1932 Ford Roadster
Back in the early '60s, when he was only 21 years old, Bob Everts decided he needed to leave his home in Connecticut and go to California to make his fortune, so he packed up his '32 Ford three-window and drove on out. Little did he know that the path he chose back then would lead him to a room full of Deuces later in life.
An avid builder and collector, in the 80's Bob was at Hershey and purchased a set of wire wheels. Not sure what they were he put them away for future use. About 30 years later he pulled them out and took a good look. The wheels were a rare set of original Firestone wheels from the 1930s. The idea took hold to build a car around the rare wheels, and the Firestone Roadster was born.
Bob brought the wheels, and everything else to build a period '32 Ford hot rod to the legendary shop of Roy Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco, CA and work began. Using the period Edelbrock Bonneville Roadster as a basis for the design, the Firestone Roadster is very much a period hot rod. It is powered by a 59AB Flathead Ford with 4 inch crank driving a '39 transmission with rare Columbia overdrive.
The interior was done by Sid Chavers, and Bob built the soft top himself. The entire car is constructed from original steel Ford parts including the frame, grill, firewall, fuel tank, and hood. The only departure from original was the use of a Brookville steel body. After its completion Bob took the car a drove it for 1500 miles to sort out the build and to enjoy the car as it was designed. He sold the Firestone Roadster to a collector and it has been cared for as a collectable ever since.
The 'Firestone Roadster'
Build by Roy Brizio Street Rods
Sid Chavers interior
Top by Bob Evert
59AB Flathead Ford with 4 inch crank
Twin Stromberg 97 carburetors
Offenhauser intake manifold
Eddie Meyer heads
Fenton exhaust manifolds
Lincoln Zephyr steering wheel
1940s drum brakes