Detroit streets has been a big part for the Big Three’s (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler) history. This is where a lot of engineers used to test their experimental engines to try and beat the competition. It’s highly likely that heated matches occurred in the dark alleys that fueled historic engineering advancement. This is also were Jason Poirier spent his youth and what influenced him to create his own roaring hot rod that is both strip and street ready.
Jason says that he grew up in the “kool” house in the neighborhood because his father and uncle where known for the talent in working with hot rods and customs, greatly improving the output of V8 engines. Jason always spent his time at the family garage, knowing how to do wet-sand body panels at the young age of five and kept on mastering his mechanical skills through the years. To create a strong foundation in the business, Jason got in touch with his friend Jerry Walker from the Sinister Hot Rods in Lewisburg, Ohio.
He started out with a brand new Deuce framerails made by ASC which was boxed in with plate from Ionia Hot Rods, it was held together by a 1940 Ford X-member and a custom front and rear crossmembers. At the back, a Ford 9 inch was installed with 31-spline axles from Moser Engineering complemented with 3.70:1 gears and custom four-link deftly suspension with QA1 coilover shocks.
In the front is a vintage style with a drilled ‘n’ dropped Super Bell axle connected to a 1940 Ford spindles that has split bones with Monroe tube shocks and a Model A spring. 11 inch Ford drum brakes supplied by Corvette-style dual master with steel lines is used to stop all that power. A set of vintage American Racing 18 inch magnesium spindle-mount wheels with motorcycle rubber with 16 inch 1940 Ford Steels covered by Hurst cheater slicks.
During his wedding, his uncle gave Jason a classic circle tract race engine filled with a lot of horsepower. The 1970 small block Chevrolet was tuned up to give 400 ci by SCH Racing Heads and couple with a Scat forged steel connected to equivalent rods and finished with Keith Black 12.5:1 slugs. The heavy roar is made by the COMP Cams and a pair of SCH made camel-hump heads produces a lot of power which is put together by a Weiand intake that has a Holley Ultra XP 750-cfm carburettor and JoKerr Fabrication custom aluminium stack. Mallory starts the ignition and Gear Drive headers pumps the gas. A Munchie M22 four-speed transmission with a billet flywheel and RAM clutch connected to a custom driveshaft directs the power to where it should be.
Jason made his own custom body built with panels from the Brookeville Roadster with a some of his ideas such as a shaved windshield, low-slung 1929 Ford headlights, drilled front frame horns, louvered deck lid, Deuce grille, custom made rear push bar, and Indy-style gas tank by Crafty B. that adds to the racy look. Jason used blue-gray PPG industrial machine epoxy for the paintjob. The interior is all about power with two custom aluminium race seats made by Jamey Jordan, a Deuce dashboard, SO-CAL speed Shop, and classic Stewart-Warner Green Line dials for the gauges. An ididit column supports an Indy-style steering wheel for that high performance driving and a Hurst Super Competition-Plus shifter for the fast and smooth gear shifts. Simpson Platinum Plus seat belts for safety and a roll bar will soon be added. This is surely an aggressive hot rod with a just over 10 second record in the drag strip. With added street cred, this surely is a hot rod to look out for.
Reference & Photo’s: