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Features Bella’s (TV show built) ‘32 Roadster

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ken Carvalho, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Ken Carvalho
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
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    Ken Carvalho
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    I never mentioned or posted anything about this “new on the streets” ‘32 Roadster because while it was built in the traditional look of what’s accepted on this site, there are a few modern parts that I didn’t know if they would be acceptabled here. I understand and respect what this site is about, so I left it at that. Recently a post was made by 1bad51merc about a TV car show he saw. I then responded that one of the episodes was about a HotRod built for my daughter. I also explained as above I didn’t think it fit this sites parameters. But it seems through mssgs. responses, and a text that several people on here welcomed her ‘32. Sooo, with that said I’ll post her story along with some pictures.
    ***if any of the moderaters feel this Roadster style, or the story is out of line I’m ok with and understand if it needs to be deleted. I’m not here to cause waves, and don’t want it to be thought of that I’m showing off that we got a ‘32 for free. Trust me I’d trade all the cool stuff she has gotten and experienced including the ‘32 for her NOT to be sick.
    Hope you guys enjoy....
     

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  2. Ken Carvalho
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    Troy Ladd and his lovely fiancé who we have become close friends with contacted me a little over a year ago and let me know they were in talks with Courtney Hansen about doing a TV show called “The Ride That Got Away”, the premise was a person who had to sell their dream car for one reason or another and it got away from them. Well since Bella didn’t have a car yet to get away from her, they put a little spin on it and her episode was “The ride that never was”. The rest is what you see here.
    A little back story to give some details.
    My little girl was struck at 8y/o with an extremely rare form of Cancer and was not expected to survive, but with some serious Chemo treatments, hospital stays, great medical staff, and modern medical technology, she responded to treatments and did survive. We are a few of the LUCKY ones!!!! Some of the kids we met, and friendships she made didn’t survive and get to go home, it really sucks!!!
    On to better times, the HotRod and Custom world caught wind of her (we’re a car family) and everyone took her in under their wings!!! She’s had a show “Bella meets the Bay” in her honor, been on stage at GNRS, hangs out with the Brizio’s and Holenbecks, has used the YODER and Pullmax at Walden’s Speed Shop, hung out with Billy Gibbons and received a ZZ key chain directly from his set of keys, has ridden in Aaron Kahan’s Bad News T, and eats dinner with Robert & Suzane Williams everytime we’re in Pomona. There’s so many other great things it’s too much to list. Getting to sit in Don Ewalds FED, The Grasshopper, and James Hetfields Aquarius, etc., etc. I did purchase her a ‘30 sedan for us to build (because she liked Brian’s The Jewel, and Y-Block Guys’ sedans so much), but astronomical medical bills have prevented us from building it. I was then diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and treated during this time as well. But this is all about HER, not me!!!
    Here’s some pictures of the build:
     

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  3. Ken Carvalho
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    The design was talked about with Troy, Eric Black, and I. I knew what she would want, Troy knew how to put it all together, and Eric drew it up.
     

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  4. Ken Carvalho
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    The build was done with Troy, Jack Fields (Kraftsman autoworks), Randy Ladd (Troy’s brother), Kev Elliot (yup from Rod n Custom), Caleb Harris, Chris Flik, Myself, & Courtney.
    And the bitchin’ Y-Block was built by Tim McMaster (the Y-Block guy), Kenny at Brookeville Roadster graciously donated the body and frame. Sid Chavers donated one of his Bop-Tops.
     

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  5. Ken Carvalho
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    That’s all I have for now, the car is currently at Walden’s until I can get down there to bring it home to Washington state, then we’ll finish up any small things, there’s a show here in April that she will show it at -Spokane Speed and Custom show- that my friend Brian puts on, and then we’ll be enjoying it. Of course until she’s 16 her mother and I will be chauffeuring her around in it, and after she gets her license she’ll be able to drive it.
    Thanks, Ken
     
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  6. Kiwi 4d
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    Wonderful heart warming story of how the hot rod fraternity bands together to help out.
    Troy is very generous with his time. He Is coming down under this weekend to enjoy Kiwi hospitality at our Deuce Days.
    I think the cool roadster fits in here very well ,just has a few modern safety upgrades.
    Who doesnt love a Y block in a 32>
    Can anyone post a link to the video of the build please. We cant get the history channel down under.
     
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  7. As I eluded in another thread, I saw the show and Bella's smile said it all, Congratulations.HRP

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  8. ... I set up the DVR to record that episode so I wouldn't miss it ... The reveal had me cryin' like baby ... ... ... So happy for Bella and your family ...
     
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  9. Dooley
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    If that’s not on topic then I don’t know what is....went through something similar with my goddaughter starting at age 2 she is 12 now and cancer free....I saw the show congrats
     
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  10. Rckt98
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    What a great story and what a beautiful young lady.
    The roadster is very much On Topic.
     
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  11. Russco
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    I watched that show not long ago. Great story and even greater kid!
     
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  12. okiedokie
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    Cool story, never heard of the show. What network?
     
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  13. David Gersic
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    Cool story, nice car. Know what you mean about willingly giving it all back just so your kid wouldn’t be sick. Good luck to her, and you.


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  14. David Gersic
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    Cool story, nice car. Know what you mean about willingly giving it all back just so your kid wouldn’t be sick. Good luck to her, and you.


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  16. flyn schlosser
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    Very touching story loved the episode .Plus what a awesome car.Very well deserved.
     
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  17. pumpman
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    So good to read something positive what with is going on in our world. Wishing you guys nothing but the best and healthy futures.
     
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  18. This is a great thing that so many people were involved with. The only way to describe what you did
    is, " you're a good daddy." As a father, grandfather, and great grandfather, I know what that means to you. Many kudos to you, and everyone else involved in this project, and her life.
     
  19. Ken Carvalho
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    Wow, what an unexpected great response to our Roadster. I appreciate all the kind words, even though I knew it was a traditional style of build, I was expecting it to be considered non-traditional here. Mostly because of the hidden front discs, later rearend and 4 link, etc. but I’m so glad it was deemed acceptable here. Can’t wait to get it up here so I can take her for rides in it.
    Thanks again, Ken
     
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  20. KoolKat-57
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    I truly hope and pray Bella and her roadster have many, many years of fun together!
    You and your family have been very Blessed!!
    KK
     
  21. Was awesome to see them build that car for your daughter! Troy Ladd is an awesome dude! Meet him at his old shop in Burbank! Congratulations to Bella!! One sweet ride!


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  22. Fortunateson
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    There's something about car guys that just transcends everything else. Great story and I hope your daughter stays healthy for a very, very long time! I just read the HambAndy 10 years on thread, another example of the caring and generousity of the car hobby.
     
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  23. x77matt
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    Totally HAMB friendly car, and what a great story of hotrod community support!
     
  24. oldwagonlover
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    This was a great story, this young lady will be a great story for hot ridding. I am glad to hear that both dad & daughters cancer are in remission. A truly touching story, I’m glad that the hot rodding community rallied for this family.


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  25. gnichols
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    Loved the TV show and car. You all should be very proud and happy. Gary
     
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  26. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
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    Got to finally see the show the other night on History on demand while working out of town again. Just heart warming. Got all choked up and teary eyed. lol Made sitting in a hotel away from home a lot more enjoyable. Bless everyone involved. Larry
     
  27. Terrible80
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    I don't cry often. This got to me. Wishing your daughter a long happy hotrodding life.

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  28. Ken Carvalho
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    Thanks again guys. Heres a picture from another friend (Piero, that most of you know as Evil from Mad Fabricatirs Society) that he rolled up a WhiteWall to see what the Roadster would look like with them. I concur, looks good.
     

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  29. Happy to be part of this build. Thanks for dropping by the shop yesterday. :)
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  30. I watched it..I enjoyed the show and I’m happy to see your Daughter doing well...a sick child is a heartbreaking situation
     
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