There’s practically nothing extra intriguing than local sizzling rod history. As a particular person who’s passionate about the previous, I enjoy pondering back to a distinctive time in this exact place. What type of autos were being obtaining built? Who was creating them? Not long ago, I have been chipping away at a San Francisco-centered Jalopy Journal function that I’m actually excited to share with you in the coming weeks.
That report has me pondering about local very hot rodders. To be flawlessly straightforward, I haven’t encountered too several in the past seven a long time. I’ve crossed paths with lots from bordering locations, but the types who have in fact constructed and driven incredibly hot rods within just the town restrictions are couple of and considerably concerning. I did, however, satisfy 1 though buying 1932 Ford axle bell jack stands all through the early levels of my Model A make. Here’s how it went down.
“I noticed these jack stands on Craigslist a couple months back and tonight I finally bought them. I bought them from a gentleman named Nick who life in the Monterey Heights neighborhood. The story goes that again in the 1950s and early-’60s he was a member of the Pitmen (?) motor vehicle club below in San Francisco. In these times, he drove a closely channeled, pink Deuce roadster with a 59AB flathead. I asked him if he experienced any photos and he shook his head. ‘We just did not get a lot of shots of stuff back then.’”
I’m not a betting gentleman, but I’d wager that there weren’t far too a lot of pink ’32 Fords functioning all-around Northern California for the duration of that era. The a lot more I exploration, the much more I feel he might have owned the Johnny Weston roadster but didn’t know it by that title. It checks all the containers. It is intensely channeled, it’s flathead powered—and it is pink (Tropical Rose, in accordance to Andy Southard’s Sizzling Rods of the 1950s book). Johnny was based out of Richmond, California, which is not much from San Francisco.
Though I have no responses to provide you at this time, I do have a trio of pics from the late Rudy Perez. I’m not confident when I’ll see Nick once again but, when I do, I’ll show him this motor vehicle and probably it’ll stir up some recollections. I can only hope so.
Pictures from the Perez thread, which is loaded with record.