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History '41-48 Fords as HOT RODS

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Crazy Steve, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. There's a post in the traditional customs forum for these as customs, but were all of them done that way? But you do see these as Hot Rods once in a while, anybody building/own one with more of a performance flavor? They didn't ALL get chopped and lowered...

    And I'm not just talking about gassers, but big 'n littles, pie crusts, louvers, 4-speeds, well you get the idea.... Let's see some pics!
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  2. I had a thread about 46-48 fords as hot rods awhile back. It was titled 42-48 ford hot rods, lets see some pics. Interestingly enough though I succumbed to the custom look and now its a chopped, flatty powered tail dragger instead.:eek:
  3. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    I know I'll catch some shit but back in the day around here hot rods were generally considered 1940 and older and 1941 and up were just considered old cars no matter how they were done.. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have a 1948 short door coupe...
  4. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Look into the history of the Mexican road race...

  5. 2bubbas
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 625


    Got one in the garage right now- Hot Rodded in the 70's- going to get a total frame off starting with May disassembly-
  6. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,549

    phat rat

    I consider my 41 with a 454 a hot rod. Some might say custom rod. Whichever is fine by me. I know the title says 46-48 but the body style is the same for 41 & 42.

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  7. I am doing a 48 coupe 50s period Hot Rod-stick shift flatty bigs n littles...nice and simple

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  8. My 46....I like it...Lowered..Flatty... WWW... straight 1 3/4 mufflers..Kool:cool:

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  9. Yep, that says 'hot rod' to me also. Some 'mild custom' element is going to creep in, but I'm looking for cars that say 'performance' more than 'custom'. I realize that 'back in the day' most rodders went for the lighter earlier cars, but that's no reason you can't have a 'traditional' build on one of these...

    And I edited the title to include the 41-42 cars, as they are essentially the same car..
  10. Higgy's Henry
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 427

    Higgy's Henry

    This is my dads '48, bagged with wide 5's. Running a 331 Chevy with auto.

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  11. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    My first recollection of a hotrod is a 46 Ford business coupe with a 39 trans adapted to a nailhead Buick. It was my cousins and he said that he had removed all the 39 Ford trans in SE Penna junk yards. and this was in the early 60s!! It was most assuredly a hotrod. Vertex magneto and all. He loved to hear the pipes echo in the underpasses below the Penna. RR tracks in 2nd gear.
  12. Steves46
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 446

    from Florida

    Much like Hot Rod Surfer's, my 46 is 50s period Hot Rod as well.

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  13. Looks like Maroon is the color choice too!!!:cool:
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  14. My Uncles grey 46 Tudor, and my cousins 6 Fordoor

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  15. jw johnston
    Joined: Oct 16, 2011
    Posts: 106

    jw johnston

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    Here's my beater. Put this together out of junk with my pops when I was in high school. Mostly stock 59L flatty hooked up to a 39 box on its fourth set of gears. Had a ball with it in high school. Enough room for all my buddy's and their girls! Soon as I get my rpu done this one is getting a frame off with a drop axle, big and littles, a built 57 t bird 312 with 3-2s and a real paint job. Just a nice late 50s build. I always wanted to throw a coupe body on it but over the years the sedan body has grown on me.

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  16. magoozi
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 1,725

    from san diego

    As a hot rod, my favorite is Fat Jack Robinson's orange coupe
  17. Does mine count? Bone stock flattie, 3 speed on the column. Soon to get new red interior.
    "Henry" has looked this way since the early 80's

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  18. 41-48s weigh about the same as a first gen. Camaro... The air inside a big 'ol Tudor sedan doesn't weigh anything. :)
  19. HelmuthBrothers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 720

    from New Jersey

    My buddy Mikes. Nasty little SBC with solid lifters. Drives it everyyyyyywhere.
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  20. me too ! that was one bad ass Hot Rod
  21. tudorkeith
    Joined: May 10, 2009
    Posts: 454


    this my first attempt. still need to install the side trim and fix the front altitude.

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  22. Big Mac
    Joined: Sep 12, 2007
    Posts: 1,567

    Big Mac
    1. Utah HAMBers

    Man, that is cool. I love it.
  23. TTTT8
    Joined: Jun 2, 2011
    Posts: 61


    Mine is a '48 with 351 Windsor power (go figure, a Ford engine!), C6, 9" rear. I have had it for 10 years. This shot was taken 4 years ago at the NSRA show in Okla City. And for Crazy Steve, in this cars' history, the previous owner actually ran it at El Mirage (126+ MPH) and at LACR. Either of those performance enough for ya?

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  24. partssaloon
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 512


    Mine is a 48 with 351W, C4, 9"
  25. legend
    Joined: Oct 4, 2007
    Posts: 198

    from Irwin PA

    Here's my 41 sedan. Its all ford 351 Fmx trans 8" rear end. I've had it about 5 years now its still in white epoxy primer, but I love driving it. :D

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  26. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,549

    phat rat

    I guess as long as others are mentioning how long they have had their cars I might as well also. I bought the car as a running driving 48 Merc powered, velour interior, old hot rod in 92. I drove it for 2 months and took it totally apart. It came back out in 97 completely redone with the chop, BBC etc. It has been across the country east to west and north to south and now has 89,000+ mi. It was off the road for exactly two years because I hit a deer in 02 and wiped out the entire front.
  27. Mike
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 3,535


    Man, wha an outright bitchin, machine.
  28. Mac30
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 275

    1. S.F.C.C.

    Think mine fits the bill.:D
    She will light the pie crust with ease!!

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  29. Still putting this thing back together

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