|This is my 1928 Ford Roadster Street Rod. The colour of the car is
cardinal red - Centari enamel #2311 - The photo was taken in July 1986,
in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario .
The car is an all steel Rod. Wheels are 15" McLean wires. The front-end is dropped with a 4 inch drop axle and reverse eye spring. The rear end is on coil overs. For a more detailed description of the car click here. The trailer which now accompanies the car was made from a 1948 (approx) centre aisle Coca-Cola cooler (these coolers were made in Canada by Kelvinator in London, Ontario).
A colour rear view
The car on it's own July 1987
Construction began in December 1981 and continued to July 1985. A brief overview of the process is presented here.
The Roadster has made the trip from Calgary to Ottawa and back three times, '86, '88, and '90. After the '90 trip I wrote an article for Canadian Street Rodder about our Long Distance Trippin'.
The Trailer (description and pictures)
1991 We did our (up to this point) last long trip (8000 miles in a Roadster) to P.E.I. and back, this was a fantastic trip which took us through 9 Provinces and several States, and is one which I hope to tackle again someday. Upon registering for the P.E.I. run I was asked to put pen to paper and describe why I became a Rodder. In response to that request I penned this story of my/our Rodding life. A dirtier day in the Sault. (1991)
Most of the preceding pictures were taken when the car and trailer were relatively new (the car hit the road in July '85 and the trailer in the summer of '89). I figured I'd better get things in gear and put up some current pictures of the rig. So here are a few shots taken in September and October of 1996.
1996 was an interesting year for me and my Roadster. I eventually managed to write down how I felt about it for the February Issue of our club Newsletter. I figured I'd also make the article available here.... 11 Years and Counting.
1999 You can never have too many pictures of your rod, right? My brother had my Model A painted for my birthday. It was a follow-up to having dad's roadster painted the previous Christmas. The results, in the case of both cars, are truly impressive! I invite you to have a look at this paint work.
Of course I wouldn't really be into Rods if I didn't have a few other "projects" rusting around. Right now the day dreams float back and forth between the '32 Maple Leaf (chev) truck that once made a living for my grandfather. A garage has got to come first though, who knows maybe someday they'll be as nice as the '63 Ranchero I've tucked away for the kid.
My Most Recent Project
I'm a Rodder, that's obvious, but I'm also an avid Cyclist, so what better than a Street Rod Bike! I've got a 1951 Murray Stratoline bicycle which I restored a few years ago. I never did get all the right parts to restore the rear hub and brake completely and I found it a little scary to ride at the car shows last summer. So, I bought myself a Shimano Nexus 7 hub (that's a Seven speed internal geared hub with a coaster brake) now I figure that hub with some trick alloy rims, a mid to high end BB (bottom bracket) and a few other extras have turned the "Strato" in to a Rod in it's own right.
Graphics ??? actually the engine as it was on August 16
Dad has been playin around with cars, and making a living from them for years, a little piece of family history is his Merc. Custom, which was his dating transportation when he and Mom got together in '59.
Other toy's? You bet! for those stock Model A lovers out there, Dad has a really sweet little '28 Roadster Pickup!
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