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| 09/12/03 Update
Its time once again for the monthly editorial or as I like to call it
Scooters Rant :)
The Labor Day Rod Run
Ill start out by saying that the Annual Siouxland Street Rodders Labor day
Rod Run was a great event as usual. The car show was held down town again and the actual
event was moved to the Crooks Gun Club grounds. Its a nice facility except for
the quarter mile of gravel leading into it.
Larry Olson had his new `33 Speedstar coupe on display this
year. I was surprised to learn that the one-off wheels were milled right here in Sioux
Falls. Nice car!
|Larry may have had a
Speedstar there but the star of the show in my eyes was Kevin
Gribbles poppin' fresh `35 Chevy truck with sleeper.
The truck sits on a custom 1-ton GM chassis and runs a big block
fueled by PROPANE! Yep, theres a huge bottle of it under the sleeper. Dont
smoke in bed!
Checkout the big 4-bar and air bag suspension!
This was his first shakedown cruise and everything was working, as it
should. He intends to pull his work trailer with it.
I bet it will make his job a lot more enjoyable!
Titling the Project
I procured an out-of-state title for an original 1933 3-window coupe a while ago
(thanks Larry!) and decided it was time transfer it to the state of South Dakota. Now
original 1933 titles are not that easy to find, especially a coupe, roadster or cabriolet,
so a 3-window coupe title is something of value.
The folks at the court house started the process
by looking up the weight for a 1933 coupe (2147 lbs.) and then it came to the body
Coupe is not an option in the state of South Dakota! They said the car could
be titled as one of the following: Sedan, Hardtop, Convertible or Roadster - pick one.
They tried to enter Coupe or CP but the system rejected it. Left with no other choice, I
When I got back home I immediately e-mailed the
South Dakota Dept. of Motor Vehicles to request an addition to their body style options
and to nicely explain why none of the current options fit the car. I wrote that of their
four available descriptions, not one of them described a coupe:
Sedan: (not a coupe - sedan's
have a back seat)
Convertible: (top folds down)
Roaster: (this is the same as convertible except no roll-up side
windows and no back seat other than a rumble seat)
Hardtop: (not produced until the 50's - designates no post between
front and back windows when they're rolled down - designed to look like a convertible with
the top up)
I told them that coupes are still being produced
and that millions have been sold through the years. I also informed them that the wrong
body style designation on a rare car could greatly reduce its value.
Well obviously the person/people in charge at
the Dept of Motor Vehicles dont know cars and done really care. Heres my reply
from the state:
This vehicle will be coded as a 2H, as
we have no current plans to change the body definitions.
Okay, maybe this makes my car MORE valuable - I
now have the only 1933 Ford Hardtop ever produced!
Until next time - Keep the shiny side up and
don't title your coupe in South Dakota!