Today’s car is a 1929 Ford Roadster that is finished in 1990 Chrysler Graphic Red and the interior is finished with Black tuck and rolled vinyl with Red piping and is owned by Alan Kahan. This traditional Ford Roadster Highboy is powered by an Chevrolet 350 cu in V8 with 1966 fuelie heads, a Man-A-Fre intake madifold, with 4-2 bbl Rochester carburetors, and Sanderson headers that puts out 300 hp. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a 3-speed GM TH350 HydraMatic and delivers that power to the rear wheels through 1940 Ford rear end with a Hilibrand quick-change setup with 4.44:1 and 3.33:1 gears. Slowing this beauty down are Wilwood discs upfront and 1956 Ford F-100 drum brakes in the rear. The front suspension is based on a solid I-beam axle with a 5 inch drop that was plated, painted, and pinstriped by Jeff Wasserman and augmented with a 1932 Ford reverse-eye leaf spring and Pete & Jake’s 4-link system. In the rear are quarter-elliptical springs and Pete & Jake’s Chrome shocks that are in all four corners.
Here are a few more interesting things about this car. Alan bought the car in 2001. The 93 year old steel body have been shaved and smoothed. It sits on a 1932 Ford frame that has been boxed and modified to accommodate the 29 roadster body and drivetrain. It has a 1932 Ford radiator grill shell that has been filled, nosed and peaked that houses a brass radiator. The windshield has a 2 inch chop. In the rear is a single chrome nerf-bar bumper. The 1939 Ford taillights give it that classic look. The wheels are 15 inch steelies, 4 ” and 10″ widths, painted to match the car with 1948 Ford hubcaps and beauty rings. The dash board is from a 1932 Auburn with a engine-turned stainless steel face plate fitted with Stewart-Warner gages. The glass pack mufflers give the car that sound that fits the build. The total number of 1927 – 1931 Ford Model A’s produced was 4,320,446. The total number of 1929’s that were built was 1,715,100 of the there were 191,529 2 passenger roadsters built. The original MSRP was $470.00.
This is a excellent example of early Ford Highboy Roadsters built in the classic Hot Rod style. This car is a great for car shows, Cars and Coffee or just a cruise up the coast for lunch. Very well done Alan. Thanks for riding along. Frank