To: Randy Clark and the crew at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff,
Working with an organization like Hot Rods and Custom Stuff, with the incredible depth of talent and skill, is something I never expected to experience in my lifetime, let alone the success the project seems to be bringing. I just envisioned a nice little car to drive on a nice day.
A local enthusiast built a really nice flathead powered A track roadster in my area a couple of years before I started my project. I really liked the car, but wanted more weather protection and the chance to use the Y-Block. I had pieces available and felt it had been a bit overlooked after the successful 1957 Stock Car season against the fuel injected GM products. These requirements led me to the Dearborn Deuce and to HR&CS. I wanted the car low, so a channeled car rather than a high boy was an initial requirement, and the use of the Y-Block dictated (at least to me) a traditional car. I had originally intended to use an early McCullogh supercharger, but Craig Conley at Paradise Wheels had come into a half dozen VR-57 Ford/McCullogh units and that sealed the deal.
As I worked with HR&CS, the varying bit and pieces that define a traditional rod came more into focus. This was a great learning experience for me, and Randys contribution (We used to do it this way) was invaluable.
If I had one thing to add, it would be that all through this process, as the car became more defined, we never lost sight of the fact is was built to be driven. Randy brought that home again and again.