The Coal Bin Roadster
I would describe this car as a traditionally styled hot rod/salt flat inspired car. It isn’t a true period-correct traditional car, I don’t have that much skill or patience! I wanted something that I could drive everyday. I didn’t want it so nice that I wouldn’t park it in a parking deck for 8 hours, so it is perfect for me! I have a lot of fun driving this car, rain or shine. When I bought the car, I was told it was used to store coal for the winter in Michigan, hence the name, the Coal Bin. Trust me you don’t drive a roadster in the winter in MI anyway!
Owner/Builders Matt Hurley / Colfax, NC Chassis by Alan Thornton of Flatlanders Hot Rods
Car Designer Matt Hurley
Social Links Instagram: @Hurley50
Year/Model 1930 Ford Roadster
Body Type Ford Steel Body
Chassis ASC 32 rails, Pete and Jakes axles and parts
Engine Specs 1964 Chevy 283, bored 60 over, mild cam
Brakes Front: 1939 Lincoln Drums / Rear: 9″ Ford Drums
About the Build
What led you to build this specific car?
I’ve always wanted a roadster.
Are you a professional car builder?
No, it’s just a hobby. I design furniture.
How long did the build take? (from zero to riding the car)
It took about a year to get it to driving. My wife hated that year.
Other than yourself, whom else did you find invaluable as a relationship to make the car a reality?
My wife and my dad.
How often do you use the car?
When showing the car what do you tend to point out the most?
The dash panel, by Grace and Co. parts
What part of the build results surprised you the most?
The stance turned out well.
What part of the build turned out to be so hard you’d avoid it in the future?
Fixing rust. Next time, I’ll start with a better car.
What wisdom gained from your build experience would you offer to someone considering building a car like yours.
Finish the entire car before putting it on the road or it will never get finished.
Photo Credits: Matt Hurley, Phillip Planes
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