Oakland Racer

Some people might consider Mr. Brian Bent’s lifestyle extreme, an anachronism perhaps. But we have a feeling that he’d be OK with that. You see, when Brian purchased this 1927 Oakland he built the clutch pack himself. And while it had a Pontiac engine mounted in the chassis, he decided to move it forward. He thought about swapping out the wooden spokes for metal ones, but a chance encounter with a old man who shared an anecdote about metal spokes folding in a turn convinced him otherwise. Besides, they’ve lasted this long, haven’t they?

And while it’s not completely (or remotely) a Woodie, Brian uses the Oakland hot rod as his surf wagon, driving it out to San Onofre to catch waves. And while there is certainly nothing extreme about this, in and of itself, he also makes his own 1920s and ’30s style surfboards. As well as his own clothing designed to look era-correct. Brian applies “Drive Tastefully” to his entire life, making sure that all the pieces fit him.

Ironically, even GM thought the car didn’t make sense (it was too big and seemed to overlap Pontiac’s offerings) and killed off the brand in 1934. But, Brian says, “it fits me perfect.”

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1934 Ford Twin-Turbo Big-Block Coupe

a tall-deck big-block, and twin 88mm turbos for a grille; builder Ed Umland swears owner Rich Feicheer drives this 1934 Ford on a regular basis.

It sure seems like a real car, even though it’s faking it as a half-finished drag hag. Ed says the plan was to paint the car all along, but he likes to sort out complicated projects like this before getting into expensive paint and finish. But everybody likes it the way it is, including Feicheer.
“We ended up with a car that’s certified to 7.50, and it’s still very streetable,” says Ed. The car’s best times on the local quarter-mile are 8.3 seconds at 167 mph. “That’s with the boost turned down as low as possible, otherwise the car blows the tires off.”

the FAST XFI fuel-injection system not only controls the 16 injectors, it also manages an electric water pump, adjusts the turbo boost, air shifts the transmission, turns on the radiator fans, and controls the trans brake for … more pictures & reading at hotrod page.