Secrets Of Speed Society
1929 Ford Cabin Speedster
The Speedster project was started October 2004. I was given a 1930 Model A Cowl, a 1929 chassis, a 1973 VW Beetle and I'd found a pair of 1934 Studebaker quarter windows at a swap meet, all of which sat around the barn, used up and in sad condition. The VW had been in a fire, the chassis had a front end collision and the cowl came off a Doodle Bug tractor found in a culvert on a CT farm. 

I have driven or ridden in open Model A Fords as well as Model T's and sport cars. They all are invigorating and just down right exhilarating . . . But they lack creature comforts like protection from the rain, wind and sun . . . For this, and I think my last vintage car build, I wanted a Speedster with vintage parts, period accessories, protection from the elements . . . and a heater!

The end result (in Frog Hollow Green), now over 10 years old and not quite finished, but if you look closely you'll see a hand built and fabricated 1929 Cabin Speedster. The Beetle was literally quartered, shortened and lowered to fit the "A" chassis. The doors and windows are all heavily modified. I used the choicest vintage parts I could find and a few modern appointments.  Power comes from a 1932 Model B racing engine topped with a Roof 101 Four Port OHV conversion, which is probably in the 125 hp range. The story is a long one. All chassis and body fabrication was done by little old me. Nearly every part on the car had to be created out of thin air. The body steel fabrication was a new skill I developed.  I hope to showcase the whole 10 year project in Secrets Magazine in 2015.  I learned a lot and I hope to be able to share some of what I've learned. . .  Hope to see you on the road . . .  Later, Charlie Yapp
MOVIE: Click HERE  to see and hear the 1929 Model A Ford Cabin Speedster in action for
the first time coming in for a landing after its first 4 miles on the road.
‚Äč(http://youtu.be/70JNaCrdORE)

Hemmings Motor News - Classic Cars Blog story and images HERE
Charlie Yapp: Owner, Designer, Fabricator, 
My Helpers:
Bob Keethler - Donor of Chassis
Harry Naumec - Donor of Cowl
Matt Strayer - Donor of Body
Bob Bouldin - Race Engine Short Block
Jim Roof - OHV conversion Co-Designer
Dennis Piranio - Camshaft Design 
Dennis Shoemaker - Body Prep & Paint 
Gary Bernhard - F150 Tranny 
 Mike Wagner - Hood Fabrication
 Jim Huseby - Front Fender Fabrication 

My primary new parts suppliers are: American Metal Cleaning, Speedway Motors, Magum Axle, Snyder's Antique Parts, Mac's Antique Auto Parts, Bratton's Antique Auto Parts, FSI Ignitions, Brass WorksCoker Tire, Black Machine, McMaster Carr and J-Bugs. . .  These were the first tier companies I could count on for honest dealings and the very best stuff. . .and I still do.

Many, many parts, physical & mental support came from my wonderful wife Donna and our loving kids Chris &  Jen.

A heart  felt thanks goes out to my good friends, Jerry Genellie, Kenny Craig, Ed Ruffenbach, Don Bowling (the engine whisper) and Dennis Shoemaker, who have sanded, lifted, poked, cranked and shoved this Speedster to life. .  . It  now has a soul made from pieces of each of you . . . That is a very good thing . . . Thank you!
Contact Charlie:  cy4fn@outlook.com