Harry Rogers is a serial Restorer, but most of the cars this prolific producer of driveable tin puts out the door, are Hot Rods. Harry and his helpers have been knocking out a veritable stream of cars, and most of them are seriously modified. No, they don't have thumping great V8s, nor are they supercharged, but they are rarely full restored. We turned up one quiet Saturday arvo when Harry and Brett Maclarn (pronounced MacLaren) were working on this latest pair of A bones.

The pair of '30 models that are currently being 'restored' would be welcome in almost any Hot Rodders garage.

While the Closed Cab Pickup is being fully restored, this Tudor already has the Starfire engine, and the R & P can be seen mocked up behind the axle.

The remains of the '30 Bread Van rest in front of the Tudor.

Look up, in the roof, its neither bird nor plane, its a vast collection of Model A and '32 pieces that provide a stream of parts for Harry's projects.

But wait, there is more! The roof is absolutely full, way past the rafters, of Ford parts.

79 year old Harry, with his '32 Roadster. It sure looks like a restoration, but it could be fairly described as a Hot Rod.

They had 'restored' and sold an interesting pair of Model A's earlier in '05; the '30 Sports Coupe had a Wilson reconditioned Model A motor with electronic ignition, a Holden carb, a 5 speed Celica gearbox and juice brakes. The other car was a '28 Closed Cab Pickup, a genuine Ford phone booth cab, powered by a Model B four cylinder, which was fitted with a 20's era Overhead Valve (OHV) Chev head.

The pickup also had hydraulic brakes from a post-1940 Ford, and Camira Rack & Pinion steering. Another of Harry's more recent 'restorations' was a '28 leatherback coupe that Harry sold to Dennis Chapman, and a '28 Tourer.

Harry had an Australian bodied '30 Bread Van, which was made up from a Fordor body, and he wanted to put a factory body on it. They thought that a '30 Tudor back would convert the Fordor front parts to a Closed Cab, and a Phil Dean pickup bed would complete the picture.

About April of '05 they obtained a complete 1930 Ford Tudor body shell, with the intention of cutting it up for parts, but it was just too damned good to cut up. So Harry acquired a fair dinkum '30 Closed Cab body from Tony Webster, and the deal included an Australian made pickup bed of unknown manufacture.

Having run out of room inside, some of the less valuable stuff is stacked outside. Chassis', floor sub-frames and other parts line the other wall.

That moved the pickup along nicely, but it also meant they now had a better than average Tudor, and only a huge shed chock full of Model A parts to complete the pick list. They picked the parts, and now the Tudor has a chassis, a Holden Starfire 4 cylinder with a 5 speed manual box, a Commodore R& P and steering column, 1935 wires, juice brakes, and a Commodore diff located by a pair of '35 radius rods, split in the best Hot Rod tradition. The rear end uses the stock Model A transverse leaf spring, as does the front.

So is Harry a Model A only sort of person? Hardly, how could he be with this 1932 Ford Deluxe Roadster in his garage. At first glance the Roadster appears completely original, but then you may notice a couple of variations, in the best Hot Rodding tradition.

The engine is a later model side valve, out of a '48 Ford, and it has twin carbs. The Roadster also has juice brakes, and late model running gear, but the real kicker is that the Roadster back is straight out of Hot Rod Land - it is fiberglass from the doors back.

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