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1923 Dodge Bodied 'D' Bucket Hot Rod Lakester Special
Item #: 21302

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1923 Dodge Bodied 'D' Bucket Hot Rod Lakester Special

Often mistaken as a common “Rat Rod”, this car is actually a historically plausible modern re-creation of a dry lakes racer circa 1940 – ’41. The inspiration for this build came from the book FLAT OUT by Albert Drake and was to honor the ingenuity and craftsmanship of those early pre-war builders. For me it was a challenge to build an example of an early Lakester from authentic original parts, assembled in a way and with methods available with the tools, technology, and skills of a talented backyard mechanic of the time.

All running gear and chassis are early Ford parts:
Except for critical structural joints, all fabrication and assembly has been (or intended to be) done with period correct Gas welding, rivets and period correct fasteners. Frame rails are Ford Model TT 1-ton truck, with fabricated spring perches and transmission crossmembers. Engine mounting crossmember is from 1936 Ford car. Tube steel and pipe make up the rear frame kick up area. Rear axle is assembled from various years, with fabricated, welded on, Model A inspired spring perches. Original but usable rear end gear set (3.54:1 ratio need to confirm) professionally inspected, rebuilt, and shimmed by a professional ford expert Paul ??? from Sweet home Oregon. Original Torque tube shortened to fit, drive shaft cut down and re-splined at transmission end. Brakes are original 1939 backing plates with modern replacement cylinders, shoes, etc. Drums are early ‘40s (3 ¼” x 5 lug pattern) Radius rods are made of Model A parts and reproduction tie rod ends. Rear spring is rebuilt original Model T.

Front axle is drilled 1936 Ford car, on appropriate era reproduction spring with fully rebuilt spring hangers, kingpins, and 1937 – 39 spindles. Front brake backing plates are original 1939 hydraulic type, cylinders, shoes, and other brake internals are modern new replacement parts from MAC Ford parts. Drums and hubs are 1940. Radius rods are made from model A rear wishbones and are fitted with new 1940 ball joint ends. Shock absorbers are rebuilt original Model A type.

Steering is incomplete but I intended to use a cowl mounted draglink arrangement using a 40’s era Ross steering box and column. Steering wheel is a Baka-lite 3 spoke of unknown origin. Radiator shell, Cowl, dashboard, doors, and seat pan and inner structure are original 1923 Dodge, floor and “D” bucket seat back panels are new custom fabricated sheet mental professionally done with English wheel and hammer welding techniques. Body (except doors) was acid dipped to remove and neutralize rust. Entire body flood painted with DP-40 epoxy primer. Body is fitted and channeled over frame 2” for that “just right” fitted stance and detail.

Current Engine is unrestored original ’53 8BA pulled from a school bus, Engine was running when installed but has not been run for 15 years. This engine was used as a stand in while building the rest of the car for a ‘39 - ‘42 era factory relieved 239ci (24 stud) truck engine that I have and wanted to eventually use. This engine was built for racing and has a 4” Merc crank and is bored .040 over, however it is disassembled but available to be sold with the car. Also available is a Fenton 2 carb intake and a handful of other speed shop accessories. The Transmission in the car is a ’39 (ball type synchro) top shifter type and has been partially rebuilt with new bearings and seals, but the housing was found to be cracked, a spare compatible housing is included along with a fully complete spare 40’s era top shifter type.

Radiator is custom built by Lees Radiator service in Klamath Falls using original top and bottom tanks and new core fitted to Dodge shell. Fuel tank is Ford Model T oval style turned on its side with custom relocated fill tube and cap, outlet, and fuel gauge sending unit. Wheels are ’35 Ford spoke wheels fitted with tall side wall truck tires in rear and motorcycle tires in the front.

Headlights are late 40’s / 50’s style BLC with integrated marker / turn lights. Taillights are new (Mac’s Parts) model A delivery truck types, third center taillight is for license plate and brake light.

Car comes with an Oregon assembled roadster title dated 2009, but could be titled as either a 1923 Dodge or similar year Ford if you can find an old title and get DMV approval.

While the main components are there, fitted, rebuilt and in good order, the car will require considerable finishing. The electrical system needs to be made and installed, the fuel lines (copper tube is provided) needs to be bent, fitted and installed. The steering box needs rebuilt and proper mounting. The seats and interior need to be custom made and fitted. Various points on the frame need final welding and finishing. At this point I would recommend pulling the car entirely apart and reassembling and finishing to your preferences.

This car can be a show winning historically accurate representation of a 1940’s era lakester or early hotrod or made into a similar oval dirt track car if desired. I estimate the value of the car once finished to be around $15,000 to the right collector.

I’m selling it because life changes continue to interfere with this car’s destiny, I no longer have a shop or the time or interest to finish and hope someone else will be inspired to pick up where I left off.

Contact: Aaron

Phone: (541) 205-2310


$ 7,500 OBO

Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon

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