CAL-RODS FEATURED CAR - NOVEMBER 2014
By Doug Bithell
OWNER: RICH RALSTIN
YEAR: 1931 MAKE AND MODEL: FORD ROADSTER
COLOR: BUICK EXPRESS BRONZE UPHOLSTERY: TAN LEATHERENGINE: 1962 PONTIAC TEMPEST TRANS: 200-4R GM BLOWN 4 CYLINDER
REAR END: 9” FORD FRONT END: SO-CAL
WHEELS: STEEL WITH BEAUTY RIMS
Did you ever have a dream to do something? Rich Ralstin did & he did it. For years he wanted to build an engine like the one Mickey Thompson raced in the 60’s & set records. When the Pontiac Tempest 4 cylinder was completed he had only one problem, no car to put it in.
So another project was on the drawing board. He got a chassis from Classic Chassis in Ontario & started the assembly. Got a body from Brookville & about 4 years later it was on the road although it was primered & not finished he drove it for about 4 years in that condition. 2010 to 2011 Rich finished the project & started to show it. He took First In Class two years in a row at the Grand National Roadster Show along with many other awards from local car shows.
Rich likes to go to shows but has one problem, that would be range. The car has to have 100 octane gas & you just don’t find that on every corner. He has been to Havasu twice but he had to trailer the car. In testing his range he has been to Dana Point, Veterans show in Loma Linda, Outrider’s picnic in Irvine, Coats Mesa Cruising for a Cure, Edlebrock show in Norwalk & other local meets. He says when he runs out of fuel he will know his range.
Take a look at Rich’s rod. It's right up there with the best in Cal-Rods.