Al Benaway's 1930 Ford Model A Coupe - The Little Squirt
1930 Ford Model A Coupe owned by Al Benaway of Saginaw, Michigan. Al was a founding member of the Strokers of Saginaw car club and his coupe was known "The Little Squirt."
Street racer with a Flathead V8
Al's coupe started as a street racer running a hopped-up Flathead V8.
A 283 Chevrolet V8 engine that had been stroked to 301 cubic inches followed. The Chevy engine ran six Strombergs and a 1939 Ford transmission and rear end. A photo of this iteration of the Little Squir appeared in print in June of 1960. According to the caption, Al's coupe had been awarded first place in the large Competition Rod class at an indoor car show.
By December of 1960 a blown 392 Chrysler Hemi and a Chevy rear end found its way onto the coupe. The car won best paint at the 1958 Detroit Autorama. Tom Hammond from Saginaw, Michigan did the pinstriping and lettering on the car in 1961.
Sold in pieces
Al eventually pulled the 392 engine out of the Little Squirt and sold off the body and chassis. The engine was installed in an A/A altered fiberglass 1923 Ford Model T Bucket with a Logghe chassis. "The car had a direct drive transmission in it with a double-disc clutch," Jonathan Russell told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in November of 2020.
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