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Hot Rods A Boat-Tail Speedster and a Mustang fender… “say what?!!?”

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Driveway builder, Nov 25, 2022.

  1. Driveway builder
    Joined: Jan 17, 2013
    Posts: 588

    Driveway builder

    I’m on a very low budget so I’m using everything that’s in my barn. I have a 1963 Rambler strait six and manual trans with low miles. That’s why I was going with that long hood. Should move pretty good having not much weight.
  2. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,998


    Yes! Tex Smith was rather good at this type of build, but I also remember a projecct using a mini truck pickup box as the main piece (body). This was done by Brian Brennan, if I remember correctly. I know this would complicate the build, but what if you channel the body(?) the width of the frame? Just a thought, Enjoy!!
  3. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 8,548

    from Michigan

    Fun to watch genius at work.
    I know... low budget and the MF of invention and all that.
    You're still a genius. LOL
    Actually looks good.
    Correction... looks great.
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  4. Brian Penrod
    Joined: Apr 19, 2016
    Posts: 192

    Brian Penrod

    Sweet! I can get into a build like this. So much better and more fun than hohum homogenized builds that are the norm here!
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  5. Driveway builder
    Joined: Jan 17, 2013
    Posts: 588

    Driveway builder

    Eating breakfast and drawing on my phone this morning… not a 100% sure but I’m thinking lower the suspension about 3 inches and adding sheet metal to give it a channeled look is the way to make her look more aggressive. Also not sure on how sharp or round I want to go with the boat tail, but probably will decide once I start it. Plans usually get thrown out the window by me anyway. Haha Also, no clue on color… just drawing with blue because of the hoods I picked up. 14370471-8479-44A8-BBDF-80EB31644C33.jpeg 4066C0B3-A238-43BC-A697-941C5297CBA5.jpeg F02A0254-44AC-4E7E-8DB0-0691A1119CC0.jpeg AFFFB6CB-76A4-4C94-BB54-8BCBBFF5FFDA.jpeg Btw… the Mustang fenders will be unrecognizable by time I’m done for you Mustang Haters out there. Hahaha
  6. Driveway builder
    Joined: Jan 17, 2013
    Posts: 588

    Driveway builder

    Thank you sir!
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  7. This is what is called "Ingenuity in Action"
  8. dirt car
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 659

    dirt car
    from nebraska

    Looks better with the rails exposed, clever vision for sure but do what suits your taste.
  9. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,791


    The really cool thing, I think, is how the random parts you grabbed fit so well together. firewall/dash/fenders.
  10. Threads like this are cool.
    Making rides out of random parts.

    this was built from a junky CJ5 tub. The hood is the back of the cab
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  11. Why not slice and dice a couple 40's something hoods for the rear? Upper and lower, with lower doubling as rear belly pan...
  12. 36cab
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 837


    Love it! I would suggest adding a little curve to the top of the boat tail if possible.

  13. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
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  14. Driveway builder
    Joined: Jan 17, 2013
    Posts: 588

    Driveway builder

    Definitely doable… the hood I’m using is a two piece. I could easily add a curve. Nice idea, thanks. 28E376A6-49D6-47EF-A35C-57456B94A166.jpeg
  15. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,402

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    Looking good! You have extraordinary vision to dream that up from a pair of Mustang fenders. Now that it's a Cadillac, it needs a V16. I know a guy who could probably fix you up with one. blake v16 1_zpswczggdhv.jpg
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    I like how the rad/grill shell looks canted forward in this photo. It reminds me of the early photos of the Brooklands style wood track racers. It looks fast just sitting there. An inspiring thread.
  17. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,794

    from Canada

    Why am I seeing British racing green on this beauty?

    Great stuff!
  18. ERguitar
    Joined: Aug 26, 2018
    Posts: 166


    Best build in awhile as far as I'm concerned. Carry on sir.
  19. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,793


    Cool! Great idea to go back to having fun with a build and keeping it as inexpensive as possible. Looks great!
  20. rdscotty
    Joined: Sep 24, 2008
    Posts: 240

    from red deer

    I know you're using what you have, but a hood with more of a beak on it like a 39-40 Ford or Plymouth might make the back end fabrication easier.
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  21. Davesblue50
    Joined: Oct 25, 2021
    Posts: 134


    I thought to myself that this has a straight 6 written all over it. I remember your Rambler wagon thread. It was good reading and the family got a great vintage vacation out of it.
  22. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 8,038


    Because you took drugs in the 70’s!
  23. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 7,889

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    This is gonna be cool! Not sure I would have been inspired by a couple of upside down Mustang fenders, but seems you are sure bringing it all together well. :D
  24. Joe Blow
    Joined: Oct 29, 2016
    Posts: 1,106

    Joe Blow

    Your initial mock up lines look really similar to this A speedster. Cool.
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  25. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 2,720

    41 GMC K-18

    @Driveway builder
    I dig this project you are building, its so cool to think outside of the traditional box.
    Not trying to high jack this thread , but this is purely a suggestion and nothing more than that.
    When you use for example, two hoods from the KB series, of International pick up trucks, you can make a pretty cool boat tail.

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    Your results may vary!
    Keep at it, this is going to be a very cool ride indeed!
    Thanks from Dennis.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2022
  26. It's just crazy enough to work and I am here for it.
  27. Powered by Rambler, now I'm extra excited!
    Will definitely keep an eye on this thread
  28. ken bogren
    Joined: Jul 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,032

    ken bogren

    Man, it takes a great imagination to look at an upside down fender and see a boat tail speedster!

    That's one very cool car and this is a truly fun and inspiring thread.
  29. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 2,996


    Sorry! Mack hood, Mack Red
  30. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,794

    from Canada

    Geez it is a tough place to have an opinion. LoL

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