Fabricated by Dick King, 1951 National Roadster Show in Oakland 2nd Place Winner
1929 Ford Model A Roadster Hotrod
Chassis no. 0228995F55G1
When our men (and women) in uniform came back from fighting the good fight in 1945, they were a restless, wild bunch who were aching to use the technical know-how they acquired from Uncle Sam. Many brought back European sports cars and motorcycles, and some began modifying cars. Typically they'd drop a "Flathead" Ford V-8 with a Mercury crank into any car they could get their hands on.
One of those innovative guys in the annals of the evolution of Hot Roding was Dick King. Dick bought a 1929 Ford Model A Roadster in 1948 and immediately began playing with it: He channeled the body eight inches, then added a partial belly pan and fashioned an aluminum nose with a louvered hood. A nod to the automotive zeitgeist of the time was the Jaguar XK120 grille.
As a member of the North Bay Rodsters car club of Vallejo, CA, Dick entered his roadster in the first annual Auto Show at Capitol Chevrolet Company in Sacramento. The roadster didn't place among the 21 in the competition, but it received coverage in the January, 1951 issue of Hot Rod magazine. Dick's roadster had more success at the second annual National Roadster Show in Oakland's Exposition Building, where his "A Merc" won second place. Coverage appeared in the May, 1951 issue of Hot Rod.
Like many Hot Rods, the roadster met an ignominious fate remember, the rapidly-evolving world of hot rodding meant old was "old-hat." But Barry Williams stumbled upon it in the back of a vendor's spot at a swap meet, then bought it and started taking it apart. He discovered a decent, complete car that had a replacement fiberglass nose and small block Chevy. A four-year restoration commenced in 1986.
A 1946 Ford Flathead as selected for authenticity and, as could be expected, names such as Offenhauser, Edelbrock, Stromberg decorated the motor, complemented by a set of custom-made headers. A 1939 Ford transmission with Lincoln Zephyr gears handles the forward motion. A custom PPG color was inspired by the original Dodge blue and the custom tan vinyl interior is complemented by Stewart-Warner gauges in a Pierce-Arrow, engine-turned dashboard. A proper aluminum nose and a windshield from a 1937 Ford was also fitted to complete the reincarnation. Underneath, the front suspension consists of an I-beam axle, tube shocks, a multi-leaf cross spring, and split wishbones; more of the same out back including a 1940 Ford rear with safety hubs. Most any modification was done for safety and reliability while maintaining the integrity of the roadster's pedigree.
With the Dick King roadster, you have provenance and the ability to enjoy the creation of one of the visionaries of the Hot Rod world.