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Hot Rods Rolf Coupe 2.0: 1930 Ford Hot Rod: "The Roller Nailer"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rolf, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Rolf
    Joined: Jul 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,832


    I got several e-mails and messages about this car so I best give it a proper intro.

    I was asked to build a model A hot rod similar to the old red "Rolf Coupe" as you guys call it. The cool thing with this is that I could improve on areas where I learned from the first build.

    The original Rolf Coupe is now burning rubber in Germany.

    The customer is a Buick enthusiast so a Nailhead was a given. The 425 Nailhead is built to the hilt including a high lift roller cam. That gave the car it's name: The "Roller Nailer"

    It has taken WAY too long to build this car. I have gone through two back surgeries, sold a home, bought another, sold a business, bought customer has been incredible patient but I think he is pretty happy with it.

    The plan was to build a similar car but this time with shiny paint and high detailing. I'm am the first to say that the car is not an era correct car but it's built in a certain style that qualify as sort of old timey.

    We opted for the best solutions like Lincoln brakes, radial tyres (yup, the slicks are built on radial cores) and the Cooker Classics bias-ply-look-alike tyres upfront do not offend most traditionalists. The interior is European leather and the carpets is Euro square weave material. It smells like a new Mercedes inside.

    We made it to the NSRA meet last weekend and had a great time. I still have a few things to finish before GoodGuys in Puyallup but it is manageable. I have some issues with the carburetors that I have to dig in to it.

    Sorry for crappy over/under exposed photos, I was in a hurry.



    The red leather looks great against the black paint. Instruments are 1956 Chrysler. A Muncie four speed hides under the swan shifter.




    The reason we opted for the Rochesters is that they will feed this thirsty monster better than a set of Strombergs.

    There you have it, I hope see some of you at GoodGuys in late July.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2013
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  2. Wow!! Great looking car. Do you have any build pictures you could post?
  3. Floorboardinit
    Joined: Dec 2, 2004
    Posts: 771


    I've been waiting for the great unveiling. The car turned out beautifully...classic Rolf attention to details! Great job! JohnnyA
  4. Ted H
    Joined: Jan 7, 2003
    Posts: 312

    Ted H

    Love the car!
    Would really like to know the exact tire size and type you used on the front.
    Thank you ,
    Ted H
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  5. hooliganshotrods
    Joined: Dec 2, 2010
    Posts: 607

    from Calgary

    Very nice!! I think I drooled on myself. I too would love to see build pics if you have any to share.
  6. chevy54man
    Joined: Feb 7, 2013
    Posts: 1,683

    from NC

    Beautiful car!
  7. aplayer
    Joined: Dec 2, 2006
    Posts: 148


    Love it. The red coupe is what inspired me to build something.
  8. Jkustom
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 1,679


    That car has "bad intentions" written all over it. So perfect.
  9. junkyardgenius
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 744

    from Kernow

    me too
  10. Wow Rolf! This thing is badass!
  11. daddy_o's_diner
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,774



    Black - Check
    Chopped - Check
    Nailhead - Check
    Bad-assed - Check

    Yup, it's official - I love this thing.

    Awesome build - congrats on it's completion.

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  12. Great job Rolf!
  13. Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! [​IMG]
  14. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,988

    Member Emeritus

    The only thing missing is the blow by blow reports that you did on the first one. We can assume you know your way around a Model A and a Buick engine but springing the finished product on us leaves us wanting to know the details.
    Beautifully finished hot rod. Are you going to sell it or is this one a keeper?

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  15. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,163


    Awesome-would love to hear what you learned from this build.
  16. Loved it. It was cool to meet you at the show & see the car in person. Thanks for sharing.
  17. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,994

    from Tacoma, WA

    Wow. Just stunning. I love a nailheaded highboy to begin with, and this one is as near-perfection as I could imagine.
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  18. I had no idea Rolf. Nice. I am really digging the whole vibe of this car. I must say that heater is ultra bitchin there Swede. Post a better shot of that beauty would ya?
  19. A Rodder
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
    Posts: 2,477

    A Rodder

    Might have to head to Puyallup for the first time this year.......

    Unbelievably gorgeous car.
  20. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,328

    from Essex, Ma.

  21. Rolf
    Joined: Jul 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,832


    I have tons of pictures and data but I had not had any time to assemble it yet.

    I may grab some help and actually write a tech book, kind of a long time dream of mine. We'll see...

    Thanks for kind comments, folks!
  22. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    I'm partial to the Roller moniker...:)
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  23. xwing01
    Joined: Jun 26, 2013
    Posts: 428


    An author and a builder, what a great combo. This car is amazing.
  24. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 5,701

    scrap metal 48

    Beautiful, just beautiful...
  25. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 4,724

    from Hampsha

    Well, If you write it, maybe only 'most' of the HAMB will have to buy one? :p
    Lessee here, 66K...readers, not bad...that thing must fly w/a built 425.
  26. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765



    Damn nice lookin' car, BTW. ;)

    Kinky6 :cool:
  27. craftscustoms
    Joined: Mar 16, 2005
    Posts: 219


    Wow, you knocked it out of the park again! I thought the detailing you put into the first one was great.
  28. shooter54
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,136


    I was wondering what the story was with that car.

    What a knockout.
  29. Nailed it...........
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