When we talk about classic rides and ultimate hot rods, there’s usually one holy grail that most collectors would give an arm and a leg for: the Ford Model T. Among these hard-to-find vintage cars stand a few truly outstanding examples of classic restorations, and the Double Trouble is at the top of our list. Custom-built from scratch by one man in the garage of his home, there is no other hot rod like it in the world. The 1200hp hot rod showcases a polished aluminum, Ford 4.6-liter twin V-8 engines, double overhead camshaft with 32 glorious valves. Gordon Tronson’s 1927 Ford Model T hot rod is just awesome. Twin engines, four superchargers – what else can we say? If we’re honest, words just don’t do it justice. Gordon Tronson exemplifies how one can take their love for hot rods and create a work of art, a masterpiece with four wheels–something absolutely amazing.
Check out the video below to see his amazing creation:
Ford Model T: The Back Story
1927 was the last year for the Ford Model T. Because of mass production, the “T” helped make the automobile affordable for more Americans. After World War II, hot rodding became a passion of many Americans including returning GIs. The Model T was popular with rodders because of its lightweight and large production numbers. By the 1970s “T-Buckets” were becoming scarce, so fiberglass replica bodies became popular as an alternative for hot rodding. Gordon’s “Double Trouble” uses a fiberglass ’27 T-body. The Model T opened new horizons for hot rodders and vintage car collectors. Formed in 1948, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) continues to bring credence to the drag racing scene. Today vintage car clubs such as the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) preserve the heritage of automotive history. Hot rodding and car collecting are both multi-billion dollar hobbies that have spawned multi-billion dollar industries, all thanks to the Model T and automobile enthusiasts who love their rides.
- Owner/builder: Gordon Tronson, Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Body: Fiberglass 1927 Model T, paint color: Candy Apple Blue.
- Engines: Two all-aluminum Ford 4.6 liter modular V8s, DOHC, 32 valves, developing approximately 1000 horsepower
- Fuel system: Custom-made supercharger manifolds with B&M superchargers; Holley blower 4150 double pumper carburetors, with shotgun air cleaners
- Ignition: ProComp CDI system; distributors, new magnetic pick/up type 1939 Ford flathead V8s replicas, custom made adaptors on back of blocks driving through the valve cover connecting to the overhead cam shaft on each motor; one starter motor per engine, which start both engines simultaneously
- Radiator: Custom built by Griffin Thermal Products, with two lower outlets and two upper inlets circulating approximately 7 gallons coolant; one 16-inch electric fan
- Chassis: Custom-built 1.5-inch tubing; all tubular bending manually by owner; powder coated, color gray
- Suspension: Independent front, unequal A-arms, coil over shocks, fabricated by owner
- Steering: Off road sand rail-type rack and pinion
- Brakes: Front disc brakes and spindles from a 1990s Corvette; with inboard disc brakes; under floor brake booster with two-pound residual valve front and back
- Wheels and tires: Billet Specialties wheels with Mickey Thompson tires, 15 x 14 rear and 15 x 7 front
- Interior: Custom hand-made windshield frame and dashboard; steering wheel by CON2R with column shift
- Driveline: Gates 90 mm by 14 mm pitch Poly Chain GT Carbon belt via steel sprockets and a custom-machined two inch spline shaft driving a three speed Ford C5 automatic transmission. Custom-built bell housing; Jaguar rear end
- Fabrication: Micar Fabrication, Las Vegas, Nevada
- Additional fabrication: Custom-made parts by owner, including exhaust system, headlight supports, seat frame and door panels. All welding, engineering and wiring by owner.