John Toohey's 2E-"T"
Toohey started out building a couple of hobby cars in the 1950s. "Powered by Crosley and V8 60 engines, they looked like midget racers," his son, Fred told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020. "He took up welding after taking a night class, and started making extra money doing small jobs for people and hobby projects." In about 1963 a fellow worker of Fred wanted someone to build a frame for a hot rod, "and I recommended my dad. Before he was trough, he had built the frame, installed the running gear, mounted the body and engine and transmission. Dad fell in love with the project and was upset that the guy would not sell it to him. He got a lot of his ideas from observation and magazines, like Tex Smith's XR6 which is why he used a VW front suspension," Fred explained.
After attending the 1964 Portland Roadster Show, John got serious about building a show car for himself. He visited the show to see a Ford Model A Roadster Pick Up that Fred had painted chartreuse Metalflake for Gene Barett. That ignited a spark, and "next year he entered a Maroon roadster with a silver top," Fred recalled. "He used a Model T body he found in a brier patch and a donor car with a big Hemi and push-button automatic." It received a 1932 Ford grille shell and nerf bars. He called his first build the 2E-"T".
Where is it now?
Fred Toohey is currently trying to locate his dad's old show rods. The 2E-"T" was last seen in Coos Bay, Oregon. Please get in touch with Kustomrama at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any info to share about any of the Toohey show cars.
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