When we first approached Randy Young about shooting his car for SRM, he was beside himself. His convertible was already featured on the poster for the Pueblo Nats, so it seemed only fitting that we chose it for a spot in the magazine. Photo-grapher extraordinaire Bob McClurg loaded up his camera and the resulting photos practically speak for themselves.

Randy and his wife, Janet, reside in Newton, Kansas, and that's primarily where the construction of their 'vert took place, utilizing various shops in the area for paint, bodywork, upholstery, and other miscellaneous tasks. Under the body resides the stock Ford chassis, updated with a Heidt's Hot Rod Shop independent frontend complete with disc brakes and rack-and-pinion steering. Out back, a 9-inch rearend maintains the all-Ford theme as far as the chassis is concerned. But when it came to the drivetrain, that's when Randy strayed from the mentioned recipe. A 350ci Chevy was bolted in front of a matching 350 trans to provide a bulletproof combination. The motor was left relatively stock, with the exception of an Edelbrock intake and carb, and Mallory ignition. Randy then laid the entire roller on a set of Boyd Coddington Wheels billet wheels, wrapped in Goodyear rubber.

Randy's '38 really comes alive in the sun thanks to the Classic Body Works-applied DuPont Smoothie Yellow paint. But before the paint was applied, Randy made a few modifications to the exterior of the car, namely the smoothie treatment of the running boards and the adaptation of earlier '37 bumpers. Once the car was rolling in its dazzling yellow coat, it was time to bring the car down to Downey's Auto Upholstery in Wichita, where it received a full tan leather wrap over the Glide Engineering seat and door panels. A Dakota Digital gauge cluster resides in a Bitchin Products dash, and an ididit column topped with a banjo-style steering wheel round off the interior.

There's something to be said of the simplicity of Randy and Janet Young's Ford. While the body remained relatively unmodified, the car still has the impact to attract the attention of not only our keen photographer, but also Randy's street rodding contemporaries. That's quite a statement.

Facts & FiguresRandy and Janet YoungNewton, Kansas1938 Ford convertible

CHASSIS
Frame / Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Wheelbase 112"
Modifications boxed
Chassis plumbing stainless steel by owner
Rearend / Ratio Ford 9" / 3.50:1
Rear suspension POSIES Inc. (Hummelstown, PA) rear leaf springs w/ Aldan Eagle coilover shocks (Carson, CA)
Rear brakes 11" Ford drum
Front suspension Heidt's Hot Rod Shop Mustang II IFS (Wauconda, IL)
Front brakes disc
Master cylinder Ford
Steering box r&p
Front wheel make, size Boyd Coddington Wheels (La Habra, CA), 15x7"
Rear wheel make, size Boyd Coddington Wheels, 15x8"
Front tire make, size Goodyear Eagle, P195/60R15
Rear tire make, size Goodyear Eagle, P235/70R15
Gas Tank: Rock Valley Antique Auto, Inc 12-gal stainless (Stillman Valley, IL)
ENGINE
Make Chevy
Displacement 350ci
Machining / Assembly by owner
Camshaft COMP Cams (Memphis, TN)
Water pump Edelbrock Performance Products high-flow (Torrance, CA)
Radiator Walker Radiator Works Inc. (Memphis, TN)
Alternator GM 100-amp
Valves / Springs COMP Cams
Rockers COMP Cams
Valve covers Edelbrock Performance Products
Manifold / Induction Edelbrock Performer w/ 650-cfm Edelbrock carburetor
Ignition / Wires Mallory Ignition Flame Thrower (Cleveland, OH)
TRANSMISSION
Make GM TH350
Converter 2,800 stall-speed GM
BODY
Body style / Material 1938 Ford convertible / steel
Body manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Body mods smoothed running boards
Bodywork Classic Body Works (Wellington, KS)
Paint type / Color DuPont / Smoothie Yellow
Painter Classic Body Works
Headlights / Taillights '38 Ford
Bumpers '37 Ford
Other body items custom convertible top bows
INTERIOR
Dashboard Bitchin Products Inc. (Prescott, AZ)
Insert / Gauges Dakota Digital Inc. (Sioux Falls, SD)
Wiring Painless Performance (Fort Worth, TX)
Steering wheel Ford banjo-style
Steering column ididit inc. tilt (Tecumseh, MI)
Interior mirror Bob Drake Reproductions Inc (Grants Pass, OR)
Seats Glide Engineering Inc. (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Upholsterer Downey's Auto Upholstery (Wichita, KS)
Material / Color leather / tan
Carpet tan wool
Seatbelts Juliano's Hot Rod Parts (Vernon, CT)