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A Postcard from Havana (WARNING: not dialup friendly)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by dan34, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. dan34
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    I got back from Cuba last night and though I'd share some of the photos I took over there. Here's a few dozen photos, I'll post more later if people want to see them:

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    Model A's still being used at taxis.. amazing.

    Rich
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    Those model A's are mostly for tourists. It's not generally allowed for gringos to ride in the old american cars. But at tourist places, and some of the hotels have restored once used as tourist taxis. Most of the classic cars in cuba are not in very good shape, many of them sporting Lada engines and the sorts. But it's amazing to see the Cubans keeping them running with the small means they have!
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    I have seen other stories about the Cubans making their own parts and using Russian engines to keep the old cars going. Necessity IS the mother of invention, as they say. Any more pics would be interesting as well.....I was just telling someone the other day I thought it would be fun to see those old cars over there. Thanks for the post.
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    Simply amazing. Now if only I could get all my old car parts there and setup a stand. Naw! I don't think Castro would let me do that. Great pictures though. Would like to see more.
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    Neat! What else did you see??
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    very cool pics. I'd like to go there someday.
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    I really enjoyed looking at those old cars.... THANKS!
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    I want one of those tags. I'm off to ebay.
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    Those people are amazing............................I remember a show when they installed a fork truck motor in a car.......!
  12. It's funny how they say,they can't get replacement parts for these old cars,but they seem to be able to get chrome wheels,hubcaps and other accessories.:eek:
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    Sweet! Thank's for the post Danny!
  14. moefuzz
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    Just Bloody Amazing.

    It sure would be nice to take a long vacation down to Cuba just to be able to wonder into the nooks and crannies of the city.

    Thanks for posting...

    moe
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    PBS had a show on the old american cars in cuba and thats where it showed then installing the fork lift motor in a 58ish mopar,there was a 56 caddy limo that was being used as a taxi and the motor sounded a litle wierd and it had a 4 speed with granny trans in it so who knows what was in it. In the back ground a red and white 56 ford wagon went by with a straight axle but it was not a gasser and they did a under the hood shot of a 56 ford convertible and it had a new edelbrock carb on it so they are getting parts somewhere. Jeff
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    Pretty cool, I gotta get my ass to Cuba before the "political situation" changes, some of these cars are acctually nicer than I expected.
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    What are the GMC truck / bus things with the 8 lug 1 ton truck wheels? Not sure I have ever seen anything like that over here in the US.
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    A '58 Impala drop top with a TAXI sign on it with what looks like a single "dually" rim on each side of the rear end...W O W!!!
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    Fantastic! Thanks for the pics.
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    The blue model A looks to have a VW front suspension. Jeff
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    They used to use Mopar flathead 6 cylinders in forklifts, so that swap may not be quite so unusual.

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    Who's the Detroit red wings fan behind the 58 Chevy?
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    Great pics!
    Thanks for posting them.
    I guess 56 Chevy get "eyebrow" rot in every country. :)

    They got some hotties in koo-bah
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    If I can remember correctly the fork lift motor was a 4 cylinder overhead valve and could of been a diesel with what looked to be a 4 speed with granny gear trans,that car also got all new floors and a trunk floor too. Jeff
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    Our local shop has a early/mid 60s 'Moose' with a mopar flat 6. They were still using them into the 60's anyway...

    moe
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    Yep, '66 and later "ball-joint" front beam. I saw that immediately, as well. It's amazing what they do to keep the old American iron on the road, kinda like hot rodders... you get what you can, get what nobody else wants, and then make something out of it... Cool.
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    Fantastic pictures!. Real grass roots hot rodding and inovation. Thats what it must have been like here before speed and after market companys.
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    There seems to be a lot of dually rear ends in use. Must have access to truck parts somehow.
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    nice shots dano!!!:D glad to see ya made it home okay!;)
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    Cool picts. Saw a few of the thoses Green 4x4 vans in Iraq.

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