On May 12, 2020 I turned 27 years old. It was at that moment that I realized that if I didn't take action, I wouldn't have a hot rod on the road before I was 30. I had just finished my Triumph chopper project and had loose plans to put together a Panhead next. After mulling it over, I knew that it was time to switch gears and finally chase that dream of building a hot rod. Not just any hot rod, but a 1930-'31 Model A roadster. It's important to point out a couple things here. First and foremost, I live in San Francisco where space is limited to say the least. I do all my writing for The Jalopy Journal and The Rodder's Journal in my closet-turned-office (affectionately dubbed "The Cloffice") and my bedroom is a glorified broom closet. Despite the high cost of living I knew that, with enough scrounging, I could make a hot rod happen. Hey, it's just like a motorcycle with four wheels, right? I had simply run out of excuses. I knew it was time to get rolling. I've never bought an old car. Not even a semi-old one. That's why when I began my search, I looked to the H.A.M.B. for help. I started a thread here, and you guys told me what to watch out for. Initially, my plan was to start with a running, driving car. Well, I soon realized that was completely out of my price range for a steel roadster. After numerous dead ends, I decided I needed to take the time-honored hot rod approach and put one together myself. I have absolutely no car building experience whatsoever, so this is a learning process. I'm lucky to have my family in Michigan/New York helping me through this, and a host of great friends in SF who have lent me a hand thus far. I've only had the car for a month and I'm hooked. So, without further ado, let's get to the build thread... Here's where it all began. Body on frame, car on trailer, lots of hair on head. It doesn't run and I'm holding the door in place. I'll dive into the roadster's backstory in a Jalopy Journal column in the following weeks. Note: I know there's a handful of you who are just itching to turn this into a thread about titles, paperwork and similar topics. I've spoken with California Highway Patrol and we're going to get everything sorted out. Thank you for your concern.