Bishop-Tardel Highboy

1929 Ford Roadster

Built in Vern Tardel's Windsor, California shop in 1995, the car debuted at the last indoor Oakland show in 1996. All steel and 90-percent Ford content, the construction of the car is the subject of the book HOW TO BUILD A TRADITIONAL FORD HOT ROD by Mike Bishop & Vern Tardel.

Since its first Oakland appearance the car has logged more than 17,000 miles throughout the West, travelling to events such as the first Muroc reunion, the LA Roadsters show (4 times), the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion (3 times), Monterrey Historic Races, GG West Coast Nats (3 times), Bonneville Speedweek, plus daily use in 1997-98.

Original '29 frame fitted with complete '32 K-member and pedals

Moredrop axle

'34 front wishbone

'40 rearend with vintage Halibrand V-8 QC,

F-1 steering

'48 Lincoln 12-in. Bendix brakes all around

'40 4 x 16-in. front wheels and F-1 5 x 16-in. rear wheels with 4.50-16 and 7.00-16 Firestone Deluxe Champions

'42 hubcaps and smooth '49 trim rings

Steel body by Brookville

'32 dashboard with S-W Sport Panel with wing-logo gauges

Filled '32 radiator shell and stock grille

Windshield chopped 2 in. and raked 12 deg.

Aluminum hood top with polished louvers

'50 Pontiac taillights

Finished in '36 Ford Washington Blue

Red leather T&R interior

Bright trim nickel-plated

'46 59A 286-cid 3/4-race motor

Custom 304 stainless steel outside-the-frame exhaust system

F-1 transmission case with '46 passenger car internals, '39 shifter.

Mike Bishop


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