"All the dash knobs are machined to look like mini-style beehives. The center knob is a push-pull shift cable. The beehive knob can also be found on the oil dipstick, trans dipstick, rearend breather, tire valve stems, and inside door releases. Two $10 Indian blankets were used for seats and door coverings. The windshield was chopped 1 inch to meet the 7-inch minimum required by Pennsylvania. A '28 Ford radiator shell and stainless steel mesh stone guard goes around an AFCO aluminum radiator with a 16-inch electric fan. A pair of 6-gallon aluminum tanks, made by Zipper Motors, is mounted under the car and holds the fuel.

"An amazing thing happened about halfway into this project. The Department of Transportation in Pennsylvania passed Act 228, which states a street rod 1948 and older no longer requires fenders, bumpers, or a hood. Wow-did that make my day, or what? This hot rod is 100 percent legal.

"I presently drive a '37 Ford slantback, which I have driven year-round for the past 14 years, accumulating 62,000 miles. This Lakes Modified won't be any different. Driving them is the best part. It's just fun, fun, fun.

"The only creature comfort in the car is a heater from Southern Air. I fabricated a pair of Lexan side windows to keep cold air out. I have driven the car in 20-degree weather and it's nice and toasty inside.

"I have about $16,000 of real money in the car. It's not a true value because I didn't count time, but I think they call it a labor of love."

It's pretty hard not to appreciate what Stew has accomplished with his cars and his philosophy about driving them, which is fun, fun, fun. We have to give a tip of the hat to Stew for being a lifelong hot rodder and never losing sight of his dream.

Facts & Figures
Stewart Milby
Glenmills, Pennsylvania
1927 Zipper Lakes Modified

Frame / Manufacturer steel / Zipper Motors (Grand Junction, CO)
Wheelbase 103"
Modifications 2x3 in mild steel
Chassis plumbing stainless steel
Rearend / Ratio GM 10-bolt / 3.73:1 QC cover from Street & Performance (Mena, AR)
Rear suspension quarter-elliptical
Rear brakes stock GM drum
Front suspension Super Bell (Peculiar, MO) 4" drop I-beam
Front brakes '40 Ford (12" diameter)
Master cylinder dual Wilwood (Camarillo, CA)
Steering box Corvair
Spindles '37 Ford
Front shocks custom made friction by Stew
Front wheel make, size Coker Tire Co. (Chattanooga, TN) steel, 15x5 (backspace 2 3/4")
Rear wheel make, size Coker Tire Co. steel, 15x7 (backspace 4")
Hubcaps Coker Tire Co. '46 Ford & ribbed trim rings
Front tire make, size Coker / Firestone, 560x15 (2 3/4" whitewall)
Rear tire make, size Coker / Firestone, 820x15 (4 1/4" whitewall)
Gas tank twin 6-gal. by Zipper Motors