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Old 11-17-2008, 07:59 AM   #1
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Not long ago, I went out to dinner with a few good pals - all car guys. We weren't celebrating anything in particular, but one of our meal mates had just located and procured a cherry '34 roadster earlier that day. Of course, we spent most of the eve...

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Old 11-17-2008, 08:13 AM   #2
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A few more photos of that great looking DuVall windshield Roadster...




Same car but in white... not sure if the white or dark version was first...





Interior...




Another 33-34 Roadster... R&C cover car...








And ofcoars Alex Xydias knew how to make one look good as a custom...






Coupe... in a bit of custom trim... With Hollywood flipper hubcaps Whitewalls and Appleton Spots...







And Rick Dore's... I think it is a bit to modern with to much Billet... But he sure proved the 33-34 can look very good as custom. (36 Ford rear fenders sure help a lot...)



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Old 11-17-2008, 08:14 AM   #3
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Rikster, do you know anything else about the car at all? Who owned it? Who built it?

Personally, I think it's the only good looking car of the group you posted.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:20 AM   #4
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Rikster, do you know anything else about the car at all? Who owned it? Who built it?
I dont know much about that car at all...
AHRF has two photos of this car (both interior shots) on their site, but have it listed as unidentified.

I have read somewhere that the white version was owned by Al Marx... But no builder etc was listed.

Yes you are right this one is pure! I like the coupe with flippers as well.

One more photo of the white/Black Roadster... The dash ARHF photo




This is the AHRF photo description:

This modified Ford dash has just about everything a person could want. The 120 mph speedo behind the banjo wheel shows 22808 miles on it. The registration is in its little protector in the steering column just below what looks like one of Earl "Mad Man" Muntz's radios. Farther down is a flashlight for late night breakdowns. A heater helpes keep your feet warm when the headers don't on cold So-Cal nights. Turned dash inserts and white Naugahide complete the interior.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:24 AM   #5
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I really like the first example of a '34 Custom and the last version produced by Rick Dore. I can't help myself, Rick's treatment is just so sensual it's obscene. Sorry, just my two pennies worth...
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:25 AM   #6
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the black(dark) version has a 42 california plate on it(41 with 42 strip on top to save metal during the war)
the white(light) one has a 47 plate with a corner tab..so its 48 or later
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:57 AM   #7
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That is one really beautiful roadster. Do anyone know what the headlights are from?
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:14 AM   #8
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I also really like the coupe that Rikster posted, along with Ryan's subject roadster.

The gold Cabriolet is in the Speedway Museum.
Here's another photo of it, along with more on their site:
http://www.museumofamericanspeed.com.../IMG9861.shtml



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Old 11-17-2008, 09:22 AM   #9
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Very beautiful - I'd really like a '35 roadster with a similar treatment. The car Jack Nicholson should have driven in Chinatown, IMHO.

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Old 11-17-2008, 09:27 AM   #10
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The white version of the subject roadster is featured in a circa 1950 Ford Times magazine. I forget which issue exactly, and it may take me weeks to find it. Anybody have those mags handy? I think the same issue has the Niekamp roadster featured.
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:03 AM   #11
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Default Re: Model-40 Custom

Although the idea of a custom '34 is not my cup of tea, I thought Dore's was remarkably successful when I first saw it a few years ago. For my taste, the one that Ryan posted needs to be considerably lower to make the skirts work.
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:47 AM   #12
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Although the idea of a custom '34 is not my cup of tea, I thought Dore's was remarkably successful when I first saw it a few years ago. For my taste, the one that Ryan posted needs to be considerably lower to make the skirts work.
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Hahaha! Thanks, Rik!
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:33 AM   #14
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The roadster has 2 radios - may have been an early FM installation. White version shows a heavy mast antenna.

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Old 11-18-2008, 05:48 AM   #15
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I agree with Ryan... I like the top two only. I think its a fine line that needs to be walked on the custom side. The top car pulls that off, the others....close.

Also think the duvall looks nicer on the 34 then 32. Duvall's add that custom look I like, think they are better recieved on a custom then hot rod. I've got an original saved for a 34 or 36 someday, fingers still crossed.

Killer thread, thanks Ryan.
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:35 AM   #16
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I'm in love. NOTHING like that old timey custom stance. I like everything about it. Whoever your pal is that got one of these should build it like the dark one.....or the white one
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:04 AM   #17
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I thought it was common knowledge that gorgeous 34 roadster was attributed to Wes Collins.
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:25 AM   #18
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I thought it was common knowledge that gorgeous 34 roadster was attributed to Wes Collins.
Correct, he was the original owner... builder?
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:43 AM   #19
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There's just something that clicks with me when I see any custom with skirts. It immediately sends me back in time to the 40's. I love that first roadster. Simple and elegant. We should be building more customs this way.
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Simple and elegant. We should be building more customs this way.
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