Rick's Driving Passion

May 2013

Ever Wish You Had an Old Car of Your Own? Well, FSE's Rick Miley has had seven old cars of his own and has plans for three more. Here's Rick's story, straight from the Kettering, Ohio project team.

1935 Ford Five-Window Coupe
1935 Ford Five-Window Coupe I started building cars around 1988. The first car that I built, with the help of my sister-in-law, was a 1935 Ford five-window coupe. We built the car to be fender-less. It had a 350/350 motor/transmission out of a Camero and had a 4-inch dropped axle with a 10-bolt rear end. I sold the '35 to start my next project. 1935 was a very good year.

1937 Cadillac Opera Coupe
1937 Cadillac Opera Coupe I built this 1937 Cadillac Opera coupe with a Nova sub-frame, a 1975 Cadillac 500 cubic inch big block engine, and a 400 transmission. The car was painted Mars Red. Where is it now? For sale on Hemmings List.

1937 Cadillac Convertible
1937 Cadillac Convertible
After that, I bought a 1937 Cadillac convertible. The car had a 1949 Cadillac overhead valved engine. During this time, we also built a 1940 Ford two-door Sedan for my parents.

"Who is that driving a 1937 Cadillac convertible? Oh yes, that's Rick Miley!"

Wow! Where can I get one of these??!!

The Present - Two More
In the last couple of years, I built a couple of International pickups. I'm building a 1949 International pickup now; it's on a 2000 S-10 frame with a 350/350 combo. We are also building a 1946 Plymouth coupe for my dad. It has a Nova sub-frame 327/350 combo, P.W., PB, Nova rear end.

The Future
After these are built, I have three more to build; a 1932 Plymouth three-window coupe for my daughter, a 1932 Willy's Knight Sedan, and a 1947 Chevy COE that we are going to stretch into a crew cab.

And you all wondered what Rick Miley does in his spare time. Now you know. Wow!