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Project 33

A new take on a classic car! For the 50th anniversary of Performance Improvement we decided to reproduce the all-steel 1933 Ford Coupe that Bob McJannett built and drove in the early days.

Project 33

Jeff Norwell concept drawing of our Factory Five 33. For years, Factory Five head honcho Dave Smith resisted building a “Hot Rod.” He felt that the ones he had seen did not offer the handling and performance he demanded from his vehicles.

Project 33 Sponsors

We couldn't do it without the good people from: Judith Nyman Secondary School, ARP, Auburn Gear, Design Engineering, Edelbrock, Holley, Moroso, MSD, Painless Performance, Quick Time, Russell, Stainless Steel Brakes, Tuff Stuff, WaspCam,

All-steel 1933 Ford Coupe driving in the rain

1933 Ford

Bob’s original 1933 Coupe being driven in the rain on the way to the Canadian Street Rod Nationals in Ottawa. Chopped, channelled and driven hard, just what we’re going to do with Project 33! For our 50th anniversary we decided to reproduce the all-steel 1933 Ford Coupe that Bob McJannett built and drove in the early days.

All-steel 1933 Ford Coupe at a Cruise Night

1933 Ford

The body was all steel, deeply channeled over the frame, and the top was chopped about 4”. Power was from a small-block Chevy engine with a B&M supercharger bolted to a GM Turbo 400 trans. Front suspension was traditional dropped axle cross spring, while Ken created his own coil over shock suspension in the rear.

Factory Five arrives in our showroom

1933 Ford

Factory Five mocked up in our showroom

1933 Ford

High School Hot Rod

1933 Ford

Originally, our plan was to build the car in the showroom of our Superstore at 87 Advance Road. All of us would work on the build and all would participate in driving the car at the drags, lapping at local tracks, taking it to events etc. However, the pressures of running the business kept us from getting started.

High School Hot Rod

1933 Ford

Judith Nyman Secondary School is a Peel District School Board technically based secondary school, located in Brampton, Ontario, providing its students with 4 year courses offering hands on technical skills training in a wide variety of fields.

Art Hagner

1933 Ford

Art Hagner transportation specialist at Judith Nyman encourages his students to excel by offering unique projects that will hold their interest. The 33 project will most certainly create enthusiasm.

High School Hot Rod Build Crew

1933 Ford

Judith Nyman Secondary School: Art Hagner, Transportation Specialist Project 33 Build Crew: Lucas Futado, Tyler Gabidon, Connor Moore, Jaskarn Parmar, Nathan Benjamin, Blaine Mitchell, Avinash Samaroo - Photos by Jim Madigan

High School Hot Rod

1933 Ford

After discussions with the school, it was agreed that Art and his class would take on the project.

High School Hot Rod

1933 Ford

Project 33 is joint venture of Performance Improvements and Judith Nyman High School. Students from the school are building a Factory 5 1933 Ford Roadster as a class project during this school year.

High School Hot Rod

1933 Ford

Transportation Technology Instructor Art Hagner is teaching his students the skills required to complete this street legal car, which will also be capable of drag racing and running road courses.

High School Hot Rod

1933 Ford

The students will not only build the car thru all phases but will attending car shows and will be the crew when the car goes racing in 2014. What an experience for these young students. We all know how important it is to get young people involved in this sport, we hope this Idea grows.

High School Hot Rod

1933 Ford

Jim Madigan works with Transportation Technology Instructor Art Hagner to promote the achievements of Art’s students. He goes to the school 2 to 3 times a week to update the progress and really enjoy watching the Project 33 Crew at work.

High School Hot Rod

1933 Ford

High School Hot Rod

1933 Ford

High School Hot Rod Car Show

1933 Ford

Judith Nyman Secondary School: Art Hagner, Transportation Specialist Madigan’s Vintage Tin was at the Canadian Motorsports Expo, checking up on Project 33

High School Hot Rod Car Show

1933 Ford

Madigan’s Vintage Tin was at the Canadian Motorsports Expo, checking up on Project 33

Talk about skinny wheels

1933 Ford

Needing something to give Project 33 some ride height while working on it, the students built (& Lettered) these wooden wheels!

Factory Five at Autofest in Oshawa

1933 Ford

Factory Five at Autofest in Oshawa

High School Hot Rod in the Toronto Star

1933 Ford

Our High School Hot Rod getting some press

High School Hot Rod press

Look at that, coverage of our little Project 33 on Hotrodhotline.com!