A 1929 Dodge is not a “typical hot rod” and when it’s a roadster, it’s a pretty rare and special car.
This one came into the shop with an older, poorly done restoration but it looked good. The driveability left much to be desired of while the mechanicals could use some attention.
The idea behind this build is to “take my wife on nice drives and date nights”. That’s a noble cause, so together with the client, we set out a great plan for it.
Reliability and driveability are always of utmost importance to us and the client agreed, so we were set to go. Fortunately the core’s of the engine, transmission and differential were usable, so they were all rebuilt.
The engine is a very special and rare item in that it’s a 1952 Canadian Pontiac 25” engine. This car is very light but more power wouldn’t hurt, so the compression was bumped up, the cam got a custom grind, designed by infamous Guy Henderson himself, and an EDGY head (1 of 15 reproduced) was sourced along with Thickston side covers (only a handful reproduced) and an original dual carb Tattersfield manifold (1 of 5 ever made).
The engine is balanced and blueprinted, so the custom built dual fuel injection that looks like a set of Stromberg Carbs, will bring it all together.
Opening the hood on this ‘29 Dodge Roadster will be like a woman opening her most precious jewellery box and seeing the rarest of diamonds shining back at her, the difference is that you’ll see the crowning jewel of this build, which is the engine.
No suspension systems are available for a ’29 Dodge so we chose the closest fitting front one and fit it to the frame in such a way that it looks like it was meant to be.
The body was brought back to a respectable level and coated with the blackest black we could produce, so all the coats of clear were applied, wet sanded and polished, looking at it is like looking in a mirror. Check out the reflection of the body, you can clearly see the trees that are 400 feet way perfectly clearly.