The car: 1927 Ford roadster
The owner: Jim Glidden of Merced
QUESTION: What are the key features of your vehicle?
ANSWER: It's an old-school hot rod. Today it would be called a "rat rod." It has a Ford Model T coupe body made into a roadster, a Model A frame, Pete and Jake's front suspension, a 1955 Dodge Hemi V-8 engine, a Chevy 350 automatic transmission and Jaguar rear end with disc brakes.
Q. What did you have to do to get it in its present state?
A. I spent a lot of time hunting auto parts and working in my garage. My roadster was fabricated by me in my garage with affordable components.
Q. What else do you want to do to it?
A. My rat rod is finished. There isn't anything else to be done.
Q. How did you acquire your vehicle?
A. I found the 1955 Dodge engine in Mariposa County and the coupe body in Nebraska.
Q. Why did you pick that particular vehicle and what do you find appealing about it?
A. I always wanted to build a rat rod inspired by Ray Anderegg's roadster which became the Most Beautiful Roadster at the Oakland Roadster Show in 1955. Anderegg's roadster is still being cloned all over the United States.
Q. What started your love affair with cars?
A. In high school welding shop I realized my love of hot rodding and manufacturing.
Q. What advice would you give others about starting such a project?
A. In the pursuit of parts, maintain patience, flexibility and some luck.
Q. Do you have any other collector vehicles or project cars?
A. Yes, but they are under way for other people. These projects keep me busy with regular visits from fellow rat rod fans and car enthusiasts.
Q. What's your favorite memory about this ride? A. Recognition as I drive by. One time while driving between Merced and Atwater on the Highway 99 frontage road, a driver on the highway pulled over and took a picture of my rat rod.
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