Douglas and Geri Gordon

1935 Chevrolet Standard Three Window Coupe

1935 Chevrolet Std Coupe Owned by Doug and Geri Gordon
1935 Chevrolet Std Coupe Owned by Doug and Geri Gordon

Doug and Geri’s search for a new Hot Rod came to a successful conclusion with the addition of a 1935 Chevrolet Standard Three Window Coupe.

The car was located on Kijiji in November, 2017 in Rossland B.C.   A trip to check it out was quickly planned and it did not take long for them to decide it was coming home to Eckville as it was “Love at First Sight”.

The car was completely restored as an original in 2011 by Mike Hinchcliffe and driven as an original until 2014.  It was then converted to a Restomod.  It is now equipped with a 327, Turbo 350 and a Ford 9 inch rear end.  The front end is Heidts rack and pinion and the vehicle is equipped will all wheel disc brakes.

It still sports the original color of Regimental Blue with black fenders.   The interior is original with Lebaron Bonney Mohair fabric and a simulated wood grain dash that is complete  with a period-looking updated gauge package.

Summer 2018 cannot come soon enough to get on the road!

1930 Model A Ford

Doug and Geri Gordon with their 1930 Model A Ford at History Road in Wetaskawin in 2012
Doug and Geri Gordon with their 1930 Model A Ford at History Road in Wetaskawin in 2012

This is my 1930 Model “A” Ford, Murray Town Sedan.  I have owned the car for 51 years.

My grandfather purchased the car in the 1940’s in Leader, Saskatchewan and it was his daily driver until 1965.   In 1965, my grandfather gave the car to me and it was my first car.  I registered the car in 1966 and drove it for two years.

In 1968, the car was parked in my Dad’s garage and in 1973 it was moved to a friend’s farm and parked under a tarp until 1979.  When we built our home in Eckville in 1979, it was the first thing that we moved in.  The car then sat for 18 years, being driven only occasionally.

Doug Gordon and his Grandfather (circa 1954)
Doug Gordon and his Grandfather (circa 1954)

In 1979, after attending a Show & Shine at Heritage Park and seeing a restored Model “A”, we decided it was time to restore her.  A two year frame off restoration was begun.  Dismantling took place in our garage, followed by a hunt for parts and people willing to help make my dream come true.  The car was in remarkable shape and the only sheet metal replaced was the running boards.

Restoration included all new wood (by Ernie Beskowini), complete motor, clutch, transmission and rear end overhaul.  The brakes and front end were also redone as was all the bright work.  The car was painted locally by Rob Rowthorn and the LeBaron Bonney interior was installed in Lacombe by Rudy’s Upholsery. The garnish moldings were redone in Black Diamond and the pin stripping, which was done freehand, was completed in 2002.  We made every effort to keep the car original, except for the color.

The restoration was completed in 1999 in time for the Lacombe Show & Shine, and the car has been to a multitude of shows since.  It has been used as a wedding car, a graduation car and a fiftieth anniversary car.  It continues to be a joy to drive and show.  Fittingly, it is going to be being passed down to our grandson and he will be the fourth owner.  By then, the car will have been in the family for five generations and over 80 years.