The Real Deal in Steel

In 1979 when Mike Lindley purchased this 1933 Ford 2 door Sedan it was an older restoration and out dated. He drove the car for several years, and in 2007 he decided it was time to rebuild the car. He took the car to Greg Proctor, who is a 30-year veteran of building streetrods.  It was disassembled and then sent to Auto Metal Refinishers in Jackson, MS to be dipped and E-coated.  From there it returned to Greg’s shop where the long build process began. 

The body was in very poor condition and needed a lot of metal work.  The top was chopped 5 inches, the windshield post was laid back and a 1961 Impala Wagon roof was installed. Mike wanted a custom frame with independent front and rear suspension so the order was put in with John Heinzman, owner of Heinzman Streetrods, for the custom frame with a Heidts Superride front and rear independent suspension. The frame was ordered special built to fit the custom made lowered floor pans, which Greg had installed for “foot room”.  All the inside wood structure was replaced with metal bracing structure, custom floor pans were built and installed. Greg completely redesigned the rear of the car and frenched in the rear taillights. Both doors were completely rebuilt and fit to the body.  Heinzman completed the frame work and sent it to Greg where he began to fit up the body on the frame. Work at this point stopped on the car and it sat waiting for the next time work would begin. 

In 2010 Greg went to work for Les Lockridge, owner of Southern Hotrods located in Ashville, Alabama. Mike met Les and they decided to finish the car. The car then went to Southern Hotrods and shortly the work began again on the ’33 Ford. With Les and Greg’s combined years of experience they began to design the rest of the car. 1940 Chevy headlight buckets were molded into the front steel fenders, a custom hood and hood sides were built. A new GM Performance crate LS 6 engine and 4L60E transmission was ordered from Southern Performance. Les then contacted Dan Baker of Alumicraft Grills to build the custom front grill. The colors for the car were soon chosen. The frame and engine block were to be Porsche Red, and the sleek body was to be SHR black - all in Dupont Chroma Premiere. To give the sedan a sleeker look, no bumpers were chosen for the car. Just some of the unique traits of the sedan include custom one off aluminum trim that was built for the hood sides and running boards. 

With Greg’s talent of metal fab, body and paint work and Les’ vision for the car, it all began to come together. After hundreds of hours of body work the car was ready for color. All custom brake lines were to be powder coated black, a custom gas tank was mocked up by Logan Lockridge, Les’ son who has worked for SHR for years, and sent to Rick’s Tanks in Texas. There Rick’s built a one off custom gas tank for the car. The stainless exhaust was designed and built in house by Greg which brought the chassis to a completed stage. Foose Legend Wheels were ordered and wrapped in Firestone Indy 500 rubber, 17x7 on the front with 205/40/17 tires and 18x9 on the rear with 255/45/18 tires. 

At this point the body was placed on the frame, and Les began to visualize the interior. Les has plenty of vision after building one off custom interiors for over 30 years. All the smoke grey glass was fit, cut and installed utilizing Specialty Power Windows operated by Watson Street Works switches. The dash was painted SHR black then assembled with custom dash trim from Motorhead Jewelry, one off built Dakota Digital gauges, 7’ stereo monitor and Vintage Air controls. An American Autowire Highway 22 series wiring harness was installed to run the car. Vintage Air was installed in the rear of the car along with an Optima Yellow top battery. A custom made rear console houses the one off A/C vents. Then it was time for the leather interior. Les visualized it in red and black leather with hand laced strips and custom chrome trim. A smooth black suede headliner was built and installed. At this point Logan began to build custom rear panels that housed PowerBass speakers and 10” subwoofer. Red and black Catalina leather was laid down and installed on all interior panels. 1960’s Impala red and black tuxedo carpet was used on all the floors. Black midnight series Lokar pedals and shifter accent the interior. Clayton Machine Works inside elliptical door handles were installed in the door panels. A chrome Flaming River column and Billet Specialties steering wheel finish off the interior. The 3 year project was now complete. Mike’s black beauty was a reality, and it was the real deal in steel.

A special thanks to Talladega Super Speedway for use of their awesome facility in some of these photos and thanks also to Price Mason, Public Relations Coordinator at Talladega Super Speedway for helping with shooting the photos there.

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