11222 1/16 '31 Ford "HI-BOY" Roadster
11222 `31 FORD "HI-BOY" ROADSTER "BIG" 1/16th Scale
Warehouse find! No printed box. Comes in a plain brown box. Includes 1/16 scale '31 Ford kit, Instruction manual and decals. While supplies last!
In the early sixties, Southern California was the capital of hot-rod development. Specialty shops manufactured every kind of speed equipment accessory you could possibly think of, and then some. Add the ingenuity and dedicated hard work of countless enthusiasts and you have a mini industry that produced thousands of performance roadsters and coupes over the golden age of hot¬rodding.
Between the local junk yard and the speed shops, it was relatively easy to accumulate the basic components such as were used in the prototype of this model. A Ford Model A roadster was most often the starting point. Next was a flat-head V-8 block such as the '52 Mercury 255 cid on which loving care was expended to polish and port the intake and exhaust ports. The crankshaft and high compression pistons were magna-fluxed and balanced. After-market deep-finned heads, a triple intake manifold carrying three Stromberg carburetors and a set of custom built headers
turned a rather mundane sickly V-8 into a roaring beast of a car. Not to be overlooked was the running gear which included a dropped front axle, a Halibrand quick-change rear end, hydraulic brakes, chromed reverse dish wheels and immaculate 6.00 x 15 and 6.50 x 15 inch whitewall tires for that added touch. The paint job didn't make it go any faster, but it did elicit the admiring praises of the younger generation of car nuts.
Most likely, a High-Boy roadster of this nature was trailered to Rosamond Dry Lake for its run through the timing traps. Without mufflers and other mandated pieces of equipment, these roadsters were not usually seen on the city streets or highways, but on weekend nights, enough informal drag race courses could be found, if you knew where to look. Even then, tickets for equipment violations were expensive; speeding tickets could result in a suspended license besides a hefty fine. Today, it's still Flatheads Forever.