A couple of months ago I was browsing Facebook and I stumbled across this little model a roadster pickup for sale. I’d been very slowly collecting bits for a hot rod but to build one from scratch seemed impossible, given limited skill and time. I think this was the perfect platform for me to get started; a ‘28 roadster pickup, stock running gear, no fenders, 40 Ford wheels. The perfect canvas to hop up into my own hot rod. My idea is to keep it on the road as much as possible, while hopping it up along the way to make it my own. The car was 13 hours away, so me and my mate Mick took a weekend to drive there, pick it up and drive home. Being pretty motivated to get there and back we did some long hours in the car and made it back by Sunday morning. We got the car off the trailer, did a couple hot laps around the block and I got it in the backyard and started pulling it apart to give it a paint job. By Sunday afternoon, it was sanded and had a couple coats of rattle can gloss black. The old colour wasn’t terrible, but I needed to make it mine and I wanted it to be unrecognisable from how the previous owner had it. The next weekend our club Misled Youth were to be involved in a show to showcase the future of hotrodding and shed the light on young people involved. So I decided to get cracking and do a few things to change the car up even more. I brush painted the engine Brunswick green, installed some tail lights from a 41-48 Chevy that I picked up at a swap meet, installed a number plate & club plaque. Getting it to our little display at Autopia was pretty cool. Already well and truly a different look from when I had bought it just a week prior, I was loving the direction it was heading, but I still had some things in mind to really complete the look I was going for. After Autopia, another deadline loomed; Rattletrap. A beach sprint event in Central Coast area of NSW. I wanted to finish version 1 of the look I was going for, a pretty simple 4 banger hot rod that could have got around in the late 40s. Fellow Misled Youth, Megan sold me this 32 dash that was made to suit an early A. Perfect! I had been collecting Stewart Warner guages for a while and I gathered a neat old set together to be placed on the dash. The last part I needed was a speedo or tacho to be a centre piece and some how it was just meant to be that at the next swap meet I went to, there was a SW speedo. I also installed a 40 Ford wheel. New firestones were on the cards, 6.00 up front and 7.50 in the rear made the car look a bit more solid. (didnt have the new rear tyres fitted in these photos) I got a 32 grille shell and made it work with the original radiator, had to have the filler neck moved and channeled the grille shell a bit to make it look right. I also chopped the screen and mocked it up. Mocking up a new part on your car is the best, the ultimate motivation to make things happen. The final piece I needed to complete the look I had imagined was a windscreen. The car came with some repo stock height posts and a windscreen however they were not the look! With the help of my friend Sean we cut up the posts and leaned them back. The deadline was coming up quick and it was still the last piece I wanted to have done for rattle trap. On the night before we were to leave, I got the posts back, went to bolt it all up and realised the windscreen frame that had come with the car did not suit, it was too wide. Thanks to my mates Aaron and Mick we cut it up again and made it work, it’s not perfect by any means but it really looks the part on the car I think. I hadn’t really had a chance to drive the car very far at all since owning it for a couple months, a test lap around the block and I loaded it for Rattletrap. Driving your hot rod around with friends has got to be the most rewarding thing ever. Getting coffee at Rattletrap with my friend Alex in his y block powered model a roadster. I've missed little bits and pieces, but this is basically where I'm up to with this little roadster pickup. Never made a post on the HAMB before but I think it'll be neat to document my progress on this car. I'm real happy with how it looks now, theres still a lot I'd like to do but for now its good enough to enjoy!