In 1962, at age 16, Jim Patric bought a retired ’31 Model A Gasser for $175, set up for an Olds motor, with a ’50 Olds rearend, and a Ross steering box. As he had little money, he pulled a 324ci Olds engine, cast-iron Hydro, and pumpkin from a ’55 Olds in the local junkyard, and installed them in the coupe.
The recapped slicks and wheels were purchased for $15 from a guy at his high school, with Pep Boys Volkswagen tires mounted on the front.
Jim made a dash, added gauges, wired the car, ’glassed in the visor, sanded and primed it, then had it painted bright yellow at Earl Scheib for $29.95. The headlights and bar were re-chromed, and a ’49 Ford gas tank added before Jim sold it for a ’57 Chevy after driving it for a year.
It was his first car, built in his driveway, and he says, “It was a fright to drive but I loved it. I had a total of $550 invested, and sold it for exactly that amount. I hope it’s still rolling out there somewhere.”
1926 Ford roadster pickup
Starting with a real Henry-built ’26 roadster tub, Tony Corrao built this neat roadster pickup at home on a 2x3-inch box section chassis, adding a scratch-built box. There’s a red rolled and pleated interior and Stewart-Warner gauges in a gloss red dash, while a semi-disguised small-block Chevy pushes it down the road.
An early Ford spring-in-front axle and split wishbone mount just ahead of the ’28 A grille shell, housing an aluminum radiator. With the exception of the firewall, engine block, dash, and wheels, everything is covered in semi-gloss black.
A native Las Vegan and retired fire fighter, Ed Morgan cruises this Bob Spina–pinstriped ’33 pickup, outfitted with a 350 crate engine that now runs a little healthier with a Pete Jackson gear drive, COMP cam, Edelbrock carb and manifold, MSD electronic ignition, and Mallory distributor. A Griffin aluminum radiator and Flowmaster exhaust system help it breathe and stay cool, while a TH400 trans and El Camino rearend complete the drivetrain.
Brightwork in the form of bumpers front and rear, a stainless gas tank, chrome front suspension, and polished Torq-Thrust II wheels offset the ’75 Corvette yellow paint, while the bed floor is solid oak.
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