Chris’s roadster

This was a fun nostalgia project; one that Chris said was inspired by the fact that his Dad Ken was an original member of the Igniters Rod & Custom Club back in the day. The hi-boy roadster body, stovebolt engine, extended ‘32 rails, and cool stance give it a real late 40’s flavour. It’s nice to build one of these every so often to keep us grounded; otherwise I’d be off in outer 60’s show car space again. Chris found this amazing body in pieces, neatly stacked up against the wall of its previous caretaker’s garage. After countless weekends and many grinding discs later, Chris turned the body over to us for the final mock-up. Kind of like a giant ’29 roadster model kit –nothing a bit of time and some old fashioned ingenuity can’t sort out. He had also wanted to use this Inline-6 from his Mom’s old ‘58 Chevy and didn’t want to sink it into the fire wall, so we stretched the frame in front of the fire wall 6 inches, re-profiled the taper, boxed it and bobbed the rear frame rails. Presto! An extended wheelbase ’32 frame. Chris has lots of work in front of him now to finish it off -but when your having fun -is it really work?

 

32 Bucciali-ish

This is a crazy project, I’ve had a picture of that car on my wall for years, for me –to build a car like this would certainly be challenging, but I’m not doing a replica of it –I’m doing my version which I hope looks more like a future 20’s/30’s playboy car.

The base for this car is a 4 door Essex, the Essex has 4 suicide doors with Stainless hinges and brass pins( the workmanship of this car is way better than any ford, back in the day) Loads of mods already to get the scale right for the Bucciali dimensions, and loads more to go; I had to lean the A post back so the hood will clear the visor, I took 6” out of the rear doors, and added it to rear panel. This car will have 32” overall wheels with 22” rims, and right now without a chop it stands 57” tall. It’s kind of hard to tell what’s going on, I like to work from biggest to smallest and most of the unforeseen stuff has been sorted so now it’s just a matter of keeping on it till completion. We hope to have this car ready for Performance world and AutoRama this year.

I’ll update the shots as things develop.

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Pic from Honrio on the way up to the shop.
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