Meet Ralph Rosen
Ralph is a member of the Coachmen Car Club, as well as the Wild Bunch and Van Nuys Cruising Association. His ’33 Ford Cabriolet is certainly one of the sharpest street rods we’ve showcased here at “Horsepower for an Hour” and definitely worthy of inclusion here on ‘Old Rides Rock’.
This custom build was done by Keith & Misty Vander Meulen of Image Street Rods & Customs in Santa Maria. It’s clear to us here at Horsepower Broadcasting that Ralph chose wisely when selecting a builder for his street rod. We visited their site recently and viewed a few of their builds, these folks are true craftsmen!
We asked Ralph to share his story about how first the idea came about, then the actual build, this was his reply:
“I had always wanted a ’32. But after some hard looking around, my wife, Rhonda, and I agreed they were ‘everywhere’. We both loved the design of the ’33, so away we went. Deciding on virtually every detail from paint, to the leather, flames, accessories, gauges, etc., really included us in the joy of the build! Keith at Image Street Rods and Customs, manufactured the billet parts (windshield frame, A/C manifold, etc.). The body and chassis were by Downs Manufacturing. Paint was done by Bill Anderson of Hot Rod Alley in Lompoc. The Interior was done by Mitch’s Stitches in San Luis Obispo.“
“Motor is a World Engines Man-O-War. Currently it has a Lunati Voodoo cam and Edelbrock Durashine 4bbl; we detuned it slightly to improve the daily drivability (and slightly appease the neighbors)! Drive train is a Monster AOD Automatic Transmission, power is delivered to the rear wheels through a Currie 9”, 31 spline, 3.50:1 Traction Lock Rear End. Electric Power Steering by Delco.”
Thanks for Sharing these photo’s with us Ralph! If you have a classic car photo you’d like to submit, please send to:
We will have a national vote in September, the winner will receive a handsome Horsepower for an Hour trophy and be featured on our show.