Register now to get rid of these ads!

Hot Rods My Families 1932 Ford Roadster Find

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Troublemaker427, Nov 13, 2022.

  1. Troublemaker427
    Joined: Jun 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,859

    Troublemaker427
    Member

    I bought a pretty special car at Hershey this year.
    In 1958 my grandfather Emerson Barnes bought a 1932 Ford roadster in Red Lion Pa. He and Charlie Welty built the car into a late 1950s hot rod. The car was then given to my mother's brother, Ronnie Barnes. Uncle Ronnie then drove the car for several years until it was put into storage for many years. Both Dad and I offered to buy the car over the years but it just never worked out. The car was eventually sold around 12 years ago to someone in Canada. The car sat in storage from 1962 until it went to Canada. We all thought we would never see it again.
    Fast forward to Hershey, Scotty Myers and I had just walked into the swap meet and came across a 1932 Ford roadster hot rod. I started looking at the car and told Scotty "that looks like Uncle Ronnie's old car". I then read the cars history printed out on the windshield and there was my grandfather's name!! It was the car!!! A classic car dealer from Lancaster now had the car. I knew I had to buy it!!! We agreed on a price and I picked it up a few days' latter.
    I truly feel it was meant to be and that my grandfather had a hand in me finding the car!!! It will never leave my family now. My mother cried when she found out I bought the car. My Dad was ecstatic and may have cried too!!!.
    Here it is... It is just like it was in 1958....
    The body started life as a coupe and the roof was cut off prior to my grandfather buying it. It has a basically stock '53 Mercury flathead in it with a Zephyr 3 speed trans. It still runs the '32 rear end. The doors and trunk lid have been welded and leaded over. Obviously, it has also been channeled. The gentleman who bought it in Canada did a great job restoring the car. It is basically just like it was when my grandfather and Charlie built the car.
    The car was supposedly raced at York US 30 by Chalie Wealth from Red Lion PA prior to my grand father buying it and putting it back on the road. My uncle also took it to US 30 frequently and took the trophy girl on parade laps down the track but never raced it. If anyone has any vintage photos of the car I would love to see it.
    As I said it was a hell of a surprise finding the car!!! As many folks have told me, it was just meant to be!! In the photos below are my mother who road in the car when she was 14 and Charlie Welty who is now 95 and helped build the car. Clsthrl0.jpeg 311406711_10222418129186487_6393931756097670372_n.jpg 311477599_10222418129466494_6718517588249046447_n.jpg 312108833_10222436083315329_2345906969237574884_n.jpg 312571203_10222436082835317_7306892683009376252_n.jpg
     
  2. Great story man,,,,,,,I know you are proud to find it !
    Looks gorgeous !

    Tommy
     
    SOHC427 and Troublemaker427 like this.
  3. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,188

    gnichols
    Member
    from Tampa, FL

  4. The stars aligned for you on that day. What a great story and what a beauty. Hope you all have many years of enjoyment with the car.
     
    SOHC427 and Troublemaker427 like this.

  5. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,471

    40FORDPU
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Congratulations, no disputing whose car it is.
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  6. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,741

    GordonC
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Cool story! Congratulations on getting it back into the family.
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  7. Sure is a neat old hot rod; great that it is back in the family
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  8. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 7,892

    BJR
    Member

    With luck like that you should go buy a lottery ticket!!! What a cool story and an amazing ending.
     
  9. Absolutely stunning car !!!

    amazing you tripped over it and it’s back in the family !
     
  10. It's great that you were in a fortunate enough position to be able to purchase it when you found it! Now, plan to roll miles on the odometer and enjoy it.
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  11. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,537

    Petejoe
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Zoar, Ohio

    Just perfect. Looks like a time capsule.
    Good for all of you!!
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  12. BILL LUPIANO
    Joined: Dec 19, 2015
    Posts: 244

    BILL LUPIANO
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Canada

    Congrats,great story! Old skool is kool skool!!
     
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2022
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  13. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 3,263

    panhead_pete
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Wow what an excellent way to start my day, reading this! So happy for you and your family!
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  14. BILL LUPIANO
    Joined: Dec 19, 2015
    Posts: 244

    BILL LUPIANO
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Canada

    Post pics of interior when you get a chance please.
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  15. Troublemaker427
    Joined: Jun 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,859

    Troublemaker427
    Member

  16. Troublemaker427
    Joined: Jun 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,859

    Troublemaker427
    Member

    Here it is as it left for Canada. LIl8wYdM.jpeg
     
  17. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 2,545

    wheeldog57
    Member

    What a great story and unique hot rod, good for you and yours!! Enjoy it!!
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  18. Troublemaker427
    Joined: Jun 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,859

    Troublemaker427
    Member

  19. BILL LUPIANO
    Joined: Dec 19, 2015
    Posts: 244

    BILL LUPIANO
    ALLIANCE MEMBER
    from Canada

    Thanks for the extra pics!
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  20. VOODOO ROD & CUSTOM
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 1,268

    VOODOO ROD & CUSTOM
    Member

    I greatly enjoyed reading about your good fortune.
    GREAT CAR, GREAT LUCK, GREAT STORY.
    Enjoy.
    VR&C.
     
  21. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 14,475

    Tim
    Member
    from KCMO

    Wow! Very cool on all fronts
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  22. hightower611
    Joined: Dec 7, 2009
    Posts: 137

    hightower611
    Member

    The gentleman in Canada that finished the car is an awesome man that understood the importance of doing the restoration right. I had the opportunity to see the car at his home and get the story. I was actually very surprised to see it in Hershey. I am happy to see it is back in your family.
     
  23. Man that is a cool car and story!
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  24. SPEC
    Joined: Feb 1, 2021
    Posts: 634

    SPEC
    Member

    Great Story.
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  25. Congratulations , thats a very nice restoration:cool::cool: . Right down to the rearview mirror and teapot carb :cool:.
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  26. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,893

    NashRodMan
    Member

    Incredible....and congrats. The guy in Canada did an amazing job of rebuilding it.
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  27. Am I the only one thinking what a knob Uncle Ronnie is/was? He was given the car, knew that you and your father were interested in buying it back, Uncle Ronnie does nothing with the car for YEARS and then he goes and sells it to someone in another country ?????

    Shame on Uncle Ronnie ... shame on him :mad:



    :D:D:D:D:D;):D:D:D:D:D

    (I get it ... Uncle Ronnie may have offered it to both you and your father before it went to Canada and the money, space or whatever just wasn't available but, as the story was written above, I am NOT a fan of your Uncle :cool: )
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2022
  28. Rad car and story.
     
    Troublemaker427 likes this.
  29. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 16,266

    Squablow
    Member

    That's great. Great car and a great story. The car has a look that's clearly from the time period and really doesn't look like anything getting built today. The family history along with it is priceless.
     

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2021 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.