I wanted to start by saying that I have a real respect for traditional styled hotrods. My Essex 3W coupe has been on the road for a few years now. She has a nice running 8BA flatty with a 3-speed and banjo rear. I really enjoy driving it, but the current configuration don't really put the HOT in Hotrod. I like to drive fast, and I like my cars to be up for the task. That 8BA is more of a slow and steady wins the race type of mill. So, it is time to rebuild the car. The 8BA is coming out to go in my girlfriends Shoebox project, and a new mystery mill is going in the Essex. I am changing out the tranny and rear, and installing a 32' Ford grille shell. I am changing from 15-inch steelies to 16-inch with New Firestones and a brake job all around. The major part of the build will be channelling the body, and getting some fresh color down. The car is still going to be traditional, but more suited to what I need. I will keep the updates posted as this build moves along.