Hit­ting the road in a brand new Deuce Coupe

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

A Drumheller man in search of his per­fect rod found what is old, can be brand new again.

Ger­ald Clarke of Nacmine is putting the fi­nal touches on his dream car. While it looks like at 1932 Ford, has the stance of a 1932 Ford, and turns heads like a chopped Deuce Coupe with no top, it is all brand new.

Clarke is no stranger to build­ing up vin­tage iron. A few years ago, he put to­gether a 1923 Model T Road­ster, but the 1932 was his dream car, and two and half years ago he be­gan to make it hap­pen.

The jour­ney be­gan as a rolling chas­sis. He was able to skip the ar­du­ous task of grind­ing, weld­ing, peen­ing and smooth­ing out an eight decade old barn yard find, and in­stead opted to buy a brand new chas­sis and body. A quick search on the in­ter­net re­veals a num­ber of com­pa­nies re­man­u­fac­tur­ing the frame and sheet metal for the clas­sics, mak­ing restora­tion work less of a scavenger hunt, and a quicker way onto the road.

While the first chal­lenge was to find the rolling chas­sis he was happy with, the sec­ond chal­lenge came in bring­ing it home from the US.

He ex­plains cus­toms were a bit leery of him bring­ing what es­sen­tially looked like a func­tion­ing au­to­mo­bile across the bor­der, when in fact, it was still very much a work in progress. The ve­hi­cle was holed up as they parted it out and brought the ba­sis of his project across in five trips, in pieces.

It has been pieced back to­gether and then some. In the tra­di­tion of street rod­ders, pow­er­ing the unit is a small block Chev 350 chug­ging out an am­ple 290 horse­power through a three speed auto- matic trans­mis­sion and 9-inch Ford rear end. He opted to keep stor­age space over a rum­ble seat in the back. The wind­shield is chopped to a cruiser height, and on ev­ery­thing that isn’t chrome, Bryant’s Auto Body laid down a gleam­ing deep cherry black paint job.

Me­chan­i­cally the car is ready to roll. Right now, he is busy get­ting the in­te­rior in or­der, car­pet­ing and up­hol­ster­ing the seats, and then he is ready to hit the road.

Clarke says af­ter the car is com­plete to get it on the road he has to take it to a reg­istry, and they will cre­ate the needed pa­per­work. He will also need a com­pleted me­chan­i­cal in­spec­tion to make sure ev­ery­thing is road wor­thy.

He says he is not sure if he will do the car show cir­cuit, how­ever no mat­ter where he goes, he is cer­tain to have gawk­ers.

Ger­ald Clarke’s jour­ney to­wards build­ing his dream car is close to the end of the road. Fi­nal touches are be­ing put on his Deuce Coupe, and hope­fully he’ll have a top down sum­mer.

mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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