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Old 02-16-2010, 09:18 AM   #1
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Default The Unknown Roadster



In the May, 1956 issue of Rod & Custom Magazine the fellas at Quinn Publications featured a 'T' roadster built by Bud Parham of Portland, Oregon. Even though the car made the cover of that very issue, I'm willing to bet that most of you have never...

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Old 02-16-2010, 09:21 AM   #2
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That is a cute little "T" Where the hell do you come up with this stuff? I love it.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:19 PM   #3
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Was a pretty well known Pacific Northwest car. Albert Drake had mentioned it a few times in his articles and books. The Northwest including Vancouver and Victoria, BC, were and still are a hot bed of rods and customs. Many a fine car came from that area. Pat.
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:21 PM   #4
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The name sounds familiar, wonder where it is now!
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:32 PM   #5
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I happen to have that issue of R&C from way back when. I've always thought it was a pretty cool rod, especially being channeled and full-fendered. It would be interesting to find out where this one ended up...
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:57 PM   #6
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I'll bet that this little roadster was more representative of what was actually being used on the roads than some of those spit and polish magazine cars. Being privilaged to be around several rods from that era with my dad being in the Air Force and traveling all over the country I remember a lot more of this apperance than the typical chromed magazine car.

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Old 02-16-2010, 02:18 PM   #7
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That was one of my favorite cars of the era;the styling is timeless.I happen to like the paint job as well.What amazed me was how he managed to fit everything under the hood.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:18 PM   #8
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My new favorite R-P-U.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:37 PM   #9
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Ryan, This is one kool "T" Hot Rod" ! I even like the simple but dated scallops. For being owner built it is a nice ride for the day.
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:47 PM   #10
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Great little RPU, very well proportioned. That R&C feature wasn't the first time Bud's RPU was featured it was a 2pg feature car in the May 1952 Hot Rod, right at the back though.

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Old 02-16-2010, 03:16 PM   #11
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You're rite, ignore the distracting paint job and the stance and form become more apparent. Cool.

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Old 02-16-2010, 03:25 PM   #12
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You're rite, ignore the distracting paint job and the stance and form become more apparent. Cool.

I bet i would burn the crap out of myself on those headers
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:26 PM   #13
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Being a local rodder, i'd love to hear anymore info on this rig. it has some very cool elements. it'd be neat to do a "where are they now" update. anybody local have any info on this?
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:43 PM   #14
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thats one cool little T
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:28 AM   #15
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I believe that was later featured in hot rod in the early 60s owned by Johnny hart of vancouver,wa. Had some changes.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:04 PM   #16
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Bud Parham was a very well known N.W. race car builder and fabricator and racer. Among other things he built the Parham Quick change rear axle.
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:11 PM   #17
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The car is rumored to still exist. Located in Beaverton, Oregon owned by one of the Donacka brothers.
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