There’s nothing at all a lot more intriguing than neighborhood scorching rod historical past. As a person who’s passionate about the past, I enjoy pondering again to a different time in this identical put. What kind of cars were finding built? Who was constructing them? Not long ago, I’ve been chipping absent at a San Francisco-dependent Jalopy Journal function that I’m actually fired up to share with you in the coming months.
That report has me thinking about nearby hot rodders. To be beautifully sincere, I haven’t encountered as well many in the earlier seven yrs. I’ve crossed paths with plenty from bordering locations, but the kinds who have essentially designed and driven sizzling rods within the metropolis boundaries are couple of and considerably amongst. I did, even so, meet 1 while shopping for 1932 Ford axle bell jack stands through the early stages of my Design A construct. Here’s how it went down.
“I noticed these jack stands on Craigslist a few months back and tonight I ultimately acquired them. I acquired them from a gentleman named Nick who life in the Monterey Heights community. The tale goes that again in the 1950s and early-’60s he was a member of the Pitmen (?) automobile club in this article in San Francisco. In all those times, he drove a closely channeled, pink Deuce roadster with a 59AB flathead. I asked him if he had any images and he shook his head. ‘We just didn’t get a whole lot of photographs of stuff back again then.’”
I’m not a betting person, but I’d wager that there weren’t far too many pink ’32 Fords running around Northern California for the duration of that period. The much more I analysis, the extra I believe he may have owned the Johnny Weston roadster but didn’t know it by that name. It checks all the packing containers. It’s closely channeled, it’s flathead powered—and it is pink (Tropical Rose, according to Andy Southard’s Scorching Rods of the 1950s ebook). Johnny was based mostly out of Richmond, California, which isn’t considerably from San Francisco.
Whilst I have no solutions to offer you you at this time, I do have a trio of images from the late Rudy Perez. I’m not sure when I’ll see Nick once more but, when I do, I’ll exhibit him this car or truck and it’s possible it’ll stir up some recollections. I can only hope so.
Shots from the Perez thread, which is loaded with background.