Joe and Jerry Valdez's 1921 Ford

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1921 Ford Model T Roadster owned and built by Joe and Jerry Valdez.

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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Austin is currently researching the history of the Model T, looking for photos of the car back in its racing days. "It has a very low quickchange and a moly tube chassis that is running friction shocks and a Frankland cowl steering box." It had a full race flathead, and by looking at the photos and the parts on the car Austin believes it was raced sometime in the 1940s, running the Eddie Meyer 1936 Ford Flathead. Austin also thinks Joe purchased the car in the 1950s as a race car, taking it apart in the mid to late 1950s to turn it into a show car. Please get in touch with Kustomrama at if you recognize the car and have more info to share about it.


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