Ron Craft’s 1933 Roadster “Simply Red”
Ron Craft’s Boyd Coddington built “Simply Red” is a 1933 steel bodied roadster and the first direct descendent of the Boydster. Not only did Simply Red feature an all steel body, it was fitted with an aluminum hood and side panels all built by the metal masters Marcel De Lay and his two sons, Marc and Luc. Working only from full-size side view rendering and a wire-frame buck similar to that employed in the construction of the Boydster, hastily wheeled up a new steel body complete with moldings, a deck lid, windshield frame and a floor. Marcel’s also fabricated the full-length aluminum hood and side panels to conform to the laid-back grille shell.
To the untrained eye, the grille shell, which is actually mounted to the hood top and consequently lifts with the hood, looks like any other ’33 Ford shell. But a closer inspection reveals that in fact this is actually a hand-formed shell wherein the bottom is similar to that of a ’32 Ford rather than a Model 40 but peaked. The top is similar to a ’33 but has tighter radius in the back corners whereas the nose is pulled down and flattened. The shell was also laid back until, as Boyd said, “It looked right.”
In just a few weeks, the body was completed and the car was back in the Boyd Coddington shop where is was primed and Karl Johansson began the mock-up assembly. Under the hood is the ubiquitous Corvette LTl motor, 700R4 transmission, Corvette master cylinder with power booster and modified GM steering column.
Once the mock-up was complete, the whole car was torn apart for paint and chrome and while Chip’s original rendering had called for bright yellow paint, but Boyd made the choice to go for Boyd Red. And, as you can see, almost everything, with the exception of those parts directly behind the grille, which are black, and the polished stainless steel exhaust, were painted or plated.
For the interior Boyd and Chip chose to match the exterior color exactly by having the leather dyed to match. The excellent work is that of Gabriel Lopez who wrapped his red-dyed skins around a hand-formed bench seat that flows into sweeping door panels that disappear under the smooth wraparound dash. Boyds pedals, a Tri-Grip Boyds billet steering wheel and Classic Instruments in a Boyds billet dash, complete the cockpit.
Again, there was a deviation from the original artwork in the choice of wheels and instead of the three-spoke design, Boyd machined up a set of one-off set of exposed lug five spoke Boyd Coddington Wheels.
Ron’s roadster won the prestigious Millwinder Award at its first showing at the 1996 Houston Autorama where it also won awards for Best Rod and Best Display. The Simply Red Millwinder Award was the second Millwinder Award for Ron.
|Original owner||Ron Craft|
|Body Type||Roadster Steel/ Manufacture Marcell And Sons|
|Designer||Boyd Coddington / Chip Foose|
|Engine||96 Corvette LT1|
|Frame rail||SAC Larry Sergejeff|
|Front suspension||independent with cantilever in-board|
|Interior||Leather, Gabe Lopez|
|Overall Height||44 Inches|
|Overall length||147 Inches|
|Overall Width||72 Inches|
|Paint||DuPont Boyd Red|
|Painter||Keith Russell/Greg Morrell|
|Rear Suspension||Independent with horizontally opposed cantilever in-board shock|
|Steering||Fiat Rack and Pinion|
|Steering Wheel||Custom One-Off Tri-Grip By Boyd Coddington|
|Tires||BF Goodrich 205/50R16 Front, 255/50ZR17|
|Wheels||Custom One-Off by Boyd Coddington Front 16x7, Rear 17x9.5|