Last updated Nov 24, 2010
I have been a fan of cars since I was aware enough to know what one was. As a youngster, I would draw pictures of old cars, all makes and models, and later would design my own cars just before the new models would come out, just to see how close I could come to anticipating the changes in design the new cars would feature.
I love American cars most, but find all makes throughout the word of special interest too.
My favorite family story is one my mother told about driving from St. Paul Minnisota to Alahambra California in a Model T Pheaton sedan back in the early to mid 1920's. I try to imagine what it was like bouncing across the country on dirt and gravel road highways in a Model T Ford.
This is the background I have that piqued my interest in building a car.
My first project was a NASCAR race car. I always wanted to race and LOVE horsepower! I built a superstock car I raced at Orange Show speedway, Kern county raceway, and at Irwindale.
After 7 years of casual raceing (3 or 4 times a season was all I could afford) I decided to build a car for the street, which would allow me to enjoy it more often.
What you see here is the result. I started on it in 2005 when I received my kit from Spirit Industries of Mountain Home AK. I did all the work 100% by myself, including the custom dash, top, body side panels, and hood. All are hand made additions to the body that came with the kit. I painted the car myself and used the major drive train components from my race car.
I licenced it via CA. SPCN regulations lasr December.
I built it to resemble the jalopies from the late 1940's to the 1950's that were raced on the dirt tracks and at Murock dry lakes.
I hope you like it. Let me know what you think!
BODY- Spirit industries kit 1923 Ford Model T Roadster. This kit comes with the frame, suspension, brakes and major chassis components. I assembled the car in my garage.
ENGINE- 1966 Chevy Corvette Stingray 327 small block. It features an Elgin Pro-Stock Comp cam, Edlebrock Victor JR. intake manifold, a 500 CFM Holly 4112 racing carb and produces about 350 HP.
TRANSMISSION- Chevy Powerglide built by TRANSACTION in Sun VAlley, CA.
REAR- END- NASCAR spec mini-spool locker 5.00 to 1 ratio.
The car weighs 1,800 lbs ready to drive. It is very fast, handles very well because of a near perfect 50/50 weight distrabution, but is NEVER raced on the street because doing so is about as stupid and un-professional as someone can get. Real race car drivers race only at sanctioned race tracks and advocate against street racing. We have several beautiful local racing facilities which cost very little to race at, so why would you do it anywhere else?
Many after-market suppliers provide all manner of parts needed to complete a car.
SPITIT INDUSTRIES- All lights, drums, rotors, calipers, Flaming River steering column, steering box, master cylender, interior seats , rugs , upholstery, suspension parts, shocks, radiator, etc.
SPEEDWAY MOTORS- All mirrors, turn signals, licence plate frames, switches, windshield wiper & motor, and many misc. parts + wireing kit, brake valves, tools, fuel tank, etc.
DOLPHIN GAUGES- All gauges and sender units eyc.
EARLS- All hoses, couplers, fuel hoses, filter, etc.
PEP BOYS, KRAGEN, PAW, NAPA all provided many miscellaneous parts.
Racing Track T nose, custom Hood, custom Dash, custom turtle deck tail and side pannels, chopped, channeled, streatched frame for 112 in wheelbase, custom removable top, wheels and tires.
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