Most of us at one time or another have worked for someone who provided us a paycheck on Friday. The amount of the check determined your life style and to some extent, some surplus cash for the Hot Rod. In my youth, I had very little income that wasn’t required for my daily expenses. Work on the Hot Rod would usually be done by swapping skills with another person rather than cash. We had a group of guys that could build a car with free labor but the parts purchases were few and far between paydays. As the paycheck grew larger, I was able to save a few extra bucks for a rainy day and, of course, my hobby. My college years were very lean except for an occasional Corvette which I purchased from a priest on time. I can remember saving for a set of American magnesium 5-spokes for the 1959 Corvette. I think it took me about 6 or 7 months to save $200 bucks. Again, surplus money for the Hot Rod hobby was fully dependent on the size of the paycheck.
Over the years, my paychecks came at different times of the month and my obligations with family demanded more of my surplus, but I still managed to save a little for the Hot Rod. I have always admired well built Hot Rods and wondered how they could afford them. My wife used to tell me, they have a larger surplus than you do and/or better skills. To a certain extent, she was right but money doesn’t always relate to my style of Hot Rod. Craftsmanship, engineering and style doesn’t need to cost a fortune. I have seen some really quality owner built Hot Rods that were well within the paycheck surplus that the builder saved. Trading skills, skillful negotiations with vendors and a good concept of the finished design often produces excellent results.
In conclusion, if your are finding it hard to have any surplus cash left from your paycheck, then take a look at learning some new skills to reduce the overall expense of the project. We all admire professional built cars with large budgets, but you can build your own and be proud that you were the general contractor responsible for the end product.
More Deuce Sedans!
Tim has a nice collection of Deuces that he drives. This is his most recent driver that he just redone. The chop is right on the money.
Tim’s cars are always flawless and squeaky clean in design and function.
Pure stock B-400 sedan looks like Jerry likes them to look. This is one of the best.
Dan has one of the best mild Hot Rod B-400’s I have every viewed. All of his Deuces are first class. He owns Poor Boys Hot Rods.
The rear profile on the B-400 is unique and worth studying closer. The Old Chester Gray color is perfect for this classy ride. He and the late Lynn Williams along with my friend George love the General Jumbo wheels.
Don’t overlook the multi-door sedan. The Kugel family sedan started like this with one of their chassis and independent suspension set-ups. The stance makes the car look smaller.
Washington Blue finished the exterior and the car is now in the collection of Gary in Sacramento. (Sherm’s)
If you have adequate “surplus cash” you can have Roy build you a four-door of your dreams. A mild 2″ chop will make this stand out in the sea of Deuces. All of Roy’s cars are built to be driven which is what I love about Brizio built Hot Rods.
The finished product looks stunning parked on the curbside. Four-doors were never acceptable in my youth, but now they are real desirable Hot Rods. The car rides on a full independent suspension for maximum comfort. I love this one.
Today’s “Surplus Cash” Hiboy!
I like the color combination on the well thought out sedan.
The rear 3/4 view shows the nice stance and beauty of the Deuce sedan hiboy. Dirt Tracker rear tires add some nostalgia flavor to the build. Again, if you plan the entire car, do some negotiating and improve your skills you can build one with your surplus cash.