Being that the exterior of the roof was smooth, Doug ordered a blank insert from Walden Speed Shop, which is normally used to fill a stock roof opening. Doug had recently bought a louver machine, so he filled the roof insert with louvers and then riveted the panel in place on the roof. He also ordered a two-piece hood top for the 1934, then added more louvers there. The last bit of new louvers added are found on the decklid, which is actually a louvered panel that is glued to the 'glass lid. One of the biggest changes to the car's exterior appearance was the addition of the Wheel Vintiques 16x4 and 16x7 steelie wheels (wrapped in Firestone 4.00 and 7.50 rubber). You just can't overstate the importance of having the "right" set of wheels and tires on a hot rod—it'll either make it or break it—and these were the perfect addition to complete the specific look of this vehicle.
The artwork Scott Burns hand-painted on the cowl of the car is done so well people think i
Inside the car the dash had been cut full of holes, so Doug used some of the spare aluminum from the shop to fab a new dash, filling it with Classic Instrument gauges. Another little trick was with the car's door hinges. When looking at the car, you notice they're in the right place (in the quarter-panel) but it isn't until you open the door that you see they are attached only to the quarter-panel, and don't swing with the door. They're just for decoration because Doug didn't want to change the hidden hinges that were already in place, so he bought a set of cast brass hinges from Wescott's and added them just for giggles.
The paint on the coupe was in good shape, but not the right color; Doug originally thought suede maroon would be right for the car. Thinking the car was looking more like a lakes racer, he went back to the Internet to research vintage Bonneville race car colors. Most of what he found was in the family of whites, so he decided on a PPG Custard base/clearcoat combination and then sprayed it in Squeeg's on-site booth. Wanting a vintage appearance, the paintjob ended when it rolled out of the booth—no wet-sanding or cutting was done and what little orange peel that was in the finished product was left there. Doug did add some pinstripe to the beltline, and Scott Burns came by to hand paint the Mobilgas logo on the quarter-panels (done so well people think it's a sticker).
The brass door hinges added to the quarter-panel don’t move when the door opens. They’re j
The tunnel ram that was on the car came off in favor of a swap meet find, which was powdercoated before being bolted up with a single 650 carb. Doug also fab'd up an exhaust system made from pieces laying around his shop, and added a powdercoated air cleaner that was also surplus. The MSD ignition that was on the car was left in place, though a Squeeg's Kustoms plug wire separator kit was installed. And though the TH400 trans found in the coupe seemed to work well, Doug took apart the ratcheting shifter and deactivated the lock-out mechanism so it would shift like a standard shifter. About the only other addition was the flat four-spoke steering wheel from SO-CAL Speed Shop in Arizona.
The car was turning out the way they wanted, even though the interior wasn't finished. Finding it fun to drive, Doug was out cruising around Phoenix one evening when another driver suddenly turned in front of him and severely damaging the front end. Back at the shop Doug ordered up a new forged axle from SO-CAL and a set of Lincoln drums, along with another set of hairpins to repair the damage.
Doug got a roof insert panel from Walden Speed Shop, louvered it, and then attached it to
Luckily no one was hurt in the accident, and the silver lining in all of it was the insurance claim ended up financing the car's interior. Doug took the car to Glenn Kramer of Hot Rod Interiors in Glendale, Arizona, and he told him all he wanted was black vinyl with red stitching and black loop carpet. Kramer immediately picked up on the hot rod theme and not only covered everything appropriately, but also added a hidden iPod-based stereo system complete with midrange and subwoofer speakers.
With the car truly finished, Doug decided to take it back out to California, driving the 350 miles in his three-window from his shop to the L.A. Roadsters Father's Day Show and around SoCal. But wherever he takes the car it elicits smiles and nodding approval. Most folks think it's an old steel survivor and even a few who "remember seeing it around" back in the day. But, for Doug Jerger, much of the fun of building this car was, inside of six months, completing the challenge of turning an ugly duckling into a heart-pounding, smoky-burnout, badass swan.
Doug developed his own line of water-based primer that he sells through Squeeg’s Kustoms,
The 454 that was in the car was left in place, though the tunnel ram and over-the-frame ex
"Traffic control change ahead" indeed! Before the car's interior was finished, Doug was ou