The Birth of a Dream
By: Dennis Alexander 
copyright 2013

  This dream began years ago in my youth.
I was your normal, or at least I thought I was, young hot rodder. I would watch my older brother work on his cars in the 60's and 70's. He would have his collection of Hot Rod magazine always opened, and studying them religiously. 
Growing up I can remember his wide array of rods. A 54 Belair that he had installed a 283 4 speed in, painted hot rod flat black with a spray can. A 1958 Impala 348 3 deuce 4 speed, that did not even have a starter on it. I remember watching him through the window early in the morning as he was driving off to school. He would have to raise the hood and prime the carbs with fuel, he had conveniently stored in the "Pepto Bismol" bottle clipped to the radiator support. Then, slamming the hood, and coasting the car down the steep hill we lived on, and hearing it come to life through headers and Thrush glass pack header mufflers. I was only about 11 or 12 then, but I knew it was in my blood.
   He, along with myself, had many other rods over the years from 409 Impalas to an actual LS7 454 powered Camaro.

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"My brother's flawless 1979 Z28 with a REAL GM Crate LS7"

  I had built many cars by myself and also with friends, and wound up with a Very nice 1957 210 Chevy 283 4 speed that I drove through my high school years.

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"My 1957 Chevy 210 Post, 283, 4 speed. My high school car"

   But there was this guy I went to school with, one of the "rich kids" he would always be buying these great rods. He wound up with a 32 Ford chopped top deuce, tunnel ram, 2 four barrels, 4 speed, with flames on the side. What a bad ass ride. I had always seen these in the magazines, and at car shows, but when he took me for a ride, I was hooked. I had to have one, I had to build one. 
  But it would not be a 32, but rather a 1934 Ford with a little more laid back grill, a little more style. So the search was on, but I knew it would wind up just being another one of my dreams.
  Now, I was much older, my brother has passed away, I was working paycheck to paycheck, with a family now. I was driving a 1978 Red Corvette factory 4 speed car, 34,000 original miles, with a crate ZZ4. 

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"My 1978 25th Anniversary Vette, 4 speed red on red, 34,000 miles" 

  A friend and I had just finished painting it, it was beautiful. I had traded for this Vette by shear luck off of Craigslist.  But, there it was on Craigslist "For Trade" 1934 Ford 3 window coupe, chopped top full fendered, Streetbeast, still in the crate unopened. After much emailing and wining and dining, he said he would swap it for my Vette, and even deliver the crate to my house.

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"1934 Ford, 3 Window, 3 inch chop, Still strapped to the pallet."

So this article will be me, and my wife Cynthia, building my dream car, with all the tricks and knowledge I have learned from my brother, friends, and the magazines. Keep checking back regularly, as this project will take me a long time to complete, as I am on a  small budget, and will have to hand fabricate parts most people just go out and buy. So here we go.

First just some photos of the car, during the inventorying of parts included in the crate, before getting it home to Ringgold.

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These are photos of the car setting where it will be during its construction, and inspection of the parts.

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