Several people have asked me to post a thread on my involvement with the build of the'333' car. I was exited when Darren asked me to build this great old drag roadster, his energy and boyish enthusiasm were addictive. It took me 14 months get it done, which is a little longer than I would have liked. One of these days I'll get an assistant and stop working alone. The brief was to restore the car exactly to it's former glory. When the frame arrived it was showing years of misuse and poor modifications, it took 70+ hours to restore the frame back to the way it was. The front half of the roll cage was missing and had to be recreated using old photos as reference. The original seat mount was made from 4x2 lumber and was replaced with steel. The front crossmember was missing, as were the frame horns. I was able to determine the angle and location of the cross member because the flame cut ends were still inside the frame rails. The next task was to determine the location and shape of the rear axle mounts. The axle was solid mounted to the end of the frame rails at a point where the main roll bar hoop intersected the top of the frame. After finishing the axle mounts I moved on to correcting the push bar and battery mount to the rear of the roll bar. When I stripped the frame I able to find evidence of the location of all the other missing mounts and brackets. The next big job was to build the engine and transmission mounts, having done that I was able to shorten the toque tube and drive shaft to fit. The remaining things on the frame followed including mounts for steering, pedals, radiator shell, brake master cylinder and moon fuel tank. The body was also in need of extensive restoration. After removing a large amount of plywood, fiberglass and zinc roof flashing I set about restoring the bottom 8+ inches of the entire body. It would have been easy to use Brookville panels but Darren agreed with me that as much original ford body panels should be used. After I finished restoring the body I set about the modifications of the cowl top and the capping of the windshield mounts. Next I built the deck lid from scratch. Having assembled the body he next challenge was the firewall which Darren felt should be steel for safety reasons (having been a race car fire myself I willingly agreed) The floor was also built of steel for the same reason. After body working and several rounds block sanding the car left me to for paint... or so I thought? The only thing that kicked my ass was trying to build headers without making holes in the cowl sides. I must say I'm glad to see that Darren changed his mind and had headers built that go through cowl sides. Who ever built the new headers did a great job and has my respect. Building headers is like trying to solve a Chinese puzzle! My love has always been restoring vintage hot rods & race cars with history, so this was real memorable experience. Thank you Darren for letting me do this thing for you.