Idaho Falls, Idaho
That’s Reginald Duke’s father, Wayne, next to his ’49 Ford on Dec. 14, 1955. He bought it from Art Hogarth, who had work done on the car by Neal Emory at Valley Custom in California, but partway through the work, the Navy transferred Hogarth to Idaho Falls, Idaho. It was supposed to have a Carson top (it started life as a convertible) but they didn’t have time, so he bought a new ’51 Victoria roof and had Emory tack-weld it in place for the drive to Idaho!
Once relocated, Hogarth came to Wayne, who did customizing work, and had him continue the project. He was only in Idaho for a short time, and Wayne ended up buying the car. It has a ’41 Pontiac rear window, ’52 Buick taillights, ’49 Merc headlights, and ’41 Ford convertible side windows. We say “has” rather than “had”, as Reginald still has the car, still running a Flathead with three Strombergs. How cool is that?!
V. Harrison Grant
1953 Studebaker Hot Rod
V. Harrison Grant took part in our last R&C Ego-Rama in 2004, and after seeing a picture we published in 2005 of a Studebaker hot rod, has been busy since then putting together what you see here using leftover parts from his ’53 Stude. He started working on it in October 2009, then following a break for racing season between March and October 2010, finished it in February last year.
He fabricated a 2x3-inch box section and tube chassis, and used Wilwood brakes and Woodward rack-and-pinion steering, rounding out the rolling chassis with a set of wide-five hubs and wheels, wrapped in Mickey Thompson rubber and covered by motorcycle fenders. With a quick-change rearend and those hubs, the racing pedigree is evident. A home-brewed IFS with coilovers, coupled with a hefty antiroll bar, is visible under the abbreviated front sheetmetal, which covers a ’58 283 Chevy engine, now bored to 301 ci. There’s an aluminum radiator mounted under there too, keeping things cool. A not inconsiderable number of hours were spent on bodywork, before laying on the black pearl paint, completing a truly unique roadster pickup.
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