Today, we are going to talk with Alan Thompson about his Ford “Graffiti” Coupe.
So, can you tell me a little about who you are?
I’ve been in the Auto Body Business since I was 14 working part time sweeping up and stuff then it just stuck.
I have been doing this for almost 40 years now, moving up the ranks, learning as I go.
Now, I own a Wheel Repair Shop Fixing Damaged Rims for a few Rental car Companies in Canada, which keeps me pretty busy.
So, why did you choose this car?
The movie, “American Graffiti”, came out when I was 10. I always said I would love to build a car like that, so when I was 30, I came upon an original 1932 Ford 5 window coupe.
Check out a couple of small video clips of Alan’s car.
I intended to build it into a Rod, but one thing led to another and I sold it to an older guy that wanted to keep it original. The car needed way too much work to Rod, so I sold it and started from Scratch.
What did you do to it?
My Graffiti Coupe was built from scratch, from two frame rails leaning against the garage walls.
I turned every nut and bolt on the car.
Here is a breakdown of my Coupe. The drive line is a 350 cu.in. Chevy,67 Hi-Po 202 Heads, 30 Over with 11.0:1 compression. It has a hydraulic cam and Weber Induction 48 IDF Carbs.
Dress ups include Moon Finned Valve Covers, Moon Water pump and Sanderson Limefire headers.
Power is transmitted through a Centerforce clutch to a Borg Warner super T10 4 speed tranny ,9-inch Ford rear-end loaded with 3:73 Gears.
The chassis is a Horton chassis, set up by Autoweld, (Thanks guys!), with a traditional dropped axle front end, Pete& Jakes hair pins, So-Cal Buick finned drums, flaming river steering box and column.
The wheels and tires are Chrome Reverse rims wrapped with BF Goodrich Silvertown Wide Whites.
Body is a RamRod Body with Stainless Drip rails , 3 inch Chop, Baby Deuce Headlights, 48 Chevy Tail lights and a Moon Tank on the Front.
Paint. ICI Canary Yellow Base coat with the clear coat, sprayed by me.
Pin Striping by Rollie Guertin .
Interior. Stock Glide Seat finished in white and yellow, Tuck & Roll, 32 Ford Dash with classic Stewart Warner gauges , 40 Deluxe Steering Wheel and an Alpine Stereo System.
How long have you been driving and showing this car?
It’s been on the road since 2003.
I’ve had it in many shows in Toronto,
Canada, where it’s won A lot of Awards, too many to count. It’s a real Fun car to drive for me and my Wife, thank God I have had her support since day one.
Do you have any idea of about how much you have into this car?
The total cost I have in the Car is About $110.000.00 Talk about Crazy.
Also, if you could throw my good buddy’s name in there who helped me build the car. Without his help, it would of taken a lot longer. He’s one of those old Hot Rodder guys that knows everything. His name is Jim Turner
My name is Dennis. First, let me just say, I am a Christian, a husband, a father to 1 beautiful step-daughter and 3 strapping young boys and a step-grandfather (She calls me “Grumpy”) to a gorgeous step-granddaughter. These will always be my priorities, no matter what my interests are. That said, I strive to keep and maintain a family friendly atmosphere, so my boys and their friends can enjoy the site as much as I do. (Granddaughter isn’t old enough and daughter has other interests.)
See my home page for more about me.