Dana Elrod’s low-slung, wicked ’36 Ford roadster is definitely a head turner. With a builder like Dale Boesch and his Hot Rod Concepts shop in Humphrey, Nebraska behind the scenes, it’s no surprise. Dale knows his way around a slick build and this one is no exception. Dale’s signature combination of subtle body modifications and a distinctive powerplant is present and accounted for in this Ford, which competed for the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy at this year’s Grand National Roadster Show.

The biggest modification to the Elrod roadster is that it has been shortened 3-inches behind the doors. The rear fenders were then raised 2-inches in the rear to dial in the proportions and flow. Up front, the grille was raised 1½-inches and leaned back 3-inches for a more dramatic profile while still retaining that classic Ford character. The hood is 1-inch longer than stock and the headlamps have been dropped 2-inches closer to the fenders. Axalta black paint was applied to all paintable surfaces before being cut and buffed to perfection.Goodguys Street Rod d'elegance Finalist, Goodguys Del Mar Nationals, 1936 Ford Roadster

Boesch and his crew fabricated many of the interior highlights, including the seat and steering wheel. The beautiful black leather trimming was expertly handled by Tracy Weaver at The Recovery Room in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Like Dale, Tracy knows his way around an award-winning build.

The chassis is custom built to handle as good as it looks, with a Kugel front suspension and a Boesch-built four-bar out back. A 3.89:1-geared Ford 9-inch and Wilwood brakes twirl and stop the 17- and 18-inch Schott wheels. The knock-off wheels were modified and then powder-coated to resemble magnesium.

For power, Elrod and Boesch reached way back to 1958 and plucked themselves a 392c.i. Chrysler Hemi. It was trimmed in vintage Mickey Thompson valve covers and topped with a Hilborn injection system that’s been converted to EFI. An MSD ignition and Indy cam help make the power that finds its way through the 200R4 transmission. Boesch made the headers and 3-inch exhaust system in-house. With a combination of hot rod, race and elegant street rod elements, the Elrod roadster blends styles seamlessly and brought a definite dose of sinister attitude to the Street Rod d’Elegance Top Five finalist lineup at this year’s Goodguys Del Mar Nationals.

Photos: Mike Harrington