Bill Waddill's 1932 Ford Roadster

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A photo of Bill in his roadster taken outside The Speed Shop. Opened in 1948, The Speed Shop became a popular destination for car enthusiasts and a vital resource for specialized automotive parts. Photo from The Fred Thomas Photo Collection.
A photo of the Black Beauty taken at the 1953 M.H.R.A Autorama at the University of Detroit Memorial Building. Held between January 31 and February 1, 1953, 15,000 people attended the two-day event. There were 40 cars on display. Waddill had three entries, including his channeled roadster that was called the Black Beauty. Photo from The Fred Thomas Photo Collection.

Channeled 1932 Ford Roadster built by Bill Waddill and Ken Draper of Flint, Michigan. The car featured a dropped, chromed and filled axle. Brakes were hydraulics. The engine was built from a 59A Mercury block which was bored out to 3 3/8 inches, and a 1949 Mercury 4 inch stroke camshaft that was stroked an additional 1/8 inches to give a total increase in stroke of 3/8 inches. The car

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