Crusty 1933 Ford Roadster – It ain’t a Rat Rod

1933 Hot Rod – Like it Rolled out of the 50s

At the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show in the Suede Palace, I found this vintage hot rod 1933 Ford Roadster. I spent the next 20 minutes trying to get a picture that showed it’s true nastiness. It’s almost like a barn find rolled into the show and took center stage…

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1933 Ford Roadster owned by Marlon Bledsoe of Pasadena, CA

1933 Ford Roadster owned by Marlon Bledsoe of Pasadena, CA

The Suede Palace has a mix of shiny, flat and “other” paint jobs. What’s left of the paint on Marlon’s hot rod looks perfect to me. I wouldn’t change it and I doubt he plans to.

The uneducated might call this a “Rat Rod”. Kindly, it is not. It’s as far from a rat rod as it could be. This is a vintage hot rod and to avoid yourself some embarrassment, don’t call it a rat.
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Front and Center at the 2013 GNRS

It’s hard to shoot any really good shots inside the palace… light’s tough, tons of people and on top of it all, it was overcast and rainy. Here’s a little darker look… 1933 Ford Roadster, hot rod, hot rod roadster

As you can see, the back carries on the, “just as I found it” look. This roadster would turn as many heads as a finished painted car on any street or at any cruise.
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1933 Ford Roadster

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What do you think?
Would you restore it or run it as is?

More Crusty Hot Rods!

If you need more of the crusty and rusty that only 45 years of storage can re

produce, check out this hot rod model A, also from the Suede Palace. If you’re wondering, this isn’t a rat rod either… I like’m both, but the Model A’s a long way from driving.

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