Ride of the Week: Artist CHRIS GARCIA’s tribute to his father’s Unfinished Project…

Cars and art go hand in hand in many cases.

They are designed by artisans in the automotive world; their inspiration can carry over for generations.

Today’s Ride of the Week does exactly that in a way that spans a generation inspired by a specific ride: a 1930 Ford Model A Coupe.

This is Chris Garcia, and let’s start off with some of Garcia’s words about the model.

“I chopped the top 4 1/2 inches myself,” he began. “It still has the original four-cylinder motor that I updated with an intake manifold, a Stromberg Carburetor and custom header I made from scratch. I changed out the original 19-inch spoke wheels for these 1940 Ford Wheels with Firestone White Walls. And after pulling the fenders off, I mounted vintage B-L-C headlights, restored and then painted them to match the car. Then I mounted 1951 Pontiac taillights into the rear pan. Currently it still has the original mechanical brakes.”

Although you could say it’s quite beautiful as an almost 90-year-old, the true meaning behind the car is much closer to Chris’ heart.

“My dad and I bought the car in 2015 up in Grass Valley, California,” he said. “It was a complete and an all original Henry Ford Steel car. But we actually got it to restore for his retirement. It was going to be a father-son project.” 

But things did not go as planned.

“You see, I found the car so that my dad and I could build it for his retirement as I mentioned,” he said. “He always loved hot rods and fast cars and used to take me to the Dragstrip as a kid. But unfortunately, he passed away shortly after we bought it and he never even got to work on it with me. So now I am building it as a tribute to him.

“I am building the car the way he way he would have wanted it.”

According to Garcia, the ’30 Ford is currently in its first phase of the build. Eventually, he will update the frame, drive-train, brakes and put the fenders back on, “That’s the way my Dad would have built it”. 

But what is his favorite part? 

“The custom header I made for it,” he said. “It’s wide open, really loud and lets me wreak havoc through the streets of Southern California. I primarily take the car on cruises with my friends and enjoy driving it along with my other cars. I’ve also done vintage racing events like RPM Nationals and I take it to some car shows.”

Chris’ art reflects the time of the Monster movie posters. Although the Monster itself has been replaced by a powerful motor. Truly unique stuff. 

As of May 11, Garcia’s work will be on display at The Murphy Museum’s Fireball Gallery in Oxnard, just north of Malibu. And the 1930 Ford will be there for the evening festivities.

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