well i picked up this 33 5 wdw ford last year and i haven't really done much to it cause i want to do it right and i've had a couple other projects that needed attention and i want to build a new shop so this one has sat untouched since i bought it . when i saw the coverage on the "Race of Gentlemen" last year, like most of you , i said DAMN !!! this is the coolest thing i have ever seen !! .i knew i would not miss it if Mel and the rest of the Oilers cc decided to do it again . i was super busy last month trying to finish a car for the Syracuse nationals with a few club brothers, so i didn't see the official announcement that the "RACE" was on again this year in Wildwood NJ until a few days ago ! i sent a pic of the 33 to Mel, half kidding, asking if there was a spot for the 33 in this years lineup, when he said to bring it is when it really hit home how much work is needed to get it there . a little about the car , (i have a thread on the hamb here regarding when i found it ,but i'll do a quick rundown here) !! roundy round racing legend , Al "Suicide" Sanders out of Utica NY (RIP 1931-2013) was the prior owner of the car . he purchased it around 1948 . it is a 33 5 window ford . in 1948 at 17 years old Al set out on a cross country trip on a 46 Indian motorcycle . he rode from upstate NY to sunny California and while he was out there he got his first taste of hot rods . he met up with a man selling dropped axles for these hot rods and decided that was a good place to start on a hot rod of his own so he bought a Moore drop axle and strapped it to his back and made the trip home to Utica with the first piece of his hot rod . when he got home he scored this 33 ford and began to build what he saw out west . a hot rod of his own!!! he torched the fenders and running boards off , he torched the drag link and pitman arm off it cause the steering was locked and he didn't have a key ! he drilled the wishbones to match the dropped and drilled front axle he bought out in Cali , he swapped the spindles and moved the tierod out front to clear the bones and frame with the dropped axle . he began to remove the interior to do a chop on it but that was where his build ended . he must have ran outta steam or life got in the way but that is how this car sat from 1949 until i bought it last year . Al had a pretty colorful career as a dirt racer for many years and destroyed many cars in the pursuit of speed but somehow this 5 wdw escaped his hands while building race cars (tempting i'm sure). so fast forward to a few days ago . i decided to run the option of a 6 to 7 week thrash by a couple club brother to see if they were interested in seeing this car race on the sand in jersey , just coming off a 2 1/2 month ground up build on a 27 roadster these guys have spent more than their fair share of time wrenching and fabbing on my car to get it ready for a show so i figured they would all tell me to piss up a rope , but to my surprise they all said "hell yeah lets do it" ! so this is the thread where i will post some progress pics and the re birth of this 33 ford that has not been driven in at least the 64 years of it's history that i can account for ! it will be version #1 and by no means is it going to be DONE , i am really just hoping it will go, stop, and mark its place in history at what i am convinced is the greatest car /show/event in history ! here is a pic of the car the day i found it ....imagine my surprise when i show up to look at an old car for sale and the first thing i see is the drilled unsplit wishbones and drilled dropped axle and reversed rear wheel . " AN OLD HOT ROD " and this is the interior and the motor and the half finished drop axle install that was started in 48' so the following 5 or 6 weeks will be interesting uncovering what was and was not done on this car. we have our work cut out for us but we are determined to have it there for the 2nd annual "race of gentlemen" see ya all in Jersey!