I hope all of you had a wonderful 4th of July. I spent the entire weekend, except for our annual trip to the Reagan Library for some free Cake and Watermelon, working on the roadster. I did go in the pool everyday as it was really hot all weekend. Water therapy is the best deal going for a bad back. Car events were going on everywhere, but I needed to get some work done, so the roadster top is what I will feature today.
I also took some time out to watch the greatest Tennis match of the year. Nadal vs. Federer with Nadal winning in the fifth set 9 – 7. WOW!
Building a top has been quite a challenge for me and I love challenges. My first attempt proved to be wrong. I put the results on my blog and Thom Taylor, a long time friend sent me a message and said the rear bow was too high and needed to be leaned forward more. I agreed and made the changes over the weekend. Thom’s drawing back in 1993 for a GM designer inspired me to build a 33/34 Hiboy rather than the normal 32. I like 32 Ford Hiboys, but the world has seen too many of them. The real reason I built a 33 was that Joe Mayall of Streetscene has a beautiful 33 Hiboy that I fell in love with years ago. I have acually started 3 of these cars all with Wescott bodies and original frames. Maybe this time I will finish it.
Thom’s drawing from a 1993 Rod and Custom article for a GM designer who had found a real one. I never forgot that design.[singlepic=101]
John Mumford’s Brizio built 34 that I watched going together when I lived in San Francisco. Real nice car and he has driven it everywhere. John has an extensive collection of Fords.[singlepic=1283]
Local car built by Joe Mayall of Streetscene Magazine. Since I see this car all the time, I really keep dreaming about getting mine done.[singlepic=97]
Sid’s Top on a 34 Hiboy. Nice profile.[singlepic=1275]
Side profile of the second attempt. It does flow better than the first design. That is blue masking tape not the real top. My top will be tan in color with black body and brown interior.[singlepic=1276]
Inside photo showing head room….not much! Seat is on the floor.[singlepic=1278]
How do I look?[singlepic=1279]
Side tubes that make up the top irons. I have since added a horizontal brace for rigidity.[singlepic=1281]
This is the hardest part of the top. I still have to make a header for the front that I can staple the canvas to.
Bob, just purchased this White 40 coupe he used to own years ago. You can’t beat a 40 coupe.