I’m digging on reading about Hot Rod History, Noticed that there are some unsung heroes who were extremely formative in shaping the cars and images that many just dig and get or have gotten inspired by in many of the builds that many enjoy. This subject being Dale Caulfield of Caufeild Automotive and Proprietor of Weedetr Chassis Components. Dale and I talk pretty often and I feel IMHO that he is one of these unsung hero’s. Here’s his story in his own words. (Disclaimer, there may be a couple of typos ). I try to add pix in where it will let me, but if I can’t theyll be after the story. [HIstory of Dale Caulfield, Caulfield Automotive and WEEDETR Street Rod Components In 1960, my father, Jim Caulfield bought a lot and built a bulding that would house my grandfather's radiator shop and, eventually his body shop. My grandfather ran his radiator shop from this location until he retired in 1965. Jim's body shop, Caulfield Automotive started in operation around 1963. During this time, when both businesses were operating there,one of the things that they accomplished is, they became one of the early Mark IV auto air conditioning outlets. Many vehicles got air conditioning in that time. Since Jim had been a hot rodder all his life, and an accomplished auto body man, there always seemed to be an antique or hot rod being worked on at his body shop. In 1965, when I was 12 years old, I started spending weekends and summers at the shop, doing odds and ends, helping out where ever I could.By 1967, I was doing some rough body work and honing my painting and paint prep skills. I did my first "professional" paint job in '67, a chopped and channeled 1934 pickup for a Temple City Honda motorcycle parts manager named Dick Weaver. I also did most of the work to channel the bed and shorten it a foot. We redrilled the holes where the bed floor was riveted to the sides and re-riveted the floor in. When we cut the end of the bed off, my job was to restore the body line that runs around the sides of a 34 bed. I used a block of wood, a torch and a ball pein hammer to rough form the bead, then some picking and dolly work. Finally I turned it over to my Dad to do the finish work. Two other distinct features of that truck were the 40 Ford dash, and that my dad cut the bottom of the cowl off and re-shaped it more like the 34 car cowl so that it didn't stick through the front fenders, which was how it had been done by whoever started the project. During this time period and after my grandfather had retired from the radiator business, we met Gene Scott. Gene had a business supplying parts for antique Fords. The business was Antique Auto Parts in Rosemead Ca. To keep my grandfather busy and to suppliment his retirement income, he started rebuilding model A and B water pumps for Gene. Then he started makin lower radiator pipes for model A's, then foot rests and starter pads. The last item that my grandfather produced was headlight and horn conduits. My dad also took over the roadster windsield building business for Gene. Then he got me to take over making stone gaurds for the fronts of Model A's. Fairly typical of Gene, we get a call from him one day saying that a customer is there to pick up a 29 roadster windshield frame, could he send the guy over to pick it up. Of course, Gene hadn't given us a lot of advanced notice but the windshield frame was just about finished so we told him sure. When the customer arrived, he turned out to be Bud Bryan, editor of Rod And Custom magazine, and the windshield frame was for his 29 roadster project car. When he saw the kind of work we were doing, he asked if we would be interested in looking at his project and possibly doing the body work on it. So, my dad and I went to Bud's house one evening to look at his project. Well, we came to an agreement and shortly after, he brought his project up to us to start on. The body was in pieces and needed some pretty major repairs. The typical lower quarters were rusted out and a lifetime of dents and dings. Over a period of several months, my dad got the repairs made to the body panels and we got the body assembled. Of course, we saw quite a lot of Bud then too. Once we got the body all repaired and fitted to he frame, I went ahead and painted the car in black nitroceluose laquer. The car wore that paint job for the first few years. This was in 1968/69. I had purchased a 1934 Ford 5 window coupe basket case in 1968. My dad and I built that car from the ground up and had it finished and driving by September of 1971. I joined the Vintage Tin street rod club in early 72. Some of the members of the Vintage Tin, which had been a kind of off shoot of the Early Times, were Pete Eastwood, Tom Vandenberg, Richard Loe, Ken Young and Pete Chapouris. Pete Chapouris had just bought an old race car 34 three window coupe. After a short time in the club, Pete invited me over to see his coupe. He had the body off the chassis and sitting on a cart while he worked on the chassis. He showed me the body, and the damage it had. When the car was originally chopped and the top filled, who ever had done the work was a real craftsman. The top was hammer welded in and there was no filler what so ever. And the chop job was just as impresive, though there was some lead in it, which is completely unavoidable, considering the various line changes that occur during the chop of a 34 Ford. Unfortunately, there was some damage to the top. At some point in time, someone or something had been on the top and it was slightly caved in on all four corners of the fill. Plus, when Pete and Richard Loe were removing the body from the chassis, Henry's decision to run two bolts on each side, through the frame and into the body, caught them by suprise. This was something Ford only did on the 33/34 cars. So, when they had all the bolts removed (that they could see) and lifted the body up, the chassis was still attached and came with it. When they finally found the offending bolts and got them removed, they set the body on the cart and dropped the chain, which they had thoroughly wrapped with padding to preven damage, the eybrow over the dors had been pushed in about and inch on each side. Of course, they were mortified but, what was done was done and it would just have to be repaired. Pete and I looked the body over, finding some rust in the rockers and minor dents, dings and imperfections elsewhere. Pete said his plan was to paint it white with rootbeer flames all over it, but thought it would be bitchen if it could be black. I assured him that I could repair the damage, and make it straight enough for black. So, we formulated a plan and I went to work. As I got further into the project, the rust damage was far worse than we had thought. I ended up replacing both rockers from the middle of the cowl to the middle of the wheel well. There were no replacement parts available at that time so, I had to fab all of the pieces and weld them in. I finished all of the rockers with lead. The top was a challenge because when the top had been walked on, or what ever happened to cave it in, it had cracked the welds in a couple of places. At that time, all I had to weld with was a oxy/acetelene torch. Re-hammer welding those spots was quite the challenge but, I was able to get it done. After the repairs were all made, we transported the body to our body shop and I proceeded to do the block sanding and prep for the black paint. After I got it all painted, we put the body on the chassis and, the rest, they say, is history. After I finished Pete's coupe, Jim Jacobs, aka Jake, decided to have me finalize the body work on the 34 three window that he was building, and paint it. There wasn't much body work left to do, except he had me weld in the firewall. I then proceeded to prep and paint his screamin yellow coupe parts. After we finished the chopped and channeled pickup for Dick Weaver, he drove it for a few years, then one day he came by our shop and was all excited, he had found a chopped 32 three window sitting behind an upholstery shop in Pasadena. He sold the pickup and went after the 32. It took him several months to figure out who had the title and who he could buy it from. The coupe's former owner had been a rather shady character, and lots of people wanted his car. Dick was ultimatley succsesful in aquiring the 32. He brought the car to us for body repair and paint. There was some damage to the passenger side of the car from when it had been in a garage and there had been a fight next to it. There was a large dent in the grille shell, the passenger door was caved in and a one inch hole had been punched in the eyebrow above the passenger door when a 1" electric drill had been thrown at one of the participants in the fight. The chop job was also pretty bad. One could look over the tops of the doors and out the opposite side window. When the chop was performed, the wood framing for the doors was cut in two through the upper door hinge. We re-did the chop and pulled the door frames out. We screwed some bracing to them to keep them in the correct shape, and had Dick get some new ones made. At some point in time, Dick learned that this was the coupe that had belonged to Doyle Gammel and had been on the cover of Rod and Custom magazine. With that knowledge, he decided he wanted the car painted a brown, since it had been brown when it was on the cover. We finished that one and moved on to the next project. Along about 1974, this long haired crazy character came into our shop driving a "59 Ford pickup. He gave us a business card that stated his business as "Scrounge"(another “School of Scott alumni.” He said that he was building a 29 Hiboy roadster and had some body panels that needed some repair. He continued to bring in parts until we had the complete body. We got this body repaired and painted black nitroceluose lacquer. He then brought the completed chassis in to put the body on. Now, this was one of the coolest 29 hot rod chassis I had ever seen. This was an original 29 Ford frame with all the original holes, with a Halibrand quickchange, dropped axle, early Ford brakes, Kelsey Hayes wheels, and a Chevy II four cylinder engine, wearing a Frontenac valve cover, bolted to a 39 Ford trans. Now, at that time, this was pretty unusual, but considering the owner, Jim Ewing, it was understandable. Jim had also found a set of very rare, cast brass, folding windshield stanchions, and proceeded to chop them, then brought them to me to Heli-arc braze back together. Fortunately, he wanted to paint them black and not chrome them. After the roadster was finished, he pickup up a pretty thrashed old 34 race car body from George Wilson of Temple City. Jim had M&S Welding in Irwindale build a unique “Mike Hoag 4 bar” chassis for the 34 using another Halibrand quickie, dropped axle and a 427 Chevy engine. (Coincidentally Pete Chapouris learned how to weld and fabricate from Mike Hoag @ M & S Welding and was also a Don Blair Speed Shop Alumi). The front suspension was a dropped tube axle and disc brake kit that he and Vic Leon had put together on a four link. Now, at this time, both Jim and Vic were working for Gene Scott of Antique Auto/ PSI Industries. Vic was a machinest and Jim worked the counter. Gene had started to reproduce the old Bell Auto Parts dropped tube axles and called them Bell Super Axles. Gene decided that he didn't want to be in the axle business so he gave it to Jim and Vic, who renamed it Super Bell Axle Co. So, this 34 Coupe was to become their Logo Car. So, when Jim brought us the coupe, it was a chopped body shell, channeled 6" over the modified original frame, with no floors, and a cut up firewall. The front frame horns had also been cut off the frame. So, we proceeded to build new floors and repair the rest of the body. I built new frame horns and added shocks to the front suspension. Jim wanted the frame horns long so that's what I did. Because the body was channeled, the transition from the rear hood line to the frame looked a little goofy so, my Dad built a couple of panels that continued the bottom body line up to the top of the frame rail so that a hood could be built that looked right. These panels were welded to the body so as to make them look like they were supposed to be there. The upper four link bar actually mounted through that panel. After we had all the major body work done, Jim took it to Kenny Ellis for a nose and hood.That sexy now would be the undoing of not only the 427 but also a 350 Chevy and created havoc for at least one Buic V-6. Jim finally had a custom, L shaped radiator built to try to cool it down. When the car came back form Ellis's, I went to open the hood to look at it and it would only open about two inches. That wasn't going to work very well so, I spent most of a day working to get the hood to open, without making it ugly. Once everything was fit and functioning, I went to work prepping it for paint, and painted it with some surplus USAF paint that Jim had found at a local house wrecking yard.] So in a nutshell, Dale was a part of a crew that we have to thank for many of the iconic Hot Rods that we continue to enjoy some more or less 50 yrs ago. Remember that he’s a HAMBer as well. If I can find a way to get more pix on, I’ll try. .