Eville Iron Street Rods, classic cars at Vanderburgh 4-H
DARMSTADT, Ind. – This isn’t Randall Krystosek’s first rodeo when it comes to building race cars and hot rods, but the 1930 Ford Roadster he was putting the finishing touches on ahead of this week’s Frog Follies has a special connection with the E’ville Member of the Iron Street Rods.
“I bought this axle when I was a kid from Warshawsky in Chicago,” he said of the Ford front end. “I had it on an old hot rod I built as a kid. When I gave up on that project, I kept the axle and spring. … I was 16.”
Today, Krystosek works in a well-equipped, air-conditioned shop.
“It’s not a showplace,” he said of the workshop. “A lot of race cars and hot rods were built here.”
Frog Follies takes place at the Vanderburgh County 4-H Fairgrounds near the intersection of US 41 and Boonville-New Harmony Road. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person, with children under 12 admitted free.
There are usually at least 4,000 hot rods on display for the weekend.
“It’s what we would call a traditional hot rod,” Krystosek continued. “It’s built like the vehicles kids rode on dry lakes and on the streets before and after World War II.”
According to Krystosek, many young veterans had picked up skills learned in the military and incorporated them into creating hot rods.
“We really massaged this thing so it was nice and straight,” he said. “A lot of people involved in the old car hobby would look at what we’ve done here and consider it a sin.”
And that’s how “Original Sin” got its name.
The “unfinished project” car was purchased by Krystosek in 2004. After taking it apart and reshaping the Model A frame, it was time to put it back together. But it hasn’t been easy.
“I made a lot of parts for it,” he said.
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It also beefed up the original 85 horsepower engine from the 1932 era to a 1947 flathead with around 200 horsepower.
With the lack of a windshield, combined with the updraft from the front, glasses are needed in the car even at low speeds. And the stiff front springs will rattle your teeth to be sure.
“It’s never going to be a long-distance car, Krystosek said. “I can tell you that.