Wednesday’s Words

The morning started off with some light rain that is much needed and promises to continue for the balance of the week. Working in the garage during the rainy days provides lots of time to stay dedicated to the task as opposed to going for a ride in the Hot Rod. It also gives me a chance to see if my leaky roof, that I had repaired several months ago, is doing the job of keeping us dry. I have been doing routine maintenance to Pepe like changing the oil, flushing out the radiator and cleaning the undercarriage during the stormy weather. I was concerned about the aluminum heads on my engine being eaten away from the water but I guess that they are built to withstand the daily driving and various heat ranges that occur during that time. The water looked a little rusty so I changed it. While I was under the car, I also noticed one cracked tie rod end which I will replace. Keeping your Hot Rod in shape is very important as you don’t want any problems while on the road. 

I receive lots of questions concerning paint colors and codes of various cars I feature. I don’t know the codes but you can look them up on Goggle or have your local paint store do it for you. Special mix colors normally are just that and each shade is determined by the mixer and customer. Many people will not share they secret color but some will. A good painter can match your color selection is you have a sample (even a good photo) for him to duplicate. Many of the stock popular early Ford colors paint numbers are available on line. Washington Blue for example has about 25 different shades that are available in the PPG library. Buy some different shades and paint some sheets to see which one you like. It worked for me and my friends.

I was informed that the LARS will be the same duration as it has been in recent years. The talk of reducing the number of days was reconsidered and the show will go on as usual. The popularity of this event worldwide makes it one of the shows you don’t want to miss. We need to support this long standing roadster extravaganza to make sure it continues. Make your plans to attend now.


Stay Tooned!





This issue of Street Rodder dated April 1984 was my inspiration to finish my Deuce 3 window and my first thoughts of owning a woody. I had just moved to LA and did not know Boyd. I would later have the opportunity to drive both of these marvelous Deuces thanks to Boyd and Walt.


Wayne started his project with all the right components and dialed in the profile he was looking for.


Wayne built a beautiful 33 coupe that is one of my favorites. The theme of the build, the stance and the wheel and tire combination are just perfect in my mind. The orange color is what attracts your attention when walking through the rows of Hot Rods and the various shows.


Wayne had Phil lay down some stripes that gave it the finishing touch for a perfect 60’s styled Hot Rod.


The classic 1940 Ford coupe in maroon makes a perfect Hot Rod. You can’t go wrong with a coupe like this one.

Roadsters —Tubs


This is a local car that was built in his garage. The car is rumored to be one of the 6 Ford built for the Worlds Fair in 1939.


Another local car is this 36 Phaeton has all the correct pieces for the era. Carson style top looks good.


Another local car with the stock look and tail-dragger skirt profile.


The 33 Phaeton is another rare car and makes a great touring open car.



The shoebox woodies are very popular today and are easier to find. Wood kits are available for the DIY crowd.


The mild custom shoebox looks good in Robin Egg Blue and lowered stance.


On ebay today…it will be interesting to see what this original wood 40 will bring.



A rare 33 sedan delivery being restored at Brizio’s for one of his customers.


This beauty was in the Atlanta area when I lived there but I was into Deuces and 34’s in the 70’s.


The big old bodies do look good in maroon.


Dave had one of the nicest 36 deliveries around and is was stock with a dropped axle and lots of detail.

In the Garage


Bob has been building cars for many years and has built some beautiful woodies like this 1940 Ford


Building a jig to support the flimsy shell is recommend to keep everything in place.


Yes, I do get dirty sometimes and the wife takes my picture. I love motor work — but the grease is not welcome to Jane.

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