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Anyone on here driving a former submarine?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fordor Ron, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Saw a guy on here awhile back who built a shoebox Ford that was literally under water. He got it running and driving and it even still had the "water cooled" head light option. (he he) So that got me thinking... Has anyone on here made a decent car out of something that was at the bottom of a creek, lake, rock quarry or whatever? As a kid we would always hear stories about cars at the bottom of quarry's and what not. Anyone got any good stories? Before and after pic's?

    Just curious... Thanks in advance.

  2. banzaitoyota
    Joined: May 2, 2004
    Posts: 547


    I drove submarines in a former career though
  3. uniquecoaches
    Joined: Oct 26, 2008
    Posts: 264


    Whats long,hard,black and full of seamen? a submarine
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,601


    I often find myself at the submarine races.
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  5. Damn THE DUDE beat me to it!
  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,059


    no, but I did play with a torpedo today
  7. Maybe this was a bad idea...
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,059


    NOW you figure that out

  9. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,422

    from Quincy, IL

    I have bought a few "low water cars" meaning they were only into the floor boards or slightly above. I did buy one total submersion Jeep Wrangler a few years ago (yes, knowingly) as I was doing a lot of Jeep rebuilds at the time and wanted this one for off-roading. I had a like model, wrecked, and used all the wiring and electrical components from the wreck. The engine and trans had been drained after it was recovered and were free turning and apparently undamaged. After all the electric work and with some coaxing, I got the engine running and used the thing for some time with no problems.

    Basically, if a vehicle has been in fresh water, the body at least, can be resurrected.
    Some types of water, i.e. rivers and creeks, may have a lot of sedimentary stuff, dirt, sand etc., so it adds to the difficulty. A lake or quarry would be preferable if one had the choice. The Jeep was easier than a fully trimmed passenger car, but it can be done.
  10. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,059


  11. neonloverrob
    Joined: Jan 25, 2009
    Posts: 560

    from newton, ks

    I put my 85 Toyota 4x4 in about 30 feet of water, it rolled down a boat ramp and floated out about 100 feet from shore before it finally sank. Divers found it next day. That was about 15 years ago, sold it to a buddy and he's still beating the hell out of it on his farm.
  12. Fighter-of-Wars
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
    Posts: 294


    Yeah, try this out, a buddy of mine bought a early 70's ford truck 1/2 ton for $50 that sat in the Wabash River for 7 years and he "says" that he drove it out of the river with the boat that was behind it. Now, this is the Wabash River south of Terre Haute, In. There is no way.

    Of course this is the same kid that has the 351 modified big block 400(as he calls it) that he got out of an RV that had 400 hp stock and now he has 10 grand in the motor, and 30 grand in the car. Of course, the car has a spray can paint job, buckets of bondo, and a tractor muffler. But, it will go 220, if the 2bbl motorcraft doesn't catch on fire.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2009
  13. I passed on some that I knew had been flooded, I couldn't bring myself to try to flip them to unsuspecting people and figured if I was honest I'd own them forever. One was a '67 Impala SS ragtop. They were on the low side of the junkyard and were flooded over the tops at least once just the spring we were in there getting cars. We did bring back a '36 Ford parts car from that side though.

    And someone did make that Impala and a '64 Cutlass ragtop dissapear other than the scrap guys, so.. they're out there someplace.
  14. Now we're headed in the right direction! That's a killer thread.

    Somebody give this thread an extra star for pete's sake...

    Anyone else got something?

  15. Ha ha! I've almost done that myself.
  16. I'm lovin' it... Keep em comin'...
  17. fordfan289
    Joined: Apr 19, 2009
    Posts: 140

    from indiana

    Im thinking I need to see if that model a sedan is still in the river behind my dads house
  18. georgedombeck
    Joined: Jul 4, 2009
    Posts: 77


    Wasnt there a teenage car movie where they built up a car they pulled out of a pond? I'm thinking it was in the 80's.
  19. Fighter-of-Wars
    Joined: Nov 3, 2008
    Posts: 294


    Of course the side of the truck looks like a river its so wavy, I bet the bondo is aleast an inch think on there and put on with a paintbrush, I'm gunna have to get a pic next time he drives it to school.
  20. "The book of love" was the movie. It's freakin' hilarious.

    Here's a link to the trailer.

    Love this movie. "You come around tonight you can watch my sister take a bath..."

    Last edited: Nov 25, 2009
  21. Steve Ray
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 671

    Steve Ray

    Here's video of the Lakeland Car ferry; which sank in Lake Michigan in 1929:
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  22. RichG
    Joined: Dec 8, 2008
    Posts: 3,917


    ...I wonder if anyone ever fixed this one up?:p
  23. subs...? .,..............did someone say subs?

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  24. georgedombeck
    Joined: Jul 4, 2009
    Posts: 77


    sweet, off to amazon I go...
  25. Left Turn
    Joined: Nov 13, 2009
    Posts: 634

    Left Turn
    Member Emeritus
    from Omaha, NE

    I polish my submarine with dryer sheets... They make it smell purdy too...
  26. my 54 harley was underwater in a basement for 10 years before i got it.. it's running now, but..well.. it was a v twin now it's just a / single. lol, same block but half of it was to far gone to trust.. yey port-a-bands! , it's slow and leaky but it's still a harley.
  27. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    well this Pelican flew in front of a Bugatti,................. [​IMG]
  28. ritchj
    Joined: Dec 4, 2008
    Posts: 27


    There was a car at Pebble Beach this year that was in a flooded basement for a long time - it was 'preservation class,' completely unrestored; they had a couple of the original tires on hand. Can't locate my full car pic at the moment: here's more info on it if you care - the owner should be applauded IMO.


  29. fordrat31
    Joined: Oct 3, 2009
    Posts: 380

    from Palmer, MA

    When I had my Belly tank delivered, the driver asked me if it was a mini submarine!! That gave me a good laugh.

  30. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,016


    Used to drive this one:


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