There’s nothing at all a lot more fascinating than local incredibly hot rod historical past. As a person who’s passionate about the previous, I enjoy contemplating back again to a various time in this exact same area. What variety of autos were being having created? Who was building them? Not long ago, I have been chipping away at a San Francisco-based Jalopy Journal element that I’m seriously excited to share with you in the coming weeks.
That write-up has me pondering about neighborhood hot rodders. To be beautifully honest, I haven’t encountered much too a lot of in the previous seven yrs. I have crossed paths with a great deal from surrounding areas, but the ones who have truly constructed and pushed incredibly hot rods within the city limits are several and significantly concerning. I did, having said that, fulfill one whilst buying 1932 Ford axle bell jack stands in the course of the early phases of my Product A establish. Here’s how it went down.
“I noticed these jack stands on Craigslist a couple months in the past and tonight I finally got them. I acquired them from a gentleman named Nick who lives in the Monterey Heights neighborhood. The story goes that back again in the 1950s and early-’60s he was a member of the Pitmen (?) automobile club in this article in San Francisco. In individuals days, he drove a closely channeled, pink Deuce roadster with a 59AB flathead. I asked him if he experienced any images and he shook his head. ‘We just didn’t acquire a lot of photos of things back again then.’”
I’m not a betting gentleman, but I’d wager that there weren’t much too quite a few pink ’32 Fords functioning about Northern California during that period. The much more I exploration, the more I think he may have owned the Johnny Weston roadster but didn’t know it by that identify. It checks all the containers. It’s heavily channeled, it’s flathead powered—and it’s pink (Tropical Rose, in accordance to Andy Southard’s Warm Rods of the 1950s reserve). Johnny was based out of Richmond, California, which isn’t considerably from San Francisco.
Whilst I have no solutions to give you at this time, I do have a trio of pictures from the late Rudy Perez. I’m not confident when I’ll see Nick again but, when I do, I’ll exhibit him this car or truck and possibly it’ll stir up some memories. I can only hope so.
Shots from the Perez thread, which is loaded with historical past.