Don’s Flatgead V8 Racer

Don’s Flatgead V8 Racer

Don had always been fascinated with the old board track racers of the 1930s. The sleek lines and raw power of those machines were a far cry from the modern cars he saw on the road every day. So, he decided to build his own version of the classic racers, using a 1940s Ford Flathead V8 as his starting point.

It was a labor of love for Don, who spent countless hours scouring junkyards and online forums for the right parts. He had Classic Instruments make oldstyle duplicates of the gauges, and the local upholsterer had no problem recreating the right interior.

The wheels were the hardest part to find. Don searched high and low until he finally found a set of old spoked wheels in Texas. He had them shipped to his garage in California, where he spent hours sanding and polishing them until they shone like new.

The painter was the final piece of the puzzle. Don gave him old photos from the board track racers, and the painter used his skill to recreate the design on Don’s car. The finishing touch was the name of Don’s auto parts company, which he proudly displayed on the doors.

The end result was a thing of beauty. Don’s Ford Flathead Racer looked like it had been plucked straight out of the 1930s. The engine roared to life with a throaty rumble, and Don couldn’t help but grin as he took it out for its first test drive.

It was a great weekend driver, with no top since it never rained in California. Don loved taking it out on the open road, feeling the wind in his hair and the sun on his face. He knew he had built something special, a tribute to a bygone era of racing that would always hold a special place in his heart.

And as he cruised down the road in his beloved hot rod, he knew that he had accomplished something truly special. Don’s Ford Flathead Racer was a testament to his passion for cars and the history of racing, a labor of love that he would cherish for years to come.