President's Message

It is the end of 2019. The SD Prowlers are entering our 73rd year driving souped up old Fords and enjoying every minute of life.

The Prowlers hot rod club have chosen a new president so it is time to begin another chapter in this book.

The roaring 20s are just around the corner. Look forward to more traditional hot rod fun!


ps: Hey we have a very nice 2020 calendar available.  There are three pages dedicated to our history and the rest are pictures of our contemporary "driven daily" hot rods...all on nice paper and excellent photography of course. The cost is $10 . If we have to take it to the Post Office add $5. If interested email 

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Upcoming Events Short List !

Jan 24-6  GNRS @ Pomona Fairplex

Feb 20-2  Big 3 Swap Meet

Apr 3-5    Del mar Good Guys

May 5      Freddy Castro Remembrance

Monte Hale - Active Prowler Member

Member # 112

Prowler of the year 2005, 06, 07

Treasurer 2008-2012


I'm Monte Hale, a Prowler on his second tour.  I was introduced to the Prowlers by a very close friend named Larry Hunter, but didn't join until the late 60's.  I joined the club with a 32 Model B Roadster which was originally built by Glenn Tuttle.  I stayed in the club through the early 70's.  Now, many years later, after remembering how much fun it was, and even more importantly, remembering all the "brothers" and the tight knit clan we had, I decided to build another rod and try to join again. 


I built a full-fendered '29 with the help of Lee Bright, and the support of many of the other Prowler brothers.  I ran the '29 in primer for a number of years, and finally decided it was time to finish it up so I could see about joining the club again. It was really great to be made to feel so welcome by everyone.  And, at this point, I would like to say "thanks" to all the guys for making this happen.

Now for a bit about my car.  I picked up the '29 from Ron Wheeler when he had his shop in El Cajon.  With the help and guidance of Lee Bright I got it to the way she sits today. We changed a few things such as, adding suicide doors and making sure she sits nice and low, running with a 300 horse 350 Chevy, a 400 tranny, and Ford 9" with 350 gears.  I built a one-piece Carson style top that Armando upholstered, along with the interior of the car.

After running in primer for a number of years, I took the '29 in to Dalton and Sons in Santee, and they finished up the body work and painted it for me in what we call "Lee Bright Green" with gold pearl.  Finally, Mark Leuck put the finishing touches on it with pin-stripping.  


I also have a '57 Chevy pickup with a big block Chevy, a 400 tranny and another Ford 9" with 3.0 gears.  The '57 has a 1969 Caprice front clip, a power tilt front end, as well as power everything else.  Again, Armando finished the interior, and Bob Owens did the paint job in my garage.  The color is 1970 Monte Carlo tan with gold pearl. 


Now for the next project . . . I'm getting ready to start one more rod - - a '30 Sedan Delivery, which should keep me busy for quite awhile.   See you on the street!






As you can tell this baby needs some TLC

 Here you see I have the subframe going together.

Here are the steel topbows ready for a steel roof insert from a old donor station wagon.

Now the new roof is tacked in place. That is the easy part!

Now the hardware is in place to put in the "opera doors".

I have it rolled out of the shop for the first time to check it out (and sweep up)!