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Features 1950's period correct hot rods.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by oldebob, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
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    jnaki

    34 Lions pits


    Hello,

    When my brother had his 1951 Oldsmobile 2 door sedan, he tried his best to get it looking good, first, then looking for stuff to make it go faster. At the time, he was more into cruising around than racing. But, his friend built a 34 Ford 5 window coupe with a big Olds motor and was having fun at the drags. He also used it as a daily driver to school and work. That is a standard concept from those days. Hop up your daily driver for both the drags and school/job.


    One day, he came home from school and had a bright idea. He wanted to build a car for the street and modify it so he could race it at Lions Dragstrip, a mile or so away. His Olds was fast for a stock car with shiny stuff on it, but, it was not really fast like a car with a built motor and other speed goodies. It was one of the nicest looking cars in his age group of cars, though. I always thought that this Olds was going to be my first car in a few years.
    upload_2019-7-15_2-56-5.png upload_2019-7-15_2-56-25.png A Similar condition Model A
    He said he liked a 29 Ford Model A Coupe that he saw in a backyard, several blocks away. He had already approached the old lady and she was willing to part with the old coupe. It was the standard black, but worn in various places. She told him that it was not running and taking up valuable gardening space. She wanted it gone.


    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum...ka-tin-hunting-stories.1052537/#post-12004865 Model A

    Jnaki

    We cleaned it up, got it running, and I took pleasure in driving it around the block several times. My brother was so happy that it ran, but he already had thoughts of putting in a 283 Chevy motor and get it going. (So, if this is a dual purpose car, my brother would drive it to school and the drags. Then the 51 Olds would be mine! Yea!)
    upload_2019-7-15_2-57-32.png
    In December of 1959, we saw the perfect example of a dual purpose street/strip Model A sitting in the pits of the Riverside Raceway Drag Meet. We did not know who owned it, but it said… "ours.” My brother called me over and pointed out the red Model A. It just had the look.

    upload_2019-7-15_2-58-7.png A Model A for the A/Gas Coupe Class.

    In a recent search on more old photographs of this Model A from 1959-61 era, I found this one that shows it was now in B/Gas. What a perfect car for the drags and the daily trips to high school.

    To me, this is a period correct look for a high school car from the early 1950s through the mid 60s. It was nothing radical. It had a simple look, but, was very powerful and fast.
    upload_2019-7-15_2-59-14.png
     
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2019
  2. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
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    Gman0046
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    Great topic. Keep em coming.
     
  3. IronTrap
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
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    IronTrap
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    Straight out of the Little Pages!

    pipesdone1.jpg pipesdone2.jpg pipesdone3.jpg
     
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  4. MikeRose
    Joined: Oct 7, 2004
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    67061029_1082008045324622_6517288258051768320_n.jpg 66849085_327700711453514_4319653672800747520_n.jpg I would swap some steel wheels onto it, for a more 50s look. Besides that, I think it fits the thread.
     
  5. MikeRose
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    Cleat, biggeorge and IronTrap like this.
  6. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
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    from Nevada

    Looks like late '30s Ford, need abetter look
     
  7. Stogy
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  8. IronTrap
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
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    1936 Nash/Lafayette
     
  9. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
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    Gary Addcox
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    Your "rant" is right on, wsdad. It hit the old proverbial nail on the head.
     
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2019
  10. Austinrod
    Joined: Jun 14, 2012
    Posts: 1,752

    Austinrod
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    from Austin

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    Here’s the full photo
     
  11. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
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    Ooh I'd like to see more of that T in the lower right.
     
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  12. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
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    I think that car may show up in Andy Southard's book Hot Rods of the 1950s.
     
  13. Austinrod
    Joined: Jun 14, 2012
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    Austinrod
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    from Austin

    Theirs more photos of that T in the Petersen archives


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  14. Austinrod
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    Austinrod
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