Walden Speed Shop, located in Pomona, California, has been busy these last few years building traditional hot rods and supplying their own line of products, which include roof inserts as well as replacement doorskins for Model A’s, ’32s, and Model 40 ’33s and ’34s.
But to really test their skills, the shop has been building a coupe from scratch for Fred Warren—a former winner of both the Ridler award and the America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy (an accomplishment achieved with two different cars—with Warren being the first of only two people to do so).
Most of Warren’s cars have been handbuilt, but this is the first time the talented team at Walden Speed Shop has built an entire car from scratch from the ground up. But that’s the danger when you have the talent: you can hand-make all the parts, so why not build an entire car?
Warren’s Mirage Coupe—a 1932 Ford three-window coupe with ’33-style contours—is moving along and, after fabricating the roof, quarter-panels, cowl, firewall, and most of the interior pieces, it was time to start on the doors. But because everything is scratch-built, Walden was able to create a cowl and doors without any of the kinks found in the original ’32 coupe design. Walden’s doors follow the factory design on how they fit into their opening, but the door structure and exterior skin is one-off for just this car. And, because they turned out so nice, much of the structure’s design will be incorporated in future scratch-built doors Walden’s builds. The guys at Walden Speed Shop are pros and they make it look easy but, trust us, it ain’t! The following is an account of how they got it done.
Walden Speed Shop