I can almost hear you now. "Not another Deuce roadster! Sure, it's a good-looking car built with the right details and a dressed Flattie, but it's just another roadster." Well, actually, it's not. This is only the second one we've featured. Look closely and you'll notice something a little different than the standard Deuce. That's right--this isn't a roadster, it's a convertible. Hopefully you all know the difference, but just in case we have some new blood reading, a roadster has a folding top but lacks side windows. A convertible also has a folding top but has roll-up side glass (not to be confused with a cabriolet, which has a folding top and side glass but stationary windshield posts that are part of the body).
Hot Rods & Horsepower has been producing these phantom Dearborn Deuce convertible bodies for a couple of years, but most of the ones we found were built with more of a high-tech theme. For this reason, we did a double take when we first spotted Tom Kawalski's ride at the Goodguys Scottsdale show.
Our surprise at the details on this traditional highboy were soon explained when we found out it was assembled by Eric Peratt and his crew at Pinkee's Rod Shop. Tom already had a finished all-steel 1933 Ford cabriolet and a 1941 Cadillac convertible going together at Pinkee's, but when he saw these new bodies, he had to have one. He was so excited about the new convertible/roadster that he had Pinkee's put the Cad on the back burner and start work on a suitable chassis.
Eric likes a challenge, so when the decision was made to build it with a traditional twist, he started whittling mounts and brackets to secure the Flathead and suspension. Custom rivets accent many of the parts, a theme carried throughout the chassis and interior.
If you've read the rest of this month's issue, then you know Tom and Eric also collaborated on the '52 Chevy featured on page 66. Looking at these two cars, it's easy to see they have the eye for clean, simple, '50s style.