Most Beautiful Street Rod
Texas Couple Earns Honor
Larry Jewett - August 27, 2013 01:05 PM
On a sun soaked afternoon in Pleasanton, California, Harold & Tracy Chapman's "Pretty Penny" 1933 Ford roadster from Andice, Texas - a coach-built, copper colored full-fendered masterpiece, won the Goodguys 2013 Flowmaster "America's Most Beautiful Street Rod" award.
The Chapmans accepted the prestigious award in front of a packed house during the Goodguys 27th annual Flowmaster West Coast Nationals .The win capped off a big year for the roadster, which has been shown at all the nation’s biggest events this season. It received “Best Rod” at the Detroit AutoRama and was a top five finalist for numerous other major awards this season.
The roadster was a long time in the making. It bounced around unfinished in several high-profile shops for at least 10 years before Harold Chapman scooped it up. His in-house fab shop, Customs & Hot Rods of Andice, finished the project in time to debut at January’s Grand National Roadster Show.
Upon first glance, seasoned car guys can sense something unique in the roadster’s elegant flowing lines. The heavily modified top was moved back an inch and a half. Countless hours went into finessing the fit and finish before the PPG Pretty Penny paint was applied. Over 100 parts and pieces were custom-machined in house for the project.
The underside of the car features a boxed and dimpled frame, a one-off aluminum hairpin and dropped axle assembly, and a full custom four-link rear with a Currie rear end. Brakes are Wilwood rear discs and modified So-Cal Faux Brakes up front. Evod Industries machined the dished, bronze-coated wheels designed by Jimmy Smith. A Roush 427 Ford is featured under the hood with a custom-scooped TWN injection system and AFR heads. The transmission is a TKO-600 with a modified ’36 Ford shifter and one-off bezel. The custom wrap-around dash is now two inches taller than stock and filled with a flipped Studebaker gauge cluster with custom internals by Classic Instruments. A Greening Auto wheel and column-mounted tach round things out. Chapman’s in-house trimmer, Jay Schuler made the bench seat and stitched the custom pleated leather.
Chapman is not the least bit afraid to test the car’s limits after a season of mostly showing off. He’ll join Goodguys Street Rod of the Year winner Ron Cizek, Andy Leach and the Ridler-winning ’40 Ford among other high profile cars (such as George Poteet's '69 Torino) on the 2,000-mile Goodguys Texas Road Tour, which heads from Pleasanton, California, to Fort Worth, Texas, later this fall.
For the big win in Pleasanton, Chapman will receive a custom toolbox from Snap-on as well as travel accommodations to the Goodguys 16th Southwest Nationals November 15-17 in Scottsdale, Arizona, to join the “Champion’s Arena” display featuring Goodguys’ Top 12 Cars of the Year.
The top five finalists for the Goodguys 2013 Flowmaster America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod included George Sepulveda, Lake Havasu, Arizona (’38 Ford); Denny Olson, Enumclaw, Washington (’34 Dodge Pickup); Caryn Gulas, Austin, Texas (’37 Ford); Ron Cizek, Bennington, Nebraska (’40 Ford) and Harold Chapman, Andice, Texas (’33 Ford).