• Sep 28, 2009
Take something old – in this case, a 1933 Ford Roadster body – and make it into something new – a CNG-powered, 600-horsepower beast, perhaps. That's what's happening over at AFVTech, which is prepping the fenderless hot rod for the upcoming Alternative Fuels and Vehicles Institute expo that's coming in May.

AFVTech is using what President Kevin Fern calls the "Natural Drive dedicated EPA-certified CNG retrofit systems" for 600 clean-burning horsepower. The conversion uses a modified General Motors LS7 seven-liter V8 engine (as used in the Chevrolet Corvette Z06), a six-speed transmission, drive-by-wire controls and ABS disc brakes.

The company is also working with the Arizona Fountain Hills High School's research club on turning a 2002 Ford Crown Victoria into a hydrogen-powered vehicle.

[Source: Green Car Advisor, Green Car Congress]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      A Chevy engine in a Ford. Isn't that still a felony in Detroit?
      • 5 Years Ago
      i cant wait for these done to death 32 coupes to go away forever
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sound like a cool idea.
      • 5 Years Ago
      stuka, it's a no brainer about chevy motors in fords and why all nascar racecars use a ford 9" pumpkin for the drive. ford makes a more expensive and harder to work on mill and chevy makes a piece of crap more expensive rearend to work on. sooooooooo, i'd take the chevy motor and ford ass end and marry them together any day. but not individually married to their respective alter egos, even toyota has a ford ass. but you gotta admit that chevy has ford beat in the engine compartment. although, when ford got together with cosworth, it was match made in heaven. too bad they went their separate ways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's suicide on four wheels
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gives a whole new meaning to having Gas
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the olden days we would have put a Lincoln-Zephyr engine in it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While its a nice car, the fact that it has a GM engine makes it crap. I am so sick of people dumping money into restoring a ford only to put a GM engine into it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am not saying the LS7 is crap really, as its a good (although technologically outdated (it uses pushrods)) engine. Its the fact that instead of using a Ford engine (and there are many to choose from) they went the route everybody else does and put in a GM engine. Everybody and their grandma has a SBC in a Ford coupe. Its almost rare to see a FORD engine in a FORD. And their is absolutely no excuse for it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some people want a engine with heritage :p
        • 5 Years Ago
        LS7 isn't crap. It's derived from an engine that won 3 24hr LeMans and finished its 240hour runs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe that's a Factory Five '33 in the picture.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is a FFR '33 Roadster.IT's as good platform as any to do this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny thing about the LS7 if they're gonna use a Factory Five 33. The car was engineered with either a Ford Small Block or Modular engine in mind. They're going out of the way to re-engineer the car to make the LS7 Work.

        Not saying the LS7 is bad, but buy putting it in a "Hot Rod" that would make it alot harder, throws the whole "It's easier" excuse to put a GM motor in a Ford out the window. I'm anti bellybutton, and the LS series is getting just as bad as the old SBC.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still don't get the attraction to the 30s-era cars. I've been attending cruise-ins and shows since before I could drive, and never understood why these were so desirable. They're cramped, ride terribly even when modified, and offer terrible visibility because to look "right" they are often excessively chopped. To my eye are just too simplistic to even be considered rolling art. They command high prices, though. To each his own, but I don't think American automobiles are even worth considering until about '39. The 40s remain my favorite decade, however abbreviated it was due to the war that largely left four model years absent.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whether it's an Aston or a Zil, a horseless carriage or an electric Tesla...somewhere there is a group or a "B_E_N" who loves them to the exclusion of all others....sort of like our women.
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