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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. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,770

    anthony myrick

    I like welding more than itching
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  2. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,209

    Bandit Billy

  3. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,770

    anthony myrick

    If you build a coupe and replace all the sheet metal below the belt line.......
    Does this make the coupe a fake roadster with fixed roof?
    I’m confused
  4. patterg2003
    Joined: Sep 21, 2014
    Posts: 657


    Nobody is going to bite a car to see if it is real or not. Hot rods basically started out finding someones good cast off of a car for cheap that needed an engine. Cars changed in ten year increments so that a 30's car was so obsolete compared to a 40's car, 40's to 50's etc. It was easy for a kid to find an old car whose time had passed and find a newer engine to have something to drive. When I was in highschool kids were dragging home old cars or trucks with dead flat heads and putting an new engine in that had some life left. Even then vehicles that could be salvaged and given a second life were scarce here and finding a good candidate was golden. There was so much salt on the roads that cars were pretty much done in about 8 years and engines were done by then as well. Many of us live in old car "deserts" were there are no cars or options with out hitting the road for hundreds of miles and spending big money to pick up a project. I drove 1200 miles there and 1200 back to get a 40 Ford. It cost close to $2k for the travel, hotels, trailer rental etc. Its not smart money in the long game if the car needs a ton of work. I am headed deep into the not to smart money company without deep pockets. Deeper dreams. If a person picks up a reproduction body and puts old gear into to be as authentic as possible then good on them. It helps keep the hobby alive by supporting parts suppliers to keep their doors open. There are so many good parts suppliers that really helps those that have original iron and want to keep them alive. There are so many opinions of what makes a car from, keeping it in its original patina, moth eaten all the way up to new paint and fully dressed out. I have respect for all old cars & trucks but admire the most is owners that built the cars themselves and took the time to share how they did it. There are several amazing fiberglass & repo bodied cars on this site that have been done to be every bit as period as any, where the owners have worked as hard as anyone to chase old parts and put in a lot of sweat to put together a very original looking car. The strength of this forum has been supporting everyone trying to build a car no matter its origins. (As long as its not an MII, LS engine and a couple other things where one gets reminded quick. :- ) )
  5. VonWegener
    Joined: Nov 19, 2009
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    For a while I was involved with Cobras. A friend of mine had a Cobra only shop and raced, restored Originals and also built replicas. I was sent around looking at cars and buying them. At the time an original was $300,000. High end alloy replicas all finished perfect $140,000 and high end fibreglass cars in the $ mid sixties. We bought a lot of cars and I got to talk to a lot of owners.
    The owners of real cars saw nothing wrong with the high end glass cars as the performance was on par and they hesitated using the originals just as transportation because of the value.
    The owners of the glass cars all secretly wished they had at least an alloy car or at best an original and the alloy car owners lamented that the price of originals was too high and the glass cars suck.
    I learned from that that a prime condition used glass Cobra ( like an ERA 427) is the best deal of them all. You get a totally fun car with performance on par, are respected with the original owner crowd and welcome at Cobra Day events and yet only $45K in the hole.
    I think us hot rodders can learn from that. And no matter how much or how little you spent on your hot rod at a new car dealership you can get an automobile that can do everything better....
  6. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
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    Blue One
    from Alberta

    :D You know of course if the thread gets axed that you lose the post and your count goes down :D
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  7. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
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    Bandit Billy

    I'm hoping it is not "if" but "when" and it cant be soon enough. the Viagra spam threads are more entertaining and make more sense than this jewel.
  8. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,984

    from California

    it all depends on what your definition of is, is. by the way, I did not have sexual relations with that girl... no matter what was left on her dress.
  9. Camm
    Joined: Sep 22, 2005
    Posts: 590


    Hot Rods. Just drive the wheels off them. Who cares what people think, it's your Hot Rod.
  10. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
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    I want a steel replica of a Corvette.
  11. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,276


    What..... Now if I can get that air compressor working.. KIMG3746.JPG
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  12. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,270

    from Minn. uSA

    Steel 'vette? = Opel GT. So a little work is needed... :D .
    Guess this means none of Big Daddy Roths' creations were hotrods.
    No 'glass T-bucket is? & I'd guess that most of them, even w/a 4banger, would clean OP's clock in either of his two cars.
    I better quit while I'm behind... 'cause I'm not commenting on Hollywood-east new project...
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  13. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
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    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    I am so confused !o_O
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    Joined: Jan 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,268

    from alabama

    I have a Real All Henry '32 and a Glass '32 also......66 years old and could care less what people think about it being real or not...... I'm happy, while their in a Tizzy about what is real or not......Get over it....Enjoy Life..... It's a quick trip.
  15. Here on the HAMB it's not so important what the body is made's the build style. If you take an original 30s ford body bolted to an original 30s ford frame and build it as a pro-street car or an off-topic street rod it's gonna get dumped. Flip side if you build a glass bodied car or a United Pacific, Dearborn Deuce as a traditional hot rod, it'll be appreciated here. It's really pretty simple.
  16. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
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    from oregon

    I like how you think Rocky!
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  17. rust&patina
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  18. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
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  19. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
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    from Owasso, OK

  20. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    Staff Member

    ^^^^^here, Rocky nailed it... end of story, I am locking this .. Lets get back to traditional hot rods and customs ok fellas??
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