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History Barn find 29 Roadster HELP w/history

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 57rattler, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. 57rattler
    Joined: Aug 26, 2013
    Posts: 10

    from Michigan

    Hi guys,

    I recently purchased a 29 ford roadster that may have an interesting history that I would love to discover, and was hoping somebody might be able to help me out. The facts are that the car was purchased by a local guy here in the Detroit area in 1983 and was put in a garage and hasnt moved since. The title is in the name of a guy in Birmingham, Mi dated 1973.

    The title was in an envelope with the following information hand written on the outside of the envelope:

    -29 Ford Roadster Lowboy
    -58 Tri-Power Olds Motor, J2
    -3 speed Lasalle Cadillac gearbox
    -Auburn Instrumentation (boat tail)
    -Dual Ignition (Walker)
    -1st Place 1963 International Rod and Custom Show in Chicago

    The previous owner claimed that the car may have been built by a guy named Tom Jones. The car appears to have been untouched for at least 30 years.

    Feel free to cross post to other sites, and show to anyone you might think could help!


    Below are some photos:
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2013
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  2. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 13,841


    No history but LOVE the car. Hope it gets preserved down to the last detail.
  3. Jay Tyrrell
    Joined: Dec 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,631

    Jay Tyrrell

    Wow! I can't wait to see what comes of this thread!
  4. shoebox50
    Joined: Nov 20, 2005
    Posts: 662


    Very nice score !!

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  5. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,365

    captain scarlet
    from Detroit

    Can't help with any info but that is a cool looking car
  6. pinkynoegg
    Joined: Dec 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,135


    that is an awesome ride!
  7. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,177


    that car is well known....on hamb:D

    Your buddy did a thread on it a month ago, and then the owner of this site wrote a Jalopy Journal blog on it, comparing it with a blue 32 survivor.

    Now that you posted what show it was at, someone should be able to tell you more.
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  8. 57rattler
    Joined: Aug 26, 2013
    Posts: 10

    from Michigan

    Thanks for your interest guys.

    I dont even plan on wiping any dirt or cobwebs off until I can learn some history. It is currently not even able to roll and making it roll will be my first project. The rear appears to be stuck. Brakes or Torque Tube axle froze.
  9. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,006


    Your car is too cool! Great score, a real window of history. Its possible your clutch disc is set up on the flywheel, and the brake shoes might have froze fast to the drums. Are those Inglewood Positraction tires? Best of luck with her past story.
  10. Can't be any help but the car sure has that old East Coast style. HRP
  11. F-6Garagerat
    Joined: Apr 12, 2008
    Posts: 2,651


    Cool car. Love local cars
  12. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
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  13. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,354


    I was thinking the same thing. It looks like it is in pretty good shape. What is that small plaque under the right hand gauge? Any clues there?
  14. speedyb
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 484

    from socal

    Cool car, uh its ok to wipe it off.
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  15. jfreakofkorn
    Joined: Apr 13, 2010
    Posts: 2,640


    looks like it just needs a good cleaning ...

    besides that, nice ride =)
  16. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,862

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    "-1st Place 1963 International Rod and Custom Show in Chicago"

    Maybe a magazine back in 1963 did a photo feature of the show? Old time Chi town rodders might recognize the car. Possibly, there's a long standing car club in the area that can help you out on it's history via archive photo albums or old time member recollections.
  17. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    That car is boss, man!
  18. showrod
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 677


    the 1963 international rod and custom show took place at Chicago's navy pier.
    the host club was the gas hoppers.
    the show was featured in the April 1964 car craft showtime usa coverage.
    as well as popular hot rodding around the same time.
    I have checked both issues and sadly no pics of this neat little roadster.
    there is a picture of a '32 ford that took 2nd in street roadster class.
    I have to point out for '63 there's not much chrome on this car for a 1st place win and the roadster classes are always full of competiton.
    I have been asking around with the old timers If they remember it but no luck yet.
    still a cool find!
  19. J scow
    Joined: Mar 3, 2010
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    J scow
    from Seattle

    It's a winner in my book! Subscribed!
  20. Midget25
    Joined: May 2, 2012
    Posts: 168


    That thing is just dripping "Patina" how cool.................
  21. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,193


    Now that is a freakin' score!Clean it up and drive it like it is for a while.
  22. You'll enjoy that ride! Congrats
  23. Too cool. I do dig the channeled East coast style.
  24. 57rattler
    Joined: Aug 26, 2013
    Posts: 10

    from Michigan

    To answer a few questions, yes those are Inglewood Positraction tires, good eye. The tires are white striped on the outside and red striped on the inside. They still hold air although they are dry rotted.

    The plate on the dash says Walker on top and Dual Power on the bottom. This is referring to the Ignition. I have never seen anything like it. Two coils feeding into the top of the cap and a rotor with triggers 180 degrees apart.
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  25. Jay Tyrrell
    Joined: Dec 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,631

    Jay Tyrrell

    so what are your plans? Will you rebuild the motor? Drive it? Very cool man! Very cool.
  26. I don't think it would hurt anything to clean it up a bit. It is very very cool!!! Great find, good luck. Keep us informed when you learn things. Tim
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  27. 57rattler
    Joined: Aug 26, 2013
    Posts: 10

    from Michigan

    My immediate plans include just trying to get it to roll. Then for sure it will be in the basement at Detroits Autorama whether I can get it to run or not.

    Long term plans include fixing the mechanicals so it can run and drive but it will never be restored as long as it is under my watch!!

    I love the patina and will enjoy it as is!!
  28. aldixie
    Joined: May 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,634


    Very cool car.
  29. Gaters
    Joined: Dec 29, 2007
    Posts: 562


    Breaking news on your roadster!!!!!!!!

    C'mon it was built by freaking "Tom Jones"! Nobody? Huh?.......AAaahhh!

    Attached Files:

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