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Hot Rods Are after market bodies really hotrods?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bhemi, Dec 5, 2018.

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  1. bhemi
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
    Posts: 65


    I have been looking at all kinds of rods. I own a 1937 Buick and a 1949 Mercury
    All original tin. I would really like a vintage '32 or '40 Ford and i keep seeing all these knock off bodies in metal and fiberglass . They all claim improvement over the original including more cab room etc. They do zero for me and i think they diminish all the guys doing original steel and less popular bodies to stay true to Detroit steel. They all seem dim reflections of the real thing. You get a representation but nothing real. Like dudes doing blow up dolls not real girls
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  2. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,089


    Oh for the love of pete... 38708146_10217690284351516_4276197086325637120_n.jpg
  3. Geez, another 'original tin' snob....

    In case you haven't noticed, there's a limited supply of OEM tin. The repo stuff makes it affordable for those who don't have deep pockets, as well as helping to hold down the prices on the original stuff. And some of the repo stuff is all-but-indistinguishable from the 'real deal'. Some of the repo stuff is tacky, but there's a lot that isn't, it's all hot rodding in my book...

    And if you feel 'diminished', well, I guess that's your problem...
  4. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,151

    Atwater Mike

    Well...Blow up doll costs you just ONCE. Real girl has to be fed, clothed, and 'lodged': No 'stickin' her back in the box' when yer done.
    A real hot rod, I say, a real hot rod... (my best Foghorn Leghorn here) hasta be massaged, checked for the right numbers, then have 6" of aftermarket modern Patch welded to its bottom, then rust scale dealt with, then etching...Oh hell, "Why didn't I buy the Brookville???"
    Whatever your boundaries are, Mac. Semper Fi...
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  5. BAD ROD
    Joined: Dec 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,532


    93170AD2-93A6-42CA-90C2-8FE9C661D9AC.jpeg Here’s one of those blow up dolls. Seems pretty real to me. :)
  6. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,323

    from Iowa

    Who cares? Build it and drive it, snobbery aside.

    I can afford to build a 'glass bodied (true to original dimensions, 3" chop, rain gutters, flip out front windshield, roll down back window, roll down door windows, trunk gutter/drain system, working cowl vent) that cost $13,000 for a body vs at least twice that for a steel one. Ride would never have happened if steel was the only option.

    I also have a '26T coupe project going that's all steel. Maybe I feel Fords (or recreations thereof) make better hot rods than Buicks do. It's all about perception.

    I think what you see more, is people hot rodding less desirable steel bodies that wouldn't have gotten a second look back in the day, just so they can say it's "real steel". That I find sadder.


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  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 41,667


    Some guys like the appearance of an old car. Some guys like an old car.
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  8. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,381

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    I’m going to guess there are at least twenty 40 Fords for sale here on the HAMB classifieds,have at it.
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  9. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 10,177

    from Quincy, IL

    Your analogy is seriously flawed........:cool:
  10. Like some shop that only use original undropped Ford Axle and never called 1-800 send me an axel!! but Brookville roadsters bodies are suppliers for they...
    I respect the opinions and more when they build hot rods...

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  11. jimmy bruns
    Joined: Jun 21, 2011
    Posts: 65

    jimmy bruns
    from Chatsworth

    Just build the fucking thing... don't be one of those fucking "My car is 100% period correct" guys. Fucking idiots are running brand new tires, 12v systems, petronix plates, etc... half the car maybe "traditional" but you will never be able to recreate that time period end of story.
  12. Los_Control
    Joined: Oct 7, 2016
    Posts: 474

    from TX

    Been married 30+ years .... real women have a advantage.
    After 30 years, I can think of some advantages to just having a blow up doll instead.

    Heck, seems to me 1/2 the hot rods today are a lot of patched metal to stitch them back together.
    Kinda like a women with breast enlargements .... are they still real?
  13. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,733

    from Dublin, OH

    <<<<<<Yeah this isn't a hotrod, dual quad 392 Hemi, manual transmission, 4:10 Locker diff.!
    I guess I'm a poser!
  14. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 6,567


    I guess it's hard to be a snob when so few people give a damn. As soon as you add just one reproduction part, you are moving away from your ideal "real" car. Patch panels? Replacement glass, tires, spark plugs, hoses, exhaust system, blah, blah blah. Perhaps you can advise us on what percentage of originality makes up a real car? Most of us do the best we can to stay true to the ideal but still get our cars on the road. Must be nice to be perfect.

    Time to abandon this silly thread
  15. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,353


    I've seen completely rusted out pieces of shit original steel cars and I have seen tastefully done nicely put together "replica" cars that were true to the era the owner wanted to replicate. I know which one I would rather own and be proud to drive. I just don't get this bullshit it has to be "Henry or Detroit Steel" crap. Someone doing a car that makes THEM happy does nothing to diminish others who do their thing to make THEMselves happy. Sheesh...
  16. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 41,667


    As much as you can.

    Some cars are easier than others, to keep "real". Some are impossible.

    what's funny, is how some folks get bent out of shape about it. It's just a car.
  17. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 5,692

    from Nicasio Ca

    I do like sitting in my heap, looking at a particular item, a bolt, a window crank, or even the whole thing and thinking it has been around 20 years longer than I have and still in service. Got nothing to do with what makes a hot rod or bragging rights, just like that it's old.
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  18. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 914


    Jeez another letter from the "period correct, gotta be steel" police. I built my roadster using a (cover your eyes here police) genuine new Wescott body on original deuce rails. I got the rails from the widow of a dear friend that passed away before he was able to use it. I now have this hobby degrading car on the road for 11 years. I have won several awards with it d and have cruised it at 80 for hours. In fact I've driven the wheels off it. I have NEVER noticed a fiberglass inferiority of any kind. All I ever noticed was what a heck of a great time I have every time I back out of the garage with it. I think way too many people have forgotten the original motto of the NSRA, FUN WITH CARS!!!!! Not fiberglass, not steel, not 40 Fords of deuce roadsters, but FUN WITH CARS!!!!! Get of your high horse before you fall on your self righteous ego and wake up hurt. Build a carbsolid, safe, reliable and enjoy the experience for what it really is or should be. I've owned 100 cars in 56 years of hot rodding. I enjoyed almost all of them not because they were steel or fiberglass, but because they were fun and brought me great joy. That's what hot rodding is supposed to be!
  19. Hmmmm
    Seems like this question was asked....let's see.....around 1960?
    Please, do what you want man, but don't judge everybody else. WTF does THAT have to do with hot rods.
    And the "woman" analogy is silly and irrelevant, not to mention insulting to women.
  20. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 3,955

    anthony myrick
    from al

    Just commenting to get in before it gets axed
    Also increasing my count
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  21. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
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    anthony myrick
    from al

    I hope the next fake metal body is a 49/51 merc
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  22. e z i
    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 543

    e z i

    I'm gunna build a steel corvette, bet no one will even notice.:D
  23. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 11,255

    from oregon

    My flexibility in my interest in hot rod bodies has always been on par with my interest in women.
    I don't recall ever saying as the hand went under the sweater "are those all original", nope can't say that's ever happened.
  24. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,015

    Model A Gomez

    Everyone has their definition of a real hot rod, you have to do what suits you and not worry what someone else thinks. I belong to a small local club and one member thinks my flathead powered Model A isn't a hot rod, same with my Model A pickup, had a B motor with a Winfield head, Ansen intake, Holley 94, Mallory and a header in it. Now has an inserted A motor with a high compression head and is a daily driver. Build what works for you. A friend didn't like the color I'm painting my v8 A, asked if he was paying for I and told him if not don't worry about it..
  25. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 695


    If someone were to give me a nice repro bodied car; I'd take it.
  26. Dude, give it up. That's like saying replacement Brake Shoes aren't Real brake shoes. If you don't like what the market has to offer don't buy it, but don't tell others what's right or wrong. Your opinion is only important to you. Voicing it makes you sound,,,,,,,,
    The Wizzard
  27. leon bee
    Joined: Mar 15, 2017
    Posts: 253

    leon bee
    from Arkansas!

    If I could buy a new body to replace this one I'm living in, I'd start saving up cash.
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  28. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 161

    from Alabama

    Well let me get some popcorn and see what develops here. However I’m from the camp that say if you don’t like someone’s car or style keep your opinions to yourself. No one has to have permission to build what they want or what they think is cool.
  29. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
    Posts: 1,616

    stuart in mn

    Right about the time Dee Wescott started building fiberglass reproduction fenders, since even then it was getting difficult to find good parts. :)
  30. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 3,239

    from red oak

    Winfield made few as well as P & J (not Pete and Jakes).
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