It may be just me, as my first Deuce was a five window coupe purchased for the grand sum of $500 in 1965. I was fresh out of college with a good job working for GM and thought I needed a hot rod project for my spare time. I later moved on to three windows and sedans but always held a soft spot for the Model A looking 5 window. Now I am back in love with the five window and so are lots of other folks. I know of four of the new bodies that are under construction in our area. Granted, the original ones are few and far between and most require lots of body work to make a decent Hot Rod. The UPI reproduction is ready to go and is pricey but will average out with fixing and original. This months SR has a nice article on chopping the top (a priority for me) on Edelbrock’s 75th Anniversary coupe. Bill Ganahl is doing the work and the end result turned out perfect utilizing a 2 1/2 inch chop. When the rear window is square stop chopping. I know Gary at Cornhuskers is also building his dream 5 window which should have some new twists to the overall design. I hope the trend continues as the five window really has the profile I love.
How you build your five window depends on your taste. I love hiboys with chopped tops, but full fendered ones look fantastic also – chopped or stock height. You can select your chassis from any number of sources or locate and original and build a pre-war looking ride. Paint, primer or patina works on a Hot Rod so whatever you choose will be a sure winner. I am not a fan of bias tires but they do make the look complete. Coker has some skinny Excelsior radials that will hurt your budget but they would be my choice for ride and safety. You can put your package together and get started over the winter months. Send me some photos of your build.
We are headed out to the Kennedy Boys tomorrow and hopefully will stop by Walden’s for a look at his fresh SEMA UPI Five window coupe.
Vick’s Five window has the look and stance that makes you want to race someone. Roy likes 5 spokes and so do I only I love the unpolished cast finish ones.
The front profile gives you a good perspective of how the chop works with the body proportions. Any additional amount would not look good to me.
Not a bad profile from this angle either. Roy’s team has the eye and have built more the most shops for many satisfied customers.
A “Cop Shop” looking coupe for Cliff really turned out to be a bad boy design. Heavy chop and slight channel really exaggerates the rake.
My favorite rear end is the QC and with the new “quiet gears”from Winters the cabin would be quiet. Do you like the radius rod end covers? I do.
Steve built this high end Five window for Poteet and many hours were spent giving it the Moal design treatment. He also adds the hairpin rod end covers of his own design. He sells them on his website.
If you don’t have an extra $200K+ laying around then take a look at the NAMS coupe. Looks good doesn’t it.
Definitely not a low budget build this pure Hot Rod really begs for you to motion him on at the stop light.
I am partial to Maroon cars and this one has a wonderful look to me. Note the painted front axle (Lobeck) which I always have preferred.
This one is for your fender lovers. Recognize the driveway? If you do you know it is at least $225K. I saw this one at the Petersen during Deuce Week.
Here is another look for the Five window. Must be fall out east.
If you are like me then this is what you start with. The Nailhead makes a nice engine for a Deuce.
Yes, I have one ready to go in something. Race cars need a QC to look correct.
Rex at Custom Auto in Loveland can restore you body to perfection and build you a custom seat. We need to change that tilt wheel Rex.
Wednesday’s Five Window Chassis Choices!
Roy has the build perfected to allow you to have a decent ride with a solid axle suspension.
The five window is going on this beveled hole chassis with a 39 box and flat motor. I don’t know the builder but is sure looks well built and has the early look so popular with some today.
Danny built this one which I also think is well designed and very functional. The tubing design is strong but adds a late model flavor to the overall theme (that’s O.K.).
If you really want the pre-war look then purchase some stock Deuce crossmembers and a new set of rails for the ultimate early look in the Deuces chassis.