Graham Scriven (Scrivo) gave us a glimpse of his '34 3-window, under construction, when we featured his pert little '28 A roadster. The coupe is now a big part of his life, unlike the lady who originally provided the inspiration for building it. Time waits for no woman, so Graham finished the coupe in a style that he was happy with - it has connections to his earlier rods, while at the same time it goes boldly into new territory.
The coupe was going to be Calypso Green, which colour Graham has used on various rods since the '70s. However, this one is Tropicana Green, a modern interpretation of Calypso, applied by Street Rod Constructions, in Toowoomba.

A mixture of resto-rod, by virtue of the greyhound and cowl lamps, and very hot rod, courtesy of the supercharged 302, this coupe has something for everyone.

The front bumper needed some tweaking to get it up off the ground, within legal limits.

8:1 low compression pistons and Scat con rods help this fully built, supercharged 302 stay together. The twin 600 cfm Holley carbs sure do gobble up the juice.

That is a Sony CD\DVD player and LCD screen on the left, and a full complement of VDO gauges on the right. A Lokar shifter helps as well.

Having become accustomed to the utility of dickey seats, the coupe was always going to be fitted with this seat, rather than a trunk lid.

Genuine Halibrand wheels are used all around; the rears are less common 17"x8", and the fronts are 15"x6".

The glass body features a mild top chop, and filled roof. Graham's son Mark made the polished firewall, under-floor pan, and other stainless steel parts.

That rear bumper is stock, and mounted in the stock location, as is the fuel filler. 

There is a finned alloy oil pan way up the front, a highly detailed 9" Ford diff at this end, and lots of shiny stuff in between, including a mirror-finish floor pan by son Mark.

Graham travels a fair bit, and brought the Honda Civic seats back from Bali, of all places. They were then covered in off-white leather, as was the trim.

Good '34 grilles are hard to find, and this one required a fair amount of work to bring it up to scratch.

17" rear wheels certainly fill the wheel wells, especially if they are fitted with 255/55/17 Federal tyres. The fronts are 195/50/15 Goodyears.

Believe it or not, Graham started with just a blower case, and added bits to it, over time. Street Rod Constructions created the chassis, then Deuce Customs fitted the body to that frame, which Darryl Kuhnemann had built to accommodate a small block Ford motor.

Bryant Engineering put the motor together, and it has quite a few bits that will assist with reliability, given the extra horse-pressure that the GMC 6.71 blower provides. Ignition is handled by a Pro Comp electronic system.The heads are finely polished Edelbrock performers, and the unique valve covers are the result of Graham spending hours polishing a set of stock Fairlane valve covers.

Pat Laub rebuilt the fully polished Ford C4 auto transmission, and helped with the later stages of construction. A fully polished alloy driveshaft connects the trans to the 9" diff, which is located by tubular stainless steel 4-bars.

Aldan shocks are used front & rear; the rear drums are 11", while Commodore calipers are used up front, with a Falcon brake master cylinder. A Commodore rack & pinion steering system is used, the type that comes standard with a Rod Tech independent front suspension.

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