Rex Schimmer Fulton, California
1929 Model A Modified
We've run pictures before of Rex Schimmer's engine in our four-cylinder features, and he figured we might like to see more of the complete roadster. We actually saw it and photographed it (below) at the Sacramento Autorama last year, but couldn't find Rex to speak to, so it's nice to tie it all together here at last!
Sitting on '32 'rails that have been flattened and pinched, the body started as a collection of "skins" from Brookville, Rex fabricating his own doorframes and floor subframe. The cowl was narrowed 3 inches, the grille shell by 5 inches, and the doors are now 1-inch longer and flush-fitting. The quarter-panels were lengthened 6 inches at the top, the rear panel now curved, with the 14-gallon aluminum gas tank formed to match.
A Model T rear spring clears the Halibrand magnesium quick-change with '37 truck bells. Rex used Coleman Bros. Racing IMCA stub axles and hubs to convert the rearend to "fully floating". There's a T5 transmission between that and the motor, a 2.0L Zetec from an '00 Escort, now with Hilborn electronic fuel injection, with an ECU from Pantera and a homemade header. Also owner-built is the aluminum interior with bomber seats and lightweight upholstery. Tilton master cylinders live under the driver seat, front/rear adjustable using a bias control knob, with Wilwood two-piston discs all around. Wheelsmith wires mount Firestone 8.00-18 dirt tires in the rear and 4.50-15 ribbed tires up front, steered using a Schroeder Midget steering box with home-brewed arms and links. Rex even made his own aluminum radiator!
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