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1972 Olds 442 W-30
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1956 Plymouth Belvedere
The Plymouth 1955-1960 : The "Forward Look" Years Detailed

1962 Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac 1959-1962: From Wide Track Performance to the Grand Prix

1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser 4-door
Mercury 1954-1958: Growing from
an Upscale Ford to a Baby Lincoln

1958 Cadillac Series 60 Special
Cadillac 1954-1958 - Showing it
was "The Standard of the World"

Back from the Dead! Restoring a 1967 442

Craig Sparkes 442

The before and after - this is where many projects start -
and believe it or not, many never get to this point - a finished beauty!

Anderson 1934 Ford


Old school is way cool – when done right!
Dave & Patti Anderson’s 1934 Ford Roadster

By Society Staff - Reprint with permission only.

If you’ve ever attended a Goodguys Rod & Custom Association event, one thing you can count on seeing is a lot of early Fords -- roadsters, coupes and pick-ups. The 28th Autumn Get-Together was no exception.

As No Limits staff walked around (wandered?) the huge Alameda County Fairgrounds, we came across a lot of early Ford rods. But turning the corner into the “back-forty” area we ran smack dab into Dave & Patti Anderson’s immaculate 1934 full fendered Roadster.

In addition to the gleaming black paint, the engine bay held a 1959 Cadillac 390 engine with its original (Caddy optional) tri-power intake.  This was absolutely old school. Cadillac and Oldsmobile were a popular engine swap choices into the early 60’s with hot rodders and this roadster was a perfect example of why. The Caddy pumps out power to a TH350 automatic transmissionf.

Once we finished admiring the engine, we stood back and took in the incredible workmanship and detail on this ALL STEEL 34. Dave built and painted this car over the 9 years he’s owned it. He dropped that beautiful steel body over a Pete & Jakes chassis with a dropped and drilled Ford axle up front and a Ford 9” rear in back. 4-wheel disc brakes bring that Caddy motored beast to rest.  The car rides on Halibrand 15x8 and 15x 7 knock off rims wearing BFG radial tires.

Up front, the headlights are actually from a later model Ford that used “Guidelight” headlamps. Notice the “turn signal-like” add ons to the headlight bucket. Sweet! 

Out back, Dave used stock 34 taillights with “blue dots” added. The rear bumper is from a 34 pick-up while the front sports period cool “nerf bars”.

That all steel Ford roadster has numerous special touches that set it apart from the crowd. Inside, the red and white rolled and pleated upholstery surrounds a welded and molded in 1932 Ford dash with a full set of VDO classic gauges. The steering wheel is stock 34 Ford with a Lokar shifter for the transmission. Cool ! With the top up, you immediately see the rear window is a match to the dash gauge bezels.

The entire car is done in flawless back paint with pin striping accents. From any angle, this is one way cool 34. Dave has combined the best of classic hot rodding with the best of modern
hot rodding to build a stellar Roadster!

To see more pictures of this neat car, click HERE,

This is a 1959 390 Cadillac engine with the factory (optional) tri-power intake!

A classic interior with 32 Ford dash and bezels fitted with VDO classic gauges.

by Craig Sparkes and Society Staff -
Reprint with permission only

The purpose of this series is to illustrate typical examples of real world car restorations done by Automotive History Preservation Society members. Hopefully, they will serve to educate us as to what to expect when we take on a restoration project.

I had always wanted a 1966 -67 442 and was continually on the lookout for a good deal on a restorable car. About 5 years ago, I heard about a 1967 442 that was behind the body shop of a local GM dealer. After a visit, I determined that the car was a real 1967 442 that was rough (to say the least) but as a California car had minimal rust and - with the exception of some parts – was largely intact. The “missing” pieces were the grill, headlight bezels, carb and air cleaner, and air pump (California cars had air pumps). But the rest of the engine bay looked complete and I thought it had most of the parts I needed.

The interior was shot, but the seats, dash were all there. The perfect candidate for a restoration project. The plan was simple - aren't they all - I would get the car, dissemble it by removing the engine and trans and interior and fix/restore each group in turn. Starting investment was under $ 2,000.

Starting with Body Work and Paint -
The car was towed to a body shop about 60 miles from my house as they specialized in early 1960’s cars. The engine and trans removed along with the complete interior (dash was left installed) and the nose of the car was removed. The body and nose pieces were sent to a media blaster to determine the extent of repair needed. Good news - no body damage.

Bad news, the panel behind the rear window needed replacing (a common 1966-67 GM A-body issue) but the replacement panel was readily available and inexpensive. The driver's floor below the gas pedal (called the footwell) had rust but again inexpensive sheet metal replacement was available as well as a decision to replace parts of the trunk floor where several “pin holes” had been discovered around the spare tire hold down.

The car was repaired, new sheet metal welded in and the body prepped for paint. I selected a GM color called Marina Blue. In 1967 Oldsmobile never offered this color, but it was popular on Chevelles and Corvettes and I liked it. So right away you can see that this "restoration" was not intended to create a "numbers matching' paint code correct, chalk-marked show car. It would be what I considered to be a really cool and good looking driver.

Typically, the body work and took al lot longer than expected - 8 months, in fact. And it cost a lot more than I originally estimated – around $ 6,000 . . .

  • To read the rest of Part 1 of this story - click HERE.
  • To read Part 2 of this story - click HERE.
  • To read Part 3 of this story - click HERE.
  • To read Part 4 of this story - click HERE.
  • To read Part 5 of this story - click HERE.

Trashed Engine Compartment

While it looks bad -- other than the carb, the engine was all there.

Trashed Interior

The interior needed a full restoration.

Stripped down

When it was Stripped down at the body shop we saw good sheet metal.

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Craig Sparkes: Editor, writer, Bob Gerometta: writer, publisher; Kurt Shubert, reporter, writer; John Winn: reporter, graphics.

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