Monday’s Labor

I was going to take the day off from Pewsplace Blog but the garage became very hot and I decided to sit down at my keyboard and go through my mail. I receive lots of mail and photos of cars my readers have built. Today, I received a very special package from Steve in Morton, IL, showing his B-400 build. Steve has built show winners for many years and his latest is no exception. My family is from the same area so we have known each other for several years and share the passion for Hot Rods and Woodies. I have shown previous builds by Steve, including a Deuce Vicky, sedan delivery (flower car) and 39 convert which were all wonderful examples of his excellent attention to details and execution of overall design. He tells me his next project is a 35 roadster — I can’t wait for this one. Some people just have a great eye and talent for selecting the right components to make everything look correct. He is one of them.

I have been working this holiday weekend on building a new x-member for the 34 chassis. I switched from a c-channel design to a round tube design in order to increase the room for exhaust routing. I started by purchasing some 1/2″ EMT and bent up a couple of different designs using the extensive library I have of chassis construction. It seems there are several different methods but I like the one Bruce’s Rod Shop does the best. Roy Brizio uses the same method. They start by mounting the transmission mount and add the front and rear legs based on two cross tubes between the rails. I also located a local fellow who bends tubing on his mandrel bender and seemed interested in the project. This will be my first tubing center crossmember so I will document the build in my blog.

I will close by saying that UCLA has a winner in “Chosen Rosen” and I wish them a super season.

Stay Tooned!




The beautiful B-400 was a very striking automobile for its time. Steve took his time (4 years) and made it perfect with some Hot Rod touches.


Long time Deuce lover Steve in Morton, IL has finished another beautiful Deuce. The B-400 was created from a tudor sedan by Walter Kowalsky in Manitoba. The top was the most challenging as it folds like the original. Special casting were made to duplicate the originals and it works fine. The luggage rack bar is unique to the B-400 also as it leans farther forward due to the shape of the rear bustle. Nice work Steve.


The interior is stock looking with wood graining by Honest Charlie’s Speed Shop.


A mild 59AB was installed along with a 39 box and stock 3:54 rear end which provides plenty of pep for driving on the highways. Very tidy work.


Art and Mike Chrisman finished this beautiful Deuce for Quentin and it sure looks like a beauty. He is smiling as he knows it will be his someday. Stack injection sure looks racy and works super good.


Frank presented me with this special wall hanger depicting Pepe and Pewsplace. I am truly humbled by this magnificent gift. Thanks very much for your efforts and thoughts.


A beautiful Deuce sedan built by the Deuce Farm showed up at Don’s on Saturday and was well received as a very nicely built sedan. Deuce Frame chassis, Gabe’s interior, perfect paint and the list goes on. Outstanding sedan!


His son had an equally as nice roadster using a Deuce Frame chassis, Gabe’s interior, etc. The two cars were immaculate and very detailed.


I still love the 40 convert and here is one that I purchased in 1990 along with a tudor sedan. I had three 40’s in the garage and was transferred to San Francisco where I stored this one for a couple of years while working on my sedan delivery. I think the car is in the San Jose area but lost track. No rust in this CA beauty.


While I am a SBC fan, this is what a well installed flathead should look like in a 40 coupe. The CMG color is my favorite and looks elegant on this build.


Someday this will be my last project, a Deuce sedan with a 3″ chop. I know there are a lot of them but I love’m! I have been following this one.


This photo shows you the work that is required to mate the top to the bottom once the 3″ have been removed. The Kennedy Brothers, Jason, can do this in their sleep.


Ray had Lucy at the Labor Day Cruise and it looks like he has added the ghost 33 on the door or he is parked next to a 33 painted on the ground.


Ray had the car on display inside and it won. Good going Ray!


I like the wheel and tires he added to Lucy! You can see the Buick drums better on the rear and the wheel wells are filled to the top.


Roy uses the two tube method and adds front and rear legs both top and bottom.


Bruce uses the same method on this 34 chassis.


The rear shot shows the upper and lower tubes plus a third cross tube for the anti-roll bar. Clean work!

Labor Day Special


Two hard working family members (father and son) enjoying the weekend off driving their Deuce’s to Don’s Coffee & Kix. Enjoy your day off today, drive your Deuce.


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