Growing up in southern California back in the mid-forties, Max Panetta built his first automobile at age fifteen.
Of course he was living at the center of the birth of custom cars, street rods, trucks and bikes in the L.A. area of sunny California.
Max’s is credited with having his signature on 75–80 vehicle titles in the past 70 plus years. What’s amazing is that 20–25 of those wild automobiles he designed, developed and totally built himself. One hundred per cent from ground up, start to finish. We at R&R NW publication have shared with our readers six of his fantastic creations in past editions. Now it’s our pleasure to share another sweet little ride from Max’s collection. His latest is a 1936 Ford Roadster street rod.
A quick note of importance: Max did not build this old school vintage ’36, as it was skillfully created here in the Portland area several years ago. Max would like to give a thumbs up to all the people that had a hand in putting it together as she is a true work of art. Max has made a few updated improvements on her like a new electric fuel line system, a rebuilt rear-end, plus he added power steering to get down the highway with a little more ease.
You all remember of course the difference between a convertible and a roadster. Well for those of you that may not, the roadster is the one they built at the Ford factory without any roll-up windows. Thus you end up with a sleek, cool looking, fare weather ride with a little fresh air hitting you in the face for 365 days a year.
This sweet little 1936 old school Ford roadster, complete with a soft fabric one piece top, runs a 350 Chevy for power, 350 tranny and an 8” Ford rear-end, plus power brakes on all four corners. She’s running 550 x15” up front and 850×15” out back creating that perfect stance.
This delicious Gibbons body came complete with 2 ½” chopped top She sports a beautiful leather rumble seat at the rear and a matching all-leather old school interior with electronic gauges. The body is finished in Sea-Foam Green with pearlized mint green flames and pearlized ghost flames escaping across the hood. She’s a creative work of artistic automotive beauty.
After completing a tour in the US Navy, Max joined the Northrop Aviation group in Southern Ca. as a Senior Electronics Engineer. His career took him all over the world to over 30 different countries. He finally retired in 1991 and relocated to the Portland area.
At last count he’s got insurance coverage on five automobiles, two trucks, two car hauling trailers, and two small tractors. Both of these exciting little-man tractors were built 100% by hand in Max’s own shop. They have been enjoyed by all for the past several years down at the annual tractor pull and show at the Power Land and Tractor Museum in Brooks, Oregon. Max is an active member of the Kool Guys Hot Rod Breakfast at the Hangar Restaurant, meeting every friday morning around 7 am in Carver, Oregon.
We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank you Mr. Panetta for your dedicated time in the US Armed Forces and for your time well served as a Senior Electronics Engineer and your creative contribution to the Space Age Industry. We are proud and honored to select your 1936 Ford Roadster as our featured car of the Month for April 2016.