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History A High School Kid's Dream Car -- 1939

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Detonator, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. When my mom passed last year, at age 92, I was going through her stuff and stumbled across some sketches my dad had done in high school. I'd never seen them, he'd never pulled them out, but that was the kind of guy he was; quiet, humble and rock solid. He went on to build a roadster (though not as elegant as the one here) and in 1939, at 17 years old, he managed to clock a time of 100.56 mph at Harper Dry Lake.

    He passed well before my mom and I still really miss him -- especially his knowledge and encouragement out in the shop.
    \'39 Hot Rod Dwgs.JPG
  2. Rustygt
    Joined: May 18, 2014
    Posts: 150

    from Emeryville

    Real cool, I used to draw in class all the time, that is a true treasure you found.
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  3. embyman68
    Joined: Sep 15, 2013
    Posts: 26


  4. That's great.
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  5. How cool is that! Sorry for the loss of your Mom. Your Dad must have been one very interesting guy. 100.56 mph on the lake-bed at age 17! That is way cool.
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  6. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,107


    Cool story
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  7. gigem
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 60


    Frame that and hang on wall
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  8. lodaddyo
    Joined: May 5, 2002
    Posts: 1,159


    Very cool find! I agree, you should build that car!
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  9. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,577


    Wow, cool! But look at the other 2 cars on the page. A 37 Ford cabrio/roadster and some kind of coach built car. Very cool!!!
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  10. glrbird
    Joined: Dec 20, 2010
    Posts: 439


    I feel your pain, still lots of things I wish I could ask my Dad about his racing days, keep him in my avatar so I can see him everyday. You should frame it and hang in you shop so he is there everyday.
  11. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,216


    Very cool!
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  12. Runnin shine
    Joined: Apr 12, 2013
    Posts: 2,858

    Runnin shine

    I would have had the wife run to get a frame for that awesome drawing. By the time she got back I would have begun locating the parts to start assembling that timeless beauty.
    Please keep us posted if you do.

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  13. Legends47
    Joined: Feb 15, 2014
    Posts: 196


    I would take that to a framer and have it done as they can use the proper materials to preserve it. That drawing is priceless to you and your family. Great find!!
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  14. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 772

    from colorado

    Ditto of all the above.
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  15. LongT
    Joined: May 11, 2005
    Posts: 935


    He was a bit of an artist too!! I wonder what he ending up doing for a living?
  16. Schwanke Engines
    Joined: Jun 12, 2014
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    Schwanke Engines

    Really cool, I was very close with my grandfather he passed in 09. Not a day goes by that I don't want to call him up and ask his advise on something. He was my Hero and Mentor. I purchased his farm 5 years ago and feel his presence in every building full of useless junk...Lol. he is the reason I followed in my father's foot steps and got into cars even though he was a die hard antique tractor guy.

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  17. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
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    sloppy jalopies

    True family treasure... a snapshot into your dads mind when he was depression, pre WW II priceless !
    copy it, frame it, but first put his name and hometown on the back of the copies for prosperity...
    i'm an early ford guy but he seems to have been much more open minded... sprint / midget car top left, custom cabriolet, a back to the future should have been... oh and the queen, the A roadster..
  18. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,307


    What a great find, a frame shop can mount that properly. Guess your Dad was here that day. Bob
  19. It just was! Fabian Valdez had his roadster in the Suede Palace at the GNRS this year -- the resemblance was uncanny. I loved this car, one of my faves of the entire show.

  20. LOL... Yep, that's him at 0:55 making the Mickey Mouse ears. My uncle shot the film.
  21. Man,

    Great Story !

    A connection to your Dad that deserves a special place on your wall.

    Ditto on framing & hanging it up.

    Thanks for sharing,

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  22. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,428


    That is a great picture......I'd frame that and hang it up for the enjoyable inspiration it represents!;)
  23. Great Story! And The37Kid comes through again.:cool:
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  24. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,284

    A Boner

    One of my favorites of the show too. I would probably put some Deluxe Champions on the the tires on the back though.
  25. gdaddy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 172

    from nw fl.

    I think that is what this site is all about , the drawing , your mother , and the history of your father .
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  26. My condolences... know you have to build it now right?

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  27. scotts52
    Joined: Apr 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,973


    Make a copy to frame. Light can really yellow that old paper. Cool find.
  28. patterg2003
    Joined: Sep 21, 2014
    Posts: 554


    A good photo or a high quality scan will preserve it & the imagery adjusted then a print can be run off at any scale.
  29. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 3,392

    sloppy jalopies

    not a tatoo fan... but if i was ?
  30. I spent plenty of time checking out that Model A roadster at the GNRS. I had no idea that Fabian built it. Well done.

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