The sedan came as a basket case and upon closer examination Lutz realized there were a lot of bondo and pop rivets! He channeled the body 3 inches over the frame. With the framerails being 4 inches tall it left 1 inch of the framerail below the bottom of the body. The top was chopped 5 inches. Almost all of the sheetmetal from the belt line down was rusted away so it was replaced by custom panels, eliminating the factory inner fender area and making way for the extreme rear drop over the rear axle. Speed holes were drilled in the visor and lower rear panel. The Model A taillights are frenched high up on the body by the rear window. The spacious sliding ragtop roof was a universal kit Lutz ordered from Sunway Sliding Rag Tops. Lutz kept the cowl tank. He cut out the bottom of the tank, cleaned it out, then welded it back together using gas tank sealer. The ’29 grille is channeled into the ’rails and it contains a custom aluminum radiator with an electric fan. The headlights were one of the changes Brian made to the car once he got it. He put a set of stainless steel King Bee headlights with internal turn signals.
The car won Goodguys pick at the Run to the Sun in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Lutz’s ’29 got so much attention that he started getting asked to build for other people. This car led to Lutz’s current business Hot Rod Dynamics.
Danny Hooper and Lutz worked out a deal swapping Hooper’s Deuce for Lutz’s ’29. Hooper put about 3,000 miles on the ’29 when he saw Brian Paul’s ’63 Chevy Bel Air custom. Hooper and Brian saw each other’s cars and another trade ensued. Brian thought he could get the ’29 finished the way he wanted and take a shot at winning his class at the Detroit Autorama, and as the saying goes, “The rest is history.”
The interior was covered with jute and Dynamat, and Brian and his friend Steve Mudge redid the wiring with an EZ wire harness. The interior panels were fabricated by Brian and covered gray vinyl with plush gray carpeting covering the floor and back seat area. Brian fabbed up a set of aluminum bomber-style seats and had leather seat cushions made with stitching to match the pinstriping by Willies Work Shop in Port Huron, Michigan. The steering wheel was swapped out for a Mooneyes silver metalflake wheel that matches the DuPont Argent Silver paint on the sedan. The dash is filled with gauges from the ’54 DeSoto donor car. The ’54 Desoto speedometer is mounted in an old Appleton spotlight. The engine start button is a One Player button from an old pinball game. The dash is beautifully pinstriped along with the rest of the car and vintage cooler by Greg Bock of Brush by Bock in New Baltimore, Michigan. Glen Vierheilig sprayed the beautiful two-tone Argent silver and matte black paint. Greg Bock’s work on the car is tasteful and understated; Brian really knew what he wanted and Bock nailed it. The stock iron intake manifold and headers along with most of the powdercoated items were done by QC Coatings in Township of Shelby, Michigan. Brian added chrome trim rings to the wheels and finished the firewall in a checkered flag pattern. Brian and his friends, Steve, Glen, Larry, and Tony, worked on this car until the night before Autorama. The last minute thrash is one of those hot rodding stories that Brian will remember for the rest of his life. Now you know the rest of the story.