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Old 02-24-2010, 09:47 AM   #1
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Default Another Forgotten Roadster



Last week, we talked about Bud's little 'T' Roadster and how it essentially fell through the cracks of history. The idea of that car's inconsequential past and present sort of appealed to me. It was a...

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Old 02-24-2010, 10:04 AM   #2
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Always dug that little car. It had a look that's all it's own.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:06 AM   #3
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Now thats a cool looking car, but I might be biased!
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:03 AM   #4
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:10 AM   #5
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Man...I love that car!!! That's some nice thinkin' outta the box. It all just 'fits'. Shocks ALL the way out the back...and it still looks great. Nicely done. Thanks for bringin' it to light.
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:12 AM   #6
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Love the "oldies"
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:12 AM   #7
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Just did a little featured story on this neat roadster last week. Check it out here: http://www.kustomrama.com/index.php?...%27s_1927_Ford

The car is still around, and is currently being restored back to the Carl Burnett version. Since the 1940s, the roadster has been owned by four different members of the San Diego Prowlers CC.

Chuck Gibson owned it and raced it at the dry lakes in the 1940s and early 1950s:


Carl Burnett bought it around 1951, and built it into a roadster:


in 1958 it was featured on the cover of HRM March 1958 (by then Bob Smith had bought it from Carl):


Today, the car is owned by John LeBarre, also a Prowlers member. Carl is the caretaker who is restoring the roadster back to the Burnett version. Can't wait to see it done:
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:17 AM   #8
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I have that feature bookmarked in my worn copy as inspiration for my brothers T!
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:25 AM   #9
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Super... thanks so much for the update... I guess this one wasn't so forgotten - no?

Absolutely bitchin.
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:28 AM   #10
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Thats a perfect car, plain and simple!
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:30 AM   #11
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The cowl looks like it's been stretched?
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:32 AM   #12
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The article says he used a Henry J deck-lid.....was it just welded on to the stock T quarters?

I can't tell from the pics...but obviously some type of quarters were used when it went from RPU to roadster.

Anyone know what was done?
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:34 AM   #13
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I remember that roadster from another mag. Maybe Hot Rot cover. Seem to remember a sailor jumping into or out of it. Something in the article talked about the flathead already being outdated.
I must have liked it. It's still sticks in my mind.
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:36 AM   #14
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Great update! I remember that Hot Rod cover when I was a kid. My friend across the street had a big brother (driving age) who got all the car mags of the day. We poured over each issue and in the process got an education. I marveled at that car (and many others) and said, "one day I'll do that".
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:42 AM   #15
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Cool! First time I am seeing it and sure is pretty. I love the rear view of this thing. You can see everything that going on underneath. Can't wait to perhaps see it in person one day!
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:47 AM   #16
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Much of the info I have on the car comes from the Prowlers website: http://www.prowlers.org/csite/cms/cms.asp

Check it out, it's full of nice photos and stories!!! We need more webpages like that one
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Old 02-24-2010, 11:59 AM   #17
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Notice the rear-facing F1 front shock mounts? I really like the "in your face" rear suspension too.
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:02 PM   #18
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cool ride! the rear shocks, spring, frame, and member are in your face... i like that!
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Old 02-24-2010, 01:07 PM   #19
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One of the best looking roadsters of the period. Nice to know it's still around.
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Old 02-24-2010, 02:10 PM   #20
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Wow--another great post. Looking at this car made me think instantly of the Bob Smith car. I just never thought it was the same car.

Great to know it's still around and is getting restored.
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