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DEVIL’S ISLAND: Matt Sharp’s chopped, channelled and sectioned Model-A Ford Tudor


14 Aug

Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A Ford

DEVIL’S ISLAND

Devil’s member Matt Sharp’s bitchin’ chopped, channelled and sectioned ode to the heyday of hot rodding leaves us all hot and flustered
Words & Pics by: www.hoskingindustries.com.au

Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A FordThere’s little dispute that hot rodding’s heyday took place in the decades of the 1950s and ’60s. Most of the important innovations we still rely on today were developed in these years by ingenious and often crazy fabricators here and in the USA.

Names like Roth, Barris, Jon Kosmoski, Gene Winfield and so many more forged the way for builders at all levels to tinker with their tin in sheds all over the world, setting a pretty clear stylistic path while they were at it. While styles changed over the ensuing decades, the new millennium has seen a distinct shift back to the aesthetic ideals of the early days and 29-year-old Matthew Sharp’s 1930 Model A tudor is an excellent case in point.

Looking like something from a 1964 issue of Car Craft, this HOK Tangerine candy metal flake sled may look like some serious coin has been lavished on it, but it actually started as a budget build. “It started as a budget build and it stayed that way,” Matt says. “We built it to drive and have fun in.”Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A Ford

While you’d never know it now, the project actually began with a dented and damaged steel 1930 tudor body and rails. The car still retains both today. “The sides were pushed in, the doors were rough but it was a cheap start,” Matt says.

Having previously built a Commodore ute “with all the usual bling” and tinkering with jacked up 4X4s, this build was to be Matt’s first foray into rodding. Luckily for Matt, he had some exceptional assistance in the form of his father-in-law, the inimitable Tony Webster from Webby’s Speed Shop in Carrington, Newcastle NSW.

What you’re looking at now is actually the second iteration of the project, with the first being decidedly more ‘rat’. With the ethos of having fun and doing it cheaply, the undercoat and rust aesthetic worked perfectly for Matt, who drove the chopped and channelled tudor for a few years before hauling it off the road for a quick respray. “When we first finished it, we drove it from Newcastle to Philip Island via the Princess Highway for the Kustom Nationals, then drove it home again,” Matt says. “We started off pretty tentatively, but after we got past Sydney it was pretty relaxing. We figured if anything was going to go wrong, it would have happened by then.”

Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A FordRiding on the car’s original rails, the Model A is snake-belly low thanks to the 5in chop and 5in channel job. The car uses a classic combination of parts to achieve the desired results, like the torsion bar suspension, super tall 16in Firestone white walls and super furry, stark white faux fur trim. However, the driveline is a little different, using a Holden V8 with triple Strombergs in place of the usual small-block Chev’. This is then backed up by a T5 5-speed manual.

No matter where you look on Matt’s tudor, you’ll be greeted by a large amount of cool detail. Peek inside and check out that awesome instrument cluster housed within the headlight bucket or perhaps the cabin-mounted Moon fuel tank from the 1950s. Outside, dig on the cool recessed tail lights or the centrally-located exhaust pipes exiting through the lower part of the cabin behind the number plate. If that wasn’t enough, you gotta love the Mooneyes logos plasma cut into the sun visor or the beer bottle top pressed into the radiator grille. And you can miss all the excellent pin striping courtesy Smith Concepts.Matthew Sharp's 1930 Model-A Ford

“You know, I think if I were to do it all over again, I’d probably not repaint it like I did,” Matt says. “I had more fun in it when it was still a rat.”

As it is, Matt is looking to sell the tudor on to new owners for less than you could build it for yourself. He tells us it’s time to pay some money of the house and start work on a new project; no doubt with the help of Webby and the rest of his Devils club mates. We can’t wait to see it!

NOTE: If you think Matt’s Model-A looks familiar, it’s because it was later sold to Kyle at Smith Concepts, who turned it into this CLICK HERE

VEHICLE: 1930 Model A Ford
OWNER: Matthew Sharp
BODY: Steel tudor body, 5in chop, 5in channel, frenched tail lights, custom tonneau roof, plasma-cut Mooneyes motif in visor, House of Kolor Tangerine candy over metal flake
ENGINE: 308ci Holden V8, stock crank, stock rods, ACL 40-thou’ pistons, cast heads, Chev’ LT1 springs, Crane hydraulic cam’, high-volume oil pump, shortened Model A radiator, 3x Stromberg carbs, custom intake manifold, mechanical fuel pump, genuine 1950s Moon fuel tank, steel fuel lines, custom exhaust
TRANS: T5 5-speed, Exedy heavy-duty single-plate clutch, custom long-arm shifter
DIFF: Borg Warner, 2.89:1 final drive, LSD
INTERIOR: Moon steering wheel, custom bomber front seats, white faux fur trim, 1968 Dodge Phoenix speedo in Diamond T headlight bucket, factory dash, long-arm shifter, white vinyl trim on seats
SUSPENSION: Torsion bar front and rear, hot rod front shocks, spring car rear shocks
BRAKES: Commodore front discs, Falcon rear discs
WHEELS: 16in steel rims, Firestone white walls
THANKS TO: Webby’s Speed Shop, Hamilton Chrome, Tidy Trim, Joel Butcher, Shlong, Corey, Tony Bidner, my wife Nicole and her mum Sharyn, Smith Kustoms for the pin striping and Webby for everything

Feature Bike: Ron’s 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer


08 Sep

Our photo shoot and feature story on Ron’s wicked and street-legal 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer is in this month’s issue of Heavy Duty magazine, which is on sale now! Built by One Off Customs (formerly Bub’s Customs) on the Central Coast of NSW, it boasts a big-cube heart and all the custom mods you could want in a brute of a weekend cruiser.

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As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

Ron's 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer

Ron's 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer     Ron's 2009 Harley Davidson CVO Springer

Feature Bike: Dominic Garreffa’s 1975 Shovel Custom


25 Jul

Our photo shoot and feature story on Dominic Garreffa’s 1975 Shovel Custom is in the latest issue (147) of Heavy Duty magazine, which is on sale now! It’s a gorgeous, modern-retro machine featuring airbags in the rear, chunky metal flake paint and all the attitude you could want out of a street cruiser.

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As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

Dominic Garreffa's 1975 Shovel Custom

Dominic Garreffa's 1975 Shovel Custom     Dominic Garreffa's 1975 Shovel Custom

Print All Over: New shirt print designs span entire front!


14 Nov

Our exclusive print-on-demand service Redbubble.com has just announced the launch of its new ‘graphic design’ printed t-shirts and they’re kickass! Using die sublimation technology, it’s the first time a print-on-demand service has offered this kind of ability to print all over the front of a garment, from left to right, top to bottom. Better yet, they wear better and longer than normal prints.

Hosking Industries will be rolling out designs on our page over the coming weeks, offering you the opportunity to own custom modified car and bike tees that boast high-quality prints you won’t find anywhere else, bigger than anyone else! You can see three of our first designs below. CLICK HERE or on the images to order yours for Xmas!

Matt Wootten Nissan Skyline Shirt

Shane Potts' Holden VN Commodore Shirt

Nick Ursino Holden Torana Shirt

Feature Bike: Rising Sun Workshop Harley Sportster


10 Mar

Our photo shoot and feature story on the Rising Sun Workshop Harley Davidson Sportster is out now in the latest issue of Heavy Duty magazine. Rising Sun is a co-operative, community-style project providing workshop space for inner-city Sydney bike owners a place to come and work on their bikes where workshop space is limited. To help self-funding, it also offers a cafe with coffee, meals etc. Check out their Facebook page for more info.

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As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

Rising Sun Workshop Harley Sportster

Rising Sun Workshop Harley Sportster     Rising Sun Workshop Harley Sportster

Sneak Peek: Custom Harley Davidson Sportster


03 Oct

Here’s a sneak peek at our photo shoot on a cool custom Harley Davidson Sportster from Iron Ride in Granville NSW. It’ll be appearing in an upcoming issue of Heavy Duty magazine. We’ll bring you some more pics, and specs on the bike here once the mag’ comes out.

In the meantime, CLICK HERE or on the image below to get a better look!

Custom Harley Davidson Sportster

Feature Bike: Zero Engineering Type 5


18 Mar

We had the pleasure of photographing the Zero Engineering Type 5 bobber, bolted together by Action Motorcycles in Sydney in late 2012. Our photos and feature story have been featured in issue 127 of Heavy Duty Magazine, which is on sale right now!

Modelled around the Zero Engineering bike seen in the Iron Man films, this Type 5 is powered by a Harley Davidson twin and 5-speed ‘box, but boasts custom paint and other aesthetic treatments, such as the ‘Iron Man’ short exhaust. Perhaps the best thing about the Zero bikes is that they’re ADR compliant, registered and ready to ride.

As always, we’ve got a series of FREE desktop wallpaper images for you to enjoy and strobist fans will find our lighting information and EXIF data on each image’s caption, too. Simply CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to visit our Flickr page where all the goodies lay in wait for your visit.

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Zero Engineering Type 5

Zero Engineering Type 5     Zero Engineering Type 5

Feature Car: Steven Cooke’s ‘Headhunter’ Kustom Ford Victoria


01 Jun

We just got our sweaty hands on copies of issue 15 of Heavy Duty Hot Rods magazine which goes on sale soon. Hosking Industries has two photo shoots inside this issue, including the one on this, Steven Cooke’s awesomely ratty 1954 Ford Victoria kustom.

Steve’s sled boasts a huge array of body mods and runs a 302ci Ford V8, riding on airbags for that snake-belly low stance. It’s plenty rough around the edges, but that’s how Steve likes it; making for trouble-free, worry-free cruising. He’s always got a nicer ’60s kustom in the garage if he’s wanting to worry about dents and scratches. Be sure to pick up a copy of issue 15 when it goes on sale.

As always, we’ve got a few FREE desktop wallpaper images of the car on our Flickr page for you to download. You’ll find EXIF data and lighting info on each image’s caption, too. CLICK HERE or on the thumbnails below to jump.

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Steven Cooke's 'Headhunter' Kustom Ford Victoria

Steven Cooke's 'Headhunter' Kustom Ford Victoria     Steven Cooke's 'Headhunter' Kustom Ford Victoria