A quick look at the specs reveals Najeeb Khan's Brizio Street Rods built Speed 33 by the American Speed Company is a perfect example of where modern technology and time-honored traditions meet. The purpose of the ASC Speed 33 is to incorporate current day OEM manufacturing processes and quality standards to produce a 1933-1934 styled body with steel panels stamped in Detroit and engineered to last.
From ASC's Plymouth, Michigan, base of operations Speed 33 body number 144 was shipped to Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco, California, and built entirely by hand with bespoke features exclusive to this particular car. Brizio's Jack Stratton begins with bare frame rails positioned in place on a frame table then TIG welds crossmembers in and ultimately ends up with a rolling 112-inch wheelbase boxed chassis with technical specifications similar to a Jaguar XKE. Every detail regarding the undercarriage of Najeeb's Speed 33 is all about bling. The chassis was fully smoothed and painted to match body color by Compani Color.
Fully independent front and rear suspension is by Kugel Komponents fore and aft; the IFS incorporates polished stainless steel round tube upper and lower control arms with polished aluminum Kugel spindles equipped with chrome plated Wilwood 11-inch disc brake assemblies. Damping is handled with QA1 coilover shocks and steering is rack and pinion. Three-inch backspaced Billet Specialties 15x6-inch Legacy wheels on Wilwood aluminum hubs are matched to 195/65x15 Firestone tires.
Available from Kugel in show chrome and fully-polished as shown the rear suspension is a 3.7-geared Kugel 9-inch Ford IRS with round tube upper and lower control arms. Inboard 12-inch Wilwood disc brakes are flanked with a quartet of QA1 coilover shocks. The rear wheels are 16x7-inch 3-inch backspaced Billet Specialties Legacy wheels in 235/755x16 Firestone tires.
The fully smoothed and body-color painted engine is a 345hp 2017 Ford Boss 302 cooled by a Walker brass and copper radiator with a Spal electric fan. The charging system features a Powermaster alternator and an MSD distributor with Taylor plug wires handles the ignition system. Simplified induction is taken care of with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor on an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold. Manufactured not far from Brizio's shop 1-5/8 -inch Sanderson headers dump into a 2-inch exhaust system silenced with Stainless Specialties mufflers. The transmission is a Lokar shifted Tremec 5-speed with Pete and Jake's 4010HC juice clutch and brake pedal kit.
Body customization started with trimming a Nottingham stamped steel 1933 Ford grille shell that fronts an aluminum hood by Jack Hageman with louvers punched by Brizio's. The windshield frame and convertible top bows are Speed 33 "chopped" standard issue with a custom fit Harrtz Stayfast top sewn by Sid Chavers.
The Speed 33 can be built with or without fenders; Steve's Auto Restorations (SARS) was the source for the front and rear fenders requiring no alterations to mount but the aprons were modified. Bob Drake for the running boards and Rock Valley was the source for the gas tank plus front and rear polished stainless-steel bumpers. Chrome Rock Valley snug fit bumper brackets with 22-inch center bumper holes indicate 1933 single groove bumpers; 1934 holes are 26 inches. Exterior details include SoCal swan neck outside rearview mirrors, 1935 Ford headlights and frenched 1939 Ford LED taillights. Parts that didn't arrive chrome plated were custom chromed by Sherm's Plating.
The time and labor-intensive preparatory bodywork and custom paint on Najeeb's Speed 33 was completed in House of Kolor McLaren Dark Tangerine Kandy by Darryl Hollenbeck's Vintage Color Studio.
Beyond covering the convertible top Sid Chavers Company upholstered the interior and trunk. Beginning with a base of Dynamat sound and heat damping mat laid in the trunk and interior floor, padding was added to provide additional soundproofing and create a level surface to lay tan German square weave carpeting. The door and trunk panels as well as the seat were scratch built and then upholstered in caramel leather. Additional details in caramel include a shift boot, gear knob and coin tray. The chrome spoon style gas pedal is from Lokar. Brizio's Jim Vickery custom wired the Speed 33 from stem to stern, behind a dashboard filled with six Classic Instruments for instrumentation a maze of wiring feeds power windows with GM style switches and ice-cold air conditioning by Vintage Air. The leather wrapped banjo steering wheel is from Juliano's Hot Rod Parts and the interior rearview mirror from Vintique Inc. The ignition switch is mounted vintage Ford style found at the dashboard's extreme left.
Najeeb Khan's car is the fifth Speed 33 Brizio Street Rods has constructed from the ground up. We asked Roy Brizio about the Speed 33 cars, and he said they are a good in many respects, the ease of operating the convertible top and the modern day improvements make them practical a choice.