Tag: Daniel Beaudry

Prohibition mash: The makings of a prewar sleeper – Daniel Beaudry @Hemmings

Prohibition mash: The makings of a prewar sleeper – Daniel Beaudry @Hemmings

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This is where it starts… the stock 1929 Ford Tudor on the day I took delivery. From here, there will be a series of subtle hop-ups to arrive at a powerful interwar sleeper. Sorry–I couldn’t resist a bit of fun with a sepia-toned filter. Photos by the author except where noted.

A few weekends ago, members of my club generously descended upon my garage for a big “thrash” to help me finish my 1931 Ford Model A/B bobtail speedster. When father-and-son Barnstormers VSC (“Vintage Speed Club”) members Brian and Matthew Cholerton arrived, they were towing my next project: a 1929 Ford Model A Tudor sedan. It came at just the right time, because it would prove a positive counterbalance to some unexpected setbacks with the speedster, validating the wisdom of having at least two vehicles to play with.

For almost as long as I had been working on the speedster, I had known that I also wanted a hot-rodded sedan, so when I discovered that Brian had one and that he was planning on selling, we quickly came to an agreement. He even very generously towed it the 200-plus miles from his home to mine. Though I wasn’t quite mentally or financially ready for it, there it was, exactly what I had been hoping for.

And what I had been hoping for was an affordable Model A Tudor in running condition with a serviceable body, but one that wasn’t rare or in such good condition that it would be a good candidate for restoration. As someone whose tendencies run toward preserving historical artifacts (rather than altering or even restoring them), I knew it would be a long time before I’d find one that fit the bill as well as this one did whenever I finally decided I was “ready” to buy one.

As far as this particular sedan goes, and 1929 Tudors in general, they are indeed special… because with 523,922 of them rolling out of Ford’s factories, they hold the record for the greatest number produced of any Model A in any body style for any year. So this means I don’t have to feel quite as bad about hot-rodding the A, at least from a rarity standpoint

In terms of condition, while it starts up, runs, and stops well, has a remarkably clean underside, and no significant dents or rust, it appears that the owner before Brian might have begun restoring the car but then lost interest and hastily put it back together for sale. So while a new correct “Cobra Long Grain” vinyl top had been installed, many other condition issues went partially or entirely unaddressed.

Most obvious of these: Its paint demonstrates a tendency to chip, its driver’s-side door is significantly out of alignment, and its interior is limited to only seat covers and door panels made from cardboard boxes upholstered in gray crushed velvet (crushed velvet?!). Behind those door panels, the metal window anti-rattlers–both bent, and for some reason at the same angle–had been loosely stashed and, along with one internal upright support with broken rivets, had been creating a significant racket when driving.

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Gow To: Evaluating a Model B four-banger – David Conwill @Hemmings

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The Revelator needs a new engine. This is how it’s being done economically. Photo by Dan Beaudry, others by David Conwill and as credited

how-to (hou-tü) adj. giving practical instruction and advice (as on a craft)

gow (gou) n. automobile modified for speed and performance in the pre-WWII style

gow-to (gou-tü) adj. giving practical instruction and advice for modifying automobiles for speed and performance in the pre-WWII style

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Armstrong’ steering assist – Daniel Beaudry @Hemmings

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Whether you call it a suicide ball, or a necker, granny, or Brodie knob, it’s all the same thing: a free-spinning knob affixed to a steering wheel designed to help drivers more quickly and easily muscle around a non-power-assisted steering wheel

Read the rest of Daniel’s article here

 

Prewar Power – J Daniel Beaudry @Hemmings

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IN THE EARLY DAYS OF HOT RODDING, FAST FORDS TOOK MANY SHAPES

Prewar Ford Profiles

“Hot rod”… “hop-up”… “gow-job”… People have been modifying cars for performance since they were horses (some sources believe the latter two terms derive from doping ponies). So, a special section dedicated to early Fords would be incomplete without touching upon hot rodding, as no automobile in history has been altered more frequently. It might be cliché to say, but literally open the dictionary to “hot rod,” and you’d not be surprised to see a picture of a Deuce roadster there.

Excellent article from a real expert in this area of the hobby, read on here

Esprit de hardcore: Pismo Race of Gentlemen 2016 – Daniel Beaudry Hemmings

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West Coast Race of Gentlemen

 

On October 15/16th this year the inaugural west coast version of the Race of Gentlemen took place at Pismo Beach.

Having been to Pismo a few years ago it’s an ideal spot, the beach is great and it’s a real “car hobby” area.

Unfortunately and ironically the weather wasn’t at all kind to the event, and it may be that it ends up being a one off?

Read more in Daniel Beaudry’s Hemmings article here

 

Legendary Navarro roadster to run at The Race of Gentlemen West – Daniel Beaudry Hemmings

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Legendary Navarro roadster to run at The Race of Gentlemen West

Article from Daniel Beaudry, Barney Navarro’s famous roadster which will be appearing at TROG West in Pismo this weekend. Read the article here

Visited Oceanside and Pismo a few years ago on holiday, great spot for TROG West IMHO!

Return of the Old Guard: At The Race of Gentlemen, an original Oiler dons the colors once again – Daniel Beaudry – Hemmings

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TROG Quint Meland

The Race of Gentlemen will be held this weekend in Wildwood New Jersey and for the first time in 55 years Oiler Quint Meland  will be on the beach. Read the article from Hemmings here

A Closer Look at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2015 (Hemmings Daily by Daniel Beaudry)

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An excellent article on the current state of the flats and it’s long history by from Hemming Daily published on September 29th 2015

Richard Thomas, a land speed racer from Salt Lake City, Utah, holds up a copy of the rashly headlined Wendover Times in front of the flooded BSF at Land’s End. Photo by the author. – See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2015/09/29/a-closer-look-at-the-bonneville-salt-flats-in-2015/?refer=musweekly#sthash.LGkqpjXe.dpuf

Due to mining and various other reasons it would appear that the Bonneville Salt Flats are unlikely to return to former glories..