Dream It. Weld It.®

Build Partners

The Miller ’29 Roadster was built with Miller welding products in the hands of some of hot rodding’s biggest names: Reece, Keating, Miller, Covell, TCI and many others. Their goal was to build, not just a beautiful hot rod, but to build it with the same equipment available to the average do-it-yourselfer.

Brookville Roadster

Brookville Roadster reproduced the 1929 Ford roadster body used in Miller’s ’29 Roadster.

Family owned and operated for over a decade, Brookville Roadster reproduces All-Steel 1928-1932 Ford roadster bodies and is known within the street rod industry for its quality products. All Brookville Roadster bodies are hand assembled with pride and expert craftsmanship in their 52,000 square-foot manufacturing facility located in Brookville, Ohio.

Foose Design

Chip Foose used his street rod savvy to design the wheels that appear on Miller’s ’29 Roadster.

Chip Foose of Huntington Beach, Calif., owns Foose Design, an automotive and product design development company. This designer/fabricator genius builds some of the world’s most famous hot rods, show cars and concept cars and became a household name because of his amazing skill. Chip’s numerous awards and honors include earning his third Ridler award in March 2005 as well as several Good Guys awards. At the age of 31, he is the youngest designer ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame and has worked with industry greats. The road ahead for Chip Foose is definitely something to watch.

Covell Creative Metalworking

Ron Covell contributed his talent to the collective bodywork on Miller’s ’29 Roadster.

The Roadster features top-rated suspension components and chassis, plus some real interesting body modifications from Pat Keating.- Ron Covell

Ron Covell, owner of Covell Creative Metalworking in Freedom, Calif., is as good at teaching the art of metalworking as he is at performing it. Ron markets a line of metalworking tools and videos by mail order and also travels the country holding metalworking workshops. Extremely well-respected in the street rod industry, this metalworking expert’s cars and motorcycles have been featured in countless magazines. Ron writes technical articles and columns for various street rod enthusiast publications under the title of Professor Hammer.

Roush Performance

Miller’s ’29 Roadster features a Roush 302 engine with 453 horsepower. Equally unique, the Roadster tows a ready-to-weld Trailblazer 302 with a Roush 302 engine capable of 320 horsepower for auxiliary and welding power.

Developed because of Jack Roush’s lifelong passion for hot rods, Roush Performance offers performance vehicles, crate engines and aftermarket parts. Roush Performance (the first company to blend legendary racing experience with advanced engineering and manufacturing expertise (has an unparalleled reputation for quality products within the street rod industry.

Total Cost Involved Engineering, Inc. (TCI)

TCI reproduced the ’29 Ford frame and chassis for Miller’s Roadster.

Total Cost Involved Engineering, Inc., Ontario, Calif., offers a broad mix of products for street rod enthusiasts.

In business since 1974, TCI produces frames and chassis, front and rear suspensions, brake kits, engine and transmission mounts, springs, shocks and more for a wide variety of classic automobile models. TCI’s service and reputation are well known to the street rod community and the company has numerous industry awards under its belt such as the Best Engineered Product Award from SMRA in 1999 and the Magnificent Manufacturer Award presented by GoodGuys at the 2002 West Coast Nationals. TCI continues to define the leading edge of the street rod style and design.

Glen Miller

Glen Miller

A good friend of Wayne Reece, and Pat Keating, Glen Miller helped make all the mechanical connections between Miller’s ‘29 Roadster and the Roush 302 engine.

When asked if I would be interested in working on Miller’s ’29 Roadster, I already knew how much fun it was going to be.

Since he was six years old, Glen Miller dreamed about working exclusively on hot rods. In his 42 years in Louisville, Ky., Glen owned his business, Miller’s Auto & Truck Service and after 25 successful years, he decided to focus his attention on what he loved most, building and fabricating custom hot rods. He met Pat Keating while at the Custom Auto Show in Louisville and shortly thereafter was introduced to industry enthusiast Carl Casper. Glen soon became a main wrench to his team, working on many projects. His achievements have been many over the last 5 years and he was presented with the Master Mechanic award for his work featured in many of Carl Casper’s projects and in the pages of industry magazines. Glen also won the People’s Choice award at the Mustang Show, Brown County, Ind. Other car shows that Glen’s work has been featured at include Good Guys, Street Rod Nationals, Super Chevy’s, Gatlenberg Muscle Cars and Carl Casper Auto Show.

Known for his killer engine power, Glen Miller completes two total car restorations per year, possessing the pride needed to be a performer in the custom automotive industry all from his shop behind his house.

Wayne Reece

Wayne Reece

Wayne Reece designed the concept for Miller’s ’29 Roadster and set out to build it, placing a true emphasis on the Dream It. Weld It.® philosophy.

We wanted to show that the tools and techniques we used are within easy reach of the average home hobbyist.

The hot rod bug caught Wayne Reece early on. Learning the trade with his dad at the age of 12, Wayne grew his interest and ambitions to build hot rods. Working with metal has always been a passion of Wayne’s, leading him to start his own welding business, Wayne’s World of Welding, which is still in part-time operation after 28 years. Wayne’s custom fabrication has been recognized by the professional hot rod industry on several occasions.

His 1937 Ford pickup won Best in Class, and Best Street Rod in Show at the International Show Car Association in Louisville, Ky. His best-known work most likely was on a 1931 Model A Ford Coupe that was built at Street Rod shows traveling through Charlotte, N.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Indianapolis, Ind. and Louisville, Ky. The car was started in 2000 and finished in 2002.

Wayne’s achievements have graced the covers of Street Rod Builder, Rodder’s Journal, Street Rodder and several other publications. Wayne Reece has been a district manager with Miller Electric Mfg. Co. for 11 years now and resides in Louisville, Ky.

Pat Keating

Pat Keating

Pat Keating designed and hand built the aluminum hardtop, mirror posts and some bodywork on Miller’s ’29 Roadster.

This Model A Roadster is a little bit unusual because we flush mounted the doors and installed electric windows, not to mention the design of a completely removable hardtop.

Louisville, Ky., native Pat Keating has been involved with hot rods before he even started driving. At the age of 14 his interests in classic cars grew, naturally directing him toward metalworking. After attending school for art and design, Pat worked for two local body shops before accepting a position with Ford Motor Company. He invested the next 30 years as a devoted metal finisher in the assembly plant before retiring to focus on his passion and his new business, Keating Customs.

Pat has been chopping tops on custom and feature cars for 50 years now, earning the respect and admiration of many in the automotive industry. He even built a custom 1950 Mercury for Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top in the late ‘80s. Some of his more recent recognition includes a 1948 Chevrolet that took Best Paint at the 2003 PPG Good Guys show in Ind. and was featured on the cover of Street Rodder magazine.

With features in Super Rodder, American Rodder and others, Pat simply enjoys what he is doing. “It just comes natural to me. I love playing with metal and even though it is a part of my work, it does not seem like work to me, I’m very fortunate.”

Presently he is an Official with the International Show Car Association and an Official with Super Chevy. He also has been working with industry auto enthusiast Carl Casper for the past 4 years and has built two feature cars.

Metra Electronics

Tom Reece installed the custom stereo and video components featured on Miller’s ’29 Roadster.

With this project we were able to really focus on keeping the hot rod look by concealing the stereo components.- Tom Reece

For more than 50 years, Florida-based Metra Electronics has offered cutting edge custom electronics to the automotive industry. Their innovative products and seamless installation have earned the respect of many automotive fabricators. Featuring heavy-duty Tsunami power inverters, Metra’s installations are known for being heard, not seen.

Tom Reece is the production and show coordinator for Metra and has competed professionally in car electronics customization since 2003. His work has been featured in publications such as Performance and Auto Sound Magazine, Mobile Electronics and Mustang Enthusiast. Reece has won show recognition, taking 1st Domestic mild at the 2003 Slam Fest in Tampa, Fla. and 1st place domestic at the 2003 USAC World Finals. More recently, he won Best of Show, Hottest Ford, Best Display of Tint and Best Sound Presentation at the 2005 Hot Import Nights in Kansas City.

Taylor's House of Color

Taylor’s House of Color gave Miller’s ’29 Roadster its visual personality through a custom paint job.

Using the Smith torch to apply smoke to the flames on the side of the car was fun and unique.- Dan Taylor

Family owned and operated, Bob Taylor of Taylor's House of Color has been painting cars for over 40 years and known in the industry for unique style and paint techniques. Bob’s son Dan has been in the business for over 20 years and became an established painter whose work has been featured in many street rod publications. Together they have painted thousands of cars, boats and specialty vehicles with custom paint jobs. Their imaginative eye for detail and style has been recognized at numerous car shows, earning the respect of the industry as a highly talented, quality paint team.

Scotts Jr. Interiors
www.scottsjr.com

Scotts Jr. Interiors

Billy Scott Jr. hand-fabricated upholstery for seats, paneling, floor mats, bed cover and removable hardtop for Miller’s ‘29 Roadster.

Everything came from little more than cloth, resin and leather. Now that’s art!- Billy Scott Jr.

Family owned and operated, Billy Scott Jr. has been in the custom automotive upholstery business for the past 35 years. Working with wood, metal, cloth, and exotic leathers, Billy forms upholstery that adorns some of the industries most recognized vehicles. With five cars featured on covers of Street Rodder, and published in over 200 hot rod magazines, Billy Scott Jr. has created quite a reputation. Having won awards for his talent and custom craftsmanship, he was honored when a 1951 Mercury he worked on with industry leader Dave Alton Jr. won Best Mercury in the World. A 1950 Buick featured on the cover of Custom Rodder Magazine also gave exposure to Billy’s style encompassing smooth design blended with unique textures. Billy works on 12 Hot Rods per year and at any given time there are usually 7-8 cars in his shop. He resides in Louisville, Ky.

 

Additional Thanks

Miller Electric Mfg. Co would also like to thank the following contributors whose work added that custom touch making the ’29 Roadster as visually unique as it is functional.

  • Phoenix Transmissions
  • Louisville Chrome Plating
  • MotorHead Jewelers
  • Zoops (alternator, brackets pulleys)
  • Vintage Air
  • Performance Products (parts)
  • Walker Radiator
  • LoKar Shifter
  • Brill Glass