Wednesday’s Words

If you have been a regular reader of this site, then you know my favorite roadster is a 33 Ford. I was searching eBay last night and came across a perfect example of a 1933 Ford roadster that Roy Brizio built. My heart skipped a few beats and I spent considerable time looking at all the photos. Priced way beyond my means, but well within my dreams, this roadster was nicely done by Roy and the owner. Simple elegance is how I described this stunning example of Henry’s finest. Pricing of this car will be in the six figures and justified.

Today’s Hot Rods that are built in the professional shops all seem to be in the six figure range and the AMBR or Ridler award winners seem to top seven figures. I know most of us can’t afford those costs when building our Hot Rods, but many people can. I appreciate all of those cars and the success of people who can commission cars of that caliber. Fortunately, we can still enjoy the hobby at a much lower entry level and enjoy the activities provided for our love of Hot Rods. I have visited most of the famous builders and admire the skilled staff they have hired to build these creations. I am well aware of the overhead these shops have and the need to charge the labor rates they do. I am appreciate the back yard builder who manages to creat some masterpieces in his own garage with his own skills and a few outside assistants for paint and upholstery. In fact, I visited a shop yesterday that the proprietor can do it all right in his own shop.

In conclusion, the Hot Rod Hobby is one that can be enjoyed by everyone — no matter the size of your wallet. Engineering, design and quality are part of any build and are up to the builder to implement in the build. The more you improve your skills required to built your dream Hot Rod, the less it will affect your wallet.

Stay Tooned!



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Love at first sight for this Brizio built 33 roadster. My style for a resto-rod.


Sid put his Bop Top on this beauty for the perfect look.


A simple Hanneline panel combined with the 40 wheel is correct for me.


Sid also did the brown interior with matching square weave carpet.


The Ford engine even looks good to me and was fit into the compartment nicely.


Boyd built the 1946 Ford convertible while I was visiting his shop. I fell in love with these “Fat Girl” and built several in my garage. The secret is to buy a restored car and make it yours.


My home built 48 with 350/350, 9″ and dropped axle.


Boyd also built this roadster using a Wescott body and again, I copied the Foose design on my first attempt. I had to farm out the sheet metal hood to Dan Fink but the assembly was done in my garage.


My attempt with a Wescott body and a traditional look. (Finished by Stoker’s)


Sometimes you can find an old Hot Rod, freshen it up a little, get it running and be real happy having fun without breaking the bank.


Alan can do it all right at home and in his shop. Here is the 48 convert I sold him a few years ago.


I made a stop at Old Crow and saw this project waiting its turn to be finished. Starting with pieces like this will cost lots of money to complete.


Frank buys lots of cars, fixes them and then sells them to others. He has a list of sources to do the work reasonably.


For tops, we work with Neil who comes to our garage and fits his superb top irons and bows.

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Gary, at Cornhusker, has his original Deuce roadster on the market. See the For Sale Section for details.

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