John Terlecky
1932 Ford Convertible
Vienna, Ohio

Being involved with hot rodding for more than 40 years, it wasn't a surprise when John Terlecky wanted to build another one back in 2007. But his wife, Kathy, had only one stipulation: It had to be an open car.

John always liked having a roof over his head, but when Dearborn Deuce came out with their convertible roadster design, it made everyone happy, including the Terleckys.

John is friends with AMBR/Ridler winner Fred Warren, and John asked for a few pointers before getting started. Warren's advice was simple: start right and get a good base under the car, and that's why he's used a chassis from Kugel Komponents for more than a few of his cars. So, advice taken, John contacted Dearborn Deuce for a steel body and Kugel's for a complete IFS/IRS chassis setup.

John, with help from his friend Rich Pinti, worked on the car in his home garage, completing most of the work himself, besides paint and upholstery. The car was painted locally at Quality Autobody in Liberty Township, and it was Rich's idea to add the liquid silver ghost letters into the beltline and the engine's air cleaner.

Now that the car is finished, he can pull double duty just by raising or lowering the top in his slick convertible, and roll on down the road.