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.”
SAVED BY SNOW