Rodder’s Journal #71 takes a closer look at rods and customs from across the spectrum, including a survivor 1932 Ford five-window that was painted in the late-’50s and a chopped and sectioned F-1 pickup in baremetal. Subscribers are treated to a studio shot of the aforementioned Titian Red Deuce, while Wayne Carini’s scratch built “Moal Speedway” is the centerpiece of the newsstand cover.
In this issue, we also have the story of longtime Northern California rodder Dick Bertolucci, Riviera artwork by Steve Stanford, Super Bell Axle founder Jim Ewing’s wheelstanding T-bucket, hot rodding history from Canada’s westernmost province and much more.
The Many Lives of Dick Bertolucci
There are few hot rodders with as rich of histories as Dick Bertolucci. Now in his late-80s, Dick has spent his entire life around the hobby. He’s built hot rods, raced at Bonneville and the drags, and established himself as one of Northern California’s most recognizable customizers during the early years. For this personality profile, longtime automotive journalist Dave Wallace sat down with Dick in Sacramento to hear his accounts firsthand and dig through decades of images from the Bertolucci scrapbook. We’ve long been fans of Dave’s work, and this is his first contribution to TRJ.
Automotive buff and TV personality Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars may live in Connecticut, but when he decided he wanted a hot rod speedster, he knew it had to be built at Moal Coachbuilders in Oakland, California. Inspired by the homemade sports rods of yesteryear, the sleek “Moal Speedway” is based on a set of original ’32 Ford rails and hand-formed body. Underneath the hood, Carini opted for a bored Ford flathead with Navarro heads and a pair of Strombergs. We photographed this one-of-a-kind roadster while attending the Amelia Island Concourse d’Elegance in northern Florida.
From the Titian Red lacquer to the white pleated interior, Shawn Rawlins’ ’32 is as original as they come. A true California hot rod since the 1950s, the car was used as daily transportation for Shawn’s dad in Hawaii before getting tucked away for more than half a century. In this article, TRJ senior contributor Pat Ganahl tells the complete story of the time capsule coupe. While photographing the car in our studio, we were astounded with the condition of the paint and chrome, which are nearly six decades old and look much like they did when the coupe was parked in ’64.
Rivieras have always been prime customizing fodder, and for “Riviera Reveries,” renowned automotive artist Steve Stanford hits the drawing board to bring some new designs to life. In his signature style, he blends elements of production Rivis with historic examples to create a portfolio of attractive—and very buildable—cars.
In over 20 years of publishing, the late Jim Ewing’s “Texas T” was the first T-bucket we have ever photographed in our studio. It’s a fitting place to start, because the car was on the cutting edge when it was built in the late-’60s. With a tube frame, wild smallblock, exaggerated wheel and tire combination, and a high riding roof, the car was a harbinger of future generations of T’s. Using the original chassis and drivetrain, Todd and Matt Robbins of La Verne, California, returned the T to its ground-pounding glory.
All Lit Up
To say Jimmy Hervatin has a knack for metalworking would be a gross understatement. In TRJ #71, we check in on the Missouri-based metalman’s second Ford pickup based on a Keith Weesner illustration. Dubbed “Lit Up,” the ’52 Ford F-1 has been chopped, sectioned and rides on a scratchbuilt frame. The longer you look at this truck, the more subtle details you’ll find. TRJ contributor John Jackson photographed the Ford at Jimmy’s well-equipped shop in Warrenton, Missouri.
Greetings from Vancouver Island!
During the ’50s and ’60s, Canada’s Vancouver Island was filled with hot rodding activity. There were car shows, drag races and a constant struggle to change the way the hobby was perceived. In this article, we take a look back at the cars, clubs and people that helped the sport grow in the westernmost province of Canada. We’ve wanted to share the story of Vancouver Island’s rodding roots for a long time, and we’re excited to have that opportunity to do just that in TRJ #71.