I was going to title this thread "11 Weeks to Glory", which is sort of a play on the "13 Days to Glory" and the siege on the Alamo. But to be honest, this car is not all that glorious. My roadster in its current state isn't meant to be a "nice" car. It's meant to be a driver...a beater...or just a plain old down and dirty traditional hot rod. You know, a car that I can have some fun with...that just happens to be a real deal '32 Ford Roadster. This story starts back in June of last year (2014), almost exactly a year ago from the time that I'm now writing. I had just assembled a '32 Tudor Sedan into a rolling project car, and I took it out to the LA Roadster Show swap meet with the intention of selling it there. The idea was to use the funds from the sale to dump some money into my '41 Willys project. Well, it didn't sell. So I drug it all the way back home to Dallas. I think it was the next day back that I received a private message right here on the HAMB, from Flip "Deadfast 33". The content of that message basically laid out an idea to trade the complete, titled rolling chassis under the '32 Tudor for his roadster body. I had to ask to make doubly sure that I was on the same page...was this the '32 Roadster body that he had scored not all that long ago? http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/need-help-with-history-bay-area-32-roadster.865305/ Indeed it was. There are photos on that link, but I'll save you some trouble and post a couple. Logistically, this was not an easy deal for me to make, seeing as how I had just pulled a trailer to California and back only days before this idea came about. But it was a real '32 roadster body. I've wanted a '32 roadster my whole life. It had been a channeled car for a very long time, and there was no floor or subrails, but Flip had a lot of floor parts that he would let go with the body, as well as the hood, grille, chrome front end, and a few other misc. parts. From these photos, you can see that there wasn't a lot there, but I felt that there was still enough to make it a car again. I didn't have to think about it for very long. I was already planning on going to Bonneville in August, so I made plans to trailer the chassis out to Flip and come home with the roadster body, on the way to Speedweek. It wasn't exactly "on the way", I guess...but that's what made the most sense at the time. I sold the body from the Sedan to my good friend George, so that took care of the rest of the car. Then shortly after Flip and I made an agreement, I got a call from a friend looking for a running/driving roadster. I mentioned that I was getting a '32 and was considering selling my '29 Roadster. I put a price on it, and that was it...it was gone. I loved my '29 Roadster, and selling it was an agonizing decision for me. I knew that I had to raise some more money to put into the Willys though, and the timing just seemed to work out for selling the old roadster. A few more hot July weeks went by, and it was finally time to go get the roadster. I drove out to Watsonville, CA to Flip's house and did the swap. You can see the '32 chassis in the background. I spent the night in Santa Cruz. Speedweek was rained out, so I went straight back home from Wendover. Once I was back home, I had no time to work on the new roadster...so I stashed it in the corner of the shop for safe keeping. It would sit in that same spot, untouched, for about 9 months. In the meantime, I searched for any history of the car that I could find. No one seemed to remember it. By a stroke of luck, Flip ended up finding photos of the car from when it was last running and driving, in 1981, so I at least had some old photos to go by. Much later, I would find out that Rod Weltz of San Francisco had rebuilt the car into its last form before selling it to a nice couple that kept the car up until recently. I was able to contact Rod through the help of Marcus Edell, and Rod was nice enough to send me photos of how it looked when he bought it, in about 1979 or 80. I was surprised to see that the car not only had a Red Ram Hemi installed in it at that time, but it also had a '55 Dodge dash! Any history prior to this is still unknown, so if you can help, please get in touch with me. I found a 1947 Los Angeles newspaper in the driver's door, so I think it has been a hot rod since the '40s. I don't know when it was channeled, or when it came to San Francisco, but I think it was redone in about 1968, and stayed in that form until Rod bought it. WEEK 1 Fast forward to March of this year. Actually, it was Saint Patrick's Day, if I'm remembering correctly. I was having lunch with a friend, and he asked what I was going to take to the Lonestar Roundup, which was exactly a month a way (starting on April 17th). The project that I had been working on with hopes of a debut at the show was looking like it wasn't going to make it, no matter how hard I worked, or how many hours I put in. This was disheartening, because I really wanted to bring something new to the show. Thinking out loud, I said "you know, I think I have almost everything I need to throw my roadster together...maybe I should bring it." The more we talked about it, the more feasible it started to sound. And we weren't even drinking. The style of the car would be something similar to the Price/Hellmuth roadster. I'd be able to keep as much of the candy red paint on the body as possible, and end up with a car that would be early-mid '50s style. I came up with a plan to basically build a "bolt together" hot rod '32 roadster. Something I wouldn't have to spend a whole lot of time fabricating pieces and parts for. A basic traditional hot rod. This meant a good original '32 frame, a flathead, a '39 transmission, a '40 rear, dropped axle, unsplit wishbone, stock firewall, etc. I'd already been collecting all of those parts for my '32 5-window (that still isn't built), and most of the parts I had multiples of. This illustration of the McGee Roadster from Hot Rod Magazine is pretty close to what I envisioned. If I played my cards right, I could have a roadster that would look good both with and without fenders. The biggest question mark was the engine. There was no way that I would have time to either rebuild or find another engine and still make it to the Roundup. I had two flatheads set aside in my shop, and both were supposed to be good engines...but I hadn't torn down either of them. The flathead that I really wanted to use was a '46 Ford/Merc 59L that I had bought several years ago from my friend Ricky. It was pretty much complete and "ran when parked." We've all heard that story before, so I was expecting the worst. But when I started cracking it open to check condition, I was blown away by how nice and clean it was inside. I took a wire brush and knocked off the carbon, and I was shocked to see that it was STD bore as well. And even better still, this was a factory relieved block. I took this as a good omen...a sign that I should go forward with the idea that I could just bolt the thing together and get it to the show.