The car: 1931 Ford 5-window Coupe Highboy
The owner: Bill Robbins, Brampton
The story: Being a baby boomer, Bill Robbins grew up in the heyday of hotrods and factory muscle cars.
He owned many unique cars over the years, including hotrods, but he always needed to sell them for various reasons ? getting married, buying a house, having children, starting a business?
But his desire to build, complete and drive a hotrod was always there.
?Finally ? children all grown up, house paid off ? I mentioned to my wife one day after attending a cruise night in Brampton, ?I want to build a hotrod,? Bill recalls. ?Bev said, ?Go for it!? ?
So he and his son, Jamie, then 25, started gathering the components for the classic Ford in their home garage:
The fiberglass body is a reproduction and the custom frame was built by Autoweld.
The engine is a Chevrolet 1963 409 V8, rebuilt by Ontario Reman.
The transmission is a GM 700R4 automatic, rebuilt by Precise Transmission.
The car was painted by Mega Auto body, with pinstriping by Rollie.
The final touch was a 1950s commercial Coke cooler mounted on a homebuilt custom frame and painted to match the car.
It took Bill and Jamie 4-1/2 years to build the hotrod, and it?s now been on the road for more than eight years.
?Fortunately, we are both licensed mechanics, which made the project somewhat simpler and easier,? says Bill, a member of the Brampton Street Rods.
?My wife and I attend many shows and cruise nights in the summer months. We have won many awards.
?As my wife says, ?Old guys with old cars reliving their youth.? How true!?
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