Joe and Jerry Valdez's 1921 Ford
Austin Thornton purchased the car in Oakland, California in 2019. The guy he purchased it from bought the house where the car was sitting in the garage. "The yard was full of cars and he pushed the T-bucket out of the garage where it sat for a year," Austin told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in September of 2019. Sitting outside, the blower and valve covers were stolen for aluminum scrap. "He cleaned out the house where he said there was a room full of trophies and parts from the T-bucket, which he threw in the trash. He ended up finding two pictures of it a couple months later in an old cabinet that shows the car's chassis with a mid-plate and center steering sitting in the front yard at the same house where I purchased it at and said the owners son said it was a race car along time ago the original owner name was Joe Valdez." Searching the web for photos of the car, he came across a couple from James Handy's old albums, taken at the Oakland Roadster Show between 1973 and 1977. The photos showed a couple of different iterations of the car, but none in its current iteration with a blower and a fully polished automatic transmission.
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