Pascal Bandelier's 1932 Ford
From Show to Stip
Pascal's cabriolet is an old build with roots going back to Texas. The body on the car was channeled over the frame back in the days. About the same time, the windshield pillars were cut off and replaced with a Model A roadster windshield. The seat was upholstered in two-tone red and white, while the door panels were upholstered in black and white and trimmed with Metalflake piping. The steering column was chromed, and it ran a red 1940 Ford steering wheel. Up front, it featured a dropped axle, aluminum headlight stands, and modern 4 shock absorbers. The rear of the car was dressed up with 1950 Pontiac taillights, an illuminated Hollywood license-plate light, and an electric antenna. The inside door handles were borrowed from a 1950 Ford. It was powered by a flathead V-8 engine. The rear axle was 1940 Ford. Pascal believes the car went from show to strip, and the flathead engine was later replaced with a Buick 322 Nailhead that ran an electric fuel pump. A rollbar was also installed, along with a big cast iron protection over the transmission and a cut off fuel handle in the center of the floor.
Pascal bought the Ford on eBay in 2008. It was an old survivor, listed as a barnfind, and the seller was Rick's Rodz in Mesquite, Texas. Prior to that, the car had also been at Gas Monkey Garage for a week or two. Unfortunately, the car changed hand several times in a few months, and when Pascal bought it, most of the history was lost. Pascal started doing some research. He found photos of the car in Soup Up Magazine No.2 and Soup Up Magazine No.3. The photos were taken at the Pate Swap Meet in Fort Worth, Texas in 2007. The title on the car from 2002 was issued to Max Magness of Grandfalls, Texas. The second owner was Gary L. Thomas of Midland, Texas, and the third owner was Rick Crocker of Mesquite, Texas.
Sold to Switzerland
When the car arrived in Switzerland the engine was not in a running condition, and the 1939 Ford transmission was broken. In 2018 Pascal had been through two transmissions, and he hoped to get it on the road in Switzerland with licenseplates for the 2019 season.
Do You Recognize This Old Hot Rod?
Since 2008 Pascal has been researching the history of the car. He has been in touch with Richard Rawling at Gas Monkey Garage, who could tell him that he only owned it for a couple of weeks. Searching for Max Magness, he came across an obituary from 2010. Pascal has not been able to trace any owners prior to 2002, so if you recognize this old hot rod, please get in touch with Kustomrama at firstname.lastname@example.org
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