Due to some asshole HACK trying to install malicious software, I had to delete a bunch of directories. That included all build articles of the Rolf Coupe. I am PISSED. I lot of folks have contacted me and I am sorry!
All I have left is the finished pics that can be found here
1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The office: Lack of door stops offer easy access. Seat belts are vintage aircraft units.
Yup, it’s all in the attitude!
Thanks Mark for sharing your cool ride with us!
The fairground in Puyallup Washington was once again filled with hot rods from all over the country. The weather was perfect with sun and temps in the low eighties.
Armed with 100 SPF ultraviolet protection goop smeared all over my thin Northern European skin, sturdy boots with clean socks and my Canon shooter I embarked on a photo safari.
Let’s start with the gassers. These high in the nose ruppety-ruppety cars are seen (and HEARD!) cruising around the fairgrounds all weekend. That’s a good thing as vintage cars and hot rods in motion is far more interesting than static parked vehicles.
Like this Willys gasser…coming…
The Puyallup fairground offer perfect “roads” for cruising around. You can just pull up a chair and add a cold beverage and enjoy a rolling cars show. You would see this nasty looking Chevrolet gasser rolling by…Cool !
…and there it goes!
Robin Rickard from University Place brought his bad ass 1955 Chevy gasser. Ooops, I said ass. Oh well, it’s just that…bad ass.
With a power plant like this, Robin only has one message:
RACE ME !
OK, enough of the gasser stuff. Let’s look at some trucks!
Rex Faubion did not have to travel very far since he lives in Puyallup. He did however bring a very nice truck.
This very stock 1965 Chevrolet C-10 is flawless.
The interior is as nice as the outside.
The original High Torque 292 six is still doing great as the truck has very low miles. Sixes are sexy!
Wayne Seeley from Bremerton brought this super clean 1953 Chevrolet pick up powered by the most trusted engine and transmission combo in the world: 350/350. ’nuff said about that!
Trevor from Snohomish rolled in with style in his just assembled 1940 Ford truck. Powered by a Y-block it moves along just fine. Hauling a bad ass chopper did not hurt the look either.
I think we can archive this under trucks as well. I am not a big fan of the blingy wheels but I dig the colors and stance.
I don’t like to see the hood open as it looks like they are broken down by the side of the road waiting for AAA to show up! When I asked the owner (very politely) if he could close the hood for a photo hi snickered at me. Maybe he thought I was stupid, I am not sure.
Doesn’t that look better? Anyway, moving on…
Moving on to hot rods
Dave York from Surrey, BC brought down his 1932 Ford Roadster built in a traditional hot rod style. Even the top was made in stained but nice material and it looks great. In the background you can spot Doug Grande’s equally traditional 1932 Ford five window coupe.
Looks good from any angle. Love the aggressive stance.
Mike Bach from Ellensburg brought this flathead powered 1935 Ford Roadster.
Roy Rockwell from Hoquiam brought this very nice 1930 Ford Model A Hot Rod.
If…I say IF, I really mean it…IF…you are going to insist on putting a small block Chevrolet in a Ford hot rod…THIS…is the ONLY way to do it. Make it look like it was just pulled out of a low mileage 1957 Chevy at the junk yard.
Very tasteful hot rod.
Mike Bach brought this flathead powered 1939 Ford coupe. Looks freshly built but it was already for sale. I am guessing he builds these things for a living.
Nice…but that’s a lot of blue me thinks…
Brian Aldridge’s 1932 Ford sedan is a stunner. Brian does ALL the work himself including a professional paint job.
Yup, looks great up close.
In the never ending parade of rolling iron we spotted this copper 1940 Ford coupe. The beige steelies and thin white walls works well on this car.
Your Humble Editor’s latest build was displayed inside. It landed Magnum Axle Top Award, kinda cool for the owner.
Let’s end this report with some hi tech stuff. A 1969 Ford Mustang Fastback called “Mach Forty”
With a mid mounted engine from a GT40 car it is very different. Workmanship and quality is bar none. I did hear that the bill ended around 2 mil, I can actually believe that.
There you have it folks, another day in paradise !
I got several e-mails and messages about this car so I best give it a proper intro.
I was asked to build a model A hot rod similar to the old red “Rolf Coupe” as you guys call it. The cool thing with this is that I could improve on areas where I learned from the first build.
The customer is a Buick enthusiast so a Nailhead was a given. The 425 Nailhead is built to the hilt including a high lift roller cam. That gave the car it’s name: The “Roller Nailer”
It has taken WAY too long to build this car. I have gone through two back surgeries, sold a home, bought another, sold a business, bought another…my customer has been incredible patient but I think he is pretty happy with it.
The plan was to build a similar car but this time with shiny paint and high detailing. I’m am the first to say that the car is not an era correct car but it’s built in a certain style that qualify as sort of old timey.
We opted for the best solutions like Lincoln brakes, radial tires (yup, the slicks are built on radial cores) and the Cooker Classics bias-ply-look-alike tyres upfront do not offend most traditionalists. The interior is European leather and the carpets is Euro square weave material. It smells like a new Mercedes inside.
Well, we made it to the NSRA meet last weekend. I still have a few things to finish before GoodGuys in Puyallup but it is manageable. I have some issues with the carburetors that I have to dig in to it.
Sorry for crappy overexposed photos, I was in a hurry.
The red leather looks great against the black paint. Instruments are 1956 Chrysler.
A Muncie four speed hides under the swan shifter.
Ford 9 inch with limited slip keeps the slippage limited.
The reason we opted for the Rochesters as they will feed this thirsty monster better than a set of Strombergs.
There you have it, see some of you at GoodGuys in late July.