If you had a chance to see last month’s issue of STREET RODDER, you would have seen Part 1 of the story of how Walden Speed Shop in Pomona, California, was in the process of scratchbuilding a chassis and steel coupe body (with styling cues from both a 1932 and 1933 Ford) for Fred Warren.
Part 1 covered the chassis and the initial build, including how the firewall, quarter-panels, roof insert, and most of the rest of the body was formed by the team at Walden (Walden, Wesley Kent, Blake Tomlinson, and Matt Bryant) out of a stack of 4x8 sheets of cold-rolled steel.
In Part 2 we’ll examine the integral rollcage incorporated into the body, how the doors were made, and see the car in its final metal state. After Walden finished the body, Warren brought it back to his home in Ohio and prepped it for the 2013 Detroit Autorama, where it was on display (still in metal) next to his Ridler-winning coupe as part of the 50th anniversary of the Don Ridler Memorial Award at the show.
Warren does plan to paint it, but he’s still deciding on colors, so in the meantime he’ll be content in driving the car (probably for a year or so) in metal and work out any bugs it might have before blowing it apart for paint. STREET RODDER will let you know when it’s finished, as it should be just as impressive in paint as it is in metal.