Randy & Kim's 1950 Ford Shoebox Woodie

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Why am I smiling for the camera?
Because I've just tack welded the four bar mount with the bolt facing the
wrong way.  I had to crack the tacks loose to get it out.

I DO NOT own a mini-van.  I don't own the scooter.  I do drive
a 62 Ranchero.
I opted to put the shocks in front of the axel and the air bags behind.

I decided to splurge and buy a turn key motor.  I chose this from the Engine Factory. It's a Ford 351 with Edelbrock RPM heads, Edelbrock Endurashine Air Gap, 800 CFM Edelbrock Carb, 9.7:1 compression and a Comp Cam.  It should put out a little more than 400 hp.
The Ford front oil pump would wind up causing all kinds of grief for me.

The complete frame.  BUT.... the engine / trans mounting would change to get it lower.  This picture was taken in February, 2007.
I have moved the radiator all the way forward to make room
for the Ford 351W and serpentine system.

This picture was taken in June 2009!


The minimal wiring and gauges are temporary.  Column is a Flaming River.
Power brakes are 100%.  You can see all the floor pan work here.  New firewall, toe boards, transmission tunnel and floorboards.  All the welds need to be sealed.
I was pretty happy driving it just like this!  As it turns out, getting here was easy.  Finishing the car was a monumental task.

Oh man!  Painted!  And it's perfect.  Well, it would take a few weeks to discover it's really not perfect.
JULY 2011!
Wood mocked up.  Everything I ever wanted!

Alas, it was not to be.  The painter, Chuck Morris, was having some trouble aligning the fenders to the hood.  So the car made it over to Larry Cerny, his "mentor."  In October 2011, I was called over and shown this.  The paint was bubbling.  I had told Chuck to not trust any work Resurrection Hotrod had performed.  I instructed him to strip the car down to metal.  Instead, he decided to save me money by skipping that step.  The paint rep came in and used a razor blade to reveal rust under the primer.
Of course, Larry didn't want to take on somebody's bad workmanship.  I was desperate to find a way to get the car completed.  Somebody suggested I call Pete Santini, a local guy who had appeared in one of the car shows on TV.  I called Pete and he was beyond gracious.  Better yet, he knew Larry and agreed to go over and review the car problems while reconnecting with his old friend.  The bottom line is that Larry agreed to take on the re-paint.  It started with SANDBLASTING the car again and starting over.  This picture is from June, 2012.  The bad paint cost me about a year and over $8000.