Peter Elliot – 1934 Ford Tudor SIMPLICITY
Having taken out the Superstars Best of Breed Hot Rod with his swoopy teal and silver ’37 Ford (37 WLD) roadster in 2008, Peter Elliot thought he’d build a more family oriented hot rod this time around. “It’s just a driver,” says Peter, of his HOK custom Brandywine ’34 Ford Tudor called SIMPLICITY. However even Peter admits the detail and workmanship have gone well beyond his original intentions. The three-year build is based around a Deuce Customs body riding on a Rod City chassis that features a IFS, rack ‘n’ steering and a four-bar rear end complete with Currie nine-inch. To give SIMPLICTY plenty of rake and attitude, there’s 20×10 Budnik billets on the rear and matching 16x6s up front.
Except for the heads, the rest of the carburetored 383 small-block Chev has been finished in a contrasting satin HOK Root Beer. The TH350 has received the same treatment, which looks great against the polished diff and stainless exhaust. Peter painstaking took every ARP 12-point stainless bolt, machined the head smooth before polishing them. Inside its wall-to-wall light tan leather with Mercedes carpet on the floor. The front buckets are custom pieces, while the rear seat has been built from scratch. What really stands out on this car is the detail and paint – there’s a lot more paint than polish. After Paul Kelly finished off the body Pats Pro Restos spent seven, solid months just on the paint. “There’s not one part of this car that has not been buffed,” says Peter, “the underside of panels, the underside of the floor, everything! I find hot rods easy to build. Every time you have a piece in your hand, you finish that piece as best as possible before bolting it on.”