Brian Brennan Editorial Director
November 4, 2015

Cool looking hot rods are, well, cool but hot rods that have “heart” must have a vintage powerplant at their core. When it comes to the 2015 SEMA Show power in its many forms is front and center. Such is the case with the 1933 Ford highboy three-window coupe from Pinkees Rod Shop that is owned by Keith and Jody Hill. It was debuted at the HRIA booth in the middle of Hot Rod Alley…always a popular location to find the latest builds featuring time honored traditions in style, power, and function. Of course, the latest in technology whether it be from the internal of a modern motor or electronics or components Hot Rod Alley is a must see location within SEMA.

We stopped by ourselves and took a closer look and much to our delight we spotted this three-window coupe with plenty of vintage appeal. It all begins with the vintage 354 Chrysler Hemi, straddled with four Stromberg carbs that are capped with Pinkees custom air cleaners. From here the venerable Hemi is backed up to a TREMEC TKO 600 five-speed that runs the ample power back to the quick-change rearend. A custom frame supports the front and rear suspension and allows the modified coupe body featuring a top chop, wedge channel treatment followed by raised rear wheel well openings that are also radius. At the corners are the one-off wheels by Curtis Speed that yield the early land speed car look or even early sprint car with pin drive attachment. Wrapped around these one-offs is Excelsior rubber giving the very tall and skinny look so prominent with traditional builds. Also present at the corners are 1940 Lincoln drum and backing plates making up the braking system. More of Pinkees handiwork resides within the engine and trans brackets followed by traditional hot rod build look in the shape and appearance of the sprint car side steering poking out of the cowl panel while the steering link runs forward along the side of the custom louvered hood. Note the obligatory Hemi “bump” in the hood, always a giveaway of what resides within. Another early rod look is the Ford truck grille modified to fit right at home on the coupe front end. The deep maroon color as was the bodywork was aptly handled by Soncy Road Body Shop.

Inside you will see numerous custom machined items by Pinkees Rod Shop including dash insert. Nestled within the insert are a full complement of Classic Instruments custom face gauges and a knee-knocker tack that wraps around the race car steering column. Sid Chavers Upholstery received the nod for all of the nifty stitchwork. Look closely at the trans tunnel and aside from the obligatory shifter you will note two hydraulic operated levers…steering brakes, another touch to early race cars.

Hats off to Pinkees Rod Shop for nailing the look and the overall craftsmanship of the build…this is a hot rod any of us would like to be crusin’ the Strip during this year’s SEMA Show.

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