention to detail.
Pry this coupe's snug fitting hood and you'll find a fully detailed 468 cubic inch big block that was professionally assembled by David Cooper of Knoxville, Tennessee. Straight from the bench this killer package utilizes a forged crank, forged connecting rods, 12.5 to 1 pistons and polished Edelbrock heads to create roughly 550 horsepower of unmatched throttle response. At the top of the body-matched mill, a polished air cleaner seats a reusable filter element above 750 cfm of Demon carburetor that's juiced by a series of stainless fluid lines. A resulting air/fuel mixture makes its way from a polished intake to the aforementioned heads, which are topped with a slick pair of polished valve covers. When those heads flood the engine's cylinder banks, an MSD Pro-Billet distributor sequences fire through loomed Taylor plug wires while spent gases traverse coated Sanderson shorties. The big engine's cooling is provided by a polished radiator that's fitted with a large electric puller fan and topped by a small chrome cap. Charging comes courtesy of a polished alternator that, along with a polished water pump, is spun by aesthetically pleasing pulleys. And overall, the car's clean, body-matched engine compartment is exceptionally well done, featuring details like polished hood hardware, a Mooneyes temperature gauge, braided throttle linkage covers and a chrome timing chain cover.
As with its tight build, this Ford's custom chassis was supplied by Alloway's Hot Rods of Knoxville, Tennessee. The 468's power flows in to a rugged B&M Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed that's fitted with a 3,000 RPM stall converter. That proven transmission spins stout 4.11 gears with the help of a painted driveshaft and a polished Winters Quick Change rear end. In front of those brightly finished components, a polished Heidts independent suspension features tubular control arms, adjustable coil-overs, Sweet rack-and-pinion steering and polished Wilwood calipers. Behind that fully sorted front-clip, a polished, independent rear suspension features a second set of adjustable coil overs, two transverse links and a second pair of polished Wilwood calipers. Exhaust is handled by custom, 3-inch pipes that have been coated and mandrel bent around Flowmaster mufflers. And all that mirror-like hardware rolls on a gorgeous set of custom Boyd Coddington wheels which spin 215/45R17 BF Goodrich radials in front of 275/55R20 BF Goodrich radials. Every non-polished surface under this car has been covered in a glossy coat of Honda Milano Red and, as with its engine bay, massaged to red carpet standards. And details like braided brake lines and a clean master cylinder ensure pretty form is matched by plenty of function.
Open this Ford's suicide doors and you'll find a tasteful custom interior that was installed by Paul Atkins of Hanceville, Alabama. Modern leather buckets are supportive and appear to tilt the passengers, no doubt accounting for the car's svelte roofline. At the sides of those seats, custom door and quarter panels hang sculpted armrests next to metal-grilled speakers. In front of those panels, a body-matched dash centers white Auto Meter gauges above a custom leather firewall cover and two billet foot pedals. At the base of that dash, a body-length console, which elegantly meanders between all four of the previously mentioned seats, anchors a small Lokar shifter on quality silver carpet. Opposite that console, a custom cloth headliner adds a fine finishing touch. And in front of the driver, a color-keyed, billet wheel laps a painted, tilting column.
Fully sorted and ready to turn your dreams into reality, this awesome Vicky carries exactly the kind of cool swagger every car builder dreams about. From its subtle exterior to its mind-blowing interior and top notch engine, there simply aren't many nicer customs out there. Cars like this usually leave our showroom in a hurry so, if you're in the market for a slick street rod that's an absolute blast to own, don't miss out on this cool Ford!
* Built by street rod guru Paul Sheppard
* Professionally assembled 468 cubic inch V8 that produces roughly 550 horsepower
* B&M Turbo-Hydramatic 350 3-speed automatic transmission / 3,000 RPM stall converter
* Custom leather interior installed by Paul Atkins
* Modified Rat's Glass body / DuPont Honda Milano Red and Mercedes Silver paint
* Modified Alloway chassis / Heidts front suspension
* Winters Quick Change rear end / 4.11 gears
* Sweet rack-and-pinion steering
* Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes
* Custom 17 and 20-inch Boyd Coddington wheels
$299.00 Dealer Administrative Charge is not included in advertised price. All prices and offers are before state, city and county tax, tag, title and license fees. Out of state buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered. Dealer not responsible for errors and omissions; all offers subject to change without notice, please confirm listings with dealer.
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After hearing good things about the people at RK Motors, I contacted them regarding consignment of my street rod. I found Tony Klein to be a pleasure to work with. He was very professional and forthcoming in our communications. He evaluated my vehicle and made suggestions of enhancements which would help ensure the desired result would be achieved in the marketing of the vehicle. We agreed on an acceptable sale price. Following the completion of the recommended items, I brought the vehicle to RK for consignment. After a thorough inspection and correction of some minor issues at what I considered a fair price, the vehicle was offered for sale. It sold quickly with me receiving the agreed value. I would have to repeat the recommendation that I received. RK Motors does what they say they will do, and obtains for the seller a fair and agreed value. What more could you ask for?Doug C.