Cedric Meeks, of Portland, Oregon purchased this '31 Ford roadster from Stan Ochs, sometime before 2015. The car was rumoured to be the one that Dee Westcott used to make templates for his fiberglass roadster bodies. Cedric quickly tore the car down and ran it like a pre WW2 Hot Rod before selling it to a friend of his so he could buy his dad's old 1956 Chevy Nomad.
Cedric would buy the car back in a little over a year. He set about building the engine for the car.
After hearing that the Race of Gentlemen was going to be held at Pismo Beach later in 2016, Cedric decided to build a wild engine for the car. A Model B engine was found and a Miller-Schofield OHV conversion was put on.
Dual Stromberg 81 carburetors were added for fuel/air mixture delivery down a Thomas intake. The engine breathed out through a Charlie Yapp exhaust and a custom made pipe.
A '32 grille shell was added and a custom louvered hood was fabricated.
A Halibrand Quick Change rear end was added in place of the stock, banjo style.
A '39 Ford transmission was used instead of the stock one.
Stock speedometer, AMP and fuel gauges are supplemented with a pair of Stewart Warner temp and oil pressure gauges.
The paint scheme was inspired by Kevan Sledg'e '40 Mercury paint job.
One smooth looking car. Cedric told HotRod.com that the engine is torquey and is capable of cruising down the interstate at 70MPH comfortably.
A useful space in the old rumble seat.
Cedric made the custom top bows and then had Guy's Interior Restorations finish the drop top.
The wide whites and Oldsmobile hubcaps were installed prior to taking the car to the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show.
Like so many other roadsters, this one became a race car after being basic transportation. The firewall plaque was given out at The Race of Gentlemen in 2016.
First as cheap transportation, then as a mold for a body manufacture, then a race car and now a show stopping beauty. This little Model A has lead a pretty wonderful life. This type of build isn't very common and that makes it wonderful in my book! All this talk of racing and going to shows has me wanting to Keep on Cruisin'!
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Art by: Chris Breeden
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