This was our 1928 Ford Roadster on our front lawn in Escondido. This car was originally built in the '70s. The color is black cherry, probably laquer. Engine is a 365 cid chevy with a Muncie 4-speed and Halibrand quick-change rear end. The body is largely stock. I've replaced the clutch and had Wilwood front brakes installed to replace the original Girling discs. This car has been to the LA Roadster Show five times and loved every trip! I recently sold this car back to the previous owner -- who bought it in 1959 and had it until the mid 90's. Hope he's enjoying it.


We also have two 34 Fords. The cabriolet came from Oregon on a mystery chassis with a Chevy 350/350 combo in it. I drove it this way for several years. I had a 34 Cabriolet when I was in High School and loved it. That car had a stock driveline but a bored-out '50 Olds engine. Had a lot of fun with that car -- especially when I broke a rear axle. Which was all too easy to do. Of course, it was pretty easy to swap them out, too, back in the day.

The cabriolet now has a Ford FE 390 Hi-Po tri-power engine, a TKO 5-speed trans, and an early Corvette IRS. Dan Waldrop from the SDRC made the headers (seen below partially complete, they are finished now and powder-coated in stainless steel color). Julio Hernandez installed the rollbar and did some body work. The cabriolet is intended to be a daily driver. Check out the cool Mercury valve covers on the engine! I 'borrowed' the TKO-500 trans for the Mustang the last year I ran it; it is out of the Mustang and waiting to be mated to the (recently rebuilt) engine.


The sedan has a Ford FE 428 engine (thanks to an SDRC pal, Tom Morton) with a C-6 trans and a 1953 Olds rear end. Justin Baas put the chassis together for me and installed the engine, trans, and rear end. The sedan is set up for towing (won't it look cool pulling the Lakester on a trailer?) but may also see some time on the drag strip. With a pretty stock 428, the computer predicts sub-11's at 120+ mph! Gotta love a good tow car.


And this is Martha's pride and joy (no, not me! the car behind her), a 1932 Ford 5-window coupe. She found this car languishing at the Carlsbad airport. It had been a drag racer in the mid-west at one point. She bought it, had a TCI chassis installed by Hot Rods and Custom Stuff in Escondido, along with a stock 5.0 Mustang engine and AOD automatic transmission I had bought for the 34 sedan, added air conditioning, etc.. Daughter Annie drove it to high school. Got so much attention from the guys she had to learn what all the parts were so she could answer questions. Also learned the names of all of the tow truck drivers in the area. Turned out the header flange was too close to the fuel supply and return lines. The gas would get hot and the fuel pump would quit. Got kinda irritating after a while until I figured it out. Ask Martha about stopping on the main drag in Vegas to hunch under the back of the car and spritz the fuel pump with cold water so the car would run!

Oh, yes. The deuce made it up to Bonneville in 2000. Got a great picture on the salt.


This car has donated several engines to the Mustang over the past several years. I built another engine for it in 2009 from left-overs from the Mustang. I'd had such rotten luck with hydraulic roller lifters that I bought a solid-lifter cam from Comp Cams to install. Stabbed the engine in and started it up to break in the cam -- ran like crap! Nothing I tried made any difference. Until I got to thinking. The cam is for a 289-302 engine from 1965 on. Ford changed the firing order on the 5.0 engine in the 1980's. Hmmmm. I swapped some plug wires and darned if it didn't start running like a real engine! Comp didn't mention this in their catalog. Would have been nice, I suppose. But then, I probably should have known this from the start. It turns out this engine was a pull-out from the Mustang just prior to getting it's race engine, however. Compression was in the 90 psi range on 4 cylinders! Not even worth trying to tune that engine.

I have a newly-rebuilt 306 installed and running. Yippee! Still some details to sort out. Keep getting sidetracked.

By the way, I figured out what I was doing wrong installing the spring clip that holds the little dogbones that align the roller lifters. This clip goes on TOP of the dogbones -- I had been trying to thread the dogbones through the loop on the end of the clips. I guess I over-thought the problem.