1926 Ford Roadster Zipper “Lakes Modified”
Ah, the roadster. One step up from the motorcycle in creature comfort, the open two-seater calls to the enthusiast who likes to live life on a wing and a prayer…it has irresistible appeal. Veteran hot rodders have reinvented the roadster countless times and often the most successful efforts are based on traditional concepts. An amalgamation of the just the right find, plus steel, fiberglass, and aluminum, become the parts that go into the builders mixing board, and the basis for what will be a creation that is a rolling work of art.
This 1926 Ford Roadster is the complete Zipper chassis and Zipper package. This build includes a newly refurbished engine, and beautiful black paint, and artful pin striping. Lots of attention to detail with regards to fit and finish, as well as insuring recently upgraded sound mechanicals, went into the build of this iconic looking roadster.
In true “Lakes Modified” style, the passenger tub, suspension and rear drive are all out there for everyone to gawk at the craftsmanship, all the while harkening back to another era. Deep Black paint with blue and red pinstripe highlighting, mix with shining chrome accents, and polished stainless side exhaust, to prompt the viewer to take a second and third look. Vintage wheels, rings and moon hubcaps are surrounded by BF Goodrich P285/70 R15 rear tires, and P185/70 R14 BF Goodrich front tires.
The “tub” contains (2) bomber style aluminum bucket seats with quality tan vinyl seat cushions, surrounded by tan vinyl door and rear panels. Centered in a gloss black dash a polished aluminum oval with an engraved V8 logo, houses a cluster of crucial instrumentation. A chromed Bell steering wheel with black surround, and machined aluminum gearshift knob are present, and the interior floor is finished with black carpeting.
A 360ci Chevy engine, Edelbrock intake and carburetors sit below a 1-piece front hinged hood. Freshened just 300 miles ago, new aluminum heads, mild Lunati cam and lifters, moly rings, Levite main and rod bearings, new oil pump, new timing set, a 350 TH automatic transmission coupled to a 9-inch Ford rear, 4-wheel disc brakes, and aluminum front and rear four bars, are just being broken in. A 3.50:1 rear ratio helps to push you back into those bomber style seats.