1940 Ford Pickup Hot Rod – Duke Holdsworth

So, what do you get when you put various parts, from various manufacturers, from various years together?

Most would say a Rat Rod, but, what if it looks like it was meant to go together and it looks like it could have rolled off the showroom floor? Maybe you would get this Hot Rod. Check out the article on this truck, make sure to scroll down and look at the pictures and leave a like and a comment to let the owner know that you like his work!

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Al Liebmann – 1932 Ford 5w Coupe

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Coming back

So, we have been out of it for about 11 months, with a small amount of posts and articles.

We are back, this time, I think for good. We have some things in the works to ensure that we can keep on going without another stop and look forward to bringing you more stories.

I first want to apologize to anyone who gave me information to publish and never saw it published. I am very sorry. I have looked back and I just cannot seem to compile a story for anyone, all of my data seems to be gone, or partial.

I was extremely busy with a new job that just didn’t allow me any spare time to write these stories. I got further and further behind, until I just lost site of what I was doing and became completely overwhelmed.

No longer am I in that job, or overwhelmed. I have begun to gear up production of the stories and some new things to ensure that they keep coming.

Let’s start this new year off right, let’s start telling the stories again and get some new material.

So, I am looking for any and all car owners. Tell me your story, let me write it down so others can enjoy your project/car/truck/bike and give encouragement to those who may be stuck, or thinking that they just can’t do it.

Denton Friday Night Cruise – July 2018

Well, after several months, (Almost 5) away because of life and work, we finally got some time to get to a car event. The Friday Night Cruise at Denton, MD.

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1969 Shelby GT 500 – Brian Shear

How often do you get to hear the story of a car, purchased as a kid and still owned, decades later. Well, Brian has just that story.

Purchased from his neighbor as a teenager, it is still his and is going through a restoration.

Make sure to go to the end to see the photos.


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What type of vehicle is this?

1969 Shelby GT 500 vin # 480477 sports roof ( fastback)

Black jade in color w/ white stripe. One of 1553 made.

They weren’t done in any sequenced numbers but you could say it’s the 477th made. 3150 total were made in 1969, of which 1868 were GT 500’s (333 convertables)

Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project?

I’m the 3rd owner. The 1st was J. R. Slavic whom I’ve talked to on Facebook, and the 2nd was Ronald Comer.

When was it purchased?

I purchased it in 1971 late in the year. Drove it to school just after the Christmas break. It had approx 32,000 miles on it.

How much was it purchased for?

I paid $3,250 for it . that was all the money I had , I think my parents kicked it a few to make the sale.

Was this a father/son, Daughter project?

Not really a father son project but I do have a son who is very involved with cars.

Why this particular vehicle?

The 2nd owner was a neighbor and seeing it drive by the house was all I needed to want it.

Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you.

I grew up the son of a gas station owner/mechanic. Loved cars since I started to drive and before. I Would spend weekends at my dad’s shop cleaning car parts for his workers.

Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)

The car has 85,000 Michigan miles on it.

We use salt on our roads so you can guess what condition it is in.

When I was 50 I decided to do a ground up restoration on it. The uni body has taken quite a hit from the salt.

The right side forward inner fender extension is bad along with the core support. Rear quarters have damage and the doors bottom edges, as well.

Typical stuff that happens to car in Michigan.

What have you done to it so far?

Having the car for so long a lot was done to it; being in the auto business I had access to Ford parts supply at a 20% off discount rate( dealer pricing).

Rebuilt the motor years ago and again, just recently.

I added factory air-conditioning, power driver’s seat, intermittent windshield wipers, power antenna, aluminum intake , carburetor upgrade from 735 cc to 780 cc, cruise control , extra lighting ( ashtray) , oil cooler.

The inner fender extension has been removed along with the core support and torque box.

Stripped to bare metal and sand blasted (doors forward), Motor and trans removed and rebuilt .

The trans is a C-6 auto with internal upgrades to it.

Motor has been balanced and blueprinted dyno at 477 hp.

Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?

Car has been sitting for years with above work mentioned to it. Sand blasted with a light coat of rust on the bare metal. Striped from the doors forward.

Any special parts you have used?

I was fortunate to have a friend whose father owned a junk yard, so on the weekends I would go and strip cars for parts to use and save for future use, paying very little if at all for them.


The story; I grew up the son of a gas station owner. I had extensive access to any thing cars. Our neighbor had this car and would drive by with it . I fell in love with it. One day I was driving by their house and he was washing it . I pulled in the drive to talk and he said it was for sale. selling it because his daughter wouldn’t drive it. It scared her to drive it. Would rather drive the corvette, that didn’t scare her to drive. I told him I would buy it on the spot , he replied that someone was coming that day to look at I , but if it fell through I could have it. Needless to say, I bought it the next day. My dad required that his main mechanic look at it. The neighbor drove it to the garage to be checked out but I got to drive it home. When I pulled out into the street and got up to 30 mph he said that he knows that I has itching to floor it. Go ahead he said and I did. At that speed it was in the best  power curve and the trans kicked down into 1st gear. Going sideways to the right and shifting into 2nd going sideways the other way. I screamed holy shit and was shaking the rest of the way home.

There was a time I was leaving collage parking lot , got on it and when it shifted into 2nd gear the studs that are welded on the torque converter sheared off , needed a tow to the shop that day, then the time the rear leaf spring snapped or the time the seat back broke , and the universal joint going . just a few things, I drive hard.

One day my mom drove it and got a speeding ticket, and when my dad went shopping and slid sideways across the street when pulling out. A trip from my house or home from Ann arbor takes 50 min. One night I did it in 25. We were going 120 – 130 mph home.

The car hasn’t run in years I just drag it from home to home as I go. Currently it’s in the 2nd garage I built for it. Hoping to finish the restoration I’ve started. I WILL finish it.

I have every receipt for anything I purchased for it going back to day 1. Having Ford access I have purchased all Shelby related parts to do a factory correct NOS Restoration on it ,stuff purchased more than 30 years ago.



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2017 – A Year in Review

Well, another year has gone by and we have had some milestones happen. This has been a good year for us, so, in an effort to recap what has been happening, let’s look back at last years review. (Make sure to scroll down and check out all of the articles. Also, write a comment on your favorite article, or articles.)


You can click here to see last years review.

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As for this year, well, let’s just say it started a little slow. January through April, we had a total of 1,019 views to our site. Four months and we barely had any viewership, which made me wonder if this was at all worth it.

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Rick & Kimmi Lynn and their 1930 Ford Model A “The Dirty 30”

Please enjoy today’s article. This is a Rat Rod that was brought back to life and is dearly loved, as you can soon read in the interview.

Make sure you go to the bottom to see all of the pictures of this great car!


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Annette Marie modeling the “Dirty 30”

Annette Marie is the feature model in the pictures.

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_MG_2290-EditWhat type of vehicle Is this?

 1930 Ford Model A “The Dirty 30”

Who is the first owner of the project and is it still their project? 

This car came from an original hot rodder that loved the car dearly and put a lot of custom touches on the car.  When the opportunity came up to get my hands on this thing, I didn’t spare one minute.

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 When was it purchased?  The Find

I acquired the car this winter. (February 2017) This car was in storage for 5 years and had been buried in tons of dust and clutter and just forgotten about.

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Gage helping his dad refinish the headers!

Was this a father/son, Daughter project?

Not as of yet, although my son has been very active in helping bring the car back to good mechanical working order.  I plan to do a total overhaul of the car in the future and plan for the whole family to take part and have an interest in the build.

Why this vehicle?

 I have always been a huge fan of the rat/rod style.  This is a huge change coming from the muscle car genre, that is where my love for cars started.  Let’s face it I am not getting any younger and I want to enjoy life to the fullest.  _MG_2698

While I am a huge fan of Built not Bought, this car demanded to be brought back to life in the way it was intended when originally built.  Just like the puppy that is sitting at the shelter begging to be adopted, this 30 needed a good home and a little loving.

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Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really good at body work, etc. Some info about you. Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)

IMG_2894 I am a mechanic by trade. My love for working on vehicles started as a child.  I would spend hours out in the garage watching and helping my uncles build and repair cars. I loved the whole environment of the garage, the sounds, the smells and most importantly the time I got to spend with my uncles. Oh the stories I could tell, but to keep this family friendly I will spare the details.  _MG_2700

I consider myself a Jack of all trades in the garage (mechanic, fabricator and restoration), but a master of none. I currently am a Euro auto mechanic which required detailed diagnostics and overly used computer controls, so getting my hands into a good old American Built, not frills kind of motor is my way of relaxing.  American classics are simplicity at its finest.

IMG_0020What have you done to it so far?

When I purchased the car it had been confined in storage for 5 years.  Time was not kind to the engine, suspension, and it needed some TLC, while I was refreshing I went with classic timing upgrade and added gear drive.  The car additionally had alignment issues that have had to be fixed to make this car road worthy again. Updated all new suspension up front.

 Where is it now, in the rebuild stage?  IMG_2860

Current state is, road worthy, but a project is never done My ultimate goal is make this as custom to my personality as I can without ruining the integrity of the original build. Projects I am currently working on include: updating the gauges IMG_2865to 12v working gauges with a GPS speedo, overhauling the wiring throughout the whole car (current state is what I like to call a bird’s nest, this is a huge peeve of mine). Future project is to upgrade the power train from a small block 305 to a small block stroker 383 Chevy, because you can never have too much power.

Any special parts you have used?

 It is a rat, so anything I find laying around in a junk pile could be considered a part.   The webbing inserts for the windows were made from old election poster metal rods that we had laying around. _MG_2878

Any help you have gotten? (i.e., friend(s), a garage, body shop, parts supplier, box store or online, yahoo videos that were helpful, etc.)

_MG_2282 I am very lucky man to have amazing friends to come help be tinker on the 30 on the weekends.  Sometimes it takes two people to solve even the simplest of problems. Additionally I would like to thank Shane Syx out of Fairborn, Ohio for laying down some amazing art work on the door panels.

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