'28 Ford Model A roadster
Logan Davis says his passion for his cars comes from the fact that he builds them himself. "To start with a pile of parts and end up driving it on the road a year later is what inspires me as much as the era itself."
He found the' 28 body through a friend of a friend. The guy who sold Logan his rusty old '28 roadster body told him that it came from a Colorado River bed. At the '10 Grand National Roadster Show, the car won the Best Roadster awards from the Jalopy Journal and the Shifters Car Club.
No modifications were made to the original '28 sheetmetal, although Logan did add a '32 grille, vintage Arrow headlights, old trailer taillights, and the '32 Chevy hood sides that make the A stand out. Jerry Armstong did much of the bodywork and shot the custom blue paint.
The original '32 frame came from a farm near the Kern River in central California. The 'rails were modified with a Model A rear crossmember. The frontend features an I-beam axle and '39 Ford spindles. Logan uses '32 springs in front and Model A springs in the back, with tube shocks and Lincoln brakes at both ends. Big 'n' little Firestone tires-5.50s and 7.00s-are mounted on '40 Ford 16-inch solid wheels with rings and caps.
Engine Machine Services in L.A. bored the '46 Ford Flathead 0.080-over to 270 ci. Logan did the assembly work using Egge pistons, 8BA rods, a Mercury 4-inch stroke crank, and a Clay Smith cam. The engine features 24-stud Evans heads and a two-belt system (one for the water pump and generator, and one for the fan). A Weiand high-rise intake manifold and a pair of Stromberg 97 carbs provide air and fuel, lit by a crab-style distributor. Red's Headers and Speed Equipment in Thousand Palms, California, provided the headers; glass pack mufflers provide the tone. Logan built the '39 transmission, using Zephyr gears, a stock shifter, and 9-inch clutch. A shortened torque tube spins 3.54:1 gears in a safety-wired '39 rearend.
Logan installed the dash from a late-'20s-era Oldsmobile and built a custom insert for the gauges from a war-era Chevy pickup truck. The '34-35 Chevy steering wheel was mounted on a '32 column. The bench seat came out of a '47 pickup and was narrowed to fit the roadster. Vic's Upholstery in Castaic handled the black leather pleated upholstery. Period aircraft belts finish the look.
"I try to build time machines," Logan says. "I love it when I'm driving down a road with no other cars, and no indications of the time period. It's like reliving a different era, experiencing what somebody would have experienced at that period.
"I know that I have reached my goal with the car when I'm at an event or a gas station and some older guy asks me, 'Is this so-and-so's car? He drove this in high school. It's good to see it out again!' When I hear comments like that, it makes it all worth it. The fact that somebody would confuse my car with one that came from that day makes me know that I'm doing something right."