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Weird-ass car found. What is it?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BeatnikPirate, Aug 23, 2010.

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  1. BeatnikPirate
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    I spotted this car along the highway. It looks like the frame could be old Ford and it appears to have an ohv V-8 under the hood. Thinking maybe an old Mechanix Illustrated special? Weird but cool!
     

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  2. shooter54
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    yikes. weird.
     
  3. Bigchuck
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    Its another Henweigh, or is that Henway? They crop up on here alot lately. No, wait, maybe its a Dodge Vegomatic. Fugly.
     
  4. Kiwi 4d
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    Only a mother could love it.
     
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  5. Royalshifter
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    56 Merc brake handle.
     
  6. Mr48chev
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    Looks like one of those early 50's made in the back yard sports cars that used to show up in Mechanics Illustrated every so often. The wheels, chassis and engine if there is one may be more interesting than the car is.
     
  7. theloner
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    It definately was built from plans of the old Mechanic Illustrated. A mechanic in North English, IA had built one like like it back in the fiftys. His son now owns that one and had restored it a few years ago. Most were built on old ford chassis.
     
  8. paintcan54
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    Strange, but kind of cool. Would like to know whats under the hood for power, Caddy, Olds, Pont?? Old caddy would be my guess.
     
  9. oldrodkid
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    most likely built either by Bob Whitehead or using plans he sold...
     
  10. I dig those knock off caps...and what gauges are there? Could be some goodies on that thing. How much is it?
     
  11. Ranunculous
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    I saw this car (almost directly behind) Lakemont Park in Altoona about 5-6 years ago.
    It seems to get around a bit?
     
  12. 117harv
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    And she is having a hard time.
     
  13. Nik
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    I'm all for doing something out of the ordinary, but I'm not sure about this thing.........
     
  14. BTB-Derby
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    Looks like somebody's wet dream:eek:
     
  15. ScottV
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    Henway in America, Henweigh in England :p
     
  16. retromotors
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    Yeah, well it may not be everyone's cup o' tea, but at least it looks driveable.

    No friggin' "layin' frame", "in the weeds", airbagged minitrucker bullshit!
     
  17. stude_trucks
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    Wow, I thought I already knew ugly. I guess not.
     
  18. PackardV8
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    Back and side are not the worst I've seen, but how to fix that front view. I've got an old Case tractor grille layin' up in the weeds which might do the trick.

    jack vines
     
  19. cjo13
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    EEWWW, I cannot see anything that would cause Mamma to love it....:eek:
     
  20. It is a 'What da Hey', built by an overwrought rodder, old skool.
    That's my story and I'm sticking to it !

    firstnomad
     
  21. the-rodster
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    Adjective
    fugly (comparative fuglier, superlative fugliest)
    1. (slang) Extremely ugly.  [quotations ▼]
      • 1995, Tim Winton, The Riders, <DL><DD>"Fugly?" "Like extra-double ugly with cheese. It's when ugly goes off the scale. She looked like an angry handbag." Billie squawked in delight.</DD></DL>
      • 1997, Enrico Brizzi (author), Stash Luczkiw (translator), Jack Frusciante Has Left the Band: A Love Story- with Rock 'n' Roll <DL><DD>Man, but she's one fugly creature, horror-show fugly, I'm sorry.</DD></DL>
     
  22. codeblu
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    Maybe it just needs a tractor nose...
     
  23. Q: what's a henweigh ?

    A: about 2 or 3 pounds.

    :D
     
  24. F&J
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    If those caps have a non-Ford looking "V8" logo cast in the center, I have 2 here.
     
  25. motorbiker
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    I have the pm issue with the plans in it-looks like the real deal.I found a `30 A someone built like this 30 years ago in Ct, `36 flathead,2 carbs,headers-a real pos!
     
  26. you guys might think its ass ugly but i kinda like it.
     
  27. Zerk
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  28. Squablow
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    The knockoff-looking hubcaps are awesome. If the frame is Ford and is early enough (32-34 era) it could be worth the price of the car just for the frame/drivetrain.

    I'm not fond of the body, but it does have some neat stuff on it, the windshield frame looks decent and so do the gauges. If this was cheap enough, it'd be worth getting and putting a different body on it.
     
  29. big bad john
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    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Lots of beer and speed went into this baby...........Bad to the bone:D
     
  30. Okie Pete
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    Zerk , thanks for posting the info .It is cool someone took the time to chase down parts and build it. There used to be something similar in a town south of me . It was made out of a 46 Ford fenders,hood ,and a v8 60 for power. I saw it at Chicasha swap meet this spring .
     
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