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Old 09-27-2010, 12:31 PM   #21
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I agree, it's great to see that it has survived and nothings been done to it that can't be changed back.
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:37 PM   #22
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i just spoke to larry a few minutes ago and he is going to send me some picture of the car when he was building it and how it was during high school so hopefully that will clear up alot of confusion. I will do my best at posting them online.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:14 PM   #23
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I like the aphosltered body panels, the bobbed rear fenders, and the tire to fender gap...its what makes it period
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:56 PM   #24
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I was in the 9th grade when that HRM came out. Somewhere I still have the green rotogravure center pics I cut out and put on my wall. That was one of the ones that planted the seed. Thanks for resurrecting it.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:16 PM   #25
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You have pretty good taste for a kid, Ryan! That car was West Coast state-of-the-art for the '58-'61 period.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:24 PM   #26
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I was in the 9th grade when that HRM came out. Somewhere I still have the green rotogravure center pics I cut out and put on my wall. That was one of the ones that planted the seed. Thanks for resurrecting it.
Same here. The April, '61 issue was the first copy of Hot Rod I ever bought. (I still have it too!) I was 14 and that car is probably what hooked me on hot rods.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:35 PM   #27
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[QUOTE=hotrodA;5691014]I was in the 9th grade when that HRM came out. Somewhere I still have the green rotogravure center pics I cut out and put on my wall.



Rotogravure..... wow..Most would not even know what that is....
great little feature.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:42 PM   #28
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Beautiful ride then and now, imagine...fendered, unchopped,painted, upholstered cars can be traditional....that would be nice trend. Sometimes when they're done right...they're done right.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:44 PM   #29
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Always been one of my favs too, of course the fact that it has a "Y" in it doesn't hurt. Cool headers too.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:52 PM   #30
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Despite the spacious rear tire to fender gap, the oddly bobbed rear fenders.....
Spacious gap? It's in the eye of the beholder, I guess....
Oddly bobbed? I guess you like the look of the dragging rear fender tails...
But hey, you like it anyway.
I like it as is.
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Old 09-27-2010, 02:58 PM   #31
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Yep, I still like it...

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Old 09-27-2010, 03:33 PM   #32
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That's a great one for sure! These things are pretty small cars, and don't need a million things going on to be interesting.

Reminds me of talking to Harry Bradley about a custom that had a lot of modifications, he said "He's got about nine cars there" I think about that quote often...
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Old 09-27-2010, 03:51 PM   #33
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Such a cool car! I like the grainy almost painting looking big picture on top. (kind of like Weesner's artwork). The drivetrain is killer! The updated version isn't too bad....as Ryan said some of those things can be changed...
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Old 09-27-2010, 04:18 PM   #34
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a couple more of it's current state
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:06 PM   #35
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I have 'image 1' saved in my pics. The 28-29 coupes have always been a big favorite of mine. Some day, when the stars are in the correct alignment, I'll have one! Excellent choice of topic to start the week. Thanks,Ryan
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:43 PM   #36
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weird things have been done to the body lines at the rear of the top in the old photos.

the yellow car has all the stock lines. same car?
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:57 PM   #37
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Ryan - it struck me watching this unfold today, that you've created a very special place here. You find an old magazine spread that shows a car in proportions and with features that speak to you. Less than 2 hours later, we know who owns the car, and what it looks like today.

That's remarkable, and a wonderful testament to the community you've built here. Well done.


Cool car, too.
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Old 09-27-2010, 06:25 PM   #38
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:28 PM   #39
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weird things have been done to the body lines at the rear of the top in the old photos.

the yellow car has all the stock lines. same car?
I agree. Unless they changed the body or redid the rear beltlines I dont think it is the WHOLE original car?
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:40 PM   #40
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weird things have been done to the body lines at the rear of the top in the old photos.

the yellow car has all the stock lines. same car?
You be the judge! I deffinitly like the old version better if they are the same car. I can see what you are saying.


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