Hot rod builder Chad Adams of Calhoun, Georgia, has been quietly making a name for himself for years by cranking out head-turning roadsters with just-right profiles and cool details. David Lurding’s blue beauty is no exception. To top it off, the Deuce roadster has a cool 334c.i. Ford Y-block between the frame rails, which added to the diversity of the engines in this year’s crop of Hot Rod of the Year contenders at the Nashville Nationals.
The Y-block’s 334c.i. displacement comes by way of combining a 292 block with a 312 crank and a little machine work. It was built by Competition Machine Shop and uses a pair of “street-ported” John Mummert aluminum heads. It’s fed with a Holley 670cfm carb and exhausted via a pair of Ford ram’s horn manifolds. A pair of ’57 T-bird valve covers are a perfect finishing touch.
Chad Adams’ buddy Dennis Elmore set the chassis up with a dropped and drilled I-beam axle and a Ford 9-inch on a four-link out back. Braking is handled with the popular So-Cal disc brakes and beefy 11-inch Ford drum brakes out back. A trusty Vega box keeps the car pointed in the right direction.
The wheels are a hint of the accent color used on the engine and in the interior. They are a staggered set of old schoolers by Jimmy’s Custom Wires, running 15s in the front and 17s in the rear. The good-looking Excelsior tires are 5.00-15s and 7.00/7.50-17s respectively.
Chad Adams worked his magic on the body, stretching the roadster 3-inches in the cab for a little more legroom when sitting low behind the 3-inch chopped windshield. He and Dennis whipped up a custom soft top and had Jamie Crook trim it out. Jamie then turned his sewing table toward the interior and, in true Chad Adams style, turned out a unique cabin that rewards those who move in for a closer look. Custom cross-stitched inserts and slick door pockets were contrasted with one-off stainless trim for the burgundy leather.
The subtle wrap-around dash was filled with Classic Instruments gauges and topped with a ’40 Ford steering wheel. A Lokar shifter rises out from a custom console in the center with an insert painted to match the gauge cluster. Before we forget, the exterior hue is PPG’s Blue Slate from 1950.
With a classic profile, cool vintage engine, and plenty of fine craftsmanship and neat details, the Lurding roadster is one of those cars that will never go out of style and is sure to generate plenty of smiles for David and his wife Linda as they cruise the Kentucky countryside.
Photos by Mike Harrington