After a 12 year hiatus from hot rodding, I’ve found the motivation to get back on my ’31 A coupe build. My 21 year old son is a mechanical engineering student and my 18 year old son suddenly took an interest in old cars. I’ve taught them to maintain their own vehicles but they’ve never really been “in” to cars like I was. I recently got news that my father has cancer; his prognosis is good at the moment. He started this coupe, which he named “Spooky”, back in the mid 80’s. I realize I may only have a short time with Dad and the boys all around me, so I’m ambitiously planning to finish this three-generation build. The build is in full swing and I’ll include updates, but first I’ll give some family hot rodding history. Heck, Dad started the build 30+ years ago, so there’s a little history on the coupe. Dad grew up in Macon, GA. He was a kid in the late 50s and a teenager in the 60s when hot rodding and racing was in its heyday. Dad got the car bug honest I guess. My granddad George used to go down to Central City Park to watch the moonshiners, i.e. stock car racers run their 40 Fords and whatnot. The only time he took the family on vacation was to the Daytona 500. George had a sweet Harley around 1954. That’s Dad on the back of it at 5 years old. Dad had three uncles on his mom’s side of the family and they were all car guys. Charles, Bruce and Denny were the hot rodders in their south Macon neighborhood. Their house on Hightower Road was the hangout for the neighborhood kids. Bruce was the main hot rodder of the bunch in the 60s. He was in his early 20s in the mid 60’s when he inherited a ’31 coupe parts car from his grandfather Robert. Bruce decided to make it into a hot rod. Robert had another Model A he used as a daily driver until they took the keys from him when he was in his 90s. That’s Robert in his 70s standing next to his coupe. The oldest brother Charles worked at Dixie Auto Parts. He frequently hooked up Bruce with parts. Denny was Dad’s youngest uncle and only a couple years older than Dad. Dad was around 15 when they started building the coupe in the mid ‘60s. Bruce liked driving fast. He had plans to make the coupe fast on the top end. Charles located a ’54 Olds 324 in the junkyard while Bruce found a three two-barrel set-up. They mated it to a Lincoln Zephyr transmission and dropped it in the coupe. The Zephyr also donated it’s rear end. They stripped the unchopped coupe, channeled it and called it good. Due to the gearing, it wasn’t that fast in the quarter but, according to Dad, it would do 95 mph in 2nd gear. Many fell victim to Bruce’s coupe on long backroads. On Sundays, the neighborhood kids would hang out at their house to tune the coupe and take turns going sideways down unpaved Hightower road in front of the house. Bruce would take bets on how soon he could get an unsuspecting passenger to beg him stop. They always begged, one pleading for mercy from the floorboard. Bruce sold the old coupe sometime around the late 60s, replacing it with a ’64 Galaxy sporting a hot 427 built by local William Pender. No one was absolutely certain where the coupe ended up after the sell. I remember going to a car show with Bruce back in the 80s. We saw an old coupe that he though was his from back in the day but he wasn’t certain. The owner wouldn’t part with it anyway. Dad lived within walking distance of Bruce and Denny’s house. He wasn’t quite old enough to drive when they built the coupe but he grew up in the hot rod culture. It left a lasting impression and passion that he passed on to me. Here’s a pic of the coupe he snapped with his kid brother Jerry standing next to Bruce’s ‘31. Dad cut his hot rodding teeth with Bruce and Denny and that coupe. It would be twenty years before Dad had his own Model A. He scratched the itch with fast cars and motorcycles until then.