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Old 12-30-2008, 04:10 AM   #1
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Default Novelty Hot Rods - Post any pic's.

I was looking at a real old set of hot rod magazines and it occured to me that nobody seems to build these novelty or theme style hot rods like in the old days.

I remember the RED BARON T bucket and the POP CORN WAGON and of course there was the UNCERTAIN T I guess you may call it a coupe!!!

Anybody feel like post some pic's and we can create a historical record of the big names.

Then there was the MUNSTERS who had 2 hot rods and of course Barris must have built at least one in his time?

Do folks still build these or is it a thing of the past???
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:43 AM   #2
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Yes, they are a thing of the past along with that red head! That is one of the better "theme rods" though!
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:24 AM   #3
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Balloon smuggler.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:38 AM   #4
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Default Re: Novelty Hot Rods - Post any pic's.

Anybody who can sand cast his own Caddy flathead parts (successfully) like you could surely build a T like that. Why don't you do it Russ?
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:23 PM   #5
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Default Re: Novelty Hot Rods - Post any pic's.

I'd characterize this as a novelty car:
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:27 PM   #6
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Aren't all of those 'ratrods' novelty cars?
They are definitely a passing fad
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:51 PM   #7
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The purple people eater seems novelty to me.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:54 PM   #8
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I'd characterize this as a novelty car:
i think I just threw up a little .....
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:54 PM   #9
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:08 PM   #10
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novelty rods = show rods????
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This THING has to be photoshopped..........Thanks, Mike
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:12 PM   #12
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This THING has to be photoshopped..........Thanks, Mike
No I'm afraid it exists
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:21 PM   #13
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:22 PM   #14
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Default Re: Novelty Hot Rods - Post any pic's.

What about pic's of the early stuff, I remember as a kid being fascinated by those kind of cars and they were far from ratrods they had absolutely finished and chromed.
They were extreme with a theme.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:32 PM   #15
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The Red Baron was one of my favorites. That yellow thing is just awful.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:38 PM   #16
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I'm putting a small block in this:
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:41 PM   #17
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The Red Baron was one of my favorites..
mine too,
when I was about ten,
it was right up there with the batmobile and the monkey mobile

didn't I just see The Red Baron in a magazine or book just recently?
in a shop waiting for attention
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:43 PM   #18
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George Barris & Elden Titus teamed up to build the Vibrasonic Roadster. I think it qualifes for this thread. Elden Titus recently passed away. He was an incredible craftsman.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:47 PM   #19
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Default Re: Novelty Hot Rods - Post any pic's.

Yeah, there was also some kind of roadster I was searching for in old mag's that had the flathead engine in the rear and it was front wheel drive using an original style ford diff fitted with universal knuckles etc, probably did not work all that well but it was out there for being different and ahead of its time.
If somebody does not start posting pic's I am going to resort tp scanning old magzine photo's.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:55 PM   #20
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here are a couple more pics
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