Bud Parham's 1925 Ford

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Photo by Robert Hegge
Photo by Robert Hegge
Photo by Robert Hegge
Photo by Robert Hegge
The roadster after it was repainted. Photo by Peter Sukalac
Photo by Peter Sukalac
Photo by Peter Sukalac
Photo by Peter Sukalac
Photo by Peter Sukalac
Photo by Peter Sukalac
Photo by Peter Sukalac

1925 Ford Model-T Pickup built by Ramblers member Bud Parham of Bud's Custom Automotive in Portland, Oregon. Bud mounted his 4 inch channeled body on a combination Model-A and 1931 Chevrolet frame with a subtle z-job out back. Center and rear crossmembers were adapted from a 1932 Ford while both front and rear springs were custom made. The rear end was a 1941 Ford unit with 24 inches removed from the drive shaft. As mentioned, the T-bucket was channeled 4 inches, however width and height remained stock. A dropped axle was installed up front to bring the nose further down to the ground. The front bumper bar protecting the 1932 Ford Deuce grille shell was made from chrome alloy tubing. The deuce shell was cut perfectly to mate the hood and hood sides with the cowl. The front fenders were made from spare tire covers while the rear originated from a Model-A. The headlight mountings were made from tail pipe material. Radius rods, drag link and tie rods were chrome alloy tubing without bends and the steering arm was custom made. The tarp cover on the shortened Model-A pickup bed hid the gas tank which covered the entire bed. The little Roadster Pickup was powered by a Mercury engine with special heads and cam. The headers were routed through the hood sides, for so on to gracefully sweep down the frame rail, into the fender, and out the back. The car had an 98 inch wheel base and 56 inch tread. Bud finished off the body in Chantilly green, while the interior was done in gray, coral and black.[1]


By 1956, the body had been repainted light blue with white and red flames. The $ 5 bucket was by now powered by a 1942 Ford engine block bored from 3.187 to 3.375 and destroked from 3.750 to 3.625 inches. The engine was ported and relieved and featured a reworked intake valve seats and 15/8 exhaust. A new Clay Smith 284-2 cam was installed along with a adjustable tappets. It was forged with True racing pistons, Ramco rings, Navarro 8.5:1 aluminum heads, and a Navarro 3 pot manifold. Bud spent $ 5000 building his hot rod.[2]


Where is it now?

The car is rumored to still exist. Located in Beaverton, Oregon owned by one of the Donacka brothers.[3]


Magazine Features

Hot Rod Magazine May 1952
Rod & Custom May 1956


References





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