The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers' Car Club proudly feature, great classic vehicles, which
belong to the good folks of Oklahoma.
The July 2009 Great Oklahoma Classic belongs to Jim and Carol Hunter of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Jim and Carol are proud members of the Dragin Masters Car Club. The Dragin Masters were originally formed in 1958. In 2000 the club was brought back to life and has grown to over 40 active
members who enjoy the old time hot rods and street rods. They have members who live in Sapulpa, Sand Springs, Owasso
and Tulsa. We met up with Jim and Carol while attending the Route 66 Blowout Car Show held annually in downtown
Jim and Carol purchased
this vehicle from a friend in Sapulpa in 2003. Jim is not sure who, but someone had already installed the
Small Block Chevy 350 engine, a Turbo 350 transmission, GM 10 bolt rear end, and front-end from a Pontiac Fiero. The
rest of the car was still mostly all Model A.
The engine had to be worked on and cleaned
up. Jim and Carol put some chrome on the GM 350 to help dress it up.
It was possible to drive the car when purchased,
however, you were putting your life in your hands as soon as you left the driveway. The Tudor had very bad brakes, no
lights or turn signals and many other mechanical issues. Jim says, “I had never been inside a car that rattled as bad
as this old Model A and if you hit a rough spot in the road it felt like you were going to fall out the bottom of the car.”
Carol and Jim worked on the car nonstop for eighteen
months, every night, every weekend and during vacations, until they reached a point were they had to slow down. In those
eighteen months they completely stripped the car down to it bare bones, replaced rusted metal, patched holes, widened the
rear fenders 3 inches, removed the old spare tire carrier from the back and primered the car.
There was no headliner, door panels,
seat covers or anything you could call interior, so Carol had to start from scratch and recover the seats, door panels,
kick panels and install new head liner with lights that she wired up herself. Did Carol do a good job or what?!
When it came time to paint the car, Jim
made a trip to the local O'Reilly Auto Parts and found a GM paint called ultra violet / blue and instantly knew it was the
right color for the Model A. After they painted the car, they had “LiL Toot” come to their driveway
and had him pin stripe and paint the picture on the back end of the Model A.
with all these changes, much of the car is original and goes back to 1930. Some of Jim and Carol’s
friends tried to convince them to chop the top, but they wanted to leave the old Model A with the shape that came from the
factory. Jim and Carol have talked about adding more features to the car but
that is still on their list of to do things. A hot rod is a never-ending project of joy.
Jim and Carol pictured with their Tudor Ford in front of the Dragin Masters hideout, somewhere back in the woods? Notice
how the Model A seems to change colors when the sun hits it from different angles.
The Cimarron Starlite Cruisers appreciate
Jim and Carol Hunter for sharing their 1930 Ford Tudor Street Rod as the Great Oklahoma Classic for July 2009.