Dick Noble's 1932 Ford
In 2019 Dick's son, Richard "Nobey" Noble, told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that his dad bought the car in 1938; "It started life as a three-window coupe that dad paid $115.00 dollars + 2.00 transfer fee for." Dick was working for Adel Aircraft in Burbank, and a fellow employee had a 32 Ford roadster. "He wanted a 32 coupe. Dad wanted a roadster, so a deal was struck." The two men would trade bodies, so after four hours of work, they each had the bodies they wanted.
After swapping bodies, Dick worked on the car, preparing it for paint. "Disaster struck, in the form of a young lady with a new Packard running a stop sign, hitting dad, spinning him around, damaging both front and rear fenders. The police came and sided with the young lady, letting her off with no reimbursement for dad. The police kinda had it out for young hot rodders in those days."
Better Days Ahead
Better days were ahead, and Dick redid the metalwork and painted the roadster black. "The top was already finished by an old Swedish gentleman who was a top-notch upholsterer in Burbank. The top was padded and had side curtains. The price was $225.00 in 1941, but dad was very happy with his work."
One of Burbank's Finest
Dick ran both a stock headlight bar and a dropped bar with 1933 Chevrolet headlights. "He ran the ripple with flippers hubcaps. Under the hood sat a 1934 Ford mill with a Thickstun manifold and two 48 carbs. A Cannon 3/4 grind cam, and a reworked ignition that dad built himself. The car ran 108 M.P.H. at El Mirage. Dad was a meticulous builder, and the roadster was one of Burbank's finest," Richard told Kustomrama. As far as Richard knows, his dad was not a member of a club, "he never mentioned it. He ran at the lakes with different cars, and if he had to have a club affiliate he probably used his cousin Jim Woods' number."
Sold to Ottie Junkins
In 1942 Dick went off to war, "and my grandfather sold the car for some much-needed cash. Dad was okay with that and was happy to help his dad out of a tight spot. The car sold in Fresno, California to a man named Ottie Junkins, who was the projection operator at the Tower Theatre. Dad would talk about this car for the rest of his life. We were never able to locate it again."
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