Ray Lisea's 1927 Ford

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1927 Ford Model T roadster owned by Ray Lisea of Pittsburg, California. Mike Lopez helped Ray build the car, and it was entered under his name at the 1952 National Roadster Show. Six years later the car had been redone, and it was shown at the 1958 National Roadster Show. Ray was listed as the owner in the program from the 1958 National Roadster Show.

Cover Car

In 1959, the car was featured on the cover of the January issue of Rod Builder & Customizer. According to the story, the car was owned by Ray Lisea of Pittsburg, California, who had worked toward the day that he could tool a spectacular hot rod down the town's main street since before he was old enough to apply for his driver's license.

After locating a suitable 1927 Ford Model T bucket body and a suitable chassis, Ray's parents cleared space in the family garage so their son could work on the car. A buddy, Mike Lopez, helped Ray during the build. The chassis was braced for a hopped up 1948 Mercury flathead before the body was channeled 14 inches. A special hood and side panels were formed to meet the cowl. Local wreckers were scoured for parts. It was dressed up with custom made nerfing bars and a pair of tractor headlights. Inside it featured a Naugahyde custom upholstery by local artist Tony Rebb. Bob Crane finished the body off with a "Royal Lilac" lacquer paint job, while fellow Lancer car club member Dan Hernandez striped it.

According to Rod Builder & Customizer, Ray began showing the car in 1958, after having spent about four years of spare time working on the car.

Magazine Features and Appearances

Hot Rod Magazine May 1958
Rod Builder & Customizer January 1959


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