1929 Ford coupe
North Port, Florida
Don Jaros is a high school graduate from the class of 1967, but he was reading pocket-size hot rod books when he was in grammar school. He claims to have always been a motorhead, as even as a baby his favorite toys were cars and trucks.
Well, some things never change and, a few decades later, Don still likes to play around with toys, albeit ones that are a bit larger. He has had many cars through the years and had become tired of being married to the waxing and polishing, so he decided long ago that his next vehicle would be covered in black satin paint with red 'n' white pinstripes—just a good old-fashioned rod like the ones he remembered from high school.
And, as far as he's concerned, that's exactly what he got with his '29 Ford coupe. Currently powered by a 350 small-block Chevy, its tires are spun through a TH350 trans and a 9-inch Ford rear.
The frontend features a dropped I-beam axle with a four-bar and Vega box. The rear uses a transverse spring with ladder bars, which, after being chromed many years ago, now sport the correct amount of patina.
Polished Centerline wheels with bullet center caps and lug nuts wear 195/60-15 rubber up front and 9-inch cheater slicks out back. The dash houses older Stewart-Warner gauges and the seats, door panels, and rumble seat are diamond tufted for an era-correct look. An eight ball shifter knob (made from a real billiard ball) is found inside, along with an overhead console (that holds the CD player), while a shrunken head dangles from the rearview mirror. The windshield still swings out and provides ample air circulation.