Graham Scriven(Scrivo to his friends) is one enthusiastic Rodder, having cut his teeth on projects in Brisbane during the 70's, he has now entered his prolific stage, and has three projects on the go. In fact, he has 4 on the go at the time of writing, but he has almost completed his '66 Mustang project, which is pre-sold and will be gone in a couple of weeks. His first registered Rod was a '30 Roadster, channelled over a deuce frame, with a whopping (for it's day) 332 FE Ford motor and Fordomatic. The Roadster was painted Calypso Green and hit the roads in 1970.

Graham then needed a bigger car to take the kids, and built a '28 Tudor, a stock bodied all steel car that was quite representative of it's era. It had a Holden front end, 307 Chevy and 'glide, two Holley 600's on a tunnel ram manifold, and the body was a nice '70's colour, Lime Green. The guards weren't - they continued the connection with the channelled Roadster - they were Calypso Green.

One of the sweetest designs Edsel Ford put together for his Dad, the '29 Roadster is a favourite amongst Rodders. This one subscribes to the resto-rod influence, with most of the stock accessories in place.

Graham asked us to mention that he is single, so if you are a single female over 40, then please call him. He already has a Woody.

Mostly stock, the 302 has belted out 35,000 Km without a hitch.

Most 'glass Roadsters use the deck lid as a trunk (boot) - but the sociable Scrivo prefers to carry passengers in the dickie seat.

The stainless steel 4-bars and exhaust are easy to keep spic & span, but the Aldan coil-overs take some cleaning after a run.

Peeking up the Roadster's skirt we can see the stainless 4-bars, and dropped axle.

Advertising the car's vintage, and Graham's club affiliation, takes up some space at the back.

Click the pic, and you'll see the 1929 Penny that forms the centrepiece of the wheel hub.

One of the best looking blown Ford motors around, ready for the 3 window. The garage is part of his tidy home in Sunnybank Hills.

The new '34 3 window, hanging out at Darryl Kuhnemann's place, having bits added before it is painted - Calypso Green!

When he started on the Roadster project in January '98, Graham knew a thing or two about these Hot Rod thingies so the car was completed in a bit over a year, which says a lot about his enthusiasm. The project began with a set of Halibrands and tyres, to which was added a stock configuration Model A chassis, and a Magnum 4" dropped I-beam front axle and stainless steel four-bar suspension. The early Ford stub axles use Falcon rotors and Holden calipers, and a '78 Holden steering box, and a panhard bar is mounted between the chassis and the dropped axle.

When the chassis was mostly complete, it was sent off to Deuce Customs, and when they returned the chassis, the new body fitted the chassis perfectly. Graham then fitted a Rootleib bonnet (hood). He used a new repro '28 grille shell over a Desert Cooler radiator, and a stock headlamp crossbar supports a pair of reproduction '28 headlamps. The top was hand fabricated from steel tubing and aluminium sheet.

The motor is the trusty 302 Windsor, fitted with an Edelbrock Torker manifold and 600 cfm Holley. A ProComp electronic distributor, Mickey Thompson valve covers and HPC coated Castle Auto Electrics block hugger headers complete the other improvements to the engine. Graham's son is a stainless steel sheet metal fabricator, so he put together a great deal of mirror finished stainless steel bright work: the firewall, engine mount covers, 50 litre fuel tank, front and rear four-bars and an under-floor panel that fits betwixt body and frame.

The exhaust is also polished stainless steel, after the block huggers, and they flow down past the manual box - a single rail 4-speed that has given great service. A 10" heavy duty clutch is hydraulically operated from a pedal box that is mounted into the frame rails. The clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder are also from the same '74 Falcon as the box and clutch, so there are no issue there. The brake component of that pedal box is the popular Gemini boosted Falcon master cylinder.

Driveline Specialities shortened and balanced a suitable tail shaft, and a Centura diff was installed, giving the rear track just the right width, and the same bolt pattern as the front. There is an issue with the wheel studs - Centura are 7/16" and Ford are ½" but that's nothing that can't be fixed. The stainless 4-bar setup is a triangulated design on the rear, eliminating the need for a panhard bar.

The '29 Woody is a handy place to store parts while it bides it's time, waiting for the day that it will be painted - Calypso Green.

Aldan coil-over shock absorbers are used here, and the 15x9½" Halibrand Sprints that started the project are mounted out the back, with Yokahama radials. The Halibrands (15x6" up front) use the dimpled knock-offs to complete the old timey Hot Rod reference.

The light tan vinyl and brown carpet interior, which in this case includes the rumble seat, was ably installed by another Brisbane Rodding icon, John Davies of Bayside Trimmers. Another Rodder, Steve Woodward of Independent Retro Castings supplied the polished aluminium diff cover.

This car looks less like a fiberglass car than most - Graham used stock front and rear bumpers and irons, stock headlamp and tail lamps, bonnet catches, fuel filler cap, a motometer sitting up on the radiator, and stock door hinges. Most of the repro parts used were supplied by Hot Rod Hardware, in fact they also supplied the valance panels, running boards and the 'board brackets. Superformance supplied some of the trinketry, including the indicators.

The Roadster's body is painted in a 2-pack rendition of Graham's favourite colour - Calypso Green. He added some flames a while back, and they are the product of the legendary Bay Area painter, Art Himsl. Ok, Art didn't fly over from San Francisco and paint them himself, but the stick-on artwork sure looks the part.

The other projects that Graham is into are a '34 3 window coupe that comprises a Deuce Customs body and a Darryl Kuhnemann built chassis. The motor is the supercharged 302 Windsor in the pictures, so this thing will be a serious performer, more on that project later. The other is a '29 Woody - a converted ute that will be completed when the coupe is done. Graham bought the Woody as an almost-complete roller; it already has a 351 and C4, and a Commodore diff, so is well on the way to adding to the Scriven Hot Rod heritage.

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