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Rackin' up Miles


Many of you already know the unfortunate story of the events that led to the creation of "Morbonz", but for those of you that don't, here's the short version:

                In 2002 the crew at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff completed the build of Chick Koszis’ hot rod. It was a ’32 hiboy-style Ford roadster dubbed "Bare Bones" for its minimalist style. The blown small block powered rod hit the road and racked up the mileage to the tune of 62,000 miles. It was driven extensively throughout the western United States and Canada. It was driven to Bonneville twice, San Antonio, Texas twice, the Puget Sound area four times, including three to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Other destinations included Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon. Needless to say, it was a true hot rod that was built to be driven.

                The car became pretty well known over those nine years, then disaster struck. Chick was attending the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California in January 2011 and was staying at the hotel adjacent to the GNRS venue. He came out to the hotel parking lot on Sunday morning and discovered it missing. The car was reported stolen, but never found. This was the sad end to a beloved car, but the beginning of something even better...

                In the wake of the events, Chick came back to HR&CS to start from square one. The plan was to build a car very similar in style and driving characteristics as the first roadster. The two underlying themes would be long distance drivability and to present a bare bones ‘60’s hot rod attitude. The final product achieved just that and more when it debuted at the GNRS show as an America's Most Beautiful Roadster contender.

Since its debut just a couple years ago, "Morbonz" has racked up over 25,000 miles. Chick has hit the road and traveled all over the US and beyond. Don't expect that trend to change anytime soon. Keep an eye out here for coverage of his next adventure!