The homebuilt chassis started with the original ’29 ’rails, beefed up with Total Cost Involved components. Modified crossmembers carry the newer drivetrain; a dropped tube axle lowers the front 4 inches. Handling and ride is improved with Panhard bars and four-link suspension from TCI Engineering in the front and rear. Stock springs are retained in front with TCI Engineering shocks; the rear rides on Aldan chrome coilovers. The rolling chassis was delivered to B&E Custom for final fitting and welding.
The cab interior is covered in pleated dark charcoal vinyl, from the Glide bench seat to the door panels, rear panels, and headliner. The black weave carpet was laid and stitched by 101 Auto Upholstery in Oxnard, California. A Bell-style steering wheel from Mooneyes tops a Flaming River tilt column. The identity of the dash is unknown, but it bears a resemblance to a ’30 Plymouth. It was lying in the bed under a pile of parts when John bought the truck, and decorated his garage wall for several years before being modified to fit in the truck. Now it’s dressed up by Rick Grindle’s tasty pinstriping and houses a set of whiteface Mooneyes gauges. Ric Kanes used a Kwik Wire kit to do the wiring.
John told us that one of the most memorable moments of the whole project was the day he fired up the engine for the first time. Bob Grossi was there to listen. The two continued to cross paths over the years and eventually became friends. When the ’29 was in the works, Grossi provided valuable mechanical advice and counsel—and he still owns his Model T.
In the short time since these photos were taken, John has accomplished a couple of goals. He displayed the Model A at the 2011 Grand National Roadster Show and he retired, meaning that he has plenty of time to drive the hot rod he’d been working on for so long and, who knows, maybe inspire somebody else to own a hot rod someday.