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Presenting Iron Orchid: Galpin's first entry for the historic Ridler Award at Detroit's Autorama. A one-off period correct '34 Ford 5-window coupe, built by Dave Shuten of GAS. "Iron Orchid" is a one-off fully custom show car built from a 1934 Ford Five-Window Coupe. Built over the course of 18 months, the Iron Orchid emulates the extreme show cars of the 60's using hundreds of custom one-off and pre-1965 parts. This classic 1934 Ford Coupe has been taken to the level of "critical mass excellence!" -Robert Williams.
Separating Galpin's '34 from other hot rods on display were a number of striking elements that rely on innovative or never-before-seen uses of materials and finishes. Clear blue acrylic panels were used for the windshield and windows, while also replacing steel in select spaces, allowing the driver and on-lookers to see many of the unique working mechanicals of the car. The acrylic panels in the hood provide views of the upholstered firewall and engine even while closed. Inside, acrylic is also used, affording the passenger and driver an unobstructed look at the chromed transmission internals. More than 2,000 individually chromed pieces went into the car. One of the centerpieces, requiring special attention due to its prominence, is the grille. Specialized silver solder and lead were used to create a solid piece that, after chroming, effectively became a fluid-like sculpture at the front of the Ford. In addition to the work completed, Shuten and Boeckmann relied on additional help from both inside Galpin, as well as other respected friends. The drivetrain, a 1964 Ford 427 side oiler V8, mated to a 1965 Ford top-loader 4-speed transmission, was built and prepared by Galpin Classic Auto Service. All the chrome was completed by Steve Tracy at Advanced Plating; the one-off four-piece hood, to accept the acrylic inserts, was custom built by Bobby Walden, and a custom set of tires were created for the '34 by Hurst Racing Tires, which were modeled after Mickey Thompson Super Stock Drag series. The over-the-top period-correct full-custom paint was completed by Darryl Hollenbeck of Vintage Color Studio. Though this was Galpin's first entry contending for the Autorama's Ridler Award, they're no stranger to the world of award-winning customs and hotrods. In fact, this is Galpin's 60th year of customizing cars both classic and new. In addition to customizing, GAS offers full builds of hot rods and customs, full restorations and restomod fabrications. GAS also maintains the world's largest collection of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth cars and memorabilia, as well as a collection of historically significant race cars, hot rods and show cars from the '50's and '60's. In GAS' retail store, customers have access to the full-line of parts, accessories, and branded merchandise, from the legendary Moon Eyes and So-Cal Speed Shops. For enthusiasts wishing to commission their own turn-key vehicle, the expert staff at GAS will design and build whatever the buyer chooses, following the mantra "If you can dream it, we can build it."


1st Place - "Altered 1934 Street Coupe"
Outstanding Undercarriage
Outstanding Use of Color Design
Outstanding Engine-Rod
Outstanding Street Rod
Named "Top 100" of 2013 Award - Street Rodder Magazine

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