Amaz­ing Find

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Scrapbook - Chuck John­ston

You must have needed more news­stand sales. That’s the only rea­son I can fig­ure for a true “field car” to make the cover of HR Deluxe (“For Dis­posal,” July 2018). This car was never even any kind of hot rod at all. It was and re­mains a field, or ranch, if that is some­how bet­ter, car. The orig­i­nal field dirt is just a bonus I guess. (And don’t try to tell me these guys don’t throw “new dirt” back on these cars when they knock some of the old dirt off. Is it still “orig­i­nal” in that case? And what about “new” rust and dirt ver­sus “old” rust and dirt? Maybe an ar­ti­cle should be done on that sub­ject?)

At least the Hin­man rust bucket (“The Hin­man Road­ster”) was at some point a real hot rod of note. Must be fun driv­ing in those shorts with no fire­wall. On the other hand, the Mr. Stitches restora­tion (“Mr. Stitches Rides Again”) shows what can be done when you’re not too lazy to make the ef­fort. I’m sorry, but to me the main rea­son cars are left in de­te­ri­o­rated con­di­tion is be­cause a lot of peo­ple aren’t will­ing to make the ef­fort to bring them back.

Any­way, thought I would at­tach a few pic­tures of my own barn find of many years ago and how it turned out. I guess maybe it would have been bet­ter to just leave it as found and not put in all that time and ef­fort.

It’s not a lack of will or ef­fort mo­ti­vat­ing the Mc­graths to keep their Deuce road­ster in its state of ar­rested de­cay. As Bill said in the story, “I want to en­joy it as it is,” and he wants oth­ers to ap­pre­ci­ate it that way as well. And the vin­tage pho­tos we ran in the story show that the car was, in fact, a hot rod be­fore it did its ranch du­ties. As for your Ford, that’s quite the trans­for­ma­tion!

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