2013 Detroit Autorama: 1953 Cadillac “Root Beer Float” by Ryans Rod & Kustom

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Alert the Brown Car Appreciation Society because if there ever was a brown car, this is it. I don’t think there’s any question where they got the name Root Beer Float. The 1953 Cadillac convertible is beautifully finished in a glass smooth medium  brown paint with a light brown interior and top. You can see photos of the build at Ryans Rod & Kustom, the shop of owner Chris Ryan, here. I’m not expert enough about customs to tell you just what the many body modifications are, but the car is a real looker. Inside the luxurious all leather interior has a modern feel but their are some vintage touches including the original analog speedometer.

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Mechanical mods include a front subframe from Fatman, Wilwood 6 piston calipers at all four corners, a four link setup made from stainless steel in back locating a custom nine inch Ford rear end. It has the obligatory air suspension so it can be lowered, though I was glad to see that for display they didn’t put the rocker panels on the floor. I know it’s popular to slam a car when it’s at a show but I think it ruins the stance. Also the wheel wells on most older cars were never designed to have the wheels and tires tucked up so far into the fenders. Simply put cars lowered to the ground look funny to my eyes. YMMV, or as they say in Latin, de gustibus non est disputandum. Under the hood is a ZZ-383 stroker SBC crate motor fed by a custom fuel injection setup by Imagine Injection, of course with velocity stacks.

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