When Canadian hot rod enthusiast Randy Marston set out reconstruct his 48,000 original-mile 1935 Ford coupe, he had one person in mind to steward the build…Roger Burman of Lakeside Rods & Rides. More than any other hot rod coach builder in the known world, Burman has mastered the art of turning a seldom desired ’35 Ford into a breathtaking, show-winning street rod. In the 3-decades he’s been building cars, Burman has done at least twenty ’35 Fords in sedan, coupe and roadster trim. He’s won the Ridler award, two Goodguys Street Rod d’Elegance crowns and one Goodguys America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod winner with ’35 Fords for different clients around the world. Impressive credentials to say the least.
Coated in a rich PPG blue/black, the coupe is certainly elegant. Built in-house at Burman’s Lakeside Rods & Rides shop, the car’s profile is drop dead gorgeous with a stretched wheelbase, chopped top, laid back grille, full-length wedge section, razor-straight sheet metal and flowing fenders. But it’s also angry.
As adept as he is at reshaping cars, Burman is equally gifted in producing horsepower. Under the reworked hood lies a 6.2 liter GM LS9 motor backed by a Tremec 6-speed transmission. Rumbling through 3” exhaust, the gnarly LS9 pounds the ground. Ride quality is top-notch thanks to the Pete & Jake’s chassis with TCI front clip and independent rear suspension from Kugel Komponents. The big & little Schott “Velocity” wheels are a perfect choice and slowing it all down are massive Wilwood 6-piston brakes.
Longtime Burman ally Tracy Weaver (Recovery Room) handled the coupe’s interior, trimming Dodge Intrepid seats in gray leather. The custom metal dash houses Dakota Digital gauges and you’ll also find a Billet Specialties steering wheel and Bowler shifter inside the cabin.
Inside and out this black coupe is the finest 1935 Ford Coupe we’ve seen in years. Marston knew what he wanted and Roger Burman delivered a winner. “I owe it all to him” Marston said, pointing at Burman after his car was announced as the winner in Del Mar. “I couldn’t be happier.”
Fellow finalists for the Goodguys 2015 March Performance Street Rod d’Elegance award included Tina Dias (1935 Ford Truck), Ken & Lynn Seresun (1934 Ford Tudor), Per O. Martinsen (1932 Ford Roadster) and Dale Fode (1934 Ford Roadster).
Look for the full car feature in your July 2015 Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette.