Mark Anderson’s Pre War 1931 Ford Hot Rod

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod lights

Mark is a card carrying, astute and highly respected member of the World Famous Beggers Car Club in Washington State. As such he drives an appropriate car…daily. Yup, this is his daily commuter.


1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod rear side R

A lot of folks builds traditional style hot rods and some try to use only era correct parts. Some builders are more successful than others in this effort. There is not a single component that is made after 1940 in this car.


1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod side right

It’s all in the attitude! As you can see the car is not ridiculously low, it sits just like a car from that era should sit. Stance and attitude is everything. This original 1931 body rests on an original 1932 Frame. There is not one single reproduction piece on this car.

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod hood side

Chevrolet (Ooops, sorry about that, Ford Fans) …anyway, you get over it!…Vintage Chevrolet hood sides offer these factory louvers for a great and different look. It also offers a practical solution as it helps with cooling of the flathead.


1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod engine

The flathead is equipped with two leaky Strombergs mounted on a vintage Weiand manifold. Mark did some thinking about the exhaust manifolds. What would the 1940’s hot rodder do for tubing? Well, a home built hot rod could very well have used flexible tubing and that’s what Mark went with. Looks great. Also, note the liberal use of copper tubing adding to the “right” look.

1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod interior

The office: Lack of door stops offer easy access. Seat belts are vintage aircraft units.


1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod attitude

Yup, it’s all in the attitude!

Thanks Mark for sharing your cool ride with us!



Why would you drive a vintage car anyway??

My late model work car is equipped with all the comfort features I could ever need. It has a nice quiet cabin, climate control, nice stereo and don’t forget the bun heaters! Going to work on a soggy cold morning is not that bad once you get inside this cozy cage. I am isolated from road and engine noises and I can stream music or news from anywhere in the world and listen to it with the twelve speakers. Why does one need twelve speakers anyway?

1937 Ford Convertible Cabriolet

Driving a vintage car or truck takes some effort and involvement. They don’t have the best brakes, the steering is a bit sloppy and the wind noise…don’t forget the wind noise. It’s hard to have a cell phone conversation in a vintage car…but why should you?? You should listen to your vehicle and be one with it. The 1937 Ford I currently have the custodial rights over is one of those “old cars”

The 1939 transmission with second and third gear syncros is actually an upgrade from the stock non syncro transmission this car came with. Driving a car like this is a way to celebrate the way it was. Not necessary waxing nostalgically about “it was better back then” but it is an opportunity to really get in the head of the folks that built them and drove them when they were new.

You feel you are part of the machine and the history.

Picture this:

You blip the throttle and double clutch as you approach an intersection while still moving and feel first gear just slips in without a noise…THAT is a pure man and machine experience. Then go around the corner and hit second gear right at that torque spot and feel the flathead pull the car forward. No tachometer, no automatic shifter, no computer…just you knowing your machine and what it can do and also know it’s limitation. How can you not love it??!

Sigh, this may be hard to explain to some twenty year old kid in a Honda sporting a sewer pipe for an exhaust pipe…but I will try if anyone want to listen!


N.W. Vintage Racing Pictures, part I

In a former life I was in the antiques business and I purchased a box full of old 8X10 black & white photos from the racing action on Aurora Speedway in Washington state. Some of these photos were taken before the war ended and I think they have a significant historic value.

Aurora Speedway Program

As you can see by the program above, Bob Murray’s Dog house was a proud sponsor and also a popular watering hole where drivers and fans would gather to talk about racing.

The Playland Amusement Park on 132nd and Aurora in Washington State hosted the  Aurora Speedway. Before, during and after the war people was looking for entertainment. With cars making folks more mobile than ever before it seems natural to jump in the car with the family and head to Playland.

WA Midget racing program

In the bottom of the above mentioned box I also found these original sign up sheets.

Take a look at the names in this drivers list. Shorty Templeman, Mel Anthony and Homer Norman among others. Mel Anthony is a legend of his own and still lives here in the North West. He is turning 90 years young this year and he still races!


Stay tuned for a more in on the racing action and of course lots of cool pictures from the racing action.


1972 Sweeeeedish Saaaaaaab V4

Nothing like seeing a vintage car being used as daily driver. This car rolled in close to my office and I had to go out and take a peak.

This also explains the lousy cell phone pictures but it is what it is.

This 1972 Saab V4 is in excellent condition. Even the dash pad is mint. Now I want one!

The body is super straight and those wheels looks just right on this car.

The interior is perfect.

The flowing rear of this car shows design that was way ahead if its time.

I have never seen these Panasport/Minilite wheels in this bolt pattern. Coolness.

So what do we learn? Well, not all vintage cool Swedish cars are made by Volvo!


Harry’s “back in the day” Hot Rod Pictures

I bought a vintage Volvo from Harry and his wife a few years ago. I learned that he has been a car guy and hot rodder all his life and here are some pictures to prove it.

Gotta love this stuff:

A Mopar 413 Ramcharger powered this red hot rod. The stick figure in the front is Harry himself.

With a ride like this it was not a problem to atract the ladies.

Just love the stance and look of old hot rods.

The hot rod started life with a different color. Check out the two color top insert.


More evidence that the ladies dig guys with hot rods…

A completey restored 1937 Dodge truck was the ride of choice for a while.

One of the earlier cars Harry owned was this 1926 Ford Model T. Bought it for $150.00 and sold it for $300.00. They only car he made money on!

Thanks Harry for sharing your time machine with us.

GoodGuys, Puyallup

As always the GoodGuys event offered an eclectic mix of all things motorized.

I am personally drawn to the more traditional hot rods but also stock classy cars of any year, as well as imports. This 1932 Ford owned by Steve Glucoft is the epidemy of traditional.

 Note how the builder used the fender braces for head light stands. Also, check out how tall and “nerdy” they sit on the car. Just like the old days, you know he spent some time checking 1950’s “little pages”

We dig it. More from GoodGuys next.




Ah, the seventies…was it better back then?

Your Humble Editor got his first job in America at Bel-Kirk Motors, a Volvo, Saab, Fiat and Datsun dealership. I found this photo on a promo booklet when cleaning up a corner at the dealership. I just found it again in my photo box. Come to think of it…I am sure there is already a generation out there that does not even know what a photo box is!

I think it is a cool picture. The sign on the roof was the last rotating sign in Kirkland before the PC and conformity police outlawed such a fine landmark.

The Z-car on the point was “today’s special” as we rotated that spot daily with an attractive used car. Once I bought a nice 1967 Volvo 122S wagon for $1000.00 and we stuck it on the “point” for $4500.00. It sold within a few days. Funny thing, they are worth about the same today. I guess they are not multi window VW buses, are they?

The ugly building in the background is an old GTE phone building that was once full of operators (remember those?) but they were replaced by machines and later computers. The windows were covered and it left that big blob in the landscape.

Also, check out the brand new orange Volvos on the roof. How could they think that the American public actually wanted orange cars??

Vintage Ads

“Welcome to wheel city…327, 396, 427 We got your number!”

Chevrolet dealership ad in the late sixties

Look at all those small and big blocks !! Wouldn’t you want to walk down that row and pick out a 427 machine with four speed and just take it for a…ahem…”test drive” ?

Your Humble Editor loves digging through 50’s and 60’s LIFE magazine and finding car ads.

Totally sexist of course. “For men with push” Peddling front wheel drive to the American public.  I guess women had no business driving cars back then, huh?

Cars shouldn’t just be for show room traffic” or “Drive it like you hate it”

These were some of Volvo’s messages in the sixties. The sturdy cars from Sweden held up well as they were built for a country with less that half of the roads paved at the time.


Body by Fisher ad

A demonstration of how much a GM trunk can carry. I am not sure where the fish is going to go. If it is going in the trunk it will be a smelly affair.


Famous customs just sitting…


I was aimlessly driving my Corvette 427 powered four speed 1957 Chevy around in Southern California in 1979 looking for trouble when and stumbled in to this “museum” somewhere in Southern California. I pulled in and finished listening to the Led Zeppelin song blaring from the Pioneer Super Tuner courtesy of Frazer Smith at KLOS Los Angeles.

I recall this place was in Anaheim.

Inside this dusty, dirty and neglected place I found all these world famous cars.

Sorry for crappy indoor flash photos but these are worth sharing.

Who did not build a model of this car?


Happy Days roadster pickup


Sonny and Cheers 1960 Cadillac


 Beatles Rolls Royce


…and some other odd stuff.




Vintage Gas Station Collectible Maps

Do you like old gas station maps? We do. There is something very clean and innocent about the landscape and super cool futuristic cars used for illustrations on these maps.

Take a look at these beauties and see happy, worry free and good looking automobile owners cruising the American highways only to meet handsome gas station service men in super clean uniforms.

Maybe it was better in the old days after all??