Goodguys 2021 Street Rod of the Year Finalist – Bill Sather’s 1934 Ford Coupe
We first saw Bill Sather’s chopped ’34 Ford coupe, built by BBT Fabrications, at the BASF Nashville Nationals and we were even more impressed when we got to study the bitchin’ black coupe in more depth in Columbus.
Based on a chassis from Walden Speed Shop that’s been narrowed in front, the coupe’s nose-down stance comes courtesy of a dropped and drilled beam axle located by hairpin radius rods and employing So-Cal shocks and Walden’s Kinmont-style brakes. A ladder bar and leaf spring rear suspension locates a quick-change rearend. The 15- and 16-inch magnesium Halibrands get turning courtesy of a blown 427c.i. Darton-sleeved small-block Chevy topped with Hilborn injection with Holley EFI controls and backed by a 4L75E overdrive automatic.
A substantial top chop and partially channeled body highlight the sheet metal modifications, along with a lengthened hood and hood sides. It was all finessed by Relic Restomods before being bathed in a beautiful black finish. The BBT team heavily modified the ’34 dash, which was fitted with Dakota Digital instruments in an engine-turned panel and a four-spoke wheel on an Ididit column. Cato’s Custom Upholstery built the seat and stitched the beautiful red leather upholstery.
The finished Ford coupe has a tough, mean, and traditional look that brought some welcome hot rod attitude to the Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year competition.