The Jim Papworth Photo Collection
Jim Papworth was a member of the Culver City Screwdrivers. He joined the club in 1948, and was active until the late 1950. Jim's first car was a 1932 Ford highboy roadster that he bought in 1947. It was in gray primer, and Jim did nothing to improve it. Jim's next car was a 1932 Ford 3-Window coupe. It had no fenders and a dropped axle, making it hard to handle at fifty and above, so he sold it and bought a channeled 1927 Ford Model T Roadster in 1948. The car came without an engine and transmission, so he built an engine and transmission he could use for street racing, a big deal at the time. Later on he decided to modify it for dry lakes racing. Jim ran the roadster in 1948 and 1949. Top speed in 1949 was 129.56. After the Model T followed another 1932 Ford, as Jim bought a 1932 Ford two door sedan. The car came stock off the showroom floor. Jim's last car a 1934 Ford 5-Window coupe that he bought in 1950. He pulled the engine out of the Model T roadster and installed it in the coupe. He had Sandy Belond build headers for the coupe, as it was his date car.
- Jim Papworth
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