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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. Jive-Bomber
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  2. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    Looks like a laced up football!. No torch or welder= crap such as pop rineted patch panels and large holes cut through firewalls via series of small holes drilled in a circle, then punched through.
    Don't knock the flat blade screwdriver; It makes an excellent chisel, prybar or starter jumper!
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    Hey now, unless you have a six inch hole saw that series of small holes works when you don't (but clean it up with a rotary file).
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    after seeing that fender I can be confident that no matter what crazy body work comes my way I can now say "I've seen worse"....
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    As my mother-in law used to say....."poor folks got poor ways".........who knows how long ago that was done and what the 'poor' fellow was up against at the time.

    Ray
  6. Fender surgeon stichin it up........
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    i love the fender repair, and would leave it. (somewhere/ i guess)
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    I drove a car for 3 weeks with a broken starter, it was a manual transmission car... I just parked it on top of the parking blocks, or on a hill, and just bump started it.

    I drove a car with a broken throttle linkage ('66 Olds... if you know about the bell crank, then you know what happened) I used a wired tied to the carb linkage, through the gap left by GM hood hinges, and through the vent window with a key ring on the end... That was my throttle for about 2 weeks.

    Sometimes the money (or the $ to buy tools) just isn't there... and you still have to get to work.
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    Give the guy a break!

    You lot all think that everyone back in the day had a Mig, a Tig, 2- 15 drawer tool chests full of tools, and an 80 HP compressor to run a bevy power tools. LOTS of guys had a hammer, a chisle or two, a socket set, some wrenches and some files. THAT's it. Tools were EXPENSIVE and labor was cheap, expecially when $.20 or less would buy a loaf of bread. My first acetlyene system cost me over $1000 in today's dollars. Back in 1950, many DEALERS did not have the tools a lot of us have in our garages.

    Repairs like this happened because it FIXED the problem and made the fender serviceable. Especially in the Depression days.

    And the fix was probably stronger than lot of guys welds (mine included!).

    Ya, it's ugly, but it SURVIVED the crusher. Lots of other repairs didn't.
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    necessity is a mother! that repair is kinda cool in it's own way. probably the best bad repair i ever saw. i think i would leave if it was mine.
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    Frankenfender!

    I think that he had to know someone with a torch set, everyone knows someone with one!

    And remember, all the tools in the tool box are hammers - except the screwdrivers, which are chisels and punches
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    that ain't bailing wire, those are nails!
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    How can you say it was a bad repair when it is still holding who knows how many years after it was done. I've seen high zoot professional repairs fail in less than a year.
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    The saying, now I`ve seen everything was never truer when applied to Hershey!
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    I kinda like the fender stitching....
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    Wow! Fender stitching... Do I detect a new wave of customization?
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    I sure hope not but you can bet that someone will show up with a fender laced together with wire in the spring. There used to be a Model A that was still someone's daily driver in the 70s around here that had patches screwed to the fenders in a couple of spots and painted over with a brush. That guy probably couldn't afford bondo to cover it up though. Those of us who live or grew up in farm country have seen a lot of less than stellar repair jobs on stuff.
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    Only if connected to the dreaded "R" Rod word
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    I think it is cool if it was done as a last resort long ago. Style points not awarded, but ingenuity points are.
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    Yes I can see the "Stitch" work on a rodent car but it would be with Barbed wire ! OK enough of those POS !

    I think the guy did what he had to do to make it work . I have been there and done that like many of you have . It's NO worst that someone using a "Coat hanger" as a muffler hanger ! It works when you have no money . Not everyone had a stick welder or a torch back in those days so they made it work the best they could with no money to spend on a weld job . So how many cracked fenders have you seen repaired with another piece of metal and sheet metal screws ? That was done a lot too so who can say one is better than the other . It was some mans work truck and he needed it to do a job or farm work so who cared what it looked like as long as it held the fender together . Damn I can remember using a coat hanger to hold a rusted front fender onto the inner fender when it broke loose . You just do what you have to do to make it to work !
    I am sure there are many other things done like that back in those days to cars , houses and anything else they had to make it work the best they could because they weren't lucky enough to have the extra money to buy the right tools for the right job . Most had a hammer , the famous "BFH" , a pipe wrench and a few screwdrivers and that was it .

    Anyway I always love to see what people did and came up with to fix things back in the day ! just think , it lasted all this time too !

    Retro Jim
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    Yeah, not everyone has always had a welder. Back in High School I drove quite awhile with no reverse. I didn't have the $50 for a junk yard transmission.

    People sometimes do what they have to do.
  22. Frankenfender....that's pretty Macgyver of the lad. It's probably the absolute last way I would have thought to fix the fender. But it worked.....right? I think it's pretty darn cool.

    My wife and I were recently talking about going to Hershey for the first time next year. We'll liklely bring the kids and hit the Hershey park. I can't wait!
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    Don't let the ratrodders see the laced up fender. Next thing ya know they will all be doing it! Thanks for starting a new fad Jive-Bomber.
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    The minute I saw the Frankenfender, I knew we were looking at the next R craze
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    park isnt open during the fall meet.

    but stitching the fender. ingenious!
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    Cool roadster but holy smokes $42.5K !!
    TP
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    That fender would be good wall art in the shop.
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    Guy working within his means.
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    That fender is the work of someone with some ingenuity, a LOT of time but not a whole lot of cash. Yet you mention that the stitch job was covered in bondo as well as to not show. Looks like some of the old dealer jobs back in the day :D


    Fryguy
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    Go a step further. Until around 1950 in many rural areas, people didn't have electricity on their farms. Repairs were made as best as could be done. It saved the fender from completely coming apart.

    Hard telling when the repair was made, but if it was in the late 40s/early 50s, people must have had it tough if that was the main driver. It could have been a kid's school car who was happy it ran and had protection from the weather. Not like today's brats with the late model fast and furious humduhs and toyaddas zipping over to Billy's house to play video games and pop Ritalin.:D

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