Today’s feature is my “Lucy”, a 1933 Wescott roadster project. I have actually started three of these in my life time. The first one was when Gibbon came out in the 70’s with the body. I saw George at Columbus with his new red hiboy and that did it for me. I always liked the model 40 as it has prettier lines and more room than a Deuce. I know the Deuce is the King and I love them, but not for driving. My first project never got finished and I traded it for a Deuce Vicky. I never forgot that car but put the project in my mind for a later date. Fast forward to 2000 when I purchased another chassis from Gommi to build a real one when I retired. I gathered parts for a traditional build and slowly but surely had all the right pieces… Champ quickchange, early Bell axle, Lincoln brakes with Buick drums and skinny bias tires. The project began about the time I really went off the deep end on 1946-48 Fords. Once again I sold the car to my friend Tom who continued the project after his retirement. Once he started his Woody he sold it back to a friend of mine here in town. Small world.
Alan now has it almost done and is coming over this morning to see my DuVall windshield installation. He purchased one off ebay and wants to install it on his car. The mounting is very unique and requires special braces to support the windshield. If you have ever lifted a solid brass DuVall then you know how heavy they are. I know Cam Grant and like his work so I contacted him about my windshield when he sold out to Speedway. He told me the secret is to make sure the bracing is solid and well supported to the inner structure of a Wescott body. Carl, who installed mine did just that and it is real strong. I added some more supports as a safety factor. You don’t want that windshield in your face at 70 mph.
I like the looks of these windshields on 33 Fords and some 36’s. They are not for everyone and the top’s are hard to make look good. Tops are hard to make look good as the windshield has different angles than the eye is used to seeing. The front slopes to the side and the angle is raked rearward about 45 degrees. Stock 33 windshields are square and almost stand straight up. The wind is a great force on these pieces and in my opinion need to be laid back a few inches. I love the look of mine but have not driven the car so I don’t know what to expect. I mounted the seat real low so I set down below the windshield. I have a lot of windshield time in a Deuce with my head above the windshield….no thanks.
The weekend is quiet so I will work on Andre some more…
Here is Lucy with the top installed and waiting to be covered. Note slope of windshield.[singlepic=3177]
Another shot of the top side construction. I used .75 x .062 wall tubing from IMS. Easy to bend with bender.[singlepic=3178]
This is the frame I started with. The chassis came out from a 1954 Hot Rod cover car owned by a local Downey roadster guy named Jerry Eisert. I have the paperwork and magazine that Harvey gave me. Harvey still has the real roadster and it is not for sale. He also has a nice yellow 40 sedan delivery that I tried to purchase. He is the nicest guy in the world to work with.[singlepic=3179]
First mock up with tape. Profile looks good. I hope Alan can duplicate in canvas.[singlepic=3180]
Here you can see the room I will have with the top installed. I can move the seat forward a little if necessary. Glide seats are adjustable.[singlepic=3183]
Front view showing windshield and top construction.[singlepic=3184]
Total view of front end. The top looks like a speedster from the front.[singlepic=3185]
Rear view showing profile of top against stance. I hope I like it.
Stock windshield laid back looks good also. This car is from the Dakotas and shows up every year at the LARS. Nice ride and the real deal.