Runn’n down a dream.

Posted: October 5, 2017 in Ford Roadsters, Hot Rod, Uncategorized
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Without being too maudlin, this is a reference to Tom Petty.  Writer, musician, fellow baby boomer, who died of a heart attack just a couple days ago.  I’ve been casual fan for decades, always admired him because he not only made music I liked over the years, but he seemed to follow his heart, and made the rest of us happy doing so.  Simple, unadorned, straight up rock and roll.  No frills.  No unnecessary adornment.  He didn’t guild the lily.  I like that about him.

Not that I’m anywhere near the artist (or particularly musical) as Tom Petty, and I don’t want to flatter myself too much here, but thinking about it, this car is my equivalent to the kind of music Tom Petty made.  It’s simple and clean.  Like a good chopper,  and a good authentic hot rod, there’s nothing there that doesn’t need to be there.  It’ll reflect my taste, the cars that influenced me and made an impression when I was a kid in the late fifties and early sixties, looking at car magazines in the grocery store while my mom shopped.

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I’ve always loved ’33 and ’34 Fords, particularly a fenderless roadster.  The line of the hood and the inner fender as they sweep back into the rocker panel, which is not flat on top of the frame, but dips below the frame (making these cars channeled from the factory) in a graceful arc that I think is lovely.  Without fenders, that line is accented and amplified, the signature feature of these cars.  Likewise the angle of the grill, hood and forward edge of the doors is unique and beautiful  (albeit it dangerous), and “matches” that rocker panel/hood sweep.

I’ve wanted one for 40 years, saved Street-Rodder magazines with ’34 highboys on the cover, and feature cars, including this very one, for almost that long.  It sounds trite but it’s a real dream come true.  That it’s in my garage, tantalizingly close to being finished, amazes me every time I see it.  I feel fortunate to be able to own this car, proud of the skills I’ve gained over the years that enable me to build it, and thankful my wife Kim supports me and my madness.  She didn’t complain when I sold the ’48 Pontiac convertible we’d had since before we got married, that financed this, nor when I dropped more than half of the proceeds of that on a trailer load of mis-matched and cast-off parts that became this car.

Thanks Kim.  I love you, and not just for this.

Getting primer on it today was a huge step forward.  I’m hoping to get color on it before the weather cools down, so that this winter I can get all the rest of the work done and have it ready for next spring.  It’s been a little more work than I anticipated, but not horrible, and so far I haven’t run up against any huge obstacles.  At least none that I couldn’t work out.

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There are lots of little details I really like about the project, things that I think will separate it from other ‘glass bodied ’34’s.  Not there are tons of them around here, but there are a couple.  Like a good Tom Petty song, it’s identifiable and recognizable, but different and unique at the same time.

That’s my hope any way.

 

 

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Comments
  1. John Zomer says:

    Very well said Brian, I’ve enjoyed your progress on the build. Wire it and fire it .

  2. I always enjoy your blog, but this one is exceptional. Love the Tom Petty references. I felt the same way about him. Funny, but I often use song titles in my blog (www.adventuresoftoaster.blogspot.com) We think alike sometimes, but unfortunately, I don’t have even a fraction of your endless talents. You totally amaze me. Best of luck with all of your projects.

    Gary & Toaster
    St. Augustine, FL.

  3. flynbrian48 says:

    Thanks. It was a bad Monday…

  4. Jerry Dillinger says:

    Brian,

    What a great piece. Your prose captured your passion and vision beautifully. Really enjoy your posts and watching your progress. Wish I had your skill set to use on my old MG. I’ll get back to my project over the winter maybe, but likely in the spring.

    Keep ‘em coming .

    Jerry >

  5. robj says:

    Stumbled across your blog a little while ago and have enjoyed every post. There’s just something about a project, or 2 …or 4. I really enjoy seeing you overcome obstacles and setbacks in a practial manner without throwing a ton of money at something. Like you, I think I was put on this earth to fix broken stuff or fix worn out stuff up.
    Keep up the good work!
    robj

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