Thursday’s Thoughts

My interest in 32 Fords started at an early age as my father drove a Deuce Tudor to work everyday. Being in the Midwes,t the car was a little rusty, but that didn’t bother me. He would let me sit in his lap and steer the car. I wasn’t old enough to reach the pedals, but I knew someday I would own a Deuce. I wanted a 5 window coupe the most. I always thought they looked better than a 3 windows. That dream didn’t come true until 1965. I moved to Detroit and went to work for GM. All my fellow employees told me to read the Detroit News want ads on Sunday. The search took about 6 months but I eventually came up with a running driving real steel car…$500. A fortune in those days.

My wife let me store this beauty in the garage where I immediately disassembled the car to build my dream a clone of Harry Luzader’s drag car. I became a regular at the Logghe Stamping Company’s back room where they built all those beautiful chassis. A fellow named Rich Riddell built the chassis using coil overs on each corner. I spent every dime I could on this chassis and it was completed in about 6 months. I could not TIG weld at that time so I hired Rich to do it when he had time. Rich also ended up in California and built some amazing cars. He is now deceased. Building that car taught me a big lesson. If you want to go racing you need a lot of money.

The 70’s brought the Street Rod movement and I was in heaven. Why didn’t I think of starting NSRA. I quickly joined and became the representative for Michigan. My tenure was short. I started moving all over the country with my job at GM and did not have the time to devote to NSRA. I still loved the Deuce and became involved in making the first fabricated rails with a fellow named Mike Martens. Mike was a super craftsmen, machinist and fabricator. He was a cattle broker from Mendota, IL.

Over the years, I have been involved with several people who love Deuces. The love affair continues today with the thoughts of my father letting me drive the sedan…

Thanks Dad.

Stay Tooned!



While my love of 5 windows still lingers the cost of a good body is prohibitive for me. This one was for sale for $25K. Still available? I doubt it.


This primer highboy is more my style. A patch panel or two, primer and rust…asking price $57K. Get the picture. Deuces are not part of the economic problems in the world.


Dad would have liked to do his in this style but the roads were so rough we needed the fenders.


Full fenders are nice and provide a more classical style. The chopped top and white walls look good on this sedan.


O.K., so it is a 3 window. I have owned several but this was my favorite. Bud Bryan influenced me with his flathead roadster. I just had to build my first flathead motor. New 59L block (still in the cosmoline), Edelbrock slingshot, Sharp heads, Mercury crank and lots of $$$…even in 1968.


John sent in this picture of the “Perfect Chop” This is Jan Carpenter’s 5 window. The Kennedy Boys chopped it 2 inches and Jan left it alone after the chop. This is the way is was done. Paint could come later. The motor was a 383 with lots of HP. Jay, her husband, is an engine builder.


Oxide primer adds to the appeal of the 5 window coupe.

Today’s Ride…dreaming!


Full fendered and black make a perfect combination for any Deuce. Dad this one is for you…see you on the street.

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