CAL-RODS JANUARY 2019 FEATURED CAR
Written by Doug Bithell
OWNERS: Daniel & Roni Diaz
YEAR: 1928 MAKE: Ford Tudor Sedan
COLOR: Grey Primer & Graphics UPHOLSTERY: Black & White Tuck & Roll
ENGINE: 350 C.I. Chevy TRANS: 350 Chevy
REAR END: Chevy WHEELS: Painted Steel Rims
Daniel Diaz & his wife Roni are the proud owners of this month’s featured car, a classic style 1928 Ford hot rod.
Daniel was actually looking for a 49, 50, or 51 Ford Shoe Box when he found this 28 Ford, liked it and bought it. Daniel would like to pay tribute to Peter Fiorito Jr., the original builder of the car. Peter was quite well known in the hot rod world. He was involved in the informal gathering of the “Doughnut Derelicts” of Huntington Beach Calif. and started a similar group in Las Vegas called the “Doughnut Delinquents”. He also was the founder of “The Road Masters” car club of Las Vegas, Nev.
Daniel had a problem; his car and other cars built by Peter were quite unique and would be recognized so Daniel repainted his car with the grey primer and graphics and created his own identity. I’m sure you all recognize the graphics as the Flying Tigers of years past in World War Two, but did you know Daniel’s graphics are a replica of the original ones? Daniel took a picture of a picture of a P-40 Mustang fighter plane and had a photographer print a copy to the exact size of the space he had on his car which he used for a template. The car has been chopped 3 1/5 inches, body channeled, and the 32-grille shell was chopped 1 7/8". This old-style cool ride gets lots of looks and is fun to drive. In the 12 years since they bought it, they have taken the car to Las Vegas three times, Santa Anita, Cool Cruise, and lots of local shows and plan on lots more. Thanks, Daniel, for being in Cal-Rods with your hot rod.