Derek Fraser always liked hot rods growing up. The time he spent in class drawing pictures of cars is proof of that.
He always had a soft spot for ’32 Fords in particular but a real steel ’32 Ford is pricey, so when he came across an old ’29 Ford Model A Roadster about five years ago, he improvised
It was rusting away in a field on the Prairies. He had it shipped to Nova Scotia, took the Model A body and stuck in on a ’32 frame.
“I basically have a ’32 Ford chassis and grill shell and I've got a Model A sitting on top of it,” Fraser said.
In order to get the hot rod look, they cut down the roof by two and a half inches.
“I would have liked to have chopped a little bit more, but being 6’3” you need room to look out the windshield.”
When he got his hands on the Model A, Fraser and his wife Rhonda set a target to have the work completed in two years.
“I’m in my mid-50s now. I’ve had a few friends pass away. You don’t want to wait until you retire for everything.”
Fraser says it’s something that both he and Rhonda enjoy.
“It’s not just about me and my car, it's about the two of us going out.”
During the two years (and one week) that it took to build the hot rod though, “She felt pretty much like a car widow because I spent so much time working out here on the car.”
The car has been on the road for about three years now. Fraser figures they drive it around 3,200 km every year, mostly going to car shows but sometimes just going for a cruise close to home. Fraser says they enjoy heading out to the shows and meeting other hot rod enthusiasts.
“It’s a small group and everybody knows everybody eventually,” he said. “Everybody wants to talk about their car. It's not hard to ask somebody how they built something and they’ll start talking much like I will.”
The hot rod goes plenty fast but Fraser said it’s not really about that.
“It’s just the rumble of the engine and driving down the road and you can feel the wind come up through the windshield. You hear the motor. I just like it.”
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