Tag: speedster

The World Needs More Non-Ford Speedsters and These ’33 Dodge Parts Would Be a Great Start. Here’s How I’d Build It. – David Conwill @Hemmings

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I just came across all these parts stripped out of a 1933 Dodge Brothers DP Six. Presumably, that’s a sign that the body and frame are in the process of being street rodded. These parts are hardly useless, however, as they’ve got plenty of life left in them. Yes, you could set them aside planning to find and restore another ’33 Dodge, but I think they’d make the perfect basis for that rarest of creatures: a non-Ford speedster.

Early (i.e. pre-1949) Fords are neat. I love them. That said, there are a lot of them out there. Go to a prewar car event and Model T’s, Model A’s, and early V-8s are everywhere. People loved them and saved them and a whole industry (Hemmings included) grew up around keeping them alive long after the point when Ford Motor Company had moved on to more complicated and profitable designs.

Of course, even in the 1920s, when at times the Model T represented roughly half of the new-car market, Ford wasn’t alone in producing capable, affordable cars. One of its biggest rivals was Dodge Brothers, which had started life as a supplier to many of Detroit’s early players and was especially important to the eventual success of Henry Ford’s operation.

The brothers themselves, John and Horace, died in 1920, only six years after debuting their eponymous automobile. Dodge (which didn’t drop “Brothers” until 1938 or so) continued along after their demise, controlled by heirs and financial backers, especially investment bank Dillon, Read & Company, which acquired the Hamtramck-based automaker in 1925 and then sold it to Chrysler Corporation in 1928.

Dipping down into Plymouth’s market niche, in 1933, Dodge Brothers was positioning its Six seemingly against the new Ford V-8.

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Find of the Day: If you buy this 1925 Ford Model T speedster, please don’t mess it up – David Conwill @Hemmings

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I’m serious. This 1925 Ford Model T for sale on Hemmings.com is perfect as is, and I don’t say that lightly. Modifying a car is a highly personal endeavor and ultimately only the designer must be pleased.

Very rarely do I come across an already modified vehicle where I wouldn’t be tempted to change something.There are a lot of Model T speedsters out there. Just removing the body and driving a T that way could be considered the speedster treatment—it certainly strips off a lot of weight.

Not all speedsters are beautiful, but some are incredible—Bugattis built of tractor parts. Others are in between.

This car isn’t a Bugatti, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s long and low and looks fast even as it stands still.

The retention of the fenders and hood add a very civilized air to what is otherwise a pretty bare-bones affair. The kicked-out front axle (on what appears to be a 1926-’27 chassis, 21-inch wheels included; the most fully developed Model T) extends the wheelbase somewhat and really improves the looks as well.

It’s worth mentioning that while the description says the car has four-wheel drum brakes, there aren’t any front brakes, just a speedometer drive. There are aftermarket brakes visible on the rear, however.

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Schoof Ford Special – One of a Long Line of Championship Cars — The Old Motor

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This third post in a series of photographs by Roman Kwasniewski of Milwaukee, Wisconsin features the Schoof Ford Special owned by William “Bill” Schoof of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Schoof’s cars began running in the AAA Championship racing series in the mid-1920s and continued on through to the early-1950s. What we do know of Schoof’s early racing…

via Schoof Ford Special – One of a Long Line of Championship Cars — The Old Motor

Young Speed Demons with Their Bub Speedsters — The Old Motor

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We are back in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area once again today with a set of racing-related images taken by photographer Roman B.J. Kwasniewski in 1920 next to a park. The Model “T” Ford-based specials apparently were constructed by the young men sitting in them and are fitted with attractive speedster bodies and accessories built by…

via Young Speed Demons with Their Bub Speedsters — The Old Motor

Prewar Power – J Daniel Beaudry @Hemmings

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

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“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

Prescott Vintage Speed Hill Climb

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The Prescott Vintage Speed Hill Climb takes place at the home of the Bugatti Owners Club in the heart of the very picturesque rolling Cotswold Hills in South Central England. Prescott Hill has been an active motorsports venue for 80 years! The site was purchased in 1937 by the Bugatti owners club, but all events are run under the auspices of the The Vintage Sports-Car Club. The VHRA also run their annual Gow! Hill Climb event at this venue. The VSSC event predominately features British and European vehicles, but there were a few American vehicles both in competition and on the showfield.

1926 Ford Model T Rajo Special Hill Climb Competitor

Model T Speedster on the Showfield

 

Model T Based Flathead Powered Hot Rod on the Showfield

Various other American entrants on the Showfield (yes I’ve included RHD Model A’s!)