Wednesday’s Love Affair

Roadster Month

The love affair with the Ford roadsters from T’s to the 1937 has long been one of my favorite topics to discuss on Pewsplace. I especially like the construction phase of building these highly desirable roadsters, but also enjoy looking at the finished product. Growing up in the Midwest I saw very few roadsters in my youth but when I did I always took some photos and ask lots of questions of the builder. Over the years I have owned or at least started numerous roadster projects — mostly Deuces. I built the style that I liked at the time which hasn’t changed much in 75 years. Today’s books are full of the early look roadsters as well as the current trend of the month style. Regardless of your preference, the Ford roadsters that Henry built continue to be the favorite platform to start with. While the original cars are difficult to locate, the reproduction bodies and chassis that are on the market today allow anyone with the desire and finances to build their dream roadster.

Many roadster lovers like to build the car themselves in their own garage, while others prefer to have a professional shop like Brizio’s build it for them. Either choice requires considerable resources — like time, money and skilled craftsman to complete the roadster. I appreciate both methods and really admire those who can do it all in their own garage using some basic tools and equipment. In the early days of automotive publications, like Hot Rod and Rod & Custom, technical articles keep most of us informed on the How-To basics of building a roadster. For example, the R&C articles written by Bud Bryan about his A/V8 – 29 roadster really started me on a quest to use old Ford parts, some backyard engineering like Jake and Pete Eastwood use to build my own roadster. Keep in mind this was in the early 70’s long before the plethora of aftermarket parts became available. You simply had to locate a good Deuce chassis, a roadster body (not easy in the Midwest) and start gathering parts. As each month went by, the article would tell you what you needed and how to progress on your project. Dick Scritchfield did a complete build up of his Australian Deuce Phaeton with a complement of excellent photos and parts required. I still have that article and while the methods seem crude by today’s standard — they worked — as proven by Dick’s Phaeton still going strong in Hawaii. Sites like the HAMB share this same journalism path and have a tremendous following. The Fire continues to burn in both young and old Hot Rodders. That is a good thing and I will continue to offer my contribution.

Enjoy your week and spend some time in your garage.

Stay Tooned!



Bud’s roadster as it looks today. Wrecked, repaired and in the hands of Julian Alvarez who takes good care of the roadster.


Dave thought this little 29 on Deuce rails was very well built with some comfortable seats.

scritchfield Phaeton

I was in college when the Phaeton project was started but followed it through to completion in 1966.


Here is Dick’s Phaeton that was documented in a step by step build procedure in a series of R&C magazine articles in 1966. Thom, who works for Hot Rod, did a nice write up on Hot


Joe built his beautiful roadster in his driway across the street from Bob-O’s house.


Pat built his similar roadster over a period of several years in his garage/driveway.


A new build with some modern items like 4-bars and coil-overs but still retaining that early style.


Joe kept his theme on “Frankenstein” strictly early — what a great roadster he built.


I love this old tub with original “Patina” and orange steelies.


A total reproduction 34 roadster was assembled by Mick while working at SO-CAL with lots of work by GMT.


Building your roadster in your driveway and garage can be very self fulfilling. This stage is hard to achieve without lots of dedication to the build and a very understanding wife. The color of the hair is not due to age but stress involved in building the roadster. The hair color is popular among roadster owners.


This is the stage where I run out of steam and money. The aluminum top would be out of my skill level and budget but sure looks aggressive on this current build.


A current style that is real popular is the Adam’s Rod Shop built roadsters with the Stanley Wanlass windshield.

The Master of Roadster Builders


Roy Brizio and his team know Deuce roadsters. He is shown above with Tom’s roadster, which his team restored and is the first hiboy roadster I recall seeing while at the Indy 500 in the 60’s. It was parked on the sidewalk in front of a Bar. Roy is one of the nicest persons in the business and a very good business man.

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