Following yesterday’s first blog post here at StreetRodPlans.com, I thought there would be no better subject to address than jumping right in to illustrate some of Bob Hamilton’s street rod building skills in a series about building a 1927 T roadster — from scratch. Let’s get started.
To start this project, Bob traded some parts for a pretty well trashed fiberglass 1927 T roadster body. It had been started for a project that somebody else really never got very far along. Bob said that the fiberglass was in “good” shape and an interesting feature is that this particular body was made with a bottom roll pan that was installed at the factory. This is good because it gives about 4-6 inches more depth inside the car when built as a high boy. You can visualize that depth in the picture above where that extra body depth is shown below where the firewall cuts off.
But, when looking from the rear you’ll see that somebody hacked away most of the body. Why, you ask? Well, this particular 1927 T roadster body was planned for a nostalgia drag racing project that never happened. In case you’re not an old guy, let me explain why somebody would do that.
Feast your eyes on the restored 1960 Nationals runner up, “Tennessee Bo-Weevil” A/Modified Roadster built by wheelchair bound Ray Godman of Memphis. A sniper’s bullet in the Korean War may have limited his mobility but it didn’t slow him down. The 1927 T roadster that was the predecessor to this one was flathead Ford powered and Ray and driver Red Dyer won class at the first NHRA Nationals in Great Bend, Kansas in 1955.
At the 1960 NHRA Nationals, which were held in Detroit before moving to Indianapolis the following year, the Bo-Weevil was runner up. Not runner up in class, but runner up in Top Eliminator to Californian Leonard Harris in the famed Albertson Olds dragster. Basically, back then a Modified Roadster was a full-on dragster cloaked in a fiberglass roadster body. Thus, the cutting out of a large portion of the rear of the body. (By the way, you can see more of the beautifully restored Bo-Weevil here).
So, with most of the rear of the 1927 T roadster body missing it might look like Bob Hamilton’s got his work cut out for him. But you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how he makes it look easy in our next updates. And you can see and learn just how Bob does it in his informative Fiberglass Body Modifications 3-DVD set you can order right now.