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Stroker's (Tom Medley's) 1940 Rebuild Project

 

 

 

 

Hot Rods and Custom Stuff is offering exclusive Tom Medley "Stroker McGurk" memorobilia. All proceeds benefit the effort to restore Tom's '40 coupe. Everything listed in the shopping site has a minimum donation (listed as "cost") associated with it. We are offering several awesome limited edition posters and a Tshirt to help support Tom as the Hot Rod community rallies around him.

 

You can get Stroker McGurk limited edition memorabilia in exchange for a donation to the Stoker's Coupe Rebuild Fund. Each of the items in the Cart has a "minimum donation" listed with it.  Check out the Stroker stuff by clicking on the logo below!!!!!!  If you want to make a cash donation without receiving "stuff" in return, scroll to the "DONATE" button further down. Thanks to all for your help.

 

 

 

On the road with Tom and his coupe in 2007.

 Somewhere in Texas.

 

Ron Ceridono thinks that the trunk of Tom's coupe makes for a pretty good lounge chair.

 

Tom Medley once joked he would have liked a flamed '40 Coupe. But this isn't what he had in mind. Hot rodder, vintage go-karter, angler, cartoonist and creator of Stroker McGurk, Tom Medley recently suffered a hot rodder's most feared nightmare – a garage fire. A blaze in his Burbank shop torched nearly all its contents – tools, welders, sewing machines, memorabilia, etc.

Fortunately, Tom escaped injury but his beloved 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe wasn't as lucky. It was heavily damaged, interior vaporized, paint seared into oblivion, body panels warped into a wavy wasteland. In response, a collection of Tom's friends and family have joined together to rebuild the car and get the 91-year-old hot rod legend behind the wheel again.

 Medley's history is well known, chronicled most recently by Dick Martin in the January 2011 issue of Rod & Custom.

www.rodandcustommagazine.com/thehistoryof/1101rc_tom_medley_story/printer_friendly.html

 A Pat Ganahl photo-essay in The Rodder's Journal, Issue 7, also detailed Tom's career with Hot Rod and Rod & Custom magazines.

Tom's coupe epitomized the home-build hot rod. He acquired the car in the early 1980s, and built it in the same garage that is now a charred ruin. Medley has a self-taught, eclectic skillset: he did the upholstery, body and paint work all solo in the cramped 19x17 structure. Under the louvered hood, he installed a ZZ1 crate-motor Chevy 350 hooked to a 700R4 automatic transmission. The original Ford I-beam front axle was upgraded with a Mustang II front suspension that was, literally, taken out of a Mustang II. The '40 Ford rear axle and transverse leaf spring gaveway to an IRS Jaguar rear end. The car was a true driver, and Tom drove it on many cross-country jaunts.

All was immolated in the ensuing blaze. After the fire, friends rallied and put together a team to fix the '40. Randy Clark of Hot Rods & Custom Stuff was asked to help out on the restoration project. He kindly accepted the challenge. Randy, and wife, Peaches, retrieved the car from Burbank and hauled it back to their shop in Escondido, Calif. With its vast experience in restoring and building rods and customs from the ground up, Hot Rods & Custom Stuff is the ideal shop to do the job. And nothing is more “ground up” than a burned up car. Moreover, everyone involved with the project wanted it to go quickly – a key reason for choosing Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, and its “all under one roof” capability.

 Once the coupe arrived in Escondido, clean up began, digging through the blackened debris to determine the true condition of his once very hot rod. The car was disassembled, the parts tagged and bagged. The trunk yielded one unique treasure: an original cast aluminum SCTA Roadrunners club plaque. How it survived the heat is anyone's guess.

 First, the body was removed, then blasted with garnet media to remove what was left of the paint and fire-induced oxidation. This was followed up by a thorough massage with metal prep. Next, the Hot Rods & Custom Stuff metal craftsmen whirled into action. Thin gauge sheet metal, such as that used in automobiles, undergoes severe changes when subjected to heat. And garage fires are hot. Very hot. The '40's body panels were warped, twisted, stretched, and contorted in all directions. Only metal workers with years of experience understand how overheated, stressed steel will react to more heat, and the friendly persuasion of hammer and dolly.  As of late December, the metal work was nearly complete – a miraculous achievement in light of the task before Hot Rods & Custom Stuff's craftsman. A tip of the welding helmet to each of them!

News of Medley's misfortune quickly swept through the hot rod community, triggering an outpouring of support that has been remarkable. Friends have offered parts and labor. Randy Clark's commitment and generosity have been truly amazing. 

In light of the resources required to complete the project, more help is needed. If you would like to help rebuild Stroker's '40, a fund has been established for fans of Tom Medley and Stroker McGurk to donate additional support. Regardless of the amount donated, everyone who pitches in will receive a commemorative item from Stroker himself.

 Interested in helping? If so, please click on the DONATE button located below, which leads to PayPal. There, you can use a debit or credit card to pledge support. Being a PayPal member is NOT required.

 

 

Checks can also be sent to: The Stroker McGurk 40 Ford Trust, c/o Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, 2324 Auto Park Way, Escondido, CA 92029.

Watch the area below to follow the progress on the rebuilding of Stoker's '40.

 

 After the fire, Tom's coupe was brought to Hot Rods & Custom Stuff for refurbishment.

 

 

 Some of the carnage inflicted by the fire. Ron Ceridono's lounge chair needs some work now.

 

 The interior is gutted.

The source of the fire was the engine compartment. We'll check out the internals for health and will repair as necessary.

 

Up on the rack at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff to start the rebuild process.

 

 The fenders have been removed from the body.

 

The left rear quarter with the fender removed.

 The left rear quarter with the fender removed.

 

Removing the doors.

 Removing the doors.

 

The car needs to be completely disassembled to repair it correctly.

 The car needs to be completely disassembled to repair it correctly.

 

Removing the body from the chassis.

 Removing the body from the chassis and placing it on a body dolly.

 

Taking a look at the chassis with the body removed.

 Taking a look at the chassis with the body removed.

The body separated from the chassis and resting on the body dolly.

 The body separated from the chassis and resting on the body dolly.

Checking a piece of stainless trim to determine if it can be used again.

 Checking some of the stainless trim to determine if it can be used again. They'll be put aside for safe keeping.

The fire debris has been removed so work can proceed.

 The fire debris has been removed so work can proceed.

 

The body will be blasted with garnet media to remove all rust and old paint.

 The body will be blasted with garnet media to remove all rust and old paint.

We use a garnet media for surface prep and it does a great job.

 We use a garnet media for surface prep and it does a great job.

From rusty metal to white metal in one step.

 From rusty metal to white metal in one step.

Now we can start to see what we're really working with.

 Now we can start to see what we're really working with.

Out of the blasting booth and into the cold light of day.

 Out of the blasting booth and into the cold light of day.

A lot of distortion of the sheet metal is evident.

A lot of distortion of the sheet metal is evident.

 

We checked the contours of the body against templates made from a known good one.

We checked the contours of the body against templates made from a known good one.

 

The judicious application of heat and quick quenching is shrinking the metal back into shape.

The judicious application of heat and quick quenching is shrinking the metal back into shape.

The chassis was stripped down to the bare frame and also media blasted.

The chassis was stripped down to the bare frame and also media blasted.

If you think that heat doesn't affect metal, take a look at this front coil spring that was removed from the chassis.

If you think that heat doesn't affect metal, take a look at this front coil spring that was removed from the chassis.

Randy and Manny assess progress on the body rejuvenation.  

Randy and Manny assess progress on the body rejuvenation.

 

A big THANKS to the suppliers who have contributed to this effort.

  

  

 Stacks of parts from generous suppliers waiting to be installed.

 

 Even Tom got into the act. He had a spare hood lying around, so we'll put it to good use.

 

 Randy is caught reminiscing about those crazy phsychedelic paint jobs.

 

 Front suspension components from TCI are fitted up.

 The new front suspension components, courtesy of Total Cost Involved Engineering, are installed.

 The new suspension also includes disc brakes.

 The engine was thoroughly inspected and all suspect parts were replaced. Edelbrock threw in a carburetor and a water pump.

 

 

The body is back in shape and looking good.

 

 At the recent 2012 Grand National Roadster Show we had a table full of Tom Medley's Stroker McGurk memorabilia available. Folks who made a contribution had an opportunity to pick their souvenier and have Tom sign it right there.

 

 The t-shirts had Tom's photo on one side...

 

 ...and a Stroker caricature on the other.

 

 Noted artist Tom Fritz had created a caracature of Tom and Stroker for Tom's 90th birthday celebration, and we had prints available.

 

 Tom was busy all of Saturday afternoon meeting friends, both old and new, and signing memorabilia. All he needed to keep going was a rootbeer float.

 

 There was a steady stream of Stroker fans lined up to meet and talk with Tom.

 

 You won't meet a nicer guy than Tom Medley, and Hot Rods & Custom Stuff is proud to be a part of the resurrection of his coupe.

 

 Tom Sewell is volunteering his award-winning upholstering skills to re-doing the interior on Tom's coupe. A huge "THANKS!" to Tom.

 Jim "Jake" Jacobs stopped by to reminisce with Tom about their old times together at Rod & Custom magazine back in the 70's.

Robert Williams, the King of "Lowbrow Art" and his wife Suzanne stopped by to visit with their long-time friend, Tom Medley.

 Meanwhile, back at the shop, the guys were putting the finishing touces on the engine.

 

 The Jim Babb radiator has seen better days.

 

 

 The "new" hood is fit check with the cowl, radiator support, grill and fenders.

Fitting the front fenders.

 

Tom visited the Hot Rods & Custom Stuff shop last week to lay eyes on his coupe. Manny, our metal guy, enlisted Tom to lend a hand in fixing up his coupe. A judicious application of force was called for on the rear fender. Not too much, yet not too little, Tom!

Tom's pleased with the "flashback" style on the hood.

But then again, maybe he's NOT so pleased. Judging by the look on his face, and the heft of the hammer, things could be changing in a split second.

Tom and long-time friend Bruce Bereiter, who has done plenty to help Tom out and get this project moving. A big "Thanks!" to Bruce and Jocko's Speed Shop.

Hot Rods & Custom Stuff proprieter, Randy Clark, was happy to have Tom visit, and by all accounts Tom was pleased with the progress on his coupe.

Doing the final fit up of the front suspension components. Today it was the sway bar.

One last area of rust on the floorpan that Randy wanted to make sure was corrected before the body went into the blast booth one last time to eliminate any possibility of rust popping up in the future. Our shop is about twenty miles from the coast, but it's surprising how aggressive salt-laden air can be, even this far inland. The blasting will be done and then immediately coated in DP90 epoxy primer to seal out any moisture.

 

 

The patch panel is fit and ready for welding.

Gearstar Performance Transmissions gave us a great deal on a fresh 700R4 transmission to the project. Thanks Gearstar!!

All set to go - a fresh trans and torque converter courtesy of the fine folks at Gearstar.

 The front end is up on rollers and ready for a trial fit of the engine/transmission.

 The engine is ready to go and will be mated with the transmission tomorrow morning.

 

Tom's son, Gary, got creative with one of the photos that was taken here last week. Great job!

 

The freshened engine and new 700R4 transmission are wet in the chassis with new front suspension components.

 The engine/trans and new front end will make for a reliable driver when we're done.

The body went back into the blast booth one last time to make sure that the salt air that we sometimes get twenty miles inland from the Pacific doesn't come back to haunt us at a later date.

 The front fenders are ready for DP90 epoxy primer.

 Spraying the interior with DP90 epoxy primer will serve to make a sound foundation for the next steps - thermal and acoustic coatings from Lizardskin.

 The floors have been completely primed, as was the entire inside including the roof.

 Say "Later, Dude" to the psychedelic paint on the new hood.

 

 The rear fenders have been primed.

 As have the doors...

 the front fenders...

 and finally, the trunk.

 

 

Final cleaning and degreasing prior to the application of plastic filler, which was provided courtesy of Meza Paint in Escondido, CA.

 

 

 

Filler is applied to the trunk. Most of it will be sanded away leaving the final contour just as it was when it was new.

 

 Another shot of the trunk.

 

 Steve King attacks the top turret. Fill and sand, and sand some more until it's perfect.

 

 

 Use of a "long board" assures us of a smoothly contoured surface. There won't be any low spots.

 

 Randy checks Manny and Steve's progress.

 

 Manny uses the long board on the right side door and quarter panel.

 

Local hot rodder and fabricator, Joe LaPorte, donated these radiator support brackets that he designed and fabricated. Contact Hot Rods & Custom Stuff if you need a set for your fat-fendered Ford.

 

 

 The right hand side is nearly done, and straight as an arrow.

 

The garnish moldings got cleaned up as well.

The body filler is all applied, sanded and ready for primer.

 

The next step will be the application of a high-build primer to fill all of the sanding scratches.

This is the Envirobase Primer, Hardener and Reducer that'll be mixed and applied. Meza Paint in Escondido was generous in supplying all of the finish materials for this project. Thanks, Meza !!

 Steve applies the Envirobase high-build primer to the body.

 Steve's almost done with the prime coat.

 All of the body is primed now and will get sanded in a couple of days.

 

What a huge difference in this photo versus one earlier in this documentary that shows this same area of the turret that was severely distorted. Our hats are off to Manny and Steve for their outstanding job on the body. But, wait... there's more !!

Another view, this time of the left hand side, shows how straight and smooth everything is.

 

The fenders still have to be filled and primed. Here, the LH rear fender is mounted on the body for work.

The taillight was fit in the opening to ensure the body lines blend properly with the taillight bezel.

 Manny applies and sands filler on one of the front fenders.

Here's the inside of the burnt original hood. It was decided that Tom's spare psychedelic hood would be put into service, but first, it had to be louvered to match the original hood. Manny took careful measurements of the old louver pattern in order to replicate it on the new hood.

Manny positions the hood in the Hot Rods & Custom Stuff louver press.

He has carefully laid out the louver pattern on the underside of the hood and every punch of the press will be carefully positioned and aligned. It's difficult to erase a louver if it isn't perfect.

This shot shows the alignment of the match marks on the louver press' die set to the pattern that Manny has put on the hood. Every single louver is carefully aligned before the foot pedal is activated to punch the louver.

Each louver gets a lot of attention. If just one is out of alignment with the others, it'll be as obvious as a wart on a prom queen's nose. We don't want that !!

It's a tedious process but nothing says "hot rod" like louvers, and when they're done right, they add a whole lot of character to a car.

Taking a breather after the first row is completed.

Perfect alignment and exactly as they were punched thirty something years ago.

Here's the old and the new together. The louver pattern is exactly replicated. We'll bet that the old toasted hood becomes an "object de art" in the Medley garage.

It would have been impossible to save the original hood and it's a good thing that Tom saved the psychedelic model for a rainy day.

Walker Radiator sent one of their fine radiators to us and we're starting to do the fit-up in the chassis.

 

Our practice at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff is to use the car's actual chassis to do the fit up of the doors, fenders, hood, grille, and all othe panels. The chassis, minus the rear axle, is prepped and ready to accept the body.

 Moving the chassis into the stall where the body awaits on a lift.

Moving the chassis under the body.

Just about in position over the chassis.

Lowering the body using the hydraulic lift is a lot easier than a chainfall and an oak tree.

Manny and Steve watch for clearance between the firewall and the engine.

 The hood, inner fenders, outer grills, and front fenders are mounted in order to check alignment and gaps of adjacent components..

 Manny checks the hood alignment in relation to the outer grilles.

 Where'd this come from ????

 

 

 

Local '40 coupe owner and Tom Medley admirer Skip Braden showed up the other morning with his beautiful example and offered to leave it with us to use as a "go by" while putting Tom's coupe back together. We took plenty of photos for reference and the guys went to look at it a lot. Thanks a million, Skip. We really appreciate your kindness!!

 

 Impeccable original interior of Skip's coupe.

 Curvaceous !

 

 Image Street Rods in Santa Maria, California manufactures these intriquing headers and were kind enough to donate a set to the project.

 These headers are a work of art. Visit Image Street Rods website at www.imagestreetrods.com

 

 Finishing up the last of the filler work on the top.

 The front fenders are perfect now. The fit and finish will be better than when it came out of the Ford factory in 1940.

 

 

 Shooting the last coat of high-build primer on the top turret.

 

 Compare these contours with the same angle from early in the project when it was fresh out of the fire. You have to appreciate the skill and determination that went into this project.

 From this angle, it's also obvious that the coupe will look great when it gets its final paint finish.

 

 

How do you match the paint when all of the paint has been burnt off of the car?  Luckily, Tom had a can of paint left over and it was in the garage. Of course, it got burnt but we were able to knock a chunk out of the can and we'll soften it up with lacquer thinner to get a good match to the original.

A close up of the chunk of paint that we'll use for color matching. Ya gotta do whatcha gotta do !!

 

 The steering column courtesy of Ididit is installed.

Trial fitting the new style fabricated headers from Image Street Rods in Santa Maria, CA.

The Image Street Rod headers leave clearance for the motor mounts and also for spark plug removal.

 

The Image Street Rods headers leave plenty of room for the streering shafts and U-joints.

 

 

 

 Parts of Tom's coupe are being prepped for paint.

 

 The inside of the hood gets a final scrub before going into the paint booth.

 

 These parts haven't seen color since the fire in October 2011.

The outer grille is almost back to normal.

 

 

The next big step will be to put the body into the paint booth and shoot it with color.

 

 

In a day or so, we'll see color on the body for the first time.

 

 

Here's the first sign of color in a long time. Is that like springtime for those of you in snow country?  The rear fenders look good.

 

 The outer grilles and some garnish moldings.

 The front fenders look great. Even without color sanding and buffing we've got good reflection.

 Here's the fenders in the Hot Rods & Custom Stuff paint booth.

 

 

 Tom (on right), and Tom's son Gary (on left) stopped by the shop on Wednesday (courtesy of Jocko's Speed Shop) to check on progress on the coupe.

 Tom gave his "Stroker's Salute" with our painter, Andy Meeh, when he saw color on parts of the coupe. He was really a happy guy.

 Tom's always got a story to tell, and Randy's all ears.

 But sometimes Randy's got a story to tell, and Tom's all ears, too.

 Is Tom saying, "Hello" to an old friend?

 Tom's taking a picture of the coupe for his own scrapbook.

 Here's where we got another paint color sample - from under the hubcap of a burnt wheel.

 

 When Tom spotted one of the sewing machines in the Hot Rods & Custom Stuff trim shop, his eyes lit up. He upholstered the coupe originally. This time Tom Sewell is going to help out with the trimming.

 Tom's son Gary got this great shot of Tom in the paint booth.

 The day after Tom, Gary and Bruce left, we shot the rest of the body in color.

 This car is going to be spectacular when we're through with it.

 Another outstanding paint job in the Hot Rods & Custom Stuff booth.

 

 Wet sanding and buffing will bring this basecoat/clearcoat color to life.

 

Curt Hamilton went all out in rebuilding the Jag rearend that was in Tom's coupe. Not only did he repair any fire damage, but he rebuilt everything, internally and externally, to bring it up to snuff.

A huge round of applause is in order for Curt's help on this project. Curt, on the right, and his son, pose proudly with this masterpiece.

The guys lug the frame off of the trailer and into the shop. The frame and the chassis parts just got back from powdercoating at ElectroTech Powdercoating in San Marcos, CA.

Even the Boss schleps fresh parts into the shop.

 

 

The frame looks super powdercoated in "Chassis Black", and will start to go together right away.

 

The difference between the parts six months ago and today is remarkable.

This part of the job is much more pleasant than stripping out burnt rubber and plastic and dealing with distorted sheet metal. Fresh from ElectroTech Powdercoating who did a great job and took care of all of our powdercoating needs on this project. 

 

 

Application of the paint topcoat is only the foundation for the rest of our finish system work. A lot of time will be spent getting the painted surfaces free of any blemishes and unevenness, such as orange peel. We cut (wet sand) with progressively finer sand paper, even down to 2000 grit. Then the buffing wheel and compounds come out. It's a messy process, so we mask off the interior during the wet sanding and buffing operations to keep it clean inside.

Juan is an expert at bring out the best in a finish. It's a lot of tedious, painstaking work, but the results are spectacular.

This shot gives a great perspective on a couple of characteristics.  First, if you scroll back to near the start of the project you'll see a photo of this area that looked like a bag of walnuts - now there's not a wrinkle to be seen. Second, the dramatic difference between the wet sanded areas and the buffed areas. There's not been any final polishing and waxing yet either. Look at the reflection of the overhead light. You could use this surface as a shaving mirror already, and we're not done yet.

Another dramatic illustration of the difference that sanding and buffing make in the finish quality - not a ripple anywhere. We're proud of our guys here at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff, and the quality of the work that they do.

The Jaguar rear end is ready to be lifted into its place on the frame.

The engine, transmission and Jag rear end are installed in the frame. 

 

The engine is in the chassis and the Vintage Air components are mounted on the front.

 

Tom brought in one of his coveted Stroker pins to be integrated into the horn button. We recessed the pin into the button just because it would look like it was supposed to be there.

  

The chassis is up on four wheels for the first time in a long time. We'll put fresh tires and wheels on it, of course.

 

All of the plumbing fitting were supplied through the kindness of Phenix Industries. They've got an extensive line of high quality, high performance fluid fittings. We're dealers for them, so see us for your Phenix fittings needs. Also shown in this shot is the brand new driveshaft kindly supplied by PTO Sales. You may think of them as heavy truck parts suppliers, but they're experts at automotive high perfomance driveshafts. They've been supplying us with quality driveshafts for a long time.

 

We think installing a new starter is probably the right thing to do.

 

 

The kind folks at Lizardskin donated their outstanding thermal and acoustic management coatings to this project. There's not a major project that leaves the Hot Rods & Custom Stuff shop without Lizardskin. We swear by it, and so do our customers.

 

The entire inside of the body got the Lizardskin treatment. It really helps to control both the noise and the heat inside the car.

   

 Out getting some sun. What a difference from this view from last fall. 

 

 

With the body back in the main shop, we'll be mating it to the chassis for the last time, in the next few days. This is getting good!!

 

The troops start to gather for the mating of the body to the chassis.

Everyone lends a hand including the Boss.

The body is almost in place.

The engine to firewall clearance is good and we didn't put a scratch on anything.

 

 

The The body's back on the chassis. All of the body isolators are in place, no scratches on the paint or the powdercoated frame, and nobody sprained their back.

With the fresh Wheel Vintique wheels and Coker Michelin tires on, we're looking good.

 

 It looks like Randy's pleased.

Erich and Steve have the assignment to put the puzzle back together again.

 

Here, they're hanging the driver's side door.

...and the passenger side door and the trunk lid are in place.

 Preparing the glass (from Tri-Valley Glass) for installation.

 

 

Pushing the coupe out of the fab shop to be loaded into the trailer for the hundred mile trip to Pomona and the 2012 LA Roadster Show.

 

 

This shot is reminiscent of one from November 2011 when the car was first brought to our shop to be brought out of the ashes.

Rounding the corner in front of our shop.

 Erich and Manny are rightfully proud of their work.

Peaches and Randy are satisfied that the coupe is safely in the trailer and properly secured for the journey to Pomona.

The coupe is now "on stage" at the LA Roadster Show at the Fairplex in Pomona. We're just setting up the booth in preparation for Stroker's visit over the next couple of days.

 The coupe looks great under the house lights.

 

One of our display pieces, three panels illustrate the "triumvirate" of resources that went into accomplishing the resurrection of Tom's coupe. This panel acknowledges all of the generous individuals who donated their hard-earned money to help finance the cause. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and everyone of them. Below is a notice that we'll be debuting the '40 at the Good Guys West Coast Nationals in Pleasanton, California in August.

The second panel acknowledges the skill and dedication of the Hot Rods & Custom Stuff employees. Everyone knows that this was a monumental task and our team of craftsmen met the challenge and exceeded all expectations.

The third, and equally vital team member, were the industry suppliers who were generous in making available the parts and services that were necessary to pull off this task successfully. Once again, we are deeply grateful to all of them and we ancourage all of you to please patronize their businesses. Each of them are listed earlir in this documentary in a panel that has their company logos displayed.

Tom presented Randy with this Stroker icartoon customized to acknowledge Randy and Hot Rods & Custom Stuff. Randy was deeply touched by Tom's thoughtfulness. This will go right on the wall by Randy's desk.

Here's a closer view. The "sign" on the left is a Hot Rods & Custom Stuff business card, and the caption from Stroker says, "Hey Randy, I'm running flat out on my trip to Escondido. See ya soon!"

Tom examines the fresh interior of his coupe. There's no upholstery yet, but the interior is ready.

Tom and Randy discuss the progress of the '40. They were both very pleased.

Tom is poised for two full days full of visiting and autographing. He had a line of fans all weekend long to visit or to get a bit of personalized memorabilia, or both.

As a for instance, here's Ed Iskenderian, Nick Arias and LA Roadster Life Member and noted author, Jack Stewart. These guys were all founders in the hot rodding movement, and they had plenty to reminisce about. 

Tom Fritz was here and the two Tom's posed with the art that Tom (Fritz) created for Tom (Medley's) 90th birthday celebration two years ago.

Four renowned automotive artists gathered for a once-in-a-lifetime photo op. From left, they are Bob McCoy, Darrell Mayabb (C. Cruz), Tom Medley, and Tom Fritz.

 Tom's refresher was a "long neck" root beer.

Our hosts, the LA Roadster Club, sent a contingent of members (and friends) over to say "Hi". Thanks go out to all of the LA Roadster Club members who host such a phenomenal event every Father's Day weekend. Each year is better than the last and this year celebrated the 48th anniversary of their show.

Fans both young and old came out to meet Tom. Isabela, pictured here, was just as enthusiastic about meeting Tom as her father was. And Tom was just as enthusiastic about meeting her.

Another gift in Tom's bag was a "Stroker" cap, properly endorsed by Tom.

 

Back from the show and it meant back to work on the coupe. Kip Dunne, from Lakeside, California, generously donated his talent to install the Painless Performance wiring harness This will bring the coupe to life very soon. You can contact Kip to solve your electrical wiring needs at 619-443-9031. Thanks very much, Kip.

 

 

Meanwhile, Steve is putting the grille back together. Thanks go out to Bob Drake and his staff for all of the help on '40 Ford parts.

The dash is being strung with wires coutesy of Kip.

The grille, headlight buckets and other parts await their turn for installation.

Things are moving along quite well. We'll be able to start the car very soon.

The coupe is really coming together.

 

 

Tony English and Adam Stone of Wholesale Performance Muffler in Escondido installed a new dual exhaust system. Thanks for your generosity Tony.

Eric works in the engine compartment.

 

 

Outside in the warm sun, it looks great.

 

Out on the street in front of the shop it looks ready to go.

It'll go to the alignment shop in a minute.

A last minute conference before it goes to get the front end aligned.

The license plate was restored, but we left a little scorching on the Gophers plaque.

Next stop is Tom Sewell's upholstery shop in Hesperia. Randy will drive it the 100+ miles there tomorrow. It'll serve as a good shakedown run.

 

The front of Tom Sewell's shop in the southern California "high desert" reflects the crystal clear, blue sky. What you don't see in this view is the world-class craftsmanship that goes on behind this window.  Let's take a look inside.

Tom had pictures of the interior prior to the fire to refer to.

 

The coupe sure looks good under the lights in Tom's shop.

 

We're sure getting anxious to get this beautiful car back into the hands of its' owner. We'll bet that Stroker is anxious, too!

 

Randy and Tom going over "The Plan".

 

 

"Stuff Happens" even in the best of circumstances.

 

We think that we've given Tom a good basis to work his stitching magic on.

 

These guys want the best result possible for Stroker - and it'll happen!

Tom got a head start when he brought the seat to his shop a few weeks ago. Here are the side panels.

 

 

Mike Edwards was kind enough to donate the original seat from the '39 coupe that we recently redid for him. This gave Tom a good base to start with.

 Tom used the original coil springs and refurbished the entire underlayment.

 The finished seat is beautiful.

 We used products donated by Boom Mat for heat and sound suppression.

 Tom was under the watchful eye of Kilroy while he worked his magic outside of the coupe.

 

 While Stroker kept an eye on the goings on inside.

 The door panels are beautiful.

 

 

 

The pedal placement, carpeting and Vintage Air heat and air cinditioning installations are shown in this picture.

 

The headliner and garnish moldings are tidy.

 

 

As is the whole interior. Thanks Tom Sewell for a job well done!!

 

 

 

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