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Old 11-25-2008, 10:17 AM   #1
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Default The Speedball Special

Our pals over at Hemmings found this one... The September, 1956 issue of Mechanics Illustrated featured instructions on how to ...

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Old 11-25-2008, 10:22 AM   #2
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You motor boatn' son of a bitch!!
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:27 AM   #3
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Wait, I already have a wood car and nobody makes a big fluff about that! My '31 Chevy probably is made up of the same ratio of wood/steel as that boat car.

I love the idea of incorporating wood into cars if it works but I am not sure about this thing. Probably would be a blast to drive at the very least.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:33 AM   #4
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Um, if I admit to seeing this article when it was new, does that mean I'm a geezer?
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:42 AM   #5
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My dad road an '54 Ariel square four and he had a Dumphy wooden runabout boat but thankfully never mated the two.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:43 AM   #6
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:13 AM   #7
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What an insult to a beautiful engine!
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:26 AM   #8
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So would this be a Beaver rod instead of a Rat Rod?
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:35 AM   #9
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There's a guy here in Ontario Canada with a home-built wooden bodied MG that looks very similar. I tried to find it using Google and came up with a whole bunch of wacky results...





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Old 11-25-2008, 11:39 AM   #10
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I don't care what anyone says, that thing is awesome! (I'm a little dubious about the 750 lb weight, though: the front suspension alone looks like it weighs that much!!)
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:51 AM   #11
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I heard the guy who built this thing was in a huge wooden car club. Apparently however, there was a huge argument and he left and went on to form his own splinter group...
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:03 PM   #12
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I think it's really cool and I like the patina on the wood.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:17 PM   #13
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Fred Flintstone and Barny Rubble had simular cars..

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Old 11-25-2008, 12:32 PM   #14
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CACK! I hate wood,y' can't WELD it!
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:41 PM   #15
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I heard the guy who built this thing was in a huge wooden car club. Apparently however, there was a huge argument and he left and went on to form his own splinter group...
Ok so you got me with this one!HAHA

Wow imagine that 59 caddy taillights. Some neat bits though.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:08 PM   #16
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Wow that shows my point you can build all kinds of cars and they still get to the HAMB somehow someway! We here on the HAMB have a strange & wonderful sickness called HOTRODDING
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:31 PM   #17
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Now that's ugly! Looks sorta like a catfish with wheels.

BigA, what's the story with three wheeler in the first photo, that's kinda neat.

This Hispano Suiza is the car I always think of when somebody talks about wood bodied cars.



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Old 11-25-2008, 01:45 PM   #18
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More recently this has been done by a Gentleman name Joe Harmon, he calls it "The Splinter". It's still under construction but he claims it will reach 200 mph....I'll believe it when I see it.
His site. http://www.joeharmondesign.com/
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:49 PM   #19
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I think the car in this thread is way cool but I question the use of wood from an engineering standpoint on the "supercar". Maybe some of the structural engineers floating around in here can elaborate with more authority but there are a number of materials that are better suited for building a 200 mph car.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:52 PM   #20
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I think the car in this thread is way cool but I question the use of wood from an engineering standpoint on the "supercar". Maybe some of the structural engineers floating around in here can elaborate with more authority but there are a number of materials that are better suited for building a 200 mph car.
On the splinter the wood is woven and covered in a resin, much like carbon fiber is on a race car. the rest of these appear to be carved out or done more in a panel style like an old boat.
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