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'50's Ohio based bobbed fender 32 roadster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bill Van Dyke, May 6, 2010.

  1. Bill Van Dyke
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    I know this is a real stretch. Anybody remember a black bobbed fendered 32 roadster out of Ohio back in the '50's? Seem to recall it was featured or at least pictured in Hot Rod around "55. Building a look-alike and have always remembered that car.
     
  2. Bill Van Dyke
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    No oldtimers from Ohio? :)
     
  3. hotrawd
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    Are you thinking of Ralph Neal's roadster? It was featured in Hop Up, Sept. '53 (fenderless), then in Hot Rod a couple years later full fendered. He drove it to Bonneville,raced it,and drove it back home. It was one of the nicest cars around here back then.
     
  4. roadwarrior32
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    Ralph Neal's roadster was sold to a guy in northeast Ohio. The car was channeled and had a "woodpecker" sticker on the lower cowl. A local guy later aquired it and was going to restore it. He put the floor back in it and then traded the body for a 3-window body. Today, that is the body that is on the Bill Metz roadster, of Bill's Rod and Custom. I'll see if I can find a picture of it when Neal had it.
     
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  5. Bill Van Dyke
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    As I recall the car was black with bobbed rears. Pictured in a Bonneville story parked in a motel lot. May have been featured around 53-55. You guys may be right with the name Ralph Neal. The older I get the harder it is to remember all the parts of what I remember!
     
  6. Bill Van Dyke
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    Google says the car is featured in Hot Rod Feb '51
     
  7. roadwarrior32
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    Here is a page showing Neal's roadster without fenders. I know I have a shot of it showing the bobbed fenders, Maybe I'll find it.
     

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  8. Bill Van Dyke
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    Thanks roadwarrior32. Always one of my favorites. Thinking of 'cloning"..must have made a hell of an impression for me to remember it for 50 years.
     
  9. BETTY A SWEET
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    I am trying to locate who owns this car now. The car was built by my father,
    Ralph Neal, and I would like to get in touch with the owner.
     
  10. alchemy
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    Betty, see this from above: "Ralph Neal's roadster was sold to a guy in northeast Ohio. The car was channeled and had a "woodpecker" sticker on the lower cowl. A local guy later aquired it and was going to restore it. He put the floor back in it and then traded the body for a 3-window body. Today, that is the body that is on the Bill Metz roadster, of Bill's Rod and Custom. I'll see if I can find a picture of it when Neal had it."

    Google Bill's Rod and Custom. It's now a medium red full fendered roadster. Sits really low with '50 Mercury hubcaps.
     
  11. bobby_Socks
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    If memory serves me right a guy that goes by the name of Booty Black(Booty is nickname I think) is the person that traded the roadster body to Bill Metz for a 3 Window body. Booty Black used to work at International Harvester and was from around the Springfield area.
     
  12. carlos
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    Bills R and C of springfield Ohio is that it ?See him in it and he is on here
     
  13. BETTY A SWEET
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    Thanks for the info, I had heard it was in a barn somewhere in northeast ohio. I'll see if I can trace this guy. Love the car and hope to find it.
     
  14. bubba67
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    Betty, do you plan to attempt to buy your dads old car back ? That would be cool.
     
  15. aerocolor
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    Metz roadster was at the Brookville Open House this last weekend.
     

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