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!