Jerry Woodward's 1929 Ford

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In March of 1957 Thunder Rod was featured in Rod & Custom. Two photos of the car was also used on the cover of the magazine.
Thunder Rod as it appeared when it was featured in Rods Illustrated June 1958. Photo by Kay Yingling.
Thunder Rod between the "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" award it won at the Grand National Roadster Show and Shirley Hansen. Photo by Kay Yingling.
Photo by Kay Yingling.
Photo by Kay Yingling.
Photo by Kay Yingling.
Photo by Kay Yingling.
Photo by Kay Yingling.

1929 Ford Model A Roadster owned and built by Jerry Woodward of Provo, Utah. The car, known as "Thunder Rod", was completed in 1957. The build took two years and $5000 USD to complete. Dual headlights were fabricated from 4 inch spotlight casings and fit with 5" Jeep sealed beams. The stock grille shell was retained, the grille however was made from a chromed refrigerator tray. The entire suspension was chromed, and the wheelbase was shortened to 96 inches. To utilize maximum leg room, Jerry kicked up the front of the frame 4 inches. The rear end was Z'd 14". A 1940 Ford dashboard was cut to fit the car. Dice motif was used on the gear shifter as well as the radio knobs. The steering column was from a Corvette. The car was powered by a 1947 Ford engine, bored 3 3/8", and stroked 4 1/8". C & T Automotive balanced the entire assembly. The valves got their lift from a Potvin 400 Super camshaft. Spark was provided by a Harman & Collins magneto. Once completed, the car was pinstriped by Tommy the Greek. Dean Jeffries painted a mural on the glove compartment. In 1957, Jerry won the prestigious "America's Most Beautiful Roadster" award with Thunder Rod at the Grand National Roadster Show.[1]


In March of 1957 Thunder Rod was featured in Rod & Custom. Two photos of the car was also used on the cover of the magazine.


Magazine Features and Appearances

Rod & Custom March 1957
Rods Illustrated June 1958


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