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Posted: Nov 04, 2013

2013 OUSCI Preview- Bret Voelkel's 1933 Ford

p-Bret-Voelkel-1933-Ford.jpgBret Voelkel has had a busy year, since finishing third in the 2013 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by Royal Purple and KN Filters. Voelkel has continued to refine his killer coupe and ended up winning the OPTIMA Faceoff at Road America earlier this year. His car also graced the cover of the August issue of Hot Rod magazine and had a 10-page feature article written up on it. His car has also received a massive facelift, which we showed a sneak preview of on the OPTIMA Facebook page a few days ago.

When we look at the competitors in the 2013 OUSCI, Voelkel's name is always amongst those considered to be favorites to win and he seems to get closer to the title with each passing year. One of the keys to winning the OUSCI is scoring points in every event, from the Detroit Speed Road Rally to the BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge. Bret did that in 2012 and we don't see any reason why he and his car wouldn't be capable of repeating that in 2013. The question is whether Voelkel can score even more points than he did last year?

The competition will be tough, but Bret has spent a good portion of the year continuing to refine both his 1933 Ford and his driving skills at events around the country. Meanwhile, there has been a mixed bag of changes with some of the other top competitors from last year. Todd Earsley tied with Voelkel and totally re-built his Mitsubishi Evo from the ground up. Brian Hobaugh, who finished one position ahead of Bret is bringing a new (to our event) Corvette in 2013. Last year's winner, Mark Stielow, is returning to defend his title with his 1967 Mayhem Camaro, which may not have seen many significant changes, but may not have needed many either. Add in the other competitors coming into the 2013 mix and Bret will have his hands full.

However, past experience has shown us that dialed-in combinations tend to fare better in the OUSCI, than fresh builds, which should favor Voelkel. If you'd like to see the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational in person, buy your OUSCI tickets here. If you'd like all the specifics on Bret's incredible coupe, check this out-

Engine

  • 427 cubic inch small block Ford engine 510 RWHP, 496 RWTQ built by Sunset Racecraft in Lubbock Texas.
  • Dart aluminum block
  • Brodix Neal heads
  • Holley Dominator EFI system with RideTech custom built fuel rails and integrated regulator device
  • All accessory drive systems custom built by RideTech
  • MSD crank trigger and dual pickup distributor
  • MSD 6AL digital ignition box w/ MSD plug wires
  • MSD EFI throttle body
  • Fuelsafe fuel cell with internal pump
  • Earls 650 Proflex plumbing
  • Earls oil cooler
  • RideTech custom-built radiator thermostat and plumbing

Transmission

  • Rankin clutchless 4 speed from Jasper Engine former NASCAR program
  • Centerforce DYAD dual disc clutch
  • Roush magnesium bellhousing
  • Long shifter that has been moved back by 8” and to the passenger side by 6”

Rearend - Winters quickchange with 4:56 primary and gearsets from 3.04 to 6.11

Brakes

  • Baer 6P calipers with Hawk blue pads and 14-inch rotors
  • Tilton floor mount pedal assembly and master cylinders

Front suspension

  • Factory Five OEM chassis attachment points
  • Factory Five spindles with a SN197 Mustang spindle pin and bearing pack
  • RideTech custom-built upper and lower control arms
  • RideTech custom-built steering arms
  • RideTech triple-adjustable coilover shocks with 450-pound springs
  • RideTech custom-built swaybar
  • RideTech customer-built steering system with Woodward power rack, remote Woodward servo, GM power steering pump, custom-built remote fluid reservoir and front steer architecture

Rear suspension

  • RideTech custom built “wishbone” 3 link – 2 lower links with a single “A” arm on top
  • RideTech triple-adjustable coilover shocks with a 225 spring rate
  • RideTech custom-built swaybar

Exhaust – RideTech custom-built stainless headers with stainless oval exhaust and Flowmaster custom stainless mufflers and custom built stainless center dump exhaust tips

Wheels – 18x12 with seven-inch backspacing Forgeline CF3C with bronze spokes and satin black hoops all around

Tires – 315/35-18 Falken RT615K all around [Factory Five had Bret use Toyo R888 for the Hot Rod Magazine test]

Interior

  • RideTech custom-built sheetmetal. Dual-paneled with three layers of 3000-degree ceramic insulation between panels
  • IDIDIT shorty tilt steering column
  • Racepack digital dash
  • RideTech custom-built console mounted switch panel
  • RideTech-modified Kirkey seats with Recovery Room elephant scrotum leather seat inserts
  • RideTech-fabricated stainless rollcage
  • OEM Factory Five power windows
  • RideTech custom-built interior door panels and door handles
  • RideTech custom-fabricated sheetmetal headliner with insulation panels
  • 10lb Fuelsafe fire suppression system with 6 nozzles
  • RideTech custom wiring installation
  • Momo steering wheel and shifter knob

Exterior

  • Factory Five fiberglass body and top
  • Top was bolted, glued, and molded to body after roll cage was completed
  • RideTech handformed aluminum door handles, doortop trim, trunk hinges, trunk latch, license plate bezel, side mirror mounts,
  • Radiator and grille shell moved 5” forward to clear front steer rack system
  • Color is currently Sikkens black with satin clear, but expect to see a very new look for the 2013 OUSCI


If you still can't get enough of Voelkel's 1933 Ford, visit the Ridetech 1933 Ford Build Journal, to see how it all came together.

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