Garret Walther of Stockton, California. Garret's first car was a 1940 Ford Coupe that he bought without an engine in 1955. "My brother put a 1952 Chrysler Hemi in it," Garret told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020. Backed by a 1939 Ford transmission, dropped axle, big and little tires, the car was too much for Garret to keep running as the clutch kept going out, "due to a poorly-built adapter plate," he added. "Luckily, a guy had a nice '50 Olds Fastback, and we traded." That was in 1958. "What a great time to be young," he told Sondre. Garret's older brother drove a chopped 1940 Ford convertible, and he had a lot of friends that also were car-crazy, so the Olds was hot-rodded with a 1955 Oldsmobile engine that he bought from a friend. "After a rebuild, I ran it for a short time and the hydro went out. I then found a 1937 LaSalle floor shift trans for $75 (outrageous!) and put it in, along with 4.30 gears in the rear end. Top speed was probably 70, but I got there pretty quickly."
Garret Walther's cars
Cars painted or pinstriped by Garret Walther
- Garret Walther
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