Though magazine editors are exposed to countless cool cars in our day-to-day lives and travels, there are always a few that, for one reason or another, stand out from the rest.
In my case there's no distinct standard, though in all honesty I do have a soft spot for hot rods versus contemporary street rods. This little red roadster is a perfect case in point. It's nothing super fancy, just a cool semi-traditional highboy that, above and beyond its no-nonsense look, was built for driving, and we mean driving in the sense of day-, week-, and often month-long road trips. Sure, there are a few details that may stray a bit from a truly traditional ride, like four-bars instead of hairpins (though correct for use with a tube axle) and radial wide-whites instead of bias-plys, but it still rings our bell. Perhaps the best component of this '29 is its owners, a couple by the names of Ron and Connie Farmer from Independence, Virginia.
Though the roadster's confines...
Though the roadster's confines are tiny, the custom-made white tuck 'n' roll seat makes the '29 comfortable for cruising, and that's a good thing for this happy couple as they spend an awful lot of time on the road.
The foundation for the roadster is a pair of Deuce Factory 'rails boxed and tied together with tubular crossmembers. Out back an 8-inch Ford drum-brake rearend is hung via a pair of coilovers, and up front a disc brake equipped, 4-inch-dropped tube axle is likewise hung by a four-bar and transverse spring. A quartet of Wheel Vintique's steelies wrapped in BFG radial wide-whites and adorned with caps and rings make contact with the blacktop.
Motorvation for this tough little road warrior is provided by an owner-assembled and traditionally-dressed 383-cube SBC sporting a 400 crank and a pair of roller rocker-equipped ZZ3 aluminum heads. Breathing is handled by a vintage aluminum Edelbrock XC8 Cross Ram manifold topped with a pair of 500cfm Edelbrock carbs and a pair of Hedman block hugger headers. Ron chose a TH200 equipped with a 2,200rpm-stall converter and a chrome plated driveshaft to transmit the SBC's horsepower to the rear wheels.
The roadster's coachwork is nearly all Ford (the hood is a Rootlieb) and definitely all steel and coated with a glass-smooth coating of Guards Red acrylic enamel. A pair of Dietz headlights, a pair of '39 Ford taillights and a neat lift-off soft top round out the body, and the interior is trimmed in a good-looking combo of a homemade seat covered in white tuck 'n' roll with red welting. A smoothed dash filled with Stewart Warner gauges, a Ford truck column, and a Juliano's four-spoke steering wheel finish off a comfy cockpit.
It's quite evident that Ron and Connie's roadster is a neat hot rod, but you'll have to take our word that they're a pair of the nicest folks on the planet, perfect examples of hearts of gold hot rodders with a tough little '29.
Helping the roadster live...
Helping the roadster live up to its "TUFF 29" license plates is a cross-ram-equipped 383 stroker backed by a TH200 and an 8-inch Ford rearend.
Though this Model A is a traditional-styled...
Though this Model A is a traditional-styled hot rod, concessions were made for long-distance drivability, hence the coilover and four-bar suspension versus buggy springs and radius rods and radial tires rather than bias-plys.
|F A C T S & F I G U R E S |
|Ron & Connie Farmer |
|Independence, Virginia |
|1929 Ford highboy roadster |
|Frame / Manufacturer ||’32 Ford / Deuce Factory (Santa Ana, CA) rails |
|Wheelbase ||110” |
|Modifications ||Tubular crossmembers, owner-fabricated trailer hitch |
|Chassis plumbing ||Steel |
|Rearend / Ratio ||8-inch Ford / 3.08:1 |
|Rear suspension ||Coilovers and ladder bars |
|Rear brakes ||Drum |
|Front suspension ||Tube axle, four-bars, transverse spring |
|Front brakes ||Disc, 11” |
|Master cylinder ||Mustang |
|Steering box ||Vega |
|Front wheel make, size ||Wheel Vintiques (Fresno, CA), 15 x 6 |
|Rear wheel make, size ||Wheel Vintiques, 15 x 7 |
|Front tire make, size ||BFGoodrich wide whites, 185/70R15 |
|Rear tire make, size ||BFGoodrich wide whites, 255/70R15 |
|Gas tank ||Custom, owner-fabricated 13-gal |
|Make ||Chevrolet |
|Displacement ||383ci |
|Machining / Assembly ||Buck Racing / Ron Farmer |
|Crankshaft ||400 Chevy |
|Rods ||GMPP |
|Pistons ||Forged |
|Camshaft ||Ultra Dyne (Olive Branch, MS), 262 Bullet |
|Water pump ||GMPP |
|Cooling fan ||Electric 16” |
|Radiator ||Aluminum |
|Alternator ||Chromed |
|Heads ||Chevrolet aluminum ZZ3 |
|Valves / Springs ||Stainless / GMPP |
|Rockers ||Comp Cams (Memphis, TN) 1.5 rollers |
|Valve covers ||Finned aluminum |
|Manifold / Induction ||Edelbrock (Torrance, CA) XC8 Cross Ram / Edelbrock 500cfm (2) |
|Ignition / Wires ||MSD (El Paso, TX)/ MSD |
|Headers ||Hedman Hedders (Whittier, CA) |
|Exhaust / Mufflers ||Coated steel / glass packs |
|Make || TH200 |
|Converter ||2,200rpm-stall |
|Shifter ||Column |
|Trans mods ||Shift kit |
|Driveshaft ||Custom made, chromed |
|Body style / Material ||Roadster / steel |
|Body manufacturer ||Ford |
|Hood ||Rootlieb (Turlock, CA) |
|Grille ||’32 Ford |
|Bodywork ||Ron Farmer |
|Paint type / Color ||Acrylic enamel / Guards Red |
|Painter ||Ron Farmer |
|Headlights / Taillights ||Dietz / ’39 Ford |
|Outside mirror ||Peep |
|Dashboard ||Smooth |
|Insert / Gauges ||Aluminum / Stewart Warner (East Petersburg, PA) |
|Wiring ||Ron Farmer |
|Steering wheel ||Juliano's Hot Rod Parts (Ellington, CT) |
|Steering column ||Ford pickup |
|Interior mirror ||Unknown |
|Seats ||Ron Farmer |
|Material / Color ||Vinyl / white, red |
|Carpet ||Red |
|Seatbelts ||Juliano's Hot Rod Parts |