As we head into the summer hot rod season, a roadster is first and foremost in most of us open car enthusiasts, but the 46-48 Ford convertibles also offer top down cursing with roll up windows when the wife gets cold. Having owned several convertibles since I retired, I can speak from experience of how nice these cars are to drive during the summer months. You can take them out early, drive up the coast with the top up and as the sun appears overhead, you can lower the top with the flip of a switch. Trust me this is not a bad way to travel. Sure it’s a cop out for the true roadster driver and doesn’t offer the “Membership” role in the club, but forget all the resplendence Â and enjoy some real comfortable cruising with autonomy. I find myself searching the want ads this time of year looking for some bargains. I see running driving stock convertibles for under $30K and hot rods for under $40K â€” sounds inexpensive to me as you can’t buy the parts to build a Deuce roadster for $40K. Just a thought running through my mind on this Tuesday night when the temperature outside was 95 today.
I have been working in the garage every day for the last week planning and fabricating some parts for the 34 chassis I am building. I am still waiting for the P&J/TCI front crossmember as they are out of stock at both places. They are the same crossmember. I visited IMS today and purchased some tubing for sleeving the holes in my bones and building a QC rear crossmember similar to what Roy uses in his chassis. I used a tubular one from P&J last time and thought I would keep this build style to the earlier days when we didn’t use round tubing for anything in our chassis. I have nothing against round tubing but I wanted to do something I would have done back in the 60’s such as a 2 x 3 x .120 wall rectangular tubing. IMS had several remnants on the shelf which they sell by the pound. It was my lucky day. I had fabricated one for my last car but somehow must have cut it up for something else. I don’t have a band saw, so I try to cut it with my chop saw but I am not always successful in keeping the angles correct. Maybe Frantic can assist me in the cutting department. I am having fun and keeping my mind and body in motion which is real important these days.
If you are not working in your garage â€” why not!
Many of you commented on the 42-48 Ford I featured last week. The car belongs to Don Smith of TX according to my latest Goodguys. I guess this is the same Don Smith who builds all the Deuce show winners. I wonder if his inspiration came from this old favorite of mine.
Some think this may be Lil’John Buttera’s last build. He didn’t finish it but added the 42 grille opening, the laid back windshield and many more modifications including a Corvette suspension before selling the car. If anyone knows for sure if this is John’s car, let me know.
If you like the custom look with a chopped top and tail dragging skirts then this stunning white beauty my suit your taste.
You really don’t need to do much to make them “cool” Fat Girls. I saw this one when he purchased it and it was mint survivor.
SAR built one of the best ones I have seen in the past few years. They build perfection.
Walt likes the Sportsman version like shown in this photo. Wood expense is huge on these cars. Mike built this fine example a few years ago.
Here is the style I prefer, slight lowering front and rear, nice maroon paint and wheels of your choice. Steelies for me work best.
I love the look with the top down ready for some PCH cruising.
If you are a poor boy like me, then how about this $10K special that was rust free and a daily driver for several years until it was shipped to Australia. Keep looking and you will find one you like and can afford.
Back in the day, we shaved the trunk and hood, added steelies with whitewalls and lowered the car the way Fat Jack doesâ€¦.really low.
O.K. â€”maybe a little too low with air suspension but you would be the hit of the fairground crowd.
Today’s Kustom Convert
As seen at the NHRA Museum last year, this is a recent build with a Carson style top and plenty of detail everywhere you look.