Couped Up

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Roddin’ @ Random -

Eli English has one heck of a knack for find­ing vin­tage Henry Ford steel. He’s a man with hot rods con­stantly on his mind, work­ing daily at his Tra­di­tional Speed and Cus­tom shop in Pitts­field, New Hamp­shire. Two of his cars have graced the pages of HOD ROD Deluxe, first with a tra­di­tional ’34 hot rod he lo­cated not far from his home (“His Pur­ple Pas­sion,” Jan. 2017), and with a wild, chan­neled hot rod he found on a parts run and then raced to vic­tory at 2017’s The Race of Gen­tle­men (“The Hin­man Road­ster,” July 2018).

Eli is up to his old tricks again. Re­cently, he got a tip about an old coupe not far from his shop.

“I found out about the car through fel­low Al­ter Boy car club mem­ber John Sc­holes, who works with Tim Boyle, the man who dis­cov­ered the hot rod af­ter it was taken out of long-term stor­age dur­ing a mas­sive snow­storm,” Eli says. The coupe is built on a ’33 chas­sis and sported a Hil­born­in­jected flat­head at one time. It was sold to a young Arthur Go­bielle, who went on to put a 392 Hemi in it backed by a

B&M Hy­dro­stick. Af­ter a short time on the road, it was put in stor­age for more than 50 years.

“The car was some­thing of an ur­ban le­gend,” Eli says. “Peo­ple had heard it ex­isted, but no one had ever seen it.” Now, thanks to him, this wild piece of hot rod his­tory is back on the road, flat­head pow­ered, and ready to hit the sands at TROG this sum­mer. Good luck, Eli!


BUG­GING HIM: Alan Field­ing sold the coupe to Arthur Go­bielle in 1964. Ac­tu­ally, to Arthur’s mother, as Arthur was too young to drive. He in­stalled a 392 Hemi backed by a B&M Hy­dro­stick and ’57 Olds rear. He also painted the coupe Ford blue. Seen here in 1968, it was only driven about 10 miles, and then parked for 50 years.

SAVED BY SNOW: It would take a snow­storm to save the coupe, Eli says. “The day of the storm, a scrap­per was to clean out the stor­age trailer and garage where it was parked. Tim Boyle just hap­pened to stop in and was told he could buy it, but he had to buy a cou­ple of other cars and garage con­tents along with it.” John Sc­holes, who works with Tim, sent Eli a few pics of it. “Then he sent me the three orig­i­nal pho­tos from 1968, and I knew that I had to own it!”


PATINA PAIR PATINA PAIR: Eli English’s lat­est find, parked next to the Hin­man road­ster we fea­tured last is­sue. Eli says the coupe was a reg­u­lar at the Charlestown, Rhode Is­land, dragstrip. “It was built much ear­lier, but Alan Field­ing bought it in late 1963 as a well-worn old hot rod/drag car mi­nus the driv­e­train. He re­built the car on a ’33 chas­sis, in hopes that the longer wheel­base would give an ad­van­tage.”



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