I purchased “Rachel” in 1958, while working at Clark’s Top & Body Works in Pasadena, Calif. I was only her third owner. I restored her with Ford’s rack & pinion steering, 1970 Chevelle front disc brakes, a 350-350 Vortec, Chevy S/B, 700R4 transmission and Vintage Air. Rachel has changed very little from that “Hot Rod” restoration (the term “street rod” wasn’t in existence then). Rachel’s body, doors, L/R fender, trunk, hood, and gas tank are original equipment (all steel). In 2005, after decades of 1960 Cadillac black, I painted her with PPG Base/Clear Black/Cranberry.
Who has a car today that has driven on Route 66 as much as Rachel? Probably very few, since Route 66 in Pasadena is also known as Colorado Boulevard, the route of the Tournament of Roses Parade. When I was a teenager, cruise nights were endless on Colorado Blvd. by Bob’s Big Boy.