Here are a few pictures of my 28 Ford Roadster Pickup. It is original Ford Steel. Engine is a Buick V-6 with a turbo 350. I am 23 and live in Lakewood, CO. I would be glad to give you any more information if you would like.
1) Full Name, Age, City/ State, Occupation and/or school:
Dustin Colaizzi. Age 24. Lakewood, Colorado. Restaurant Manager. Graduate from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Hospitality, meeting, and travel administration.
2) Details about your car... how long you have had it, what work you have done on it... when is will be completed if it is not yet done: 1928 Ford Roadster Pickup. Original Steel. It has a 231 Buick V6 with chrome headers, a polished manifold, and a brand new Edelbrock 500cfm carb that I just installed. Transmission is a TH350. Truck has a drop axle in front with 4-link. Back is 4-link with an 8 inch ford and coilovers. The rear end has a quick change look cover on it. The gas tank rests under the bed. This truck has VDO guages, and a hot rod steering column, with a 40 ford wheel. Walker radiator with electric fan and relay. The truck has a three piece hood. I believe the top is a Sid Chavers unit. Original model a headlights with halogen conversion. 39 ford taillights. Tires are bias ply WWW with Wheel Vintique two piece chrome and steel wheels. Truck has manual dual master cylinder with disc/drum brakes. Mustang style shifter. Dual exhaust exits through turbo mufflers and meg tips. I have had it for just over a year, before I have had a two 63 Novas, a 55 ford Pickup, a 31 ford tudor, a 38 ford tudor, a 40 ford tudor. This roadster has been finished for about 15 years, but I have spent a lot of time bringing it back up to speed from several years of use, then a few of neglect. I repainted a fender and the grille shell, gone through the radiator. Replaced all the bushings in the 4-links. I have spent excessive time chasing noises and rattles and fixing them from 15 years of prior use. I have touched up much of the wiring and guage operation. I installed the cooling fan relay. I have Re-installed a mechanical brake switch. I am in the process of fixing a transmission seal and diagnosing a squeak in one of the rear coilovers. I also installed Lokar headlight conduits, as well as wired the electric choke. Changing the carburetor required new fuel line and filter routes, as well as normal carb installation and adjustment. Most of all, I have driven over 2000 miles in a little over a year.
3) What was the hardest part of getting your car done .... the easiest ... the most fun. Any wrench turning, teardown, or buildup is the simplest and most fun for me. I also enjoy body and paint work. I am still learning wiring and metal fabrication. Installing the carb, bushings, and Putting essentially the whole front of the truck back together have been the most gratifying. ( I went through the radiator and installed the relay at the same time we repainted the shell, fender, and hood shelves. This also included adding rubber between the grille shell, firewall, and hoods to deaden noise and vibration.
4) What shows do you like to attend ? I attend as many shows locally as possible. The two big shows around here are the Rocky Mountain Street rod nationals in Pueblo (NSRA), and the Goodguys Colorado Nationals in Loveland. I also have involvement in other local shows. We plan to also visit the Kansas City GG next year. Driving the roadster of course.
5) What do you feel is most important for the future of rodding ? I think that more people my age must be humble enough to get into this sport to get into it for the right reason. Its not so much about who is the fastest or the richest. Its about the relationship that you build with family, close friends, and other car people. It is harder for me, I grew up in this hobby because of my Dad. He passed on four years ago, but I have maintained our legacy. He was only 45. Many of the people I run with are closer to his age, but have accepted me since day one. They are happy to hang out with me, and I feel like I bring a lot to the group. They are also excited for me, because they know that folks my age are the future of the sport, and will continue to build and drive cutting edge cars. I feel like I have an advantage. Its only been about old cars for me. Forget rice rockets. I am so enveloped in hot rods and customs, and I just enjoy driving them and showing off the hobby to others. This sport is not about who wins the most awards or who has the most money sunk in to theirs. Its about the fun of driving them, showing them off, and building the relationships with others. Most everyone in this sport has knowledge and insight to help or hang out with others. Its like a large family, even though I've lost some of my own. The future depends on us, and the relationships we build and maintain. Innovation is cool to see new products and practices, but the old tried and true methods are the stepping stones. While innovation and new ideas play a strong role, we must not forget the history of the sport or the forefathers of this culture. I miss my Dad more and more every day, but I know he would have wanted me to continue and make my own impact on this hobby.
Thanks for sharing your great car with us !