• Apr 29, 2009
One 59-year-old man with a mission; one 19-year-old car that's a copy of a 77-year-old car; 64 cities in 49 states; nine days; 1,100 miles between sunrises; and more than 100 billion burgers sold -- those are the stats of Dave Schaub's trip across America to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto, California.

Called Drivin' for the Kids, Schaub's trip is just as much for him as it is for the children who will benefit. Starting in Needles, California Schaub will take his '32 Ford replica (with a smallblock Chevy engine, GM transmission and 24 mpg) across the South, up to Maine, back across the north and midwest, and finish up in Hyder, Alaska. The trip begins on Tuesday, September 8, and If you'd like to donate or just check up on his progress via GPS head over to www.49in9.com. And to you, Mr. Schaub, good luck.

[Source: AutoWeek]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yay... yet another Model A with a cheap ass owner who took the easy route and put a GM engine into it. There should be some sort of law that prevents people from doing such a thing.

      I have zero respect for people that spend 20-30k restoring a car, but then cheap out and put a small block chevy into them. Nothing about the car is special. Its just like every other one out there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it had a stock Ford engine, it wouldn't be something special either...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it had a ford engine it would imediately be different than 75% of the model A's out there. And there are a lot of ford engines to choose from. Some of my favorite model A's use flat-heads. He could even put a cammer from an S197 Mustang. I have not seen one of those in a Model A yet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stuka,
        I agree. The worst example I have seen was a stunning looking blue kit Cobra parked in front of a Ford dealership. I stopped to look at it and talk to the owner. When I saw the 427 emblem on the side I asked the owner about the motor and he sheepishly confessed that he had an LS motor in it. I walked away crying.

        If you want to see a Ford Cammer motor in a 32 Ford, look for picture of the Multimatic 32 from the 2007 SEMA show. I saw the car later in Toronto. The tall all black cammer sitting in the black coupe made my knees weak.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I just paid this guy a few bucks to burn some dinosaur blood in a car I've never driven to go to a bunch of places I've never been.

      It's all about the kids.

      More power to him.

      As for some of the earlier posts...

      1) He's wearing a helmet because he's driving a '32 replica... it's not a Volvo.

      2) The Chevy small block is a nice 'n tight, reliable, kick-ass engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why is he wearing a helmet?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is lame... Will I get publicity if I drive my 20 year old BMW across America? Its older then this thing and it probably has a lot more problems too
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where can I buy such beautiful replica?
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a worthy excuse to pile the miles on a hot rod.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This guy must be the owner of Schaub's Meat Co. in Palo Alto. Sounds like a fun trip, although doing it an open top car is gonna be brutal - sun, wind, rain, maybe even hail. He and his car will be beat up afterwards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK, I can accept this for what it is. A stunt supporting kids. Yay!

      But, what a waste of a beautiful country. I hope he does it again and actually stops to see what is out there.....just the second most beautiful country in the world (after Canada of course).

      I did all the states...and provinces...and territories, in an 86 Mustang (with a stock motor), although over a few years, but I focused on all of the natural attractions, not on the cities. I just can't understand why everyone in America hasn't already done this. It may be too late once the environmental commies running Washington take away our energy and our right to do the same.

      Oh! and Hyder Alaska? That's so far south on the panhandle that it is called Cheater Alaska. This guy should not claim he has driven to Alaska until he has done Anchorage or Fairbanks.

      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do Hot Rods use the Chevy engine? Is it for reliability reasons?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, aftermarket support is a huge benefit, and it does get kind of tedious to see so many "custom" cars follow the same mold. Hot rodding used to be about ingenuity, but it seems it's evolved into a bunch of nostalgic old dudes buying overpriced, candy-painted replicas of what the cool kids drove back in their high school days. Billetproof notwithstanding, of course.

        Not to disparage Mr. Schaub's epic quest, though. I respect it hugely and would love to do something similar one day, albeit in something more modern. In my mind, I was thinking maybe a Subaru SVX.

        In the meantime, I'm still waiting for someone to put a rotary in one of those ubiquitous 30's Fords. Go pistonless, old man!
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 5 Years Ago
        Being a bit of a hot fodder myself owning cars with both Ford and Chevy motors I have to say the two main reasons for a hot rod such as a t-bucket or a 32 to have a Chevy instead of the Ford is because it crosses manufacturers together in one car and the Chevy is generally accepted as the easier motor to keep running cool. Not saying that it is impossible to keep running cool but when faced with unique design issues and a limited budget it is well you get the idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It was originally due to the dimensions of the ford vs. the GM blocks. Ford V8 small blocks are a little longer and harder to fit in the chassis compared to the GM small blocks.
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