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Old 07-29-2008, 09:46 AM   #1
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Default Tom Cobbs: Part 1

Here's an old hot rod name for you – Tom Cobbs. It's not a household name by any means. In fact, you can read both "The Birth of Hot Rodding" and "Dry Lakes & Dragstrips" (two of the best historical studies on early Hot Rodding) from cover to...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.

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Old 07-29-2008, 10:09 AM   #2
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One of the best sources on Cobb's early technical career (before the crank-mount blower period) is a magazine story covering the development of the roadster/coupe through three flatheads developing the top mount 4-71...it has about as much tech as you get in the earliest magazines, and considerable material on the thinking/development process as this thing evolved into a very fast car.
I can't post the citation til tomorrow as it is at home...but it is in a magazine actually famous for its cover pic, two guys working on the Ray Brown '32 roadster. Someone here must have a copy to scan in...
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:16 AM   #3
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Default Re: Tom Cobbs: Part 1

I haven't seen that article, but will look for it... You know what year?

It's interesting, half of the media you find on Tom Cobbs has his name spelled as 'Tom Cobb'. The other half it is 'Tom Cobbs'.

I can confidently say the latter is correct.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:18 AM   #4
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Default Re: Tom Cobbs: Part 1

Man, how does a man of such importance not get the attention that he deserves. I can't believe that I have not been reminded of his accomplishments and contributions to what we do on a daily basis. What a cool sorty and I can't wait to read more.

Damn it! That 1956 version of the Pierson Bros. coupe is slick. And the shot at the salt with all of them lined up is painstakingly beautiful. Viva La Hamb!
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:19 AM   #5
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Ryan, get Kevin to post it...sent it to him in a packet of belt-drive blower stuff. Will look at the original and post citation tomorrow...no techno to post anything, though.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:31 AM   #6
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Default Re: Tom Cobbs: Part 1

Man I love this stuff
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:43 AM   #7
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I can never get enough of this stuff. How cool would it have been to be at that first race?
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:48 AM   #8
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I love the Jalopy Journal.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:16 AM   #9
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Thanks for that post. Great reading. Looking forward to the follow up.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:57 AM   #10
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Default Re: Tom Cobbs: Part 1

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Nose hairs be damned, this car was going to haul ass.
haha, that is some funny stuff right there.

Good writing, Ryan, and I look forward to reading part 2 next week. Keep up the good work!
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:01 AM   #11
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Yeah.... If you like this week's installment, you are gonna shit yourself next week.
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Default Re: Tom Cobbs: Part 1

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Yeah.... If you like this week's installment, you are gonna shit yourself next week.
I should call off work ahead of time huh?
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:25 PM   #13
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Yeah.... If you like this week's installment, you are gonna shit yourself next week.
Does that mean that you ended up with it, and are putting the motor in your coupe??
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Old 07-29-2008, 06:37 PM   #14
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Default Re: Tom Cobbs: Part 1

Great history lesson, photos, and well written, Ryan.

Really looking forward to the next installment.... '22
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:38 PM   #15
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Next week? That's a whole 5 days from now...
Seriously eating this info up tho, Thanks!
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:22 PM   #16
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Its a great story to tell Fran Hernandez and Tom Cobbs drag race.

I believe this may be Frans coupe. Photo appears in the Edelbrock book. It talks about how the nitro motor was dropped in to his daily driven car for the race against Tom Cobbs.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:30 AM   #17
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Wow, what a great story! I, too, love this stuff - Thanks and keep it coming!

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Old 07-29-2008, 11:46 AM   #18
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Default Re: Tom Cobbs: Part 1

I have it - I'll find it tonight. Scanner is busted so I'll need to figure that out. But as Bruce said it is a great article.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:26 PM   #19
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Default Re: Tom Cobbs: Part 1

Ryan, I really enjoy your literary prose. And this article is mesmerizing to read. Very enjoyable and enlightening!
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:05 PM   #20
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Oh Man! That's the best read for me in a looong time! I love this kinda stuff. HotRod, R&C, and especially the Rodders Journal are really getting good at reporting on the forfathers of the HotRod genre, but NONE of 'em are doin' it better than what I see here! I'm looking forward to the second part...REALLY! -Greg
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