CHARI-T: HAND­MADE ROAD­STER RAFFLED FOR GOOD CAUSE

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Roddin’ @ Random -

Nine years ago, hot rod builder Doug Siemen met hot rodding pro­moter John Wells at a swap meet. The two im­me­di­ately hit it off, and Siemen told Wells that if he ever needed help with any of his events, he would be more than happy to lend a hand. Siemen soon found him­self work­ing the front gate at the first Vin­tage Torque­fest. He wound up help­ing at all of Wells’ hot rod shows, in­clud­ing the Retro Rewind in Dubuque, Iowa, and the Iron In­va­sion show in Wood­stock, Illi­nois.

Wells’ shows ben­e­fit the Help­ing Han­nah’s Heart foun­da­tion, a char­ity cre­ated by the Wells fam­ily to as­sist fam­i­lies in need who are deal­ing with a child with Crit­i­cal Aor­tic Steno­sis or a re­lated con­gen­i­tal heart de­fect. Their own daugh­ter and the foun­da­tion’s name­sake, Han­nah, suf­fers from the con­di­tion, and the Wells fam­ily saw first­hand the hard­ships that fam­i­lies en­dure when deal­ing with an af­flic­tion of this mag­ni­tude.

A few years ago, a gen­tle­man came up with an idea to build a hot rod to auc­tion for the char­ity. This struck a chord with Siemen, who saw it as the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to con­struct a hot rod to raise money for HHH. He ap­proached Wells about build­ing a car for the up­com­ing 10th an­niver­sary Vin­tage Torque­fest.

While Siemen’s ini­tial plan was to use a fiber­glass body, he de­cided that a fully hand­made, cus­tom metal body would be more ap­pro­pri­ate. He built the T-in­spired body to flow with the lines of a ’32 styled frame, throw­ing in cus­tom touches along the way.

A healthy 283, built with forged flat­top pis­tons and a 350hp/327 cam, sends power via a 700R4 trans­mis­sion to a Ford 8-inch rear with 3.55 gears. A Lime­works col­umn shifter gets the road­ster into gear. The wheels are 16x4 steel­ies shod with 5.50-16 and 7.0016 Ex­cel­sior Stahl Sport Ra­di­als.

The styling fol­lows the lines of early dry lakes rides. A cut­down ’32 grille sits in front of a sliced and diced Model A hood. Paint was han­dled by Siemen, who also stitched the cus­tom in­te­rior on his ’46 Singer sewing ma­chine!

It took nine months to com­plete this beau­ti­ful, Model T-in­spired hot rod. Siemen would like to thank sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions and peo­ple who helped along the way, in­clud­ing Speed­way Mo­tors, Quick Per­for­mance, Jerry Eck­ert (engine builder), Gen­try Restora­tions and Cus­toms, Ron Day, Jeff Bries, and good friend RC Scott.

The trick lit­tle road­ster came to the Hot Rod Hill Climb this year, gar­ner­ing am­ple attention while parked in town. Siemen even took it out for the re­li­a­bil­ity run through the hills, where she proved flaw­less.

For your chance to win this road­ster, visit help­ing­han­nahs­heart.org or vin­tage­torque­fest. com. The $20 do­na­tion gets you a raf­fle ticket and a cus­tom poster. The raf­fle will take place May 4, 2019, and you need not be present to win.

—SCOTTY LACHENAUER

PICS: SCOTTY LACHENAUER FRAMEDFRAM­ED: The ’32-style frame is short­ened 22 ⁄ inches and14 kicked up out back. A Model A cross­mem­ber is up front, a Model T piece in the rear, and a tubu­lar X-mem­ber be­tween the rails. The lad­der-bar rear sus­pen­sion uses ’46 ra­dius rods. A So-cal Speed Shop 4-inch drop axle brings the nose down.

HEAD-TURNER: The Chari-t was at the Hot Rod Hill Climb this year, where con­stant crowds around it made it tough to get a good shot of the car. HEADTURNER

IN THE OF­FICE: The dash is a trimmed-down ’35 Ford, and it’s fabbed to­gether with a ’51 Ford gauge clus­ter. IN THE OF­FICE

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.