Friday’s Frenzy



Somedays I have so much going on I don’t know where to start. For example, I have several garage projects started that require my attention, some additional projects around the house that need to be completed prior to the holidays and finally finishing the back door repair. It is now 3:00 pm and I am writing my blog without doing any of the aforementioned items. Some days are just made for writing down what needs to be accomplished and then setting a date for completion  — that’s what I did today. I hope you had a better day.

This morning at the “Office” we were discussing some of the finer points of our projects that need completed and how we procrastinate each day and get further behind. We concluded that if we spent more time in the garage rather than at the “Office” then we could accomplish our “list”. I am going to try that approach starting next week. I will go to the “Office” on Monday and Friday and spend Tuesday through Thursday in the garage. Planning is everything when developing a strategy for accomplishing your goal. This sounds like I am back at work and that scares me. My dad used to tell me don’t confuse action with progress — show me the results. O.K. now that I have that out in the open lets talk about cars.

A unique approach to building a hot rod of your dreams, is to purchase a complete car containing the parts you are seeking and sell off the remaining parts through various places. I have been looking for a decent 34 chassis for a long time and nothing has surfaced until I located a complete car with a super mint chassis and related parts that would make an excellent start for a roadster. The problem is selling a body without a chassis (or VIN) becomes a “situation” in California. The body is a four door which makes it even harder to sell even though they are desirable for some. The thought of building a four door has never entered my mind. Too many doors to install, window mechanisms, door latches and aligning the multiple doors really doesn’t appeal to me…..but wait….I have built two phaetons which had four doors. Granted, they were Wescott bodies and the fit was right on the money from the factory so I didn’t stress myself in the assembly. O.K. , so I concede, I like a challenge when the result is something I really want — but do I want a four door?

Advantages of the four door were primarily for the family man who needed easy access to the rear seat. I am still a family man with grandchildren wanting to ride in grandpa’s hot rod so maybe there could be a mor-door in my future.

I am working in the garage this weekend and so should you. Black Friday will be here before you know it and  there will be no time for garage work.

Stay Tooned!



Ryan, of Reeds Rides and Design, has finalized the color for Jim’s beautiful four-door woody. Nice!


Sedan deliveries make a nice hot rod and have three doors which I seem to like a lot.


Gommi loves four-doors and keeps warm with his side curtains. This phaeton is a show stopper and looks great with or without fenders. I actually like it better with the fenders.


The side curtains were very nicely done and add to the sinister look of the beautiful black phaeton.


Here is one of the few four-door 34 sedans I have seen without fenders. Jake also has one.


Does you date want to ride home after the football game in a four-door? Mine didn’t!


This four door has a lot of class and my date welcomed a ride home after the dance. Mine had a nice heater that worked great on those cold Midwest nights in Decatur, IL. I want another one. Like the color? – Folkstone Gray.


I would really prefer a real hot rod style car but practical thinking kept me away from them all these years.


I could have fallen in love with a 3 window and been the coolest guy on campus but that didn’t happen either.


I like fenders for many years on my 3-windows and Doyle’s was my favorite. Bad Bad Bad – Boy!


Roy built this 50 cruiser for one of his customers so he can cruise PCH in Malibu. A true subtle classic that will never go out of style.

Friday’s Photo!



For my friends back East, I offer the following photo. Think four doors, a roof and a good heater. Send the roadster to me.

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