Leonard Held's 1933 Ford

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As it appeared in Rod & Custom September 1958. Photo by Katayanagi.
Photo by Katayanagi.
Photo by Katayanagi.
Photo by Katayanagi.
Photo by Katayanagi.

1933 Ford 3 Window Coupe owned and built by Leonard Held of Estherwood, Louisiana. Leonard starting building cars when he was 20 years in 1948. By 1958, the 30 year old mechanic had built a succession of rods over the years. This coupe, had driven 41,000 miles when he acquired it. Leonard tore it down and restored the body and painted it Cobalt blue with lacquer paint. The 3 7/16 by 4 1/8 306 cui 59A flathead was hopped up with a Clay Smith cam, Edelbrock heads, pistons and manifold. The block was ported and relieved and spins a 12 pound Albro flywheel. A Kong distributor made sure of good spark, while the rear wheels get spun with the help of a Zephyr transmission and a 1940 Ford rear end. Rest of the running gear is primarily 33 Ford. 15" Mercury rims were installed, with 6.70-15 up front and 7.60-15 in the rear, all sporting Moon discs. Leonard once made a record in the B/Gas class, running 98,36 mph in 13,7 seconds at the Estherwood strip.[1]

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Rod & Custom September 1958



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