Bill Vogt's 1929 Ford
1929 Ford Pickup owned by Bill Vogt of Los Angeles, California. Bill's dad owned the Kaiser Korner in Los Angeles, and when it was time for Bill to acquire a decent car, a Kaiser was the natural way to go. When Bill was called in to the service, he was forced to sell his ride, and forget about cars for a while. When he returned from the service, he began looking for a new car again. He found this shortened Model A pickup, which was powered by its original 4 banger. Bill bought the pickup, and quickly the 4 cylinder got pulled out. Instead, he installed a 1942 Mercury engine, thoroughly rebuilt and bored to 3 5/16". A Howard M12 cam was installed, along with a set of 8.5 to 1 Edelbrock heads, Johns racing piston, a Weiand dual manifold with a set of Stromberg 97 carbs, Advance headers and a Kong ignition. The transmission hailed from a 1939 Ford, supplied with 26 tooth Lincoln teeth. The stock Model A rear end was discarded, and in came a 1940 Ford unit. The driveshaft had to be shortened an amount of 15" in order to make this work. In order to make the fast jalopy stop properly, a set of Kinmont disc brakes were installed. The steering assembly was from a 1932 Ford. Bill used a set of 1940 Ford wheels, with 5.50-15 up front, and 7.00-16 in the rear. 1939 Ford taillights were installed on both sides of the round gas tank.
Bill took the car to Johnny's Upholstery Shop in Inglewood to have the interior done. He did a beautiful job, making a neat two tone combination of brown and beige leatherette. After this was done, it was painted a 1953 Buick Manderin metallic maroon lacquer. The first thing he did when the car was completed, was to enter the shows, then the drags. With a weight of 1470 pounds, it turned 97 mph on the quarter mile!
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