Newman Lake, Washington
1929 Ford Model A Roadster
If you want something bad enough, it'll eventually come, and there's no better proof than the Model A roadster you're looking at here! Bert Cheney writes, "I have completed my dream car and want to share it with you. For 50 years I have been building this car in my head. I have finally finished it after two years of nights and weekends and another year and a half of making it shiny. It is a fiberglass '29 Ford roadster, powered by a hopped-up Studebaker V-8 with a T5 tranny and an 8-inch Ford posi rearend.
"I have just over $12,500 invested and everything but the upholstery was done in my garage. George, my son-in-law, was a huge help with the paint. We have driven it across Washington State to the Puyallup Goodguys and can't wait to put lots of miles on it. Rod & Custom magazine has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and I look forward to each and every issue."
Congratulations on completing the roadster, Bert. Here's to putting many miles under the tires!
1962 Chrysler 300 Sport
Jeff Early wrote to tell us the story of his '62 Chrysler 300 Sport. "Being around hot rods and customs since the '60s (yeah, I'm that old), it struck me that I didn't remember this style of car at all. I'm sure there were plenty around; maybe I was just too obsessed with Tri-Five Chevys and such. In any case, while looking for a project vehicle, I came across this car and thought it had the makings of a custom written all over it. From the bubbletop to the canted front headlights, many of the hot points of a custom were already in place. So with the help of my fellow Delinquent Car Club members we turned the ‘Banker's Hot Rod' into a mild custom. Letter versions of the 300 are more valuable restored but this was a 300 Sport version that allowed me to cut it up a little without too much remorse.
"Rebuilding the original 383 and Torqueflite allowed me to keep the ‘Juke Box Drive' (Push-Button Automatic). I found the bones of a set of Chrysler swivel seats from a New Yorker that fellow club member Mike was able to upholster along with the rest of the interior, using silver sparkle welting to match the exterior flames. The unique shape Chrysler steering wheel was Hydro-Dipped to achieve the Burlwood look of the newer 300s.
"The body, while not horrible, needed work, and thanks to friends Todd, Dan, and the crew at Arrowhead Auto Body we were able to massage it back to shape. This included shaving the door handles and adapting for custom rear side exhaust. It's painted in House of Kolor Sunset Pearl with silver metallic flames, outlined with One Shot Apple Green hand pinstriping. The front fender mirrors were removed and filled, and '58 Impala side mirrors added. I laid out the positive-negative flames and airbrushed the drop shadows and striped the car.
"Drivetrain upgrades include an aluminum radiator, Edelbrock 600-cfm carb, Mopar electronic ignition, 2½-inch exhaust with cutouts, and a front disc brake conversion. It rides on 17-inch Foose Legend wheels and Nexen 245/45 directional tread tires.
"I kept the original Chrysler ‘Astro Dash,' the system that Chrysler designed in collaboration with Sylvania Corp, which uses no light bulbs for the gauges and speedo. Instead they use a phosphorus coating on the gauge needle tips that glows when high voltage is applied. It's known as Electro-luminescent and many modern cars now use an advanced version of this early innovation.
"So I got my mild custom, and while its wild paint scheme might offend some purists, it's guaranteed to turn heads wherever it goes."