Our California tour late last year took us up as far North as Sacramento where we had things to do and people to see, naturally we wanted to see a couple of rod shops, and Sacramento Vintage Ford was one of them. Started in the late Sixties, it has moved several times, culminating in this huge 70,000 square foot Ford parts emporium.
But the store is way more than just a parts store, as illustrated by the cool display we saw on entering, a full display dedicated to the late, great Norm Grabowski. Not only a legend among hot rodders, but someone we were privileged to meet and call a friend. The Kookie car on display is one of the two faithful replica’s, the original has been hidden away for some years, and unfortunately no longer appears true to its original identity.
There’s plenty of space for many other cars in the facility, and these rotate regularly, much like a true automotive museum. Stock early Fords abound, while variety is provided by such contrasting bedfellows as Flathead Jack’s twin-engined Dragster and full customs such as John D’Agostino’s ‘Sophia’ both sharing the same piece of carpet.
In another corner, a popular display is a recreation of a ’50’s workshop, complete with Lakes Roadster and vintage tools. It was inspired by a similar display in the Petersen Museum, and featured on a cover of Rod & Custom Magazine some years back, the only static display ever to do so.
We were also treated to some Hot Rod and Rock’n’Roll royalty, in the swoopy shape of Metallica’s, James Hetfield’s, ’37 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe, styled and built by Rick Dore and RD Customs. We haven’t room to list all the cool mods that went into this awesome kustom, though its worth noting that it retains the stock V12, coupled to a C4 transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear end. Paint is by Darryl Hollenbeck at Vintage Color Studio.
We were left free to wander the store un-interrupted and take as many pic as we wanted, but we’ll still take time here to thank the staff, even if we didn’t meet the original family owners who still run SVF.
There is something for any car nut at Sacramento Vintage Ford, including a functional diner cafe, if you’re in the area, you really should stop by and check it out.
Find it at 2484 Mercantile Drive, Rancho Cordova, Sacramento 94742 or check out their website at www.vintageford.com