1927 Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez

Join Al Chavez on a captivating journey through his life, from building go-karts as a teen to crafting arcade gaming units and restoring classic cars. Discover how his passion and skills have shaped his remarkable career.

1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez
1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Al Chavez

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Al Chavez

1927  Ford Track T Roadster

Facebook: @Al Chavez 

Photographer: Toria Mohr Photography

1927  Ford Track T Roadster: A Journey of Passion and Precision

Al Chavez, hailing from Lincoln, California, is more than just a name; he's a testament to the power of passion and precision in the world of automotive customization. Aged 55, Al's journey began with his hands and an unyielding desire to create, learn, and leave a lasting legacy. This article takes you through the remarkable story of Al Chavez's automotive journey, from humble beginnings to becoming a master craftsman.

1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger parked outside a classic old filling station

Early Years: A Foundation in Craftsmanship

From a young age, Al's life was entwined with craftsmanship. He was a helping hand alongside his father, engaging in various projects and developing a strong foundation of practical skills. As a budding enthusiast, he eagerly embraced shop classes, a testament to his unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

Teenage Aspirations: From Go-Karts to a Career

In his teenage years, Al Chavez's enthusiasm manifested in the creation of go-karts, mini bikes, and various other projects. These endeavors were not merely pastimes but precursors to a lifelong journey of car customization. His skillset expanded at the age of 16 when he began working at Amertel Cabinets, a friend's cabinet shop, honing his woodworking prowess.

1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger

Educational Pursuits: A Passion for Sound

After graduating from high school, Al's pursuit of knowledge led him to college, where he delved into the world of audio engineering. His studies encompassed sound reinforcement and recording, instilling a profound understanding of acoustics and audio technology.

Professional Growth: The World of High-End Car Audio

In his twenties, Al ventured into the high-end car audio field. He specialized in installing separate audio systems and actively participated in audio competitions. His journey reached an impressive milestone at the age of 25 when he became an esteemed judge at the International Auto Sound Challenge Association (IASCA).

Mastering the Craft: A Journey with Rockford Fosgate

Al Chavez's pursuit of excellence in car audio led him to become a Rockford Fosgate Master Technician and a Pathmaster Master Technician. The culmination of his efforts resulted in eight features in prominent car audio magazines and the proud representation of two cars at the Nationals.

1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger showing off its engine bay

Evolving Career: A Transition to Mobile Electronic Technology

His journey in car audio eventually transitioned into a career encompassing car dealerships and rental car companies. Here, he assumed the role of a mobile electronic technician, serving as a testament to his adaptability and expertise.

Game Warden: A Classic Arcade Adventure

In 2001, Al embarked on a unique entrepreneurial venture by founding Game Warden. This company specialized in designing and manufacturing classic arcade gaming systems, adding another feather to his cap.

Passing on the Torch: Teaching the Next Generation

Al Chavez's legacy extends beyond his own endeavors. He took on the role of a mentor to his two sons, Daniel (age 17) and Adam (age 13). Together, they embarked on a journey of learning, fixing, and creating, which ultimately led them to the world of automotive customization.

1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger with the owner and passangers sat in the car

The 'Black Tiger': A Family Project

Their collaborative efforts culminated in the restoration of a remarkable piece of automotive history – a 1954 Packard. This car holds a unique distinction as the first off the assembly line in 1954, boasting the serial number 001.

The Main Project: 'Black Tiger' 1927 Ford

The centerpiece of the Chavez family's automotive passion is the 'Black Tiger,' a 1927 Ford Model T. This Track T 2 Door Roadster is a work of art, boasting a black with blue pearl exterior paint and a matching black leather interior.

A Unique Powerhouse: The Engine and Performance

What sets the 'Black Tiger' apart is its choice of engine – a GM 2.3L Quad 4 turbocharged with an intercooler. In a world dominated by V8s, this 4-cylinder engine stands out. It's sourced from a 1991 Pontiac Grand AM and produces an estimated 320 horsepower.

1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger with Als wife modeling next to the car

Precision in Every Detail: Interior and Features

The 'Black Tiger' doesn't compromise on the details. It features a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission, a finely finished dash with gauges, and a custom adjustable suspension setup. Underneath the seats, you'll find clever storage solutions.

A Showstopper: Custom Paint and Aesthetics

The aesthetics of the 'Black Tiger' are a visual spectacle. The car boasts a black blue pearl paint job using House of Kolor materials, thanks to the artistry of Raul Herrera at White Oaks Bodyshop. Custom CNC-cut door panels house the separate speakers, emergency cutoff electrical switch, and a center console.

The Symphony of Sound: 13-Speaker Stereo System

Inside, a 13-speaker, 2000-watt stereo system envelops passengers in an auditory delight. It's a perfect complement to the car's impressive performance.

1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger being worked on in the garage

The Roadster's Heart: Performance Enhancements

The 'Black Tiger' doesn't compromise on performance. It features a 10-gallon aluminum gas tank, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, and a custom smaller billet steering wheel for easy access.

A Striking Presence: Unique Design Elements

The 'Black Tiger' boasts blue halo headlights and blue accent lights in the grille, exuding a menacing presence. A straight exhaust pipe with a Vance & Hines exhaust tip adds to the aggressive character.

A Touch of Technology: Engine Management

The engine's management system is courtesy of Simple Digital, ensuring that the 'Black Tiger' roars with precision and control.

A work in progress on a 1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger

Rolling in Style: Wheels and Suspension

Wheels from Boyd Coddington, measuring 17 inches by 8 inches in the front and 20 inches by 10 inches in the rear, offer both style and performance. The four-bar rear suspension, complete with urethane bushings and coil-over shocks, ensures a smooth ride.

Classic Roots: The True '27 Ford

The 'Black Tiger' is a true 1927 Ford Model T. With a lightweight frame, it embodies the spirit of the original '27 Ford Model T while incorporating modern craftsmanship and innovation.

A Legacy of Excellence: Show Success and Family Bonding

The Chavez family has made numerous appearances at car shows, consistently winning Best of Show. The 'Black Tiger' is not just a vehicle; it's a symbol of their craftsmanship, precision, and the deep bond between Al, Daniel, and Adam.

1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger with Halo lights

An Exceptional Build: Time and Dedication

The 'Black Tiger' stands as a testament to exceptional craftsmanship, embodying over 2,500 man-hours of dedication without any shortcuts. It's not just a beautiful car; it's a masterpiece in motion.

A Family Affair: Al's Wife, Kristina

Throughout this incredible journey, Al's wife, Kristina, has been a steadfast pillar of support. She has watched over every build and relished the joy of taking rides in these masterpieces.

The 'Black Tiger': A Symbol of Excellence

The 'Black Tiger' is more than just a car; it's an embodiment of the Chavez family's excellence in craftsmanship. This high-dollar, one-of-a-kind custom build reflects their unwavering commitment to quality and precision.

Al Chavez's journey is a testament to the power of passion, precision, and the bonds of family. It's a story of creating, learning, and sharing that

1927  Ford Track T Roadster - Black Tiger parked at the side of the road

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