So what do you do when you admire a custom car’s craftmanship but the aesthetics are less than pleasing to your eyes? There’s a lot to like about this ’34 Ford coupe. Clean lines, a 427 Ford big block with great 4 into 1 headers and a very trick independent front suspension. I particularly like the way the rear valence nests around the quick-change rear end’s housing. It abounds with fine workmanship. The headlight clusters, which have three housings each for headlights, turn signals and fog lights, are machined out of a single piece of metal. However, when you combine the unusual front suspension (and I’m all for IFS on hot rods, it’s silly to see a 600+HP car with a beam front axle) and the headlamp clusters with this car’s extended ‘underbite’ grille, you end up with something that’s a bit cartoonish. The Great 8 judges obviously disagreed, and they know a bit more about custom rods than I do, but it doesn’t work for me, at least from the cowl forward. I give designer and owner Christian Harker props for breaking out of the mold but I think the net result of the front suspension and headlights is sort of insect looking. The rest of the car looks fine and Minnesota’s Brian Mosbek shop built a car to the high standards of the Great 8, but as mentioned, I was turned off by the car’s looks.
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