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Hot Rods Another survivor found,A Bitchin 32 Roadster!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by titus, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,057


    ITS ALIVE, figured id put this up in the front of the post, theres many updates thru out this post, most of it around page 7 8 and 9.

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    Ive began the work on the car, always check the last pages for updates!

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    So im freinds with Chadly Johnson who does alot of photo shoots and magazine articles for TRK, OSK and CKD, well a while back a co-worker of his told him his father in law had this old roadster, possibly a 32, well it turned out to be just that, a 32 ford roadster, Chadly of course worked out a deal to go photograph and do a story on the car, that can be seen in issue #28 of Traditional rod and kulture, well anyways when he was going to go see the car and wanted me to tag along, one, to keep the car owner busy. two, to talk with him about the and see his plans, well me and Ed hit it off, (Ed by the way is the owner of the car), hes 71 and has owned the car since 1958, and the cars been sitting since about 59', he told us "well back then the flathead was tired and overhead engines were where it was at, so he started the install of a nailhead, well, he ran into some difficulties and never finished the install, so the car has been sitting since, he got buys with life and just never managed to get back going on the car, his plan was to start working on it after retirement, well that had came and he hadnt gotten to working on the car. and thats were me and Chadly came in, he hadnt been in the sport for years and really didnt know what it had become or what was the in thing etc etc, so that day i talked to him we talked about the car and what he was thinking of doing with it, i went on to tell him that the car is a very special car, i told him of the whole survivor bit etc etc, he had wanted to put a 302 ford motor in it, but i then started talking to him about the flathead, he kinda liked the idea but didnt know, and didnt want the trouble of a flathead, the car is located in Milwaukee and we had planned a double trip of photographing the 32 and making it to the Cheaterama, so we told Ed he should go, well he did, we showed him around all the flathead cars and some other survivors etc etc. I had also discused that i work on Hot rods at home etc etc. Well a few weeks went by and Ed called me, he wanted to come to my place and discuss some ideas about the and that he wanted me to do the work on it.
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    So here we are, Me and my buddy Lance went and picked up the car yesterday and we are going to start a mechanical restoration, Eds future plans are to do a full restore on the car but i had convinced him to just do the mechanical and safety related items.

    Also, we are trying to track some of the history down, maybe who owned the car before him and where it came from.

    Ed bought the car from Pabts Motors in Milwaukee in 1958

    The owner that had traded it in to Pabts motors for a sports car had the last name of Friedman and his family owned teh Schusters department store. he had raced the car at Four Mile Road America track in Elkhart Lake, WI.

    There are many many distinguising items on the car include alot of fab work, alumunum hood sides and rear fenders, extended rear lower panel, round tube front and rear crossmembers and many many more items, the flathead Ed pulled was equiped with Grancor heads and 3 97s, he doesnt remember the intake. On that note we are seaching for a set of resoanbly price Grancor heads, early of late.
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  2. Louie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 653

    from NJ

    cool,saw that in the latest issue,glad to hear its gonna hit the street again
  3. daddy_o's_diner
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,784


    awesome car and an even better story!
  4. Mayor of G-Vegas
    Joined: Nov 10, 2010
    Posts: 507

    Mayor of G-Vegas

    Great car and story - Mayor

  5. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
    Posts: 6,894


    Good GAWD, that's awesome, Jeff!
  6. Murphy32
    Joined: Oct 17, 2007
    Posts: 726

    from Minnesota

  7. MMMMM grancor :::drool:::
  8. jimbob
    Joined: Jun 29, 2004
    Posts: 1,221


    neat car, neat story.
  9. Are you kidding me!
    That is beyond awesome.
    You showed him the way!
  10. Rob Paul
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 1,266

    Rob Paul

    That is too cool. Love the story.
  11. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Absolutely love hearing these stories and the likes of them seem to flock your way Jeff. Great story, great car!!!
  12. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,382


    sweet hot rod
  13. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,024

    1. 60s Show Rods

    that thing is so damn cool!
  14. Willy301
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,426


    Awesome find....and back story, hope you can track the lineage back and maybe talk to the previous owner's family, bet they have some pics of it racing!
  15. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,673


    Sure glad you came into Ed's life to save that little beauty.
  16. Ed could not have found a better person to help bring the car back!
  17. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,883


    Amazing! They keep finding you!
  18. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,920


    What a beautiful roadster!
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  19. Cool find, cool story, thanks for sharing.
  20. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,073

    scrap metal 48

    That's a Stewart Warner "8 in a row" dash panel.. Very cool roadster.....
  21. william.ali.kay
    Joined: Nov 20, 2009
    Posts: 824

    from Milwaukee

    Very cool!!!
    Get that thing safe and running and then go back and take Ed for a ride.
  22. you guys rock !
  23. Wow, thats great.
  24. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,279

    Jalopy Joker

    Cool ride & story. hope that when Ed decides to finally sell the roadster - many years from now - he will put you on the first to call list.
  25. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    That's a great find. Even better story to go along with it. I'm glad you were able to talk him out of fully restoring this thing as it's beautiful as it sits.
  26. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,609


    Wow, I can't believe it.. Seems like every day I'm reading about another unearthed '32 on here. Amazing story!
  27. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,018

    from Tacoma, WA

    Wow, I love threads like this. Subscribed...
  28. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,217


    Yes, that is beyond cool, and with the story, it's even better. Just wonder why nobody considered the nailhead that is in it now..
  29. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,057


    Just to clear it up, i just explained to Ed about how the car was neat the way it is, i let it be his descision to leave it the way it is.

    Heres some pics of some other parts that came with the car.

    A mechanical flathead tach drive

    and the old bell auto parts hand psi pump

    and some air scoops and an air cleaner.

    Anyone have any pics of the rest of the mounting and maybe the spud drive for the tach drive?


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  30. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,057


    and heres his pic from prom night!

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