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!

 

Rolf Coupe hits German soil!

So I built this model A hot rod back in 2007.

RCMay2007

I was fortunate to have the car land on the cover of Rod & Custom Magazine. Chris Shelton shot the car and made it look great. I was very proud.

Well, one reader of Rod & Custom in Germany, Marco Wenzel read about that hot rod. He contacted me and asked if it would be for sale. I told him that I already sold it but I will get him in touch with the current owner. The current owner had the hots for my current 1932 Ford Five Window. So the current owner bought my ’32, Marco bought the model A hot rod and I bought Project ’37 Ford Cabriolet. Everybody happy!

A few months later the car arrived in Germany:

1931 Ford Hot Rod in Germany 2

Marco is showing off his all wrapped up hot rod. In order to protect the car during transport it was all wrapped up in shipping wrap. Marco and his family are true car guys, his wife Silvia drives a 1968 Impala. Not bad in a country where gasoline is close to $8.00 / gallon !! Here is some statistic for you:

Per capita daily income in Germany is $113. The share of a day’s wages needed to
buy a gallon of gas is 7 percent. Think about that!!

1931 Ford Hot Rod in Germany

They seemed excited to un-wrap the new present.

rolf coupe, germany 2

Here it is at the first outing. In Germany you have to display a front license plate so Marco has no choice but hanging that big plate on the front spreader bar.

rolf coupe, germany

The German hot rod gang on it’s way to an event.

1931 Ford Hot rod

As you can see, as soon as the car hits the meeting spot, the ugly huge license plate goes in the trunk.

1931 Ford Hot rod in Germany

Marco and Silvia has plenty of like minded folks to hang with.

Marco, thanks for sharing, it is great to see the car getting a good home.

Photo: Marco Wenzel

 

Project ’37 Ford Cabriolet, exhaust

Project 1937 Ford Cabriolet came with a stock single exhaust and it was hitting the frame so I had to remove it anyway. I decided to start from scratch.

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaust flanges

These are the old pipes, they look a bit tired.

 

1937 Ford Cabriolet  exhaust flange new

I kept the flange and went to work.

1937 Ford Cabriolet spagetti

Look, a 1937 Ford exhaust. What, you can’t see it?? Well, let me show you.

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaustThese are the smallest Thrush glass packs I could find.

Thrush had an ad in the sixties that said: Put a Thrush on your pipe and…smoke it! I doubt we can smoke anything with this stock flathead but I am counting on some good flathead sound emanating from the dual pipes.

I could not resist adding for the electric cut-outs. I am sure with these small glass packs I will have a nice rumble out the rear but there might be a time when an uncorked flathead will be music to ones ears. Off road of course. They come with wiring and one switch that opens both simultaneously. Yes, I did test them, they work on 6 volts as well. The switch looks like a modern power window switch so obviously I would have to hide it under the dash.
1937 Ford Cabriolet Exhaust work 3

The angle iron: Your best friend when making exhaust.

1937 Ford Cabriolet Exhaust work

It is great to line up tubes when you are going to weld them together. I tacked everything together first and then did a test fit on the car.

 

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaust cut outs

The exhaust cut-outs are designed for 3 inch exhaust pipes. The dual system I am building is based on 1 1/2 inch pipes so we have to be a little creative.

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaust set up

The mufflers and exhaust cut outs needed to be compact so I came up with the idea of cutting down the muffler and insert it in the Y-pipe.

 

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaust set up finished

Here is the compact solution, the world famous Super Sonic Muffler Cut-Out Device.

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaust tip polish

The last 36 inches of the exhaust is stainless so I polished it to chrome finish. Now I don’t have to worry about adding chrome tips.

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaust paint Once all welded up I coated everything with high temp paint. Yes, I wear a respirator even when painting with spray cans. Most paint spray cans contains nasty stuff. You only have one pair of lungs.

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaust finished

Here it is. A complete 1937 Ford dual exhaust system.

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaust insulation

It is tight on the drivers side because of the steering box. I have to dip down below the frame and that makes part of the exhaust close to the master cylinder. I added insulation to the pipe to keep the heat away from the master cylinder.

1937 Ford Cabriolet dual exhaust Here is a side view of the exhaust.

1937 Ford Cabriolet exhaust tip

Well, here we are. All done. A drive around town confirmed a nice mellow note. Also the restored plate is in place and a vintage frame adds the finishing touch.

Ready for the up-coming Ford Meet.

The evolution of a hot rod

As I was looking through my digital photo album I ran across some older pictures of your Humble Editors 1932 Ford five window coupe.

I have not done a ton of things to this car but it is amazing how the look and feel of a hot rod can change with rather simple modification. As a hot rod can be an extension of your personality so it is important to make it the way you like it.

Here is how it looked at one point:

1932 Ford rear

 Fenders made from ’36 Ford spare tire covers in the front, home made in the rear.

Olds motor in 1932 Ford

 1956 Olds power plant.

 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe

OK, those slicks has to go and so does the drag race “high in the nose” look.

 

1932 Ford Five Window Coupe Firestone 2

Dropped original heavy axle and Firestones pie crust tireas changes the car completely.

 1932 Ford Five Window Coupe no lettering

Loosing those silly numbers on the side certainly helped to clean up the car.

At this point I started to like the car but something was still missing…

1932 Ford 5 window hood

 Aha! A hood! Yup, that added greatly to the lines. It completes the car and it flows great. Mmmm…something is still missing!

 

1932 Ford 5 window rear

 Yes, that’s it. Fenders. It puts the old back in to the car. This just shows how versitile the 1932 Ford is. It can be built in many ways and look great.

This car is now sold and Your Humble Editor is looking for something new and fun, Well, something old and fun. Like a 1937 Ford cabriolet. Know of any? Let me know.

 

Reader’s Rides: 1932 Ford Five Window

Sometimes your Humble Editor get an e-mail from a ClassicRoad reader with pictures of his or her car. Bob Mervar from Oregon state did just that and his 1932 Ford five window is too cool not to share with the world.

1932 Ford five window

The car was finished in 2009 and Bob has been driving the wheels off it ever since.

1932 Ford cruising

Some more pictures coming soon. Thanks for sharing, Bob

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.

Let’s go to the swap meet…

Swap meets are great. Parts and vehicles for sale with something for everyone.

 

Here is a very manly 4X4. All of the truck was powder coated. Very nice. Displayed by a powder coat company.

 

1948 Chevrolet sedan delivery. Total restoration and for sale for $16,500.00. You could not restore one for that.
Model A truck project
Another manly truck.
There is that word again. I wonder if it’s a complex issue?? I may have to talk to my psychiatrist…or bartender…they do the same thing.
1973 Fart…ahem, Fiat convertible
Super clean model  A roadster
Street Rod thingie
Very clean 60’s Chevrolet truck
Straight and complete model A roadster pick up. You can haul stuff and get a tan at the same time!
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This swap is one of my favorites. Here are some two wheeled reasons:
1907…something-something. Forgot the brand. Cool bike, though…
Cool Indian project
How about a Harley Davidson for $500.00? Pretty decent and could be a runner.
Like new 1974 Kawasaki 900. Mint condition. Love that color!
You meet the nicest people on a Honda…or?
1974 BMW R-90 with side car. That seat and the Hella light looks a little out of place but a beatiful bike and color combo.
Ariel. Don’t know the vintage.
Very nice 1946 Indian
If one carburator is good three must be better! For a Chevrolet small block.
There you go, another swap in tha bag. Looking forward to the next one.

Still Out There, Part IV

More junk:

We just love old cars in the wild. They are Still Out There

These pictures are for your entertainment purposes only. We DO NOT know where these cars are so don’t contact us and ask. WE DON’T KNOW.

We just love old cars in the wild. They are Still Out There

These pictures are for your entertainment purposes only. We DO NOT know where these cars are so don’t contact us and ask. WE DON’T KNOW.

Still Out There Part III

We just love cars in the wild. They are Still Out There

These pictures are for your entertainment purposes only. We DO NOT know where these cars are so don’t contact us and ask. WE DON’T KNOW.

We just love cars in the wild. They are Still Out There

These pictures are for your entertainment purposes only. We DO NOT know where these cars are so don’t contact us and ask. WE DON’T KNOW.

We just love cars in the wild. They are Still Out There

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Still Out There: Ford

We just love cars in the wild. They are Still Out There

These pictures are for your entertainment purposes only. We DO NOT know where these cars are so don’t contact us and ask. WE DON’T KNOW.

 

These pictures are for your entertainment purposes only. We DO NOT know where these cars are so don’t contact us and ask. WE DON’T KNOW.