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History My Uncontrollable Urge '32 Ford Roadster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Payne, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. I thought I’d share with everyone the mock up photos I took of my ’32 roadster at sunset on Saturday. We have been having some beautiful fall sunsets in Spokane the past few days and I wanted to capture the colors on a hot rod Last Wednesday while driving for work at sunset I found the perfect spot to shot the car. With a line of Saturday morning for the debut of mocked up roadster at a show in Spokane, I knew I could use the location on Saturday afternoon to get the photos I wanted.
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  2. My deuce roadster has been in my family since the 1960 or 1961 depending on who you talk too. The roadster was last on the road in the early to mid sixties after my dad took it apart to for some unknown reason and never to put it all the way back together. Over the years parts and pieces disappeared from the original car and at least three deuce frames were built then sold over the years for it, but the entire time old roadster body lived in the garage on saw horses gathering dust, ding, and scratches. It almost left the family in the early eighties when my parents needed to sell either the roadster or a 1966 big block Corvette. The Corvette soon found a new home and the roadster continued living in the garage. In 1995 when I was 15 my dad started working again the roadster with the goal being to get it on the road when I turned 16 the following year. Work began and progressed to making a rolling chassis for the roadster. But indecision began to set in about which motor to run and which brakes to run, and work soon stopped on the roadster. After that the half started project moved back into the garage where it stayed until my father passed away in January of 2004.

    That summer I attend Hot Rod-A-Rama for the first time and got the itch to get the old roadster on the road. I soon moved the roadster to a friend&#8217;s garage where I could work on the roadster. I tore apart the mocked up chassis and began to learn how to build a hot rod through trial and error. I tell most people I&#8217;m getting better at building a car because I only have to do things twice instead of three times. I decided to use the frame the way it was set up back in 1995, just cleaning up and painted the front and rear suspension pieces that were there. I love drag racing and show cars, so I wanted the roadster to have a look of a 60&#8217;s Show & Go hot rod. I also absolutely love a hemi motor so I decided on using a 241 Dodge Hemi mated to a rebuilt S-10 T-5 transmission, and clean up the gigantic Franklin quick change that was already underneath the chassis. Magnesium Halibrand on all four corners wrapped in firestone bias ply cheater slicks and Emperor approved 5.60-15 firestones up front. I&#8217;ve had some speed bumps along the way in building the roadster from getting distracted with women, and car shows. To being burned out and broke from working on the car. Two weeks ago I decided to see how far I&#8217;ve come on building a hot rod and mock up the car for the fall car show at the Country Place tavern in Dogtown.

    At the show on Saturday, the man who first built the roadster back in 1957, Jack Henderson, came to the show in his 1940 Ford Tudor sedan. I think he was surprised to see his old car out and I got to spend a good hour talked to him about the history of the car and where he used to drag races the car in the late fifties. Jack bought the car out of a garage in the Five mile area of Spokane for $250 dollars and flat towed the car with a chain to his house on the North side of Spokane. Jack built the car in 1957 using a &#8217;56 small block Chevy backed up by a &#8217;39 transmission with Zephyr gears, and a &#8217;46 ford rear end out back.


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  3. Local upholster Buddy Brannon stitched the tuck and roll back in &#8217;57 and Jack Henderson came up with the diagonal gold stripe on the seat. All of the interior upholstery survives to this day, and I&#8217;m still undecided if I want to run it in the car or get new white tuck and roll upholstery for the car.

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    Up front the roaster runs a dropped &#8217;32 Ford axle with spilt &#8217;32 wish bones and Posies super slide front spring.

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    Local pinstriper Don Audel pinstriped the body in &#8217;58 and added hand painted &#8220;cross eyed&#8221; moon eyes to driver&#8217;s side of the cowl and the &#8220;I EAT CORVETTE&#8217;S&#8221; cereal character to the passenger side. Jack use to street race the roadster quiet often and wanted something to temp the corvette owners of Spokane into a race.

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    The completely smoothed 241 cubic inch &#8217;53 Dodge Hemi has been bored 0.40 over and uses mostly stock internals. The Edmunds valve covers and Edmunds 2x2 intake were found while cleaning out my father&#8217;s living room of old car parts, and polished up. The finned spark plug covers do exist, but didn&#8217;t make it on the car for the shoot.

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    The gauge cluster is of unknown origins, if any one knows please share.
    Because everyone asks and all I can tell them is it&#8217;s came out of my dad&#8217;s living room because that&#8217;s where I found it.

    UPDATE: Thanks to H.A.M.B. member 36C8, from Ohio. I now know that the gauge cluster is from a 1930 Hudson.

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    The roadster was quiet often drag raced at Deer Park Dragstrip during its life from 1957 through the early 60&#8217;s. After nearly fifty years the roadster still wears its drag racing class and number &#8220;A/SR 301&#8221;.

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    The magnesium Halibrand Sebring knock-offs run plated steel Halibrand knock-off spinners and stop via &#8217;46-48 Ford brakes and finned Buick drums.

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    </o> Stay tuned for more update on the roadster its official line is March 2009 for the indoor Spokane Auto Boat Speed Show.
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  4. Hey_Pauly
    Joined: Oct 1, 2007
    Posts: 330

    Hey_Pauly
    Member

    That is an awesome story and a great car.
     

  5. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    JeffreyJames
    Member
    from SUGAR CITY

    That's awesome!!! The "I Eat Corvettes" signage on the sign is perfect although, I am really digging the full fendered version in the 60's pics. Either way you can't go wrong man, it's a Deuce roadster!!!
     
  6. Big Al
    Joined: Dec 10, 2006
    Posts: 1,433

    Big Al
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    that is just too cool.
    Al.
     
  7. kwoodyh
    Joined: Apr 11, 2006
    Posts: 641

    kwoodyh
    Member

    Incredible history there brother!
     
  8. jadeidol
    Joined: Jul 21, 2007
    Posts: 263

    jadeidol
    Member
    from spokane

    Looks great Billy!!!!!!!
     
  9. Great to finally see the car.

    After dealing with your Dad for a couple years to pair up a wheel he had with one I had, I finally sold him my single. I'll never forget how excited he was over the phone to get it.... way back before the internet became such a good way to keep in touch and buy or sell stuff.

    Looks great. He'd be proud of ya for sure.

    Charlie
     
  10. hotrodladycrusr
    Joined: Sep 20, 2002
    Posts: 20,764

    hotrodladycrusr
    Member

    Great story Payne. I'm looking forrward to seeing you drive it soon. Thanks for sharing.:cool:
     
  11. Payne ... very cool car & story ... dig your choice in powerplants! ... keep us updated on your progress.
     
  12. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 7,062

    Gotgas
    Member
    from DFW USA

    Really cool car and I hope you find out what that dash panel is out of, because I want one! :cool:
     
  13. couverkid
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,128

    couverkid
    Member

    Neat story and a neater car. Cant wait to see it on the road.
     
  14. Billy,
    The car looks great, I'll swing by tonight and check it out for sure! I know your ol man is lookin down and proud to see you carry the torch and finish up the car. I remember dealing with him at swap meets and at one of his yards, he was always nice to me. My Grandpa remembers your Dad from his days working at Unit Engineering when your Dad was into racing cars. Gramps is 86 now. This town is still small if you have lived here your whole life :D
     
  15. Thanks everyone for all the kind words so far. This project has been a life long love affair for me, and a tribute to all the cool parts and pieces my father collected over the years. So far the only parts I've purchased for the roadster are the chrome front spring, Joe Hunt "mag look" distributor, T-5 transmission, and the tires. Everything else has come from late father's estate.
     
  16. Great story, us Roadster people are a special breed. I'm sure your dad would have beed proud to see how the car will look when back on the road.
     
  17. What a great car and history. Nice pictures, too.
     
  18. 63Compact
    Joined: Feb 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,178

    63Compact
    Member

  19. Louie
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 667

    Louie
    Member
    from NJ

    great history and a bad ass roadster...
     
  20. mrdodge
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 335

    mrdodge
    Member

    Thats a way cool roadster & story. Dont change a thing. Just use it the way it is. Awesome!!!
     
  21. Mocked up ................man I wouldnt do a thing more to that sucker, I had pant movement!!!!!!!!!!
     
  22. landseaandair
    Joined: Feb 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,473

    landseaandair
    Member
    from phoenix

    That thing is way cool and full of character.
     
  23. ShakeyPuddin55
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 1,902

    ShakeyPuddin55
    Member

    Cool car, great wheels!
     
  24. doubletubtrouble
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 129

    doubletubtrouble
    Member

    looks great billy, you are on a roll so lets see you keep it up!!!
     
  25. hotrod-40
    Joined: Mar 25, 2008
    Posts: 840

    hotrod-40
    Member

    Billy,
    I've never seen that thing. It's AWESOME! I can't wait to see it in real life:)
     
  26. Exactly how it is. Just drive it...
     
  27. neat ride! somebody id that killer instrument cluster.
     
  28. choppedsled
    Joined: Jun 2, 2007
    Posts: 301

    choppedsled
    Member
    from Spokane WA

    Billy, love the car, but I especially value the history of it within your family. Thats Priceless!
     
  29. Doc Squat
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,375

    Doc Squat
    Member
    from tulsa, ok

    VERY, VERY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Steel deuce,hell yes!!!!!!
    _____________________________________________________________________Like I told the kid, "Your music's not too loud, it's just like OKC, it sucks!"
     
  30. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,885

    Jeem
    Alliance Vendor

    Bitchin' roadster....
     

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