Toppers Tuesday

I had lots of calls this morning about various car deals going down so I was late to Toppers today. The table was full and I sat down at the end so I could listen to all the BS. The Lakers win was one topic but Dave brought in an ad from the New Ford Barn for a 1940 Ford convertible dash. If you didn’t already know the convertible dash is different from a passenger car. The ends where they meet the cowl are turned up and longer. I have made the standard dash work with a little welding but I always like the real part when possible. Bob’O reminded me of a perfect one that was complete and painted that we saw at Nick Alexander’s swap meet last year. The fellow wanted $1,000 which was a very good deal for the time. As I recall it did not sell. I should have purchased it.

A good example of the standard dash is the one my friend Andy in Atlanta is putting in his new tudor sedan. Andy is a retired fireman who paints cars in his spare time. He has built a couple of 40 coupes in the past but this is first sedan. Age requires a little more room for all the medicine we need to take with us on trips. He sent along some pictures for all of you to see. This will be a very stately sedan when finished.

The good news is that cars are starting to sell again. There seems to be plenty of money available for the good cars. I always said a good car will always bring the money and a bad one will not. Prices in the $80-$100K range are not uncommon when talking about real Deuces. I think people have come to realize that project cars are not a good investment with parts and labor being so expensive. Time is also important for us old folks. When you purchase a running car you have instant gratification…no waiting for the paint jail or upholstery jail to enjoy the fun. I would expect some really nice cars will be for sale at the LARS this year. I always find one I love but come up short on the cash position. My turn will come someday….right!

Stay Tooned!



Frank has a new roadster in his fleet. These are real rare to find in this condition…completely stock.


The standard dash in Andy’s tudor looks great against the Vineyard green exterior.


The rear is complete with Georgia 32 plates and gas filler door. Bumpers will be next.


Andy installed a GM crate motor 350-330 HP to help him make it to the Nationals in Louisville next year. That MII will assure his wife Pat has a soft ride. I should do the same to Andre.


This photo shows the kick back header on the driver’s side.


Another SD showed up in the mail the other day. These things are everywhere you look.


Tim was raised in a car family. That’s him with his father’s 41 convert… nice ride… maybe you should build a 41 next.


Deuce roadsters are also showing up in the mail. These are the real deals stored away for years. I want one.


My friend Steve called this morning and was wanting a copy of this issue of Street Rodder. Steve has owned the “California Start” for many years and has finally decided to let it go. This issue of SR was May 1982 with a faux cover of May 2002 showing the CS AMBR winner in bare metal. More tomorrow.

Today’s roadster…dreaming!


Roy builds the kind of cars I like but can’t afford. This beauty is from his web site. How can you beat this profile?

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