Have You Seen This Coupe?

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Be­fore I joined the USAF, I caught the Deuce coupe bug. A friend found out about a fivewin­dow coupe for sale, and off we went to take a peek. It was chopped al­ready and had a ’32 frame and not much else. I bought it and then parked the pieces un­der an­other friend’s shed for years. I knew I had bit­ten off too much but didn’t want to sell it. Hope springs eter­nal, you know.

I wound up at Tinker AFB, and the guy run­ning the Hobby Shop had had one of his cars on the cover of HOT ROD a few years ear­lier. He talked me into bring­ing the coupe up there and he would as­sist me. Well, I got or­ders to Ok­i­nawa, so he tack­led the frame, rearend, and parts gath­er­ing for me. I got back from Ok­i­nawa and put it in my dad’s shop where it sat while I waited to re­tire. Just a few months be­fore I re­tired, it was stolen.

I still have hope that some­one will see a pic­ture of my project and let me know some­thing. The moral of this story is don’t let projects sit around. They might just dis­ap­pear on you.

James Ru­mage (Tsgt USAF, Ret)

The in­ci­dent re­ports Tsgt. Ru­mage for­warded to us were dated 2001/2002. He told us, “Yes, it’s been a while, but I am still sore about the car.” We will for­ward any leads to him.

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