Jerry Woodward's 1929 Ford
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.
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