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Joe Smith didn't sell ALL of the million Early Ford parts that went through his business !
He used a few on his own car.
Some of the cars Joe saw when he went to California in 1950
(at the ripe old age of 18)
This is where it started.
MORE cars Joe saw in California in 1950 and on the way back.. on the Bonneville Salt Flats (in the REALLY early days).
Joe in his '32 Roadster - 1950
Joe built this steel '32 3-window from parts in 1959
Blown Flattie on run-in stand in Joe's Briarcliff Shop
Promo Photo from Briarcliff Shop - 1980
Note the Ardun w/3 carbs in top-left.
'33 at Santa Ana Drags
Deuce Roadster at Santa Ana
'34 at Calif. Roadster Show
'34 Coupe at Santa Ana
Blown "A-V8" on street in LA - 1950 (centrifugal - came off a 38-40 Graham)
Graham Centrifugal with side-by-side carbs - check out the linkage. This guy was very creative - he had to radically shorten the vertical drive of the supercharger to make it fit above the engine - they originally were very long as the supercharger was on top and the pulley was mounted down low on the side of the Graham inline-6.
Joe's '40 in his shop
Wide-5 1937 Wheels
Only Edelbrock will do
An alternator is practical
Sedan has lots of room
Cool wheel & shifter knob
Where have we been?
Original type upholstery
LA-1950 -in a Used Car Lot
Santa Ana 1950
Ascot Racetrack1950 - Studebaker Engine & FrontSusp. The engine must have been BRAND-NEW as they came out on the 1951 Stude Cars.
Most guys used Tow-Bars - very few could afford trailers (all open-wheel back then)
Real Rig 123.7mph - Bonneville 1950
Bonneville 1950 - Pierson Bros BEFORE paint
Bonneville 1950 - Evans (Mfrd Aluminum Heads) underway
Bonneville 1950 - Diesel Blower - maybe 3-71.
V8-60 coasted 132.96mph
Bonneville 1950 - Rear Engine 139.63mph
Bonneville 1950 - Jim Delao138.7mph