Eddie Dye's 1929 Ford
In the early 1950s, East Los Angeles Auto Butchers member Eddie Dye, owner of E.D.M. Lumber Company wanted a real tasteful roadster to drive. He gave the Ayala Brothers at Gil's Auto Body Works the task to build a beautiful roadster no matter what cost. Gil Ayala began with a 1932 Ford frame which he would put a seven inch channeled 1929 Ford body on. The doors were hammer welded shut and a full belly pan was molded-in. The wheel wells and cowl were filled-in. The seats were dropped between the frame rails due to the deep channel job, it was even lower than the Jaguar XK-120. Whitey Clayton of Clayton Metal Shop hand formed the track nose hood sides and hood. The roadster was fit with a DuVall Windshield and a custom bumper featuring a pair of AutoLamp 430 headlights. While all the body modifications were done, the engine was sent to Earl Evans at Evans Engineering for a rebuild. Once the body was complete, it was painted a special color mixed by the Ayala Brothers called Cherry Orchid. Berry's Custom Upholstery was responsible for the white leatherette interior. It took six months of labor and $3400 to complete the roadster. Eddie competed at the 1951 Bonneville Nats, he palced 24th in "C" mod. roadster class.
In the 1980s Don Fretwell built a new car around the original nose from the Eddie Dye roadster. The nose was later replaced with a cut down 1932 Ford grille. Don Orosco used Fretwell's car as a model to copy, along with the nose that had been removed.
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