Mikael Blomberg's 1932 Ford
1932 Ford Roadster owned by Mikael Blomberg of Motala, Sweden. Mikael bought the roadster from a fellow known as "Indian Mike" early in 2019. "I believe he had owned it for 3 or 4 years," Mikael told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in 2020, adding that Mike told him that he had bought it at the LA Roadsters Show.
Mikael came across the ad for the car on davidsclassiccars.com, where it was listed as an authentic drag car from the late 1950s or the early 1960s. Mike is a well known 1932 Ford collector living in La Cañada Flintridge, California, and he believed the roadster probably ran in the A/Roadster class. The engine was set back 25%, something, that according to Mike, is typical for the roadster class. When Mike bought the car, it was powered by a 1958 Chrysler 392 Hemi engine. The motor was hooked to a Torqueflite transmission and a Mopar rear end. Up front, it ran a drilled 1934 Ford axle and spring, early Ford spindles and brakes, hairpins, and early Ford shocks. The rear crossmember was from a Model A, indicating that it might have run a qucikchange rear end. The front cross member had lightening holes. The body is genuine Ford, but it was channeled and it had the doors welded shut. It also had circular holes on each side of the lower cowl where the drag car exhaust tubes exited. It ran 10 x 16 M&H Racemasters piecrust slicks.
Sold to Blomberg
Mr. Blomberg bought the roadster early in 2019. He and his buddy Mattias Wigert were going to the US for a two-month vacation, and Blomberg bought the roadster prior to his arrival. His plan was to get the old drag car back in shape, drive it to Santa Barbara and attend the first Santa Barbara DRAGS. Prior to arriving in the US, Blomberg had made arrangements to buy a nice 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertible that he could cruise around with while getting the roadster ready for the street and strip. That didn't work out, and he ended up buying a mild 1949 Mercury custom instead.
The race is on
As soon as Mikael got off the airport, he headed over to Mike to pay and pick up the car. Petter Dahlström, a buddy of Mikael that runs a business in Nipomo, California, tagged along and helped drag the car over to his garage. It stayed there until Mikael found a shop where he was able to work on it. Luckily, the guys at Hot Rod Ranch in Lompoc loaned out a little corner and some tools to Blomberg so he could work on the car. Afer that, it didn't take long before the old Hemi had been wakened up from its long sleep. It ran nice, and as luck would have it, the push-button Torqueflite transmission was working fine as well. The drivetrain, suspension, and steering needed some work, so the two friends worked around the clock for a few days. Before they hit the road with the Mercury to get some well-deserved rest and hit up some swap meets hunting for missing parts. While working on the car, it was important for Blomberg to preserve the patina. Final preparations before they hit the road included installing a couple of pleated bucket chairs, replacing the headlights and the radiator, and installing 1950 Buick taillights.
TROG DRAGS or burst
The first test run was done two days prior to the Santa Barbara DRAGS. It worked well, so Blomberg called his buddy Henrik Forss to hear if he would be interested in tagging along with the 1949 Mercury. Forss accepted the kind offer, and a few hours later they were on their way south. Blomberg arrived safely in Santa Barbara, and he was able to successfully race a handful of times on the strip with the old roadster.
Shipped to Sweden
A few days after the race, the roadster and the Merc were loaded onto a container and shipped across the sea to Sweden. Blomberg arrived in Sweden a few days later, wondering why he even left California, and why the heck he didn't just leave the roadster in California.
Do you recognize Blomberg's roadster?
Blomberg is currently researching the history of the roadster, trying to piece together the history before Indian Mike bought it at the LA Roadsters Show. Please get in touch with Kustomrama at firstname.lastname@example.org if you recognize the old drag car and can help us reveal its bloodline.
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