Friday’s Odds & Ends

I will close out the week with a few of the photos I took of some dashes, unique items and interesting observations at this year’s LARS. I seem to thrive on looking at the builder’s ideas, which I am not afraid to borrow for one of my next projects. When you have so many roadsters and pre-72 cars to look at, you can certainly find something you haven’t seen previously. A photo keeps the idea fresh for later reference. If you see something you like on a car, I look around for the owner and ask several questions which most people don’t mind sharing with you. Yes, I have been told that the design or idea is a personal one and not sharable – I understand and move on. For me, I enjoy talking to people who really do want you to ask them about their cars. If you built it or had it built to your specifications then you probably have a lot to share with other rodders. In my younger days, I would spend more time laying under the car looking at the chassis than the top side. These days I’m real happy just to look at the beautiful top side and engine if the hood is open. I looked until my eyes grew weary and then I looked some more. I still did not see all that I wanted to but I went home in Pepe thinking of a roadster I would like to have in my garage. How about you?

I did receive a call from a person back east who has a genuine CA 34 roadster hiboy with all the good stuff — like Scott blower, Kinmonts, SW 2 5/8 gauges, Halibrand, race history and much more. The price is way up there for my budget but for a serious collector it might be worth a look. The car came out of San Diego in the late 60’s and has stayed with its current owner all these years. Sometimes we need to realize that we will never finish our dreams and hope we can find someone who will complete them for us. If you have an interest in this type of car let me know and I will put you in touch with the owner.

I am trying to decide if I want to take the rear door off Pepe to have it repainted or just have it spotted in (hard to do with BCCC) where it is bridging. If I can get the hinge pins out easy I will take it off this weekend. I will let you know on Monday.

Drive the hot rod and enjoy the summer.

Stay Tooned!


Sherm captured Louie driving his Dad’s roadster while wishing he could fly to all of the NSRA events he covers as the official photographer.

Dan Fuller built this beauty a few years ago and Mike now owns the car. He has it up for sale on Spuds Garage if you are interested. I think Steve should buy this and store it in my garage. The is a highly detailed and well built roadster. Flathead, QC, 5-speed, all steel (SAR) and ready for the summer.

Maybe you would like a homemade QC in your roadster. How about that cover!

If you want something other than a 32-34 roadster you can’t go wrong with a 36 when it looks like this one.

I believe this one to be a stock hot rod with some original goodies still in place. Note the registration on the steering column. Yes,!

This roadster had lots of neat features such as the dash and Moal heater peeking out from under the dash.

The roadster also had some Moal style vents installed in front of his Duvall windshield.

A new Speed 33 had a nice dash and lower control panel for the A/C. Still a hot rod but with all the modern day options.

This old gal had a beautiful early style dash and worn upholstery. I loved this one. A 34 Ford roadster.

Chris had a Lobeck style roadster which had some neat features, like the column shift, heater/tunes and meticulous detailing.

I like column shifters as they free up the tight floor space in a roadster. The Limeworks offers a kit but this one looks homemade.

I would fit in this roadster with the seat way back. I don’t know how your back would feel if it rested against the upper deck former. Maybe it doesn’t.

A high end Deuce interior had some clever ideas incorporated into the overall design. Three pedals are popular.

Walden had a nice chassis with their new components installed as well as a mandrel bent exhaust system. Super Strong with the multiple bracing and inset boxing plates.

Swap Meet Choice on Saturday!

A builder with a different approach to his ride is always worth a look and long discussion. He is a true engineer who thinks outside the box.

The front axle will require some studying to understand its function.

I tried to count the holes but gave up after 100. Note the tension bolts on the spring. Dave shot these photos.

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