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History A Cost-Cutting Coupe

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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    J.Ukrop submitted a new blog post:

    A Cost-Cutting Coupe

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    Last edited: Sep 6, 2019
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  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,444


    Dayuum what a Cool Hotrod...Such a great reference for period details...and yes it would make for a nice 1rst or second Ride wouldn't it...Thanks for sharing that @J.Ukrop
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  3. oldsboy
    Joined: Oct 24, 2005
    Posts: 460


    Great Coupe and story @J.Ukrop

    Gives me a direction for the next build!!!
  4. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,504


    As I look thru thru magazines of the '50's and '60's I am just mystified as to where ALL these Hot Rods and Customs went.. there was just so doggone many.................

    They just HAVE TO BE SOMEWHERE.. stashed .. sitting, waiting, ?
    I was looking at a homemade roadster I liked, the article indicated a teenager in Salt Lake City, Utah had built it. So I looked up the phone number of that person and phoned him, told him how much I liked his car and wondered what had happen to it... after a few seconds, he said " It's sitting right here in my garage." I said , "Is it available?" He said, "build your own." and hung up.. >>> I looked at pictures again, and didn't like it so much....!!!

    It was in R&C 1959
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  5. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,517


    Thanks for sharing the story Joey
  6. gearhead695456
    Joined: Aug 2, 2008
    Posts: 310


    Wonder how it held up to the abuse? I'm building a similar set up minus the fenders.
  7. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
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  8. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,177


    Welllll, I (we) just finished the new bench seat for mine. One step closer to the way I want it. For some reason, I Really like this one. You got the juice, kid! Are you coming to the Right coast?
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  9. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,142

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    Hi Fran, thank you! No move for me as of now. With all the hot rod business going on out west, TRJ likes to have employees on both coasts. But don't worry, I'll make my way back east periodically throughout the year.
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  10. glorydime
    Joined: Jul 14, 2016
    Posts: 135

    from Austin, TX

    really great!
  11. I would say the safe bet is alot of them are long gone. Many were parted out, wrecked, put out to rot in a field. Plus a good number were probably then restored back to factory fresh. I know that is a popular thing with muscle cars. A lot of those with either lots of show/race history have been put back to how they rolled off the line as that was where the money was. Kinda like the resto craze of the 70s with model A's.
  12. Yep, blown up/parted out or wrecked was a typical fate. Owner/builder moves on to another project, car sells for a fraction of it's build price (just like today... LOL) more often than not to some knucklehead who's saved up for his 'dream car'. I recall three very nice cars that came though my high school in the mid 60s, none of the three lasted more than a week with their new teen owners.
  13. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,839

    from DFW USA

    LOL, great story.
  14. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 1,703


    Jeez, $1000.00! You can't buy the intake for that nowadays.
  15. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,444


    Nice Hotrod...I'm sure it put a smile on John's face every time he hopped in it...I know I would relish that myself...thanks for showcasing this A-Bone @J.Ukrop...;)
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  16. Deescott
    Joined: Mar 1, 2017
    Posts: 226


    Orange??? Who wants an orange car?!? And that white running gear is sooo impractical! Jeez
  17. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
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    sloppy jalopies

    in the day around here guys painted white what the so-cal boys chromed...
    check your 1962 copy of model a handbook... those pix are in there...
    guy's name was john petty...
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
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  18. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,519


    Wow, what a cool looking Model A coupe. Nice story about a So Cal, local hot rod. That car was probably a regular at Oscars Drive-In Restaurant in Lakewood,CA or possibly cruising around next door, in the Bixby Knolls area. The Cherry Avenue Drags area is the border between Lakewood and Bixby Knolls. The cemetery on on the Westside of Cherry Avenue is in Bixby Knolls. The cemetery on the Eastern edge of Cherry Avenue is in the Lakewood side.

    The magazine title of “Poor man’s Deuce” is a misnomer. How can it be? The build was pretty nice as far as I could see and back then we probably had that same magazine to see the whole article. It was not a fancy show car, but a daily driver and sometimes racer. That is what most local hot rods were back then. They weren't all 1932 Fords... The show cars had to stay pristine, the daily drivers may have looked like show cars, but were daily driven to jobs or high school. A better Hot Rod Magazine title would be: "A Hot Rod For Every Day..."

    We have to all remember, those cars that got into the magazines were selected by the staff members. (And, only if it racked up points on their acceptance chart being a Deuce). Bright paint, full upholstery, custom wheels or wires, lots of chrome/shiny stuff, and possibly fit into the Hot Rod Magazine "image" of what So Cal hot rods looked like, from the pages of the magazine. There were the main attractions and several sections of “fillers” to seem like all bases were covered.

    This style of Model A is what we saw cruising the streets of our portion of So Cal. Not too fancy, no garish flames or scallops, just custom wheels, hubcaps, whitewalls, stance, and a powerful motor to make it go. What a sleeper. Period correct would be a great description of what this old coupe looked like in our 1957-65 cruising hot rod days in So Cal. It was something close to the modifications that we all could do, except for that nice chopped top. But, we were willing to try if the situation arose.


    Our version of what the original Model A we bought as a starter hot rod, would have looked like this one, when finished. My brother had his eyes set on having it ready to go against his friend in a 1934 Ford 5 window with a big Olds motor. That was the goal. Bixby Knolls Model A version…
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  19. jcwilliamsj
    Joined: Feb 17, 2018
    Posts: 11


    Nice ride. Gives me inspiration to get going on my 31 5 window. Don't think I'll go with white running gear not my style but that's the beauty of hot rodding everybody gets to do what they want. As long as you put it together or at least work on it it becomes yours. Jnaki is right we do what we can do and get help when we need it and some times we just screw up and learn. Hopefully our buddies on the HAMB can help us minimize the "screw up and learn " part.
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  20. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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    Thank you for the great memories, @jnaki. I love hearing your perspective on how it really was in the epicenter of hot rodding during the '50s and '60s.
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  21. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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    The aforementioned coupe reminds me of one of my all-time favorites from when I was a kid: Don Dillard's Model A. The car competed in the Asphalt Ego-Rama in the early-2000s and subsequently appeared in Rod & Custom. I should probably do some research and see if he still has it... Screen Shot 2019-09-06 at 12.15.25 AM.png
  22. fiftiescat
    Joined: Jan 22, 2013
    Posts: 115

    from NY

    This is perfect. Exactly what I have pictured for my future 30/31 build. Wow.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  23. Rustygt
    Joined: May 18, 2014
    Posts: 163

    from Emeryville

    dude looks like jerry seinfeld
  24. turdytoo
    Joined: May 14, 2007
    Posts: 1,560


    I remember that car from McDonalds in Downey back around 1959. I pretty sure he ran Steve Carbone in his '57 Vette.
  25. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,135


    Nice to see an A grille!

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