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Davenport Deuce Update!

Will Davenport Deuce Roadster

Will Davenport is a dedicated Honest Charley Speed Shop customer. We’ve been working with him to provide all the parts for his ’32 Ford roadster build, and it’s really looking good! Will keeps us posted on his progress by sending pictures and messages along the way. We’re glad to have him as a customer, and he’s sure to have some fun behind the wheel of this Flathead powered Deuce highboy! Check it out!

Will Davenport Deuce Roadster

Here’s what Will has to say about his most current steps in getting his ’32 finished:

“Okay, so the last time I checked in, I thought January would be showing off the painted car. Remember the theory of patience being a virtue – it may not feel virtuous, but it did pay off. My painter, James Robinson, proves the point that you don’t need a fancy shop or a gazillion dollars to spray really nice paint. The frame was shot with POR 15 in a satin finish and he claims that shooting the metallic Inca Silver wasn’t the easiest paint job. But boy is it nice.

Will Davenport Deuce Roadster

So part of the delay in this article is that after getting the car home, I couldn’t put down the wrench long enough to type. Mind you this thing has been assembled now twice, and hopefully this is the absolute last time. All the parts are back on, and I wired it with an American Autowire Hwy. 15 kit. This thing doesn’t have much powered equipment, but all the same it looked like a spiderweb of wire running everywhere. I sleeved the wires with the old cloth loom and discovered a wonderful thing called “friction tape” that looks just like old wiring loom when you wrap the wires. $3 a roll at Lowe’s.

Will Davenport Deuce Roadster

I’ll tell you, the joy of things coming to life can’t be beat and thanks to the instructions in the wiring kit, the right things came on when I started flipping switches. Plus there’s only the headlight, blinker and on/off switch, so not a lot of opportunity to mess up.

Will Davenport Deuce Roadster

I’m down to making shift linkages, finishing the fuel line to the engine and wiring the starter button to finally see if this thing will run. Nervous anticipation but I’m positive the old flattie is going to do its thing.

–Will Davenport

Will Davenport Deuce Roadster

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