SHOW-OFF PIECE

Hot Rod Deluxe - - Roddin’ Scene -

SHOW-OFF PIECE: That’s how Roger Bur­ton de­scribes his nail­head-pow­ered ’28 Tudor that he and his wife, Mary, brought to the CHRR all the way from Ho­quiam, Wash­ing­ton. “I didn’t come here to drag race. I came to show off my toy,” Roger says. He built the Model A around the ’56 Buick engine that was “just too neat a piece not to use.” The 0.030-over, Hil­born-in­jected 322 had some Bon­neville and drag-race his­tory be­fore the Bur­tons bought it a dozen or so years ago. It is mated to a ’37 La Salle trans and a ’57 Olds rearend, both mounted to a stock A frame. Roger bought the sedan body “from a kid who was mak­ing a street rod” and built the car’s cage around neat 1948-vin­tage seats, “ei­ther from a B-29 or B-50,” that he found in an air­craft wreck­ing yard in Tuc­son, Ari­zona. “It’s an ex­hi­bi­tion car, just for sh*ts and gig­gles. I’m hav­ing more fun mak­ing 13-sec­ond passes than 9.50 passes.”

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