1929 Ford TuDor 'Patina' Hot Rod
MADD MAX Move Over ! This 'Derelict' Movement started in California....maybe it's the influence of Hardtimes in the 50's or "Happy Day's" or the Rat Rod Movement but, there's a growing number of people daily who are 'over' "Trailer Queens", "Matching Numbers" and "Garage Pedestal Cars". Once again, we searched for almost a year and finally found.....another fabulous "Art or Derelict Rod". One that stands-out heads and shoulders above the norm.... a 'Unique Car' that reeks of personality and will be the Hit of any Car Show. We, personally, have found car's like this get more 'attention' from the crowds or, at the curb than anything we have ever owned/showed. Even when parked next to one our PERFECT Showcars.
This Rod is an original example of an original (titled), rust-free 1929 Ford Tudor Sedan transformed into a Rolling Work of Art.... Customized and mounted with a modern drivetrain so, one has The Best of Both Worlds. We seek out the First Cabin Build's by Professionals. This one, by Award Winning Westbury Rods & Cycles in Northern California. Essentially a 'new' car with an Old Body.... This entire body has been modified chopped 6" and channeled 4+" with all new door strikers and handles. All new floors were welded or riveted in, while the frame is fully boxed, with a pie cut front and stepped 16" in the rear by Professionals, just like a race car. The soft top is removable so we call this a "Convertable". This car is custom painted in 3 layers of color (Brown/Green/L.Brown) with the final result of 'Faux Rust'. It has a removable Soft Top. It is fitted with a 350 4 bolt-main & Competition Heads, Aluminum Manifold with 650 cfm Carb (resulting in 350+hp), but, in allegiance to it's Ford Heritage, the Valve Covers are Custom Cut/Fitted "MERCURY" units. The Custom Air Cleaner is built in a Steampunk Theme w/ vintage "Mercury" Metal Script*. The custom Headers are modified with a Motorcycle Muffler System. It carries a Fresh 400 Automatic Transmission with shift kit & Lokar Floor Shift, "A.C. " (Vintage Fan), Aluminum Radiator with Jack Daniels overflow bottle, All New custom-built Super Bell drilled Front Axle, Posie Spring w/ Pete & Jake Shocks, 1940 Ford-Style Front Brakes, Truck Drum Rear w/ Transverse Spring, while it carries a Ford 9" Rear Diff. totally rebuilt high for spirited Hi-Speed Highway Driving. It is even fitted with a Vintage "Sun Shield" Visor. This Rod has working Headlights (Hi/Lo Beam), and 3rd Stop/Tag Light. Plus, a full set of Lit Gauges to include; laughable original Speedo, Fuel, Oil and Temp. Old School Bias-Ply Wide Whitewall Tires (2) are by Firestone on 15" Smoothies while the Seats are Custom Built Aircraft Seats with a Mexican Blanket Theme and Luxury Padding installed with Modern Matching Seatbelts. The Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel is Removable for even easier entry /egress and the Steering Column is Custom Made with a vintage Brass Mercury Badge. We have also added a few Emblems, Real Animal Stuffed Taxidermy Mascot*, yet, a touch of Class- like a Antique Bronze 'Mercury God' Mascot Gas Cap and a wealth of "Rusty Gold" items like a Rusty Lunchbox (which becomes The Glovebox)*. She even carries a matching Showcard for Car Shows. These are most often seen 'thrown together' in a backyard or Body Shop. This is not a Childish-Looking, Box of Bolts covered with Devil Heads, Gothic Dragons 'n Spears, it IS a safe, Professionally Built Hot Rod that has passed a tough California Safety Inspection. The ALL-Henry-Steel Rust-Free body comes from California and is one of the last restored / built by the Multiple Award Winning ( Bob just now enjoying retirement) Westbury Hot Rod's & Cycles, in Northern California. We added the rare, Cragar Old School Spinner Hubcaps w/Adapters, Custom "Guide" Ambulance Tail Lights w/ LED update, Exterior 29 Ford Mirrors, Signal Stalk & Lights, Vintage Decals, and more. This car is a dream to drive... guaranteed to be another Car Show Winner. Now in our Museum Collection and we've been 'holding back' on selling this' a for a good client going thru a divorce but, now available @ $32,500
* indicates possible 'optional' equipment (easily removable for the hard core BilletFree folks)- these used in our Museum for display only. The 4th Adaptor Cap & Spinner finally arrived and go with car.
There's a recent outgrowth of something totally different on the Street Rod Scene and it 's a Flashback to the brooding James Dean, Happy Dayz 50's or even the current Steam Punk Movement now in vogue. Back then, most of us on a budget, would seek-out old garages, alleyways and out-buildings looking for that rare 'barn find'. Once discovered; you scraped together the money, and built (over time) your own personal Hot Rod. Lacking budget, you mounted Used Parts, maybe from several different cars and probably used old Blankets for Seat Covers. "Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder" and Treasure's, like this old derelict, are left unmolested, un-'restored', displaying their heritage like a Brown Badge of Glory. These un-finished cars & trucks that suffered the vestiges of time carry so much original patina they become Works of Art. Today, some are created or partially created like this one but, the true extrinsic value lies in it's originality, despite the fact they are indeed 'twisted'. Any true Antique Professional will tell you, "leave it alone- don't restore it (the value is diminished!)". Some folks call it "Rusty Gold". Evidence: Just watch the appraisal's on cable TV Shows, like "American Pickers", "Storage Wars", "American Restorations" or "Pawn Stars". They all chime into the same story.
Centuries, Street Rods were formally 'transformed' into slick Hot Rods with mega
chromed-out motors and flashy paint jobs. But, the Fad for that is starting to
loose it's bloom. In fact, it was out of
necessity that the major paint companies have evolved into producing
professional Flat Finish Colored Paints and Airbrush Artists are now hired to
In this new found Culture, Classic Dreamcars is there to share with you & appreciate these old lucky devils for what they are- as they sit- bodies left-to-rust...... Old School Hot Rods built with junkyard parts - extreme for patina. Folks in California, and beyond, call 'em 'Rusto-Rods', 'Rats' or, Twisted 'Rat Rods'... those have now evolved into a new term called "Patina Rods".
What we found in our research is this new phenomenon is divided into two parts- Original or Faux.
It probably started as
far back as the Sixties when Robert Williams II of New Mexico (Artist for Ed "Big Daddy"
Roth) built a 1932 Ford Roadster with final coat of Primer, or it
might have been Rod & Kustoms feature story
on "Beater Rods" in 1972 or, when Eastwood & Barakat created a 1932 Tudor
'Beater Rod' for the Show Circuit in Nov. 1982. That Rod was recognized years
later, by the folks at Ford Motor Co. , embracing it as
"One of The Top 75 Deuce's of All Time".
Hot Rod Magazine has also recognized Patina Rods by writing up 'The Budget
Beater' in the 1996 Jan-April issue, as well as others like, Gray Baskerville (
writer: Rod & Custom / Hot Rod Magazine- Father of Primer Hot Rods) who
drove one to work for 20+ years....so, this is not
a 'New' Trend. Even more recently, Jon Ward with ICON created a 52 Chevy
Derelict Show car for the 2011 SEMA Show And, get this..... one was recently invited to the famous
Roadster Show in Oakland but, was turned away at the gate, in the rain, by
mistake so, despite the fact the Old Purists are having trouble dealing with the
'ugly child'. Get used to it guys....it's a trend that's
here to stay.
Not every Tom, Dick & Harry's taste but, there is a growing number of folks who are working hard to make their beautifully restored, finished Rods look like a well-worn pair of Levis or a junkyard treasure?...even down to bird, or pigeon-poop, on the fender. Those are called: faux Patina Rods. "Patina" was originally described the corrosion suffered by Copper or Bronze that ages to a beautiful green /brown through the reaction of sulfur /phosphorous in the atmosphere vs. the elements. It can take 5 years, to Centuries curing, depending on climate. Patina on Hot Rod fenders can also take Centuries and has to be respected like a 100 year old Grandfather. With age, paint starts to flake and peel....and, the rust worms become..... it's friend. The 'Faux" Patina Rods are skillfully created by true Artisans skilled in the use of certain materials and paints. Add a new frame, suspension, and refurbished V8 to the package (original "Flatty"/ Flathead or Small Block) and you can picture that Bad Boy smoking tires down the street engaging shaking heads, and looks of hate from the neighbors. Dressed in dull grey or black they became known as a "Rat Rods" but, showing it's original paint and patina they have acquired a new description. These gnarly Rods don't have time for fancy cars shows or Grade School 'show and tell time'- they are made to go fast, begging to be driven. Hopefully, we've seen the U.S. Recession in our rearview mirror but, these old rods don't have to "Rust In Peace"...they can be revived commemorating what we suffered through.
Bragging rights: This Truck has been to many Shows including 'Speed Week @ the Bonneville Flats', 'Billet Proof' and shown locally all over Northern California and Nevada. If you don't like attention, then don't consider a Patina Rod because you'll not only be the Hit of the Car Show, or Cruise-In but, King Of The Road, as well. Patina Rod's outglam everything on the Highway and, in the process, once again define the word "BadAssitude"!