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In the Garage: 1927 Ford Roadster
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1927 Ford roadster owned by Mike Doyle
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
Henry Ford may never have envisioned Doyle’s wild roadster, but it would surely have gotten a “thumbs-up” from pioneering hot rodders before World War II. In those days, California teenagers bought cheap and plentiful Model T Ford roadsters and souped them up with engine and body modifications. Today, collector interest in these street machines is as strong as ever, with their new, reproduced or original parts coming from catalogs or even the local junkyard.
The end result can be a low and sleek “kit-car,” such as Doyle’s. “The body is sitting on a 1981 Ford Ranger pickup chassis,” he says. “The chassis has been chopped, channeled and lowered. The engine is a 305 (cubic-inch) small block Chevy with a 350 transmission. Since it has an engine exposed in front, you can see all its beauty right away – except for the radiator, which always stumps people. It’s hidden in the back.”
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
Since June 2012
WHERE HE FOUND IT
“My friend, Freddie, knows that I have always wanted a hot rod,” Doyle says. “His friend originally owned it and when he decided to sell it, Freddie called me right away. When I saw it, it was love at first sight. Not only was it a hot rod, but it was completely different than other ones that are out there.”
“This car was already restored to perfection when I bought it,” he says. “There were just a few personal touches I gave it. I replaced the windshield, changed the side mirrors and added a rear-view mirror. I also lowered the seat. It only had 200 miles on the restored engine when I bought it. Since it started out as a ‘kit-car,’ the parts are not hard to find. With the ever-growing love for restoration, there is always someone, somewhere selling the part you need.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“There is no greater joy than owning a collector car,” Doyle says. “The best advice I can give is keep it simple, keep it original. If you want a fun car to modify, buy one like this and make something completely new.”
“Since this a fabricated car, there is no original cost,” he says. “With all of the work, from start to finish, and its originality, I would estimate it to be valued at $18,000 to $20,000.”
THE BOTTOM LINE
“This car and the other cars that I own open up a whole new ‘family’ to me,” Doyle says. “Owning an old car brings you a bond with other car owners. These cars have introduced me to lifelong friends and I wouldn’t change that for the world.”
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