The season is starting off with some new cars hitting the streets in Nor-Cal. Tom finished up his portion of Dave’s new roadster and Darryl and Terri’s new roadster is completed. Driving their cars on the streets for all of us to admire is what makes the long build worth the effort. The spring time brings out the long winter projects and I enjoy seeing them up close. Thanks for the photos and information on these two amazing cars. In the plethora of Deuce hiboy roadsters there are only a few that stand out and require a closer look. These two are on my list.
Dave’s body is a Rod Bod and Darryl’s is a Brookville â€” both are the most popular steel bodies available. The chassis’s are composed of ASC rails and lots of engineering to make them accept the style of build. For example, Tom built and extremely rigid chassis (round tubing) to handle the horsepower of the Hemi. Cory, on the other hand, converted the Pete Eastwood style (SO-CAL) to fit the design image for Darryl’s car. Both look correct for the overall image of the roadsters. Coil-overs are correct for Dave’s car and a buggy spring is the right choice for Darryl’s car. Both builders satisfy their customers, who have the style they prefer fixed in their mind, prior to starting the project. Sticking to the overall style is sometimes hard to do but both of these roadsters never strayed from their original plan. Congratulations to both teams for building two more Deuce roadsters for the road.
My weekend was filled with working on a model 40 chassis with an every changing plan for the final theme. I really can’t decide about the rear axle selection. I have long been a fan of the QC but the 9″ is much more practical, less expensive and certainly more quiet and serviceable. The 9′ is completed and in the jig, but the QC is upstairs and just waiting for me to put it in the jig. The reaming items are the front axle and brakes which seems to be another real dilemma. I have used Buick drums with Lincoln, Wilson Welding Â and 40 Fords but would like something a little different this time. Staying in the period I like requires a drum brake and so far I have not come across any I like or could afford. Â Something will turn up soon and the decision will be made.
The Final Four will keep me busy for a few days but at least I can watch the games and still work in the garage. How about you?
Dave is ready to have his new roadster shipped back to TX for a complete disassembly so he can have the car painted Green. Tom did a top shelf job of putting this car together. Lots of little details which he is famous for. I know when completed the car will be another masterpiece. The engine is a Tim Beebe built 392 Chrysler coupled to a Richmond 6 speed and quickchange rear end.
The visibility may be hampered by the blower but the smoke from the rear tires will be a bigger factor.
The special effect seating really requires a closer look at the workmanship that goes into this style of seat. Frank Wallic is the man for rivets and bead rolling.
The lack of the rear gas tank really exposes the quick change center section. Note the neat rolled rear pan and spreader bar. Dave, when you paint and rub out those louvers be sure to tape your fingers.
Darryl is out driving his beautiful roadster. Note the absence of chrome but the excellent use of color to make the car a real standout.
The original SO-CAL chassis was converted by Cory to bring the chassis back into the early days of building chassis.
A close up of the rear end detail shows you the early style components incorporated in the transformation. Cory is a young man with an excellent comprehension of what an early build should look like. His father-law is noted Detroit area metal man Dan Webb who assisted in the build.
Master stitcher “Syd” did the interior to match the style of the car and it came out perfect.
A nice touch is the glove box incorporated into the dash. This is a handy item in a Deuce.
Bringing up the rear and enhancing the overall image is the QC that peeks out under the gas tank. Roadsters really do have to have a QC to complete the “Look”. The 18″ tires are Cory’s trademark. He was instrumental in having Coker produce the tires. I hope to see the car at Roy’s Garage Party in May.
My blog on 40 trucks blessed me with some photos of some nice ones. How about a Deluxe front end on the little pickup? No easy task as the cowl is different.
The rear shows the Chevron tail lights that many people use on the 40 fenders.
Mel sent along the photo of the passenger car dash he installed in his truck. I like the yellow and white theme.
Tom’s friend borrowed the wheels from his roadster for use on his red pickup. I seem to see a lot of red 40 trucks on the road.
Someone ask that I feature some RPU’s so here is one of my favorites that is here in the LA area. Brookville brought back a rare model.
Roy built this one for George and it still is one of the best hiboy’s out there.
Â Mondays’ Project Work
Dave brought over a gas tank and radiator to help me during the mock up stages. The tank dropped right in and the holes line up perfectly. That is a good sign. Thanks Dave.
I temporarily used the Deuce CE -X member and it fit perfect but is not correct. I am leaning toward the Ionia X that has the dimpled holes and is made for a 34.
I can’t seem to locate a nice 34 front crossmember so I will use this P&J model which lowers the car an additional inch.
I like this aftermarket axle and shock mount for a simple look. The dog likes it too.