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History The Frank Rose '27 Ford

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,647

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765


    This car is all about the details. In the cab, the 4 spoke wheel, column shift, and that tach that looks like it came from an electronics lab.

    I like the fenders, too. The rear fenders had to have been a bunch of work, with that reverse flared curved section that attaches to the quarter panels.


    Hope your dad is on the mend.

  3. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,635


    Hope your Pop is doing and feeling better. I too have always thought Rose's "T" is a good looking piece. The fenders kinda had to grow on me though.
  4. texdesoto
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 134


    Best wishes to your dad, hospitals really suck. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.

  5. McTullis
    Joined: Jun 20, 2005
    Posts: 379


    The headlights looked edited on the front end shot. They sit much higher in the other photos. Looks better lower IMO. Killer little roadster.
  6. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,647

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Weird. I just noticed this.
  7. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    Super little roadster. I would think if you showed up with it today there would be a crowd gathered around it. Of course we're "all growed up" since that one was conceived so I'd expect a rash of criticism about something...........even it were perfectly executed. :mad: Don't mothers tell their kids anymore that if you don't have something nice to say, STFU (or something similar)?

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  8. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,674


    Hope your dad is getting better. It also appears that there is no engine in it, if you look through the louvers I don't see a radiator or from the top a carb. But I love the look of this hot rod.
  9. Yeah, I always thought that this was a cool little roadster. Hope things are working out for your Dad.
  10. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Hot Damn Ryan I'll be saying some prayers for your old man. Really sad to hear he's having a hard time.

    Roadster is pretty neat and probably even neater now that it's helping you thru a tough time. I love t roadsters.
  11. basicbob
    Joined: Nov 2, 2003
    Posts: 742


    Ryan, I hope your dad is better. Just take him out for a ride in Daytona on the Beach, legal for a small fee.

    Take one second & close your eyes. Now think of Frank's 27 as your dad's & he is driving you down A1A in Daytona Beach 1951 going to see the Hudsons running the Daytona 500 on the beach beating up on the Pontiac's/Chevy's/Ford's! Now that is a great time.

    Just turned 65 & I can still remember my dad in 1959 showing me how to do a burnout in a 1959 Ford 2dr sedan. It was stick on column, maybe 352 with 775-14 skinnies.

    Enjoy your time with your dad, Bob
  12. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    The past three weeks or so, I've been spending a lot of time in a hospital while my old man recovers from a nasty case of pneumonia. For almost two weeks of that time, he was in a coma and on a vent - clueless to the world around him. /QUOTE]

    I spent 3 1/2 weeks in a coma back in '07,the fun part starts when you wake up and try to pull it all back together.Make sure to be there for him on his re-entry to the world.The sleeper has a hard time making sense of things the first few days or articulating what's going on in his head,just be patient.

    Now,back to our regularly scheduled programming:It looks like a well proportioned T with a hint of MG.....I like it.
  13. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,661


    Glad your dad is moving in the right direction, Ryan. and AMEN,that is one sweet roadster, any color shots? any idea where it is now?
  14. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,626


    Don't see many louvered rocker panels either. Cool little hot rod.

    Tell your dad that he has a few thousand well wishers at JJ! You know how it goes, each post represents the views of x-number of members. :)
    (kind of like a letter to your Congressman)
  15. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,183


    That's a neat little roadster, even today it would stand out in a crowd.
    Best wishes for a speedy recovery for Dad.
  16. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,328

    Jalopy Joker

    Best to your Dad, Thanks for article
  17. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,236

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Best to your Dad….

    Weird photo……the lights are melting…..:)

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  18. What's strange is you can see the headlight mounts sticking up. This appears to be 'staged', maybe the photog said 'let's lay the headlights down here for the front pic so it'll look better'.

    Probably the best set of fenders I've ever seen on a channeled car.

    Best to your father. As many of us here are probably your dads age and have already lost our parents, I know how hard it can be.
  19. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,892


    Retouched pictures in the early days? Crazy! Neat car for sure though.
  20. Deuced Up!
    Joined: Feb 8, 2008
    Posts: 4,014

    Deuced Up!

    They may have hand made those fenders but the rears have a real '36 Ford look to them. Could have have started life there...either way you are right, a ton of work went into them. Awesome little car. Good thoughts to your Dad Ryan.
  21. Awesome little roadster. A get well to your Dad, and a nod for sticking by his side through it all.
  22. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,000

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    Back in the '70's, when Pete Chapouris built the little green '27 T for his dad, The Frank Rose car was part of Pete's inspiration for that build.
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  23. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    All the Best to your Dad!

    I really like that car, but track roadsters always looks good.

    I Think that there is way to few roadsters and coupés with fenders!
  24. Terry Buffum
    Joined: Mar 20, 2008
    Posts: 287

    Terry Buffum
    from Oregon

    The late Jack Hageman did the fenders etc on the car. I bid on it when the Harrah Collection was broken up - by that time it had SBC and bright red paint. Unfortunately, I did not win, as this is my favorite early car.

    I survived pneumonia about 12 years ago, just got a vaccine shot last week. It is not fun, but I have no lasting after effects. I hope Ryan's dad does as well!
  25. Jkustom
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 1,681


    Neat little car. It sticks out to me that it has a vacuum operated windshield wiper. I think that's pretty cool.

    Send my best to your Dad, Ryan. Hope all is looking up.
  26. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,776


    Went thru a hospital situation with my Dad a while back. Dad was always the healthy one, but the simple operation didn't go as planned. Dad survived, but was never the same. Hope things are on 'The Up' with your Dad!! All the best, Carp
  27. steel rebel
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 3,604

    steel rebel
    Member Emeritus

    Kind of a long story.

    In the late '50s the Frank Rose roadster was raffled off at the Oakland Roadster Show. I heard through the grapevine that the winner (a local Oakland teenager about my age that went to a different high school than I) was installing a sbc and had the chrome polished loaded flathead for sale for $75. I bought it from him and installed it in my '47 sedan.

    This is only half of the story.

    About twenty or more years later my wife and and I went to a dinner party with some of her coworkers and their spouses. During small talk I mentioned my present hobby was building a model T hot rod. So this must have been '79 or a little later because that is when I started my roadster. One of the other husbands started telling the story of him buying a single one dollar raffle ticket at the roadster show many years ago and taking it home and showing it to his very religious parents who chastised him greatly but decided to teach him a lesson about gambling when he lost his money. Well you guessed it he won it and decided to upgrade it as was the style of the early '60 with the Chevy engine. An easy bolt in.

    Sorry for the bad picture it is all I have. It was taken off of 8mm film.

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  28. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,626


  29. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,775


    I recall that the roadster reappeared a couple of years later, painted in red, white, & blue scallops with chrome Chrysler wire wheels and whitewalls. In the style of the day (think Ivo and Ferrara), the car was identified as the later owner's car, with no reference to who had built it in the first place.

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