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Ron Meis’ ’27 T by Kindig-It Design

With several projects from Kindig-it Design in his garage, Goodguys regular Ron Meis decided it was time for an open-wheeled car with a little more agility than his GTO and ’59 Buick. After hashing out a build plan they decided to use the redesigned ’27 T roadster from Dynamic Corvettes and Shadow Rods in Saginaw, Michigan. The XL27 has two more inches of room and sits low over a matching ’32-style frame.

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Kindig-it designs, dave kindig, 1927 Ford, 1927 T, Ford Roadster, Hot Rod

The chassis is set up on a cantilever front suspension by Greening Auto. This allows the I-beam to hang out in front of the grille and frame ends. A Currie 9-inch on coil-overs resides out back, and Wilwood brakes back the custom one-off wheels that were designed by Dave Kindig and machined by Billet Specialties. Excelsior tires wrap the 16- and 18-inch rollers in style.

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Greening made the 9-inch headlights and ’39-style taillights, while Kindig-it made the hood and sides. The paint is called “Bubbly” from a new Modern Classikk line now offered by Kindig-it.
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Power for the roadster is an LS3 from GM Performance. It’s been topped with a Hurricane manifold from Harrop, of Australia. It’s a true race-inspired individual throttle body intake with long straight ports for maximum efficiency. The LS3 was also treated to a set of finned Chevy small block valve covers from Offenhauser, MSD ignition, and one-off headers with a Borla exhaust. It’s backed with a 4L60E trans. Finned air cleaners, a billet belt drive system, and bronze paint round things out.

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JS Interiors shares the shop complex with Kindig-it, making things easy. They custom-molded the seat before trimming it, and the other surfaces, in Terracotta leather from Hydes Leather. Highlights include ribbed door trim inserts, storage pockets, and a center console with cup holders. There’s also a full audio system, as Ron likes his drinks cold and his music clear.

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Dakota Digital modified one of their VHX-33F gauge units to mount in the center of the dash. It’s styled after the 1933-’34 Fords. A Lokar shifter and a smaller-diameter ’49 Ford wheel from Kochs were chosen, and of course it has full heat and air.

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It’s called the Grocery Getter, and rest assured Ron uses it to run errands, both near and far from his home.

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Photos by John Jackson & Steven Bunker

Brandon Flannery has a thirst for all things automotive, mechanical, and unique. He’s spent nearly two-decades in automotive journalism and ten years shooting and writing for the Goodguys Gazette. His early years learning about cars involved building hundreds of models as a kid and writing fan letters to his favorite car magazines, which they usually printed. Currently a Memphis resident, Brandon keeps it real with two VWs, a rail buggy, a 1946 Ford 2N tractor, and the legendary road-tripping Blue Goose, which has pulled a U-Haul trailer coast-to-coast twice.

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