This G28T 4-Banger Model A hot rod woody was built almost entirely from scratch by Henry van Uden of the Netherlands over a period of two years. Henry is a welder by trade and he teamed up with Theo van Alebeek who is a professional carpenter for this project nicknamed “The Coffin Shaker”.
The 1930 cowl, firewall and grille are vintage Ford, all the rest is hot rod ingenuity from the Dutch low countries. The engine is a German cast G28T — an improved Model B engine produced by Ford-Köln in Germany in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Original 1930 Ford passenger car cowl section with firewall and grille shell.
Bare metal in Rustol Owatrol. 3” roof chop. Custom fabricated wood section in oak. International truck headlights, custom taillights. Model A Ford original-style grain vinyl top.
Home made riveted bomber seats with jute cushions. Model A pedals.
Toyota gauges and shifter. VW T1 bus steering column. Vintage race car steering wheel of unknown origin.
Custom fabrication stainless steel frame, sleeved lightning holes.
- Front Suspension
Super Bell I-beam front axle, 4” drop. Stock Model A unsplit wishbone.
MG lever action shocks. 1948 Ford Spindles. VW T1 bus steering box.
- Rear Suspension
Suzuki Vitara rear axle, Speedway Motors coil-over shocks.
- Front Brakes
1948 Ford drums.
- Rear Brakes
Suzuki Vitara drums. Mustang master cylinder.
- Front Wheels and Tires
17 inch ’32 Ford wire wheels. Firestone Dirt Track ribbed tires.
- Rear Wheels and Tires
18 inch ’32 Ford wire wheels. Firestone Heavy Duty grooved tires.
German cast G28T engine rebuilt by Belcher Engineering, UK.
Cast aluminum G28T oil pan. Charley Yapp timing cover. VW magneto.
Thomas cylinder head 9:1 compression ratio.
Stromberg 97 with home made intake and stainless exhaust.
Toyota TA23 Gearbox. Ford AA truck bellhousing. Homemade drive shaft.
Stock brass radiator.
Homemade stainless gas tank.
Overall height: 48.5”.
Theo van Alebeek, Gary Miller of Belcher Engineering
Source: Jalopy Journal