Pete and Rick had their sedan done in 12 weeks. Bill tried to have this one finished by 2007, in time to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Deuce and the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rod article. Unfortunately, a long string of life circumstances that Bill compares to "a country song," stretched the build time from three years to five. With help from Pete and Jakes, family members, and friends, he was able to get it done for the Goodguys Hot Rod Nationals in Indianapolis this past July.
In 1982, Baskerville shot the Hot Rod magazine photos of the just-finished Eastwood & Barakat sedan at Orange County International Raceway where, in addition to doing the smoky burnout that would get Bill Paul's attention years later, the car made a few passes down the dragstrip, with a quickest e.t. of 11.59 at 117 mph.
The JD Wheels five spokes...
The JD Wheels five spokes don't depart too much from the Halibrands worn on the sedan that inspired this tribute. The front skinnies are Michelins; rear fatties are MTs or Hoosiers, depending on the function.
At Indy, Bill was eager to run his just-finished tribute car down the 'strip during the Goodguys Street Rod Shootout. When the fuel pump fuse blew in the staging lanes, he thought he'd missed his chance, but race director Larry Westerfeld arranged to let Bill make an exhibition run against a twin-engine dragster later in the event.
"After some scrambling, we got it running and came back to make a pass. The car had less than two miles on it at this point," Bill said, "so this was a just going to be a short-shift shakedown pass. It hooked and carried the left front tire an inch off the ground. The old sedan was just rocking it and beat that dragster with the two 496s. The e.t. was 6.81 at 104 in the eighth-mile, pulling a bad light. I shut it off at the eighth mark and coasted through the quarter-mile lights at 11.71. Not bad for a first pass. And I know it can go 9.90s in the quarter." The incredible thing, Bill told us, is that this is an off-the-shelf Pete and Jakes chassis. "The point is, you can put these parts together and go out and run 9.90 with it. That is what a hot rod is supposed to be able to do."
We mentioned that the original Eastwood & Barakat sedan disappeared shortly after making its big splash in Hot Rod-its whereabouts unknown for a long time. It eventually came out that the car had been totalled and sold for parts. We've since found out that the chassis ended up underneath a Deuce roadster owned by Joey DiMarco. The body was purchased by Dale Hammon, who used it to build an elegant black highboy. At the '07 Grand National Roadster Show, Hammon's hot rod was included in the exhibit honoring the "75 Most Significant '32 Fords Of All Time," displayed with a photo from its brief period as the Eastwood & Barakat sedan. The spirit of the long-gone original lives on in Bill Paul's tribute, still screaming hot rod.
The cowl vent is functional,...
The cowl vent is functional, but not like you think. Bill boxed the vent behind the dash inside the cockpit, rerouting air into the engine compartment, for a ram air system to feed cold air to the carburetor.
The film Gray Baskerville...
The film Gray Baskerville shot of the E&B sedan in 1982 is still in the Hot Rod files. Josh Mishler's '09 photos of Bill Paul's tribute car seem to be inspired by that photo session 27 years ago. Compare the photo on page 36 to Gray's choice of burnout pics.