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A late evening, I was already in bed sleeping, my brother Jan came home from a junk searching journey together with Lennart Djurberg. He woke me up and said "Now we have found your 32 Roadster. When are we going to fetch it"? Now at once was my immediate answer. Okay, okay we wait till tomorrow. Well it didn't happen tomorrow but a week later.
We went up to Hudiksvall in north of
Sweden and met the owner of this fabulous car. We are me and Jan. After a
rather short discussion in which I was ordered to keep silence, as I was
going to be the coming owner couldn't think clearly and was willing to
pay any sum. Price became 1200 Skr. the car was drivable and had a 85
hp Ford V8. The engine was welded in place. It was newly painted in
white artificial resin color. The owner couldn't keep his mouth shut and
told us that he had bought it for 300 Skr. We brought the car to the
railway station where by coincidence an empty wagon was waiting for
cargo. At that time we hade to load by ourselves. It became quite difficult because we had no tools. But after some time it was
clear and this wagon should arrive to North Cargo station in Stockholm.
It was a thrilling waiting. It came on Saturday and was not able to
unload until Monday, but I was there and
had a look on Sunday. On Monday I was at work and Jan did collected it.
Ford 47 brakes fit directly. What was
taken a little time was mounting of brake oil
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But first it's about the body. It was
sandblasted and painted green. Inside seats and backseat were
The folding top was made at Håkansson
Running boards were glued with new rubber from Kuntze. All body parts was painted separately and mounted with lists that had black edge. Very nice looking. Then I mounted the steering wheel, starter button and choke. The last button came from a Graham Paige which we scrapped. What nuts we were. Ignition lock and key kept original.
B-Ford has 2 nice parking lamps placed just in front of windshield. In those I had determined to mount parking light and blinkers. This called for a 7 pole breaker. The breaker was not nice and the design didn't fit among the other instruments. But nothing to do. I also made an electric coupling to flash headlamps with horn ring in steering wheel. Now it was getting time for approval.
At this time it had to be done at a car checking station in Midsommerkrans Stockholm. For this there was several months long cue. But I had heard that one could get an extra place if they had time. For this I hade to put up in cue the day before for an eventual place afternoon next day. This cue was fully informal and a paper was put on a stone outside. This list was accepted by the approvals. I was second. Then started a long waiting. I don't remember that we in cue ever talked to each other. For this adventure I wrote an article in SHRA-club paper during the 90th. They couldn't help with a copy.
This will be a new remembering.
Now it was spring 1960. Jan and I had
close contact with Lennart Djurberg. He had already a finished Roadster.
Also the Lundgren brothers, one living at Lidingö had a cab and a guy we
called "professor". I should drive away from Lennart. At an occasion in
the spring we met to see which car had the fastest acceleration and best
rev. The place was the northern way out of Stockholm called Uppsala
road. It was in the evening. The air was cool and humid. We started at
the slip road to the Copper tents. Then it was full ahead up the hill. I
was forced by Lennart to take the outer file. At that time it was single
road, but rather broad. We were lying side by side all the time and none
could say that he was the better one. Sorry to say I got a meeting car
and was obliged to drive in behind Lennart. He was overwhelmed over his
victory and talk even today over his victory and how his 59AB was
faster. Maybe it is that way. With his well trimmed and balanced engine,
he could have had more revs than I had in my standard Olds. Who knows.
There was never any new meeting. Then I got
my Olds trimmed. Lennart may be a little unsure anyway.
A common thing. Later I realized that my brakes had burned. From my new Mintex it became heavy jerks in my front tires. After this I was always extra careful when I had mounted new brake linings. My old original tires were worn out. The best I could get were Fulda, with largest dimension that my rims could take. Sorry to say I had to go for military service in Jönköping from the 1/6 1960, but totally it was a good year. Som more about the start grid picture up left. To the right Jan Bellander with Ford 31 Roadster, to the right Sven Flärvall with his Nordic Special Standard Ford V8. This car also raced 1948 at Skarpnäck when Prins Bira got the winn after one years protest. The driver was Sven Karlsson from Enskede. May these two Sven are the same persons.
It is just like some time is missing, because I was in Jönköping for 12 months. I had done three 1958 at Revingehed. 1960 disappeared just like everything till August 1961 when my service was ended. Time just run away. To Jönköping I drove with my Roadster several times. I tried a Lincoln gearbox with overdrive, then I put back the normal one. I don't know how I had time but the drive shaft had to be shortened for the Lincoln gearbox. But nevertheless one cannot remember everything.
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I don't remember how we got the car home, but it must have been some sort of transport. Now I had to do something about the balance wheel. This was the second time. Something real proper. I drilled a 12 mm hole between the bolt holes and marked carefully the place on the crankshaft, turned a central punch, drilled 3 times with different drills an last with a reamer. Here I pressed in a pin with tight fit. This was the last thing I did on the car.
Now new adventures waited with my Austin Cooper 1962, Triumph Herald, MG Midget and last a Lotus 15 which was a real race car.
Got a call from the present owner 2006,
Bennet Landén in city of Kalmar. I was very glad that the car is still alive in the
hands of a HotRod enthusiast, even if the times fancy thinkings had made it
look differently. He told me that it had been out one winter and the engine
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