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Old 01-22-2011, 05:16 PM   #81
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Awesome, thanks for taking the time to post them Jimmy!
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:30 PM   #82
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Fantastic!! A time when rodders raced them on dirty dry lakes. The way God intended them to be used. No shiny GNRS contenders there!
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:47 PM   #83
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Firing Order 1,

I agree 100%! When my dad and I restored our sprint car we were told "chrome this, plate that" - but that is not how sprint cars, lakes cars and hot rods were originally built.

Not to start an argument but "over - restored" is not what it is all about. I love these old pics - hopefully we can get a better understanding on how it was.

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Old 01-22-2011, 05:48 PM   #84
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The 1st and 2nd pictures in #49 look like the Pierson Bros. coupe. Thanks for sharing these wonderful visual time frames in history with us.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:52 PM   #85
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Fantastic!! A time when rodders raced them on dirty dry lakes. The way God intended them to be used. No shiny GNRS contenders there!
Actually there are two early NRS (National Roadster Show) entrants that were in contention to win the AMBR.
Richard Lee's T on the left


&

Dick King roadster


of course they are a bit dusty.
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Old 01-22-2011, 05:59 PM   #86
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Maybe I should rephrase it to read they weren't afraid to use them for what they were intended. Dust and the ocassional stone chip didn't cause a heart attack.
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:05 PM   #87
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I have a friend who will be 70 this year and I will be 75 and he doesn't remember any unfinished cars like a couple of the street cars in the photos. Almost all of the early hot rods that belonged to young people in the early 50s wore Henrys original paint, black and basic seats for interior. The cars in the photo look like so many of the ones in the early yearly hot rod how to books. He thinks any car that doesn't have a good paint job and a complete interior is basically a rat rod no matter how good the workmanship is. How soon we forget just how crude a 17 year old's build was back in the fifties.
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #88
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The 1st and 2nd pictures in #49 look like the Pierson Bros. coupe. Thanks for sharing these wonderful visual time frames in history with us.


This one? That was run/built by Harold Casaurang & Gordon Vann. This coupe is on the cover of "Hop Up & Motor Life" March '54.
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:11 PM   #89
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Thanks Jimmy.
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:40 PM   #90
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Small roadster to the left was also a San Francisco Ramblers car. Rudy Mortonsen was the first owner that I know of. Set Bonneville BF/R in '58. Running as Vally Auto Parts Special
Is this the same car....appears to be...Ramblers plaque

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Old 01-22-2011, 10:07 PM   #91
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Thanks for sharing these beauties with us all!
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:35 PM   #92
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god the dust,, when I sold my roadster years after el mirage it still had california dirt in the carpet. great pics my boys were 8 and 10 and drove the roadster there.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:30 AM   #93
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Great stuff again Jimmy , thanks for posting
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:59 AM   #94
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Hot damn those early fifties street duece highboy coupes are nuts. So' the '49/50 shot. Hot. Subscribed, Thanks..
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:46 AM   #95
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I can't help but think how lucky we are that somebody cared enough to take the pictures and that they have lasted all these years. Thanks for sharing them with us.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:39 AM   #96
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Sure looks to be, check out the "ram-air" induction! this car is way cool.

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Old 01-23-2011, 08:44 AM   #97
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Outstanding pictures Jimmy. Thank you so much for sharing them. I wonder who the photographer was. He certainly had a good camera and knew how to use it. I can almost imagine myself being there taking those pictures. I would certainly be interested in buying some prints.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:56 AM   #98
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Pictures of the Fred Zaft coupe bring back memories of its early feature in Hot Rod mag. I thought that was the neatest of cars and built a balsa model of it at age 12. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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Old 01-23-2011, 08:57 AM   #99
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Thanks for sharing your passion for these style of rods Jimmy ..
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:25 AM   #100
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Great pictures............Thanks............I think these could be put together in a Don Montgomery type book and published. Probably not a money maker but many HAMB guys would sure like a copy, maybe a limited print version...........Who knows it might be a hot as the HAMB calander.
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