1927 Ford Track T Roadster “Gunslinger”
Vin No: T3041625
350 Cubic Inch V8 Engine
Green/Grey Leather Interior
Gunslinger is ostensibly a 1927 Model T Ford Roadster, with 100% Henry Ford steel body tub. Every curve, relief, and molding is as the factory did it.
The deck lid is fiberglass, and is the only non-metal body part on the whole car. The pointed nose is beautifully fabricated from scratch, using aluminum and stainless steel to create a unique beak for this incredible car that’s both traditional and all-new. The rest of the nose, including the hood sides, top, and fairings along the chassis are hand-formed aluminum for minimum weight and punched full of louvers to both help with cooling and to allow the air to pass around and through the car as easily as possible.
Gunslinger wears a spectacular black paint job, and there is not a single ripple, wave, or patch of orange peel anywhere on the car. Suggesting a huge amount of time was invested in getting all that hand-fabricated bodywork super straight. It’s got an old-school vibe with leather windlace between the panels, and quick-release fasteners hold all of the fairings in place, so you can have almost instant access to any of the car’s mechanicals. All fits together exquisitely well.
The whole idea behind Gunslinger was to merge the design ethos of the classic Model T track roadster with craftsmanship that borders on art without losing sight of tradition. Deitz headlights perched on their own beautiful little stands, the chrome windshield stanchions holding a beautifully shaped cut-down windshield that actually does work to keep things pleasant inside, and the ’39 Ford taillights that are as minimalist as you can get without losing all sense of style. Then there are the functional bits like the scoop under the nose that actually force-feeds cool air into the radiator, the cool reverse scoops in the side panels that look like the exhaust ports on a Mustang P51 fighter plane but actually add clearance for the headers, and the exposed steering mechanism that’s the essence of simplicity. Out back, there are neat little push bars that replicate those used on salt flats racers for decades, and while they probably don’t offer much protection, they do give it a finished look.
The interior is again a nod to the past, with distressed-looking gray/green leather that might have been weathered by the sun and elements back in the ‘50s. It’s nicely fitted to a fresh bench seat that’s contoured just right so even real-sized human beings can fit behind the wheel and enjoy the drive. Pleated door panels use brass rifle bolts as door latch handles and check straps for a vintage look and there are carpets on the floor, which definitely help control noise and heat.
The trunk is outfitted with a modern fuel cell for safety and aircraft-quality fuel lines feeding the small block V8 up front.
Gunslinger is fitted with a ZZ3 Chevrolet 350 cubic inch V8 with aluminum heads and a wicked Comp Cams “Mother Thumper” roller camshaft inside and a big Demon carburetor on top. With more than 400 horsepower on tap and a full-race idle that cackles and snorts, this car sounds like a predator. This much horsepower in a package that weighs perhaps 1700 pounds is shockingly fast and in the first two gears, anything more than half throttle will result in massive wheel spin and a cacophony of exhaust pulses.
The Muncie 4-speed manual gearbox has the right ratios to make the most of the engine’s minimal inertia and it’s a joy to bang it through the gears in fury, as the car seems to beg for more every time you punch a shift.
The exhaust system was completely hand-fabricated with special “noise boxes” and mufflers to create just the right sound.
The front suspension is traditional hot rod fare, with a dropped I-beam axle, hairpin trailing arms, and stubby shocks, but it’s set up right so it’s not twitchy at speed and tracks like a cruise missile on the highway. In back, it’s a little different, offering a vintage independent suspension, and with drum brakes on either end it’s got to be from a ’63 or ’64 ‘Vette.
Gunslinger sits on 1937 Ford “wide five” artillery wheels, fully restored and powdercoated black and shod with big-n-little Firestone dirt track tires that give it the perfect stance.
This rowdy looking T Roadster is a phenomenon and simply a work of art on steroids.
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