Doug Mole, with wife Robyn, owns the 1933 Ford Tudor pictured here. Doug had more than the usual  help and encouragement from Robyn right from the start - Doug attended his first official Hot Rod club meeting while they were on their honeymoon! Doug then went on to build a '28 Model A Tourer, which he drove to the '77 Nationals in Narrandera, in primer. The Phaeton had a 307 Chevy with Powerglide, and a very fashionable HK Holden front end, completely stock body and 8" Ford rear. Not long after the Nats the Tourer was painted red, and Doug & Robyn enjoyed events all over the East Coast until they sold the tub in 1980, to finance the necessities of young married life.

Doug and his '33 Tudor are something of an institution at events up and down the Qld and NSW coast.

The reflection in the door is that of Graham Scriven's '29 Roadster. The '33's body has been perfectly panel beaten to a file finish by Col Chapman.

This angle shows the unique '33 grille to good effect. Mathew O'Loan painted the body in Black Glasurit.

The interior is built for long distance driving, which means that it is always comfortable.

See the resemblance to the Bonny & Clyde car? Ok, it's not a '34, and it has a lot less doors, and it is a different colour, but...

This view illustrates some of the differences between a '33 and a '34 - the '33 has a single hood catch, while the '34 has two. The '33 has curved louvres that follow the 'ski-jump' '33 grille.

Doug having a break from working on the tub in 1975, before the addition of the fenders, and an ounce of fat.

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The USA-produced '33 body was purchased in '86 from Col Dell and Steve DuPont, who had sourced it from Les Lawry, who had bought it from the importer of the car; Diablo Motors. Doug set to work on the chassis, and had Col Chapman perform the panel beating. Col Chapman is a tradesman from the old school, a fact that Doug had been made aware of after seeing Col's work on a number of cars. There was plenty for Col to do - the entire car is original steel, apart for the repro windscreen frame and stamped steel tank cover.

The Tudor was registered in 2000, and it's first big run was to Yamba 2000, then the Hawkesbury Nats. The car consistently picked up Top Ten awards, which Doug appreciates, but doesn't record. Another highlight was when their son Gary had his High School formal, and Dad's '33 provided the transport.

The chassis was an original '33 which Doug modified to take an HR Holden front cross member, to which were attached Castlemaine Rod Shop dropped spindles, P76 hubs, Holden Statesman calipers and Falcon discs. The P76 hubs are used in place of the Holden hubs, as they serve to narrow the front track (the distance between the wheel centres) which means the front wheels are tucked up under the fenders. The steering box is XA Falcon, and an HQ pitman arm is fitted to the steering box, while an XR Falcon provided the idler arm on the passenger side.

The 350 Chevy was a new 290 hp crate motor, and has been accessorised to provide reliable rod-running peace of mind, with a Holley 600 cfm carb on the GM manifold, and a Mallory twin point distributor. Doug smoothed the cast iron rams-horn exhaust manifolds then sent them to Jet Hot Coatings for, umm... coating, by Jet Hot.

Harry Caldwell from Toowoomba built the radiator, and another Rodder, Tom Fulton, shortened the tailshaft. The Turbo 350 transmission was rebuilt by another Rodding community identity, Jim Rose, and is controlled from the Falcon steering column. The diff was removed from a '62 Fairlane, fitted with later model Falcon drum brakes, then suspended on a pair of smooth riding semi-elliptic springs.

Tradelink Stainless did more than the stainless steel work on the car; their Graham Burling added the steel RHS bracing to the interior and the roof, as well as fabricating and mirror finish polishing the fuel tank and the entire 2½" stainless exhaust system. The tank is 2" deeper than a standard tank, and really sets off the back of the car, if you happen to be lying on the ground behind it.

The interior is more than a little comfortable; the Bayside Trimming chamois coloured vinyl is extremely well padded, and perfect for those longer trips. The seats are Honda Civic in the front and the rear bench is from a Mazda 626. A Grant steering wheel dominates the frontal area, and the column is a from an XY Falcon, complete with the column shifter. The Moon gauges and So-Cal switches are perfectly appropriate for the theme of the car, and the wiring was done by Logan Priest.

The wheels are American Racing Torq-Thrust II's, 15x6 up front and 15x8 at the back. Being a tourer by definition, Doug prefers the reality of radial ply tyres, using Michelin at the front and Bridgestone at the rear.

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