Dick Bennet's 1927 Ford

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Photo by Eric Rickman
Photo by Eric Rickman
Photo by Eric Rickman
Photo by Eric Rickman
Photo by Eric Rickman
Photo by Eric Rickman
Photo by Eric Rickman
Photo by Eric Rickman




1927 Ford Model-T built by Dick Bennet of Inglewood, California. The Model-T body was built on a 1932 Ford chassis, which insured good handling and performance. The radius rods were split and attached to the side rails with Ford truck tie-rod ends. Dick replaced the old Ford brakes with a set of 1940 Ford hydraulic brakes. The truck was powered by a 1956 Chevrolet mill, bored up to 306.6 cubic inches. The engine was hopped up with Jahns Hi-Dome pistons, an Engle cam, Offenhauser triple manifold, Corvette ignition and Headman "hedders". The Chevrolet engine was connected to a Buick clutch. The transmission was from a 1934 Ford and contained heat-treated gears. The 1940 Ford rear end carried 4.11:1 ratio ring and pinion set. A pair of Columbus tubular shocks kept the truck steady. At the time, the California law requiered rear fenders on all cars over 1500 pounds, Bennet's Model-T was no excuse. The 1932 Ford grille shell was filled and sectioned in order to match the lower Model-T cowl. The pickup bed was made up from sheet stock and featured a chromed roll bar, 1939 Ford taillights and accessory license plate light. The white leather interior was done by Dan's Top Shop. 15 inch wide-base Mercury wheels were added. Once the build was complete, the body was painted jet-black.[1]

Magazine Features

Car Craft October 1957



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