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Event Coverage 2014 AMBR Contender Sneak Peek

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 39ChevyBob, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. 39ChevyBob
    Joined: Jul 14, 2011
    Posts: 604

    from Pomona CA

    Went to my Friend Terry Stoker's shop today to see progress on a customer build, which has been approved to participate in the AMBR competition. They are currently just calling it "AMBR on a Budget"...while being meticulously built, it is not over the top, and built as closely as possible to what would have been built in 1956 to compete in the high end shows.

    265 SBC, 40 Ford 3 speed on the tree, 40 brakes, custom built guages, and a lot of very subtle changes. It will run a full hood when completed. Paint is 1953 Chevy. Excuse the lousy cell phone pictures - all I had with me. Enjoy, and wish Stoker's Hot Rod Factory best of luck competing with the big boys!!

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  2. 39ChevyBob
    Joined: Jul 14, 2011
    Posts: 604

    from Pomona CA

    Hmmm... Thought there might be some interest, with the Grand National Roadster Show a few weeks away. No comments?? Anyone like this back to basics build as an AMBR entry?
  3. Looks cool. I really like the colour. Should be interesting to see the contenders this year hopefully more of what we started to see the last couple of years.

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    Looks like Ford Spiniker Blue to me.


  5. TV
    Joined: Aug 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,451


    Well I'll tell you, I like it very much, a welcome change. Good luck at the show.--TV
  6. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    I love it. Love all the brightwork. Hell of a nice car, subtle. Very nice.
  7. Love the car,but sadly,I'm afraid it's too simple to be a contender for the judges of the AMBR.

    Personally,I think the AMBR show has gotten so far away from what we enjoy it's just a popularity contest or glamorizing the guy that's got the best builder and the most money to throw at a car. HRP
  8. KooDaddy
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 753

    from Wis.

    Yawn ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ another 32 guy with deep pockets.
  9. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    I agree with HRP...
  10. There have been a number of cars in contention the last couple of years that we're not high end shop, money thrown at the cars. The two from Thee Inland Emperors from the N.W. immediately come to mind. Since the rule changes a couple of years ago things have definitely been swinging away from that norm.

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  11. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,323


    It's clean and subtle. Maybe it's the camera or angle but is it stretched an inch or two/three in the rear quarters? Something looks different, might just be the camera angle. Good luck to your friends.
  12. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,324

    from MB, SC

    Nice car. Truthfully at a car show I would probably not look twice at it .I would love to see the competition put a dollar cap on build spend. A true backyard builder with a chance to compete in it.
  13. HellsHotRods
    Joined: Jul 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,350


    swing pedals, OTB bug domes, posies spring.... what else???

    I'll pass
  14. Maybe it has something to the era you grew up in,I grew up in the 60's and the style of this roadster trips my trigger,I would stampede to get a closer look. HRP
  15. I talked to him several times when he had the light green and light grey coupes. He had some nice touches then, but now? He's really stepped up his game!
  16. 46chevy
    Joined: Jul 19, 2006
    Posts: 371

    from reeds,mo

    these are the kind of cars that should win but don't. I agree with HRP
  17. eppster
    Joined: Jan 26, 2011
    Posts: 223


    To me the narrow line whitewalls say early 60's not 1956.
  18. Love the detail work and the column shift
  19. aonemarine
    Joined: Nov 2, 2013
    Posts: 501

    from Delaware

    I would drive it, but I'd hate to be the one who has to keep that underside clean...
  20. Overall I really like the car. Its a gutsy move to use the color!! I think a touch of 50's / 60's would be a stock headlight bar?? Its the kind of car I wouldn't mind owning. GOOD LUCK Tim
  21. walter
    Joined: Nov 4, 2007
    Posts: 622


    Great build! Got my VOTE!!
  22. Just to help clear up a misconception of whitewalls that I also shared with you,,a friend was researching his caddy a few weeks ago and told me about the narrow white walls on his restoration.

    The 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, which went on sale in late 1956 offered a one inch whitewall. HRP
  23. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    Nice car but the color doesn't do the car justice.
  24. CruZer
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,913


    I'm glad I'll get to see it in person. Sweet !
  25. LOVE the color (check my avatar). Dare to take a chance! There's too many "safe" colored cars (black/red/DARK blue) out there as it is. Good job. LOVED your light green coupe a few yrs back!!!!!! Good luck.
  26. Pewsplace
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 2,792


    I have been following Terry's build on my blog and my audience love the car and the concept. Simple, understated, highly detailed and will be appreciated by many of us older and younger guys. You don't get accepted in the "Circle" unless they think it is a quality build. Good luck Terry and the owner.
  27. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,949

    metal man

    I like the car, and the color. This is the first of the AMBR hopefuls that I have seen this year.

    What were the rule changes mentioned previously?

    Also, let's see a picture of that green coupe that Fly United mentioned.
  28. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    I like it. I couldn't own it, even if it was given to me. I look at show cars and try to see the little things. Stuff that could be done to a low buck build, but at 3/4 of the show car cost.

    Basically, does a show car REALLY have to have a $20,000 chrome budget?
  29. thirtytwo
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
    Posts: 2,640


    Didn't there used to be a rule about not seeing a car before the show?
  30. Basically they eliminated the point system they used to use where you would get points for modifications, fit and finish etc. Now there are something like 6-8 categories like Engine, Interior and the Judges score it 1-12 based on the 12 contending cars and then rate the cars 1-12 for the overall category. They then take these score from the 12 judges and come up with a winner.

    Nope that is for the Riddler. Lots of cars have competed for the Riddler then the AMBR.

    Edit: they may have changed that with the new rules as well now that I think of it. They may not allow cars that have competed at other shows anymore.

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