Contributed the Kirk Estes, Winter Garden
I recently sold my 37 Plymouth Coupe that I have had for the past seven years and went in search of a 32 Ford Roadster. My initial plans were to build a car, but I came to the realization that crawling around on a cold, hard concrete floor for the next 18 months or so building a car was not really what I wanted to do. So, I turned to complete or nearly complete cars that were for sale.
I identified four or five cars that I was interested in and began reaching out to the sellers. Eventually made a deal on a nice older build located in Harrisonville, MO. Yes, there are some minor bumps and bruises from over 40 years of being on the road, but the car is in excellent shape for its age and just has the right feel of a nice old school highboy hot hod. Not a lot of chrome except on the 375HP Chevy 355 cu in engine. Just a lot of red single stage paint with black suspension surrounding a gray interior and top.
Flew to Kansas City on November 7 and made my way about an hour South to Harrisonville to complete the deal. Immediately jumped in the car and hit the road cutting across Missouri through St Louis and into O'Fallon, IL to spend the first night. Day two I made my way South through IL into KY, TM, AL eventually stopping in Calhoun, GA for the night. A total of a little over seven hours. Day three was another seven hour plus day back home to Winter Garden, FL. Ran into some light rain just past Atlanta then some heavy fog in Southern GA. Other than that the weather was clear but cold mornings in the low 60s followed by afternoons in the mid 80s. Tough to dress for those temperature ranges in an open car.
All in all I covered 1,326 miles in right at 22 hours with a huge grin on my face the whole way. I believe I have found my last Hot Rod.