California Custom Roadsters...
California Custom Roadsters offers a “drop-in” interior where you order the color and material (in this case cinnamon Naugahyde) and it comes ready to drop into the cockpit all ready to go. Auto Meter gauges fill the dash, and a Grant steering wheel bolts to an ididit column.
The CCR frame uses 3/16-wall, 2x3-inch rectangular tubing and was set up with a 114-inch wheelbase. The axle is a chromed 4-inch-drop tube suspended with a single mono leaf spring and a pair of Pete & Jakes shocks and the radius rods are 54 inches long. Out back a Currie 9-inch housing (3.89:1) is controlled by another pair of 54-inch radius rods as well as a pair of Aldan 160-pound coilover shocks. Wilwood 11-inch drum brakes are located in the rear while 10-inch Wilwood discs are used up front. To make it a roller, spindle-mount 12-spoke Radir wheels (18x3) are wrapped with Yokohama 18x3.5 motorcycle tires and 15x5 Centerline Convo Pro wheels shod with Mickey Thompson Sportsman 33x21.5x15 hides take up the rear.
The body is one of CCR’s stretched units (8 inches over stock) that allows for more legroom. And instead of a “normal” shortened pickup bed found on most T-buckets, Jeff opted for CCR’s Sport Deck, which is a combination of a ’27 turtle deck and trunk section from a ’32. There’s a lot more space in the trunk, and it’s where Jeff mounted his 14-gallon gas tank and Optima battery.
Jeff’s wife, Kathy, inherited...
Jeff’s wife, Kathy, inherited this car—the family’s third T roadster—and Jeff spent a year going through it before painting it white with pink flames.
CCR bodies come out of the mold clean and smooth, so Jeff says there wasn’t much prep needed before he painted the car with PPG black, then topping it with four coats of clear acrylic urethane. He also designed, laid out, and shot the flames using an ’00 Ford Mandarin Copper paint with red and blue tips.
CCR also offers a drop-in interior kit, which Jeff ordered in cinnamon Naugahyde. After cutting the holes for the Auto Meter gauges, Jeff used a Ron Francis wiring block but his own spools of wire to complete the car’s electrical needs. A Grant steering wheel bolts to an ididit column, and Jeff says his air conditioning comes naturally from cruising at 65 mph behind his slightly chopped windshield.
Mickey-wrapped 15-inch Convos...
Mickey-wrapped 15-inch Convos are run out back with Yokohama-shod 18-inch Radirs up front. Jeff painted the car himself, using PPG black on the body and ’00 Ford Mandarin Copper with blue and red tips for the flames.
Fate comes knocking in strange ways sometimes and, while finishing up his 409 roadster, Kathy Hall inherited another T-bucket from a friend who had died. Now the Hall family has three Ts, with one of their two daughters, Jaime or Kelly, taking turns driving the first car, Jeff driving his 409 roadster, and Kathy piloting the third car (which received a new white ’n’ pink flame paintjob from Jeff). Jeff says people are so surprised when they find out they do this as a family, but it just proves the old statement: “A family who goes rodding together stays together.”