Meet Ty Reoh. He is not a car guy – his words. But he saw a car she liked in a movie. "It's not really a car movie," Ty says almost apologetically.
Actually Hit and Run is kind of a car movie. In it, Dax Shepard plays a former escapee who escapes his old partner from Tokyo, who drove a Lincoln Continental in the mid-1960s. The Connie is low. It is black. It sits on big wheels. And according to the antics that take place, it has soapsuds. But to make the dream come true, few stores have ever bought the idea of a Hot Rod Lincoln like the one Ty saw in the movie.
In fact, Ty only found a really sympathetic ear. Divers Street Rods is not afraid of the unconventional. A decade ago, it exploited a Ferrari Modena 360 to make a Rambler great again. Or I just take a Rambler-great time (Ferrambo won the 2008 Don Ridler Memorial Award).
But this deal was not necessarily a slam-dunk. "What he described was a kind of old-school hot rod: it had a hood shovel, bigger tires and a big old engine so they could go out and burn rubber," says company founder Tim Divers. "You know, like the cars we built in our backyards when we were kids."
"A guy like [Ty] will not be happy in a big old boat that does nothing but burn rubber," he explains. "He has sandsticks and bikes and snowmobiles and everything, he plays hard." Fascinated, Tim decided to work out a plan with Ty.
This plan relinquished the rear suspension for one of Mobsteel's four-link kits. The company created the lower control arms of the front, but Jacob Strain fabricated the shells. And for one reason: Wilwood spindles.
"You can get disc brakes for the spindles, but they're only 11 inches tall," says Tim. "Ty wanted to drive those big wheels and this car is really heavy." The answer: 16-inch Wilwood rotors withdrew from the medium-heavy truck market. "The calipers alone are 13 inches long!", Enthuses Tim. "So it really takes those big wheels." (If you're wondering, they are 22 × 8 and 22 × 10 Bonspeed Vin speeds with 245 / 30ZR22 and 285 / 30ZR22 Continental ExtremeContact concealed.)
Scott Divers and Ian Richards created an internal structure that ties the body into the crossbeam and attaches the QA1 dampers inside and in front of the engine. Why? A 5.8L Ford, the charged beast of the 2013 Mustang GT500. It is equivalent and powerful (730 lb-ft of torque and 750 hp at 6,000 rpm after over-blow of the blower). Ford designed this engine to work exclusively with a manual gearbox, but Compushift found out how to make it play with a 4R100 gearbox.
The movie car probably did not need a hood bucket, but this car could have used one. "If you look at the pictures from the Divers website, you can see where we mocked the hood with a shovel," notes Ty. "But we got away from it when the car got more sophisticated." Tim notes, "Sure, on a Camaro or Mustang or whatever (a scoop) is cool, but this scoop really did not match the lines on this car, and a scoop certainly does not fit the personality of a luxury car." In the end The Divers crew literally built the car around the engine, which meant raising the center of the hood.
The weight reduction is compared with increasing performance. but with the advantage of better handling. The lowest fruit was at the ends. "I should have weighed the bumpers and mounts of the factory," says Tim. "They weighed hundreds of pounds." After narrowing and stowing the bumpers, Scott and Wiggins Customs drew molds and fabricated carbon fiber.
Divers hid Easter eggs throughout the car, like the Kindig-It door handles. But the most dramatic change is actually between these handles. Lincoln never produced a hard-top Continental sedan, but its convertibles have no pillar. After reinforcing the bodywork, Tim fitted the doors with cabrioglas, a task that required the sailcloth to be redesigned as the convertible frames went a little differently.
The "flat black" finish is actually a House of Kolor pearl with a Glasurit satin clear. And it was not easy. "Keeping the same gloss while painting is really difficult," says Tim. "If you have a dust stain in it, you can not cut and polish it with a shiny car – if you get a dry spot while you're shooting, you're fudged (just it did not melt) getting a run – damage during assembly "You're redoing the whole board." Kudos to Sig Schott and Rich Thayer for doing it (and doing it).
Divers found additional ways to keep weight indoors. Ty liked the dashboard in another diver car, so Scott made one out of aluminum and carbon fiber (it mounted Dakota Digital VHX gauges). He also made the console like everyone else, only Scott pulled a mold and made the last of carbon fiber. "It's not that we tried to make this thing easy – it never will be," says Tim. "But at least we wanted to get it closer to a performance car, we went on the road, but with a boat."
No one tells how the seats started, but they now wear black Alcantara, Scott hid a host of Alpine and Focal equipment throughout the interior CON2R made the steering wheel
"I think we've done the right thing to make all that extra effort," continues Tim, "every time you give a customer a car, You know that they will find things that can be repaired. He tells me that if you sting it, it has problems when it comes to third place. Well, at this point you are well over 100 miles per hour. That just tells me what kind of customer he is. He would never have been happy with a big-wheeled boat and a hood bucket. "
" The thing is just incredible, "Ty summarizes," I mean, I still like the car from the movie and everything, but there's no comparison. "You could say they built the car, that would have inspired a director like Dax Shepard – you could call it a prequel, call it what you want, but Ty calls it the car he really wants.
If Ty Reoh did not start this journey as an auto guy , he has certainly ended it as one.No way to hell can a non-car person hire such an incredible car.For good or bad, you are now one of us.Congratulations (I think so …).