Updated: Jun 13
ALL IT NEEDED WAS…EVERYTHING!
This 1926 Model T hot rod caught my eye at the Cavalcade of Cars in Hamburg, NY this past March. It had all the quintessential old school hot rod looks: wide-whites, bomber seats, hand-painted pinstriping. But the thing that really got my attention? The custom cup holder console.
I chatted with owner, Andy Deegan of Forrestville, NY about how he came to own the car, “I found it on Facebook Marketplace out of Virginia and I saw the potential in it.”
It was more rat rod then, and he’s since tried to work it back to more hot rod status. “All it needed was…everything,” Andy exclaimed as he described the work that went into making it mechanically sound. Though on the day we spoke, the brakes went out on it as he was unloading it off the trailer.
Turns out, the car had been in Western New York before. Andy’s buddy had owned the car prior and commissioned Iron Ace in North Carolina to supply the bomber seats and custom cup holder console.
It also has a very unique front suspension with lever actions shocks sourced from an early ‘50s GM car.
It’s powered by a 350 Chevy built by B&L Racing Engines, backed by a 700r4 automatic and a Ford 9”. Note the very WNY touch of a Genesee tallboy can as the radiator overflow.