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Old 10-23-2009, 08:57 AM   #1
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Default 1955: Build A Car in 4 Hours



When I was a kid, I despised kit cars. I can remember reading Road & Track and seeing the little ads in the back that promised a trick looking wide-body 356 Porsche with hardly any investment at all. You might need a little cash for the kit, a Pontia...

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Old 10-23-2009, 09:09 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1955: Build A Car in 4 Hours

pretty cool, noticed that they painted it right over the fiberglass with no primer. must have looked a little rough in person. Kinda cool that the old ford had a chrome oil filter and headers.

I think 20 percent completion rate on these kits may be optimistic, I wouldnt be surprised if the number was lower.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:16 AM   #3
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:20 AM   #4
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Default Re: 1955: Build A Car in 4 Hours

Damn...they even took a 45 minute lunch!!! That show was kinda like "Mythbusters" from back in the day!! Wish I could get those guys to come to my garage for 4 hours and I wonder what ever happened to the car?
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:22 AM   #5
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The video is awesome!! WOW!! I love how they just throw the old body to the side, just like that....boom done!! HAHAHA!! Hilarious!!

So innocent!!
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:23 AM   #6
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What kinda paint dries in five minutes? Enamels never stop drying.
It's a good looking car, I bet it too was scrapped just a few years down the road.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:30 AM   #7
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I'm fascinated by kit cars. Right now at Strange Days we're putting the finishing touches on a Factory five cobra. Its a cool car and hauls and handles like nothing I've ever been in. The driver of the truck delivereing it said "Finally we're delivering one of these to someone who isn't a fucking dentist "
Most kit cars were downright homely and ill fitting, but there were exceptions. (some have been covered here)
Its an interesting chapter in rodding histoy, and the folks that put forth these kits must have had huge huevos. Thanks for the post Ryan.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:36 AM   #8
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WOW - I feel really incompetent !! I'm currently building a Wildfire from a body I got from Geoff and an original chassis I got from HRHD. I've ALREADY spent more than 4 days...... My car will be nailhead powered, and be done in the style of the "Johnny Dark" race car. We'll post progress occasionally as we go !
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:43 AM   #9
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Default Re: 1955: Build A Car in 4 Hours

Killer video, yeah others scoped out the things I noticed such as the headers and the cool chrome oil filter. And that nice 41 body slammed down like it was just junk! A program that has a distinct tone of those days, how about that big ass camera that does "time-lapse vids!! Cool!! ~Sololobo~
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:43 AM   #10
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did you see any wiring? I think they should have used a bigger engine hoist !
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:46 AM   #11
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HHAHhaaa, they included a 45 minute lunch!!

I just picked up a 47 ford tudor sedan maybe I will make it into a "Honey" of a sports car!!
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:46 AM   #12
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did you see any wiring? I think they should have used a bigger engine hoist !
Yeah that thing was huge. And with it being a glass car it needed extra wiring, I suppose you only need a hot wire to the ignition and starter to drive it though.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:50 AM   #13
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that was a cool video,,amazing feat without any big shop or fancy equipment how fast it came together out in the parking lot. HRP
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:52 AM   #14
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Maybe I can hire them for an afternoon and get mine all finished...
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:51 AM   #15
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Puts those whiners on Overhaulin to shame.

Cigs dangling outta mouths. Don't see that anymore. I still don't get how them boys keep from getting their white shirts dirty
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:00 AM   #16
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Cool Video!

At the beginning of the video they show a 47 Tudor, but the car they tore apart was a 41 Fordor. Weird.

And they gave Fort Worth a shout out!
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:08 AM   #17
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Yeah that thing was huge. And with it being a glass car it needed extra wiring, I suppose you only need a hot wire to the ignition and starter to drive it though.

Notice the HAND SIGNAL when he pulled out????

Greatness....
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:25 AM   #18
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How long did it take to build say a 55 chevy on the assembly lines ?
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:42 AM   #19
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Anybody remember (in the late 50's I think) when You Asked For It or one of those TV shows gave a brand new totally disassembled Plymouth to two high school kids if they could reassemble it within a certain length of time (a week if I remember right)?
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:07 PM   #20
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Default Re: 1955: Build A Car in 4 Hours

If you like time lapse videos of car builds this one might interest you. Unfortunately it is off topic but as Ryan is a race fan I'll try to sneak it in .

This was us at Road Atlanta this year, just like the one above, the small breaks are for lunch and dinner, no sound though...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzKfCIY_zfg

Here's why we are up to our necks...

This one buffers too much but click on the ALMS crash link to the right of it and it will play normally. Sound on this one.

http://www.speedtv.com/video/popup/?...id=42081268001
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