Friends, I would like you to cast your peepers at something you don’t see everyday. Check out the hand fabricated all steel 1930 Ford Motor Company Speedster. We saw this stunner at the NSRA Street Rod Nats and have been smitten ever since. The metal maverick behind the all steel body is Patrick Heady and his New Age Designs out of Washington, Missouri. The imaginative design came from the fertile mind of owner Don Pfitzinger. This 2 year build was a very unique collaboration between builder and owner.
This project started with a numbers matching 1930 Model A chassis, engine and an idea. The vision in part, was courtesy of Don’s family history, tightly woven with Ford Motor Company threads and a Model A magician in his life otherwise know as Uncle Elmer. Next came the hood from a mid 40’s International which would provide the foundation for the boat tail.
The Model A and the hood were then turned over to Patrick at New Age Designs who swiftly went to work fabricating the remainder of the “boat-acious” body. However, when a design challenge would arise, Don would carve the element in question out of foam and head over to Patrick’s shop. They would then hash it out and Patrick would fabricate the final part. (Take a look behind the seats and you can see just one of the fruits fo their combined labor) It soon became clear this project was going way above and beyond the little run-about Don had first envisioned. When the build got to that point, they just swung for the fences and hit a Hot Rodding Homer!
Larry Shepard out of Charles, MO did the complete frame restoration and Palmer Lawson out of Pacific, MO reworked the Model A inline 4. As a nod to the racing nature of the build, a few high performance parts augment the numbers matching engine. Lawson added a high compression head (something the Coppers would have run back in the day). He lightened and balanced both the flywheel and the crank. For even more of a race inspired aesthetic, they added the dual carburetors. The goal with the engine as with the rest of the build was to keep it period correct. That meant keeping it within the speed parameters from the 30’s. Not exactly speed standards for 2020 however, if it were tearing up the trails back then I’m sure it would have been a real screamer.
The interior is a sight to behold. Don Taylor crafted the leather upholstery. The steering wheel is original to the car. Don cleaned and polished it, wrapped it in hand stitched distressed leather and finished it off with custom pinstriping. Yes, I believe Mr. Ford would approve. There is also a period correct clock, a flip up footrest from the 20’s and every additional period correct detail you could imagine.
The tires and rims look just as they did when they came off the showroom floor. That is with a little dose of Don added. You see, Don is in the sign business with a graphic arts background and that sure came in handy when it came to all the graphics, gold leafing and pinstriping that went onto the Speedster. The man himself polished and painted the cast aluminum spinner hubcaps. Patrick brought the original grille back to life while Don fabricated the stone guards and the third headlight. A local paint shop expertly applied the Ford Vagabond Green and the Apple Green accents send the look over the top.
Ford Motor Company 1930 Speedster, one incredibly unique one-off build.
Take another look at this spectacular Speedster.
Please head over to Patrick’s New Age Designs site and check out the magic he performs in his Missouri shop. Although big horsepower Willys and round tube chassis cars are his speciality you can see with the work he did on the Speedster, this Kat can tackle anything.
Head over to the Pony Girl Show Stopper Gallery and get lost in the automotive artistry that populates our pages.
Till the next time – Keep on Kruzin!