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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hudson48, Apr 27, 2020.

  1. Chrisbcritter
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    I've always found the proportions of the Australian '34 5-window to be rather odd. Has anyone down there ever tried a chop and stretch to make it a bit sleeker? A little 'shopping:
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  2. Dago 88
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    Great thread, thanks for posting.
     
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  3. goldmountain
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    Those are great photos. I didn't see any cars with chopped tops but I did see ones with raised roofs. Is this due to your laws on what is permitted? Also curious about the red '37 roadster. Is that a'36 body?

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  4. Stan Back
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    Great photos! Too bad someone flopped all the negatives.
     
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  5. hotrodjack33
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    Wow. Fantastic photos...thanks for sharing.

    I have to agree with @Chrisbcritter...those Aussie '33/'34s ARE strange. The door width is incredibly short, and those 1/4 panels...the distance from the door edge B pillar to the wheel well is huge. Here's a comparison vs the Aussie[​IMG]
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  6. rooman
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    A few of my photos made it Gary

    Roo
     
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  7. Good Stuff! Thanks for the memories!
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    That's because light travels backwards down here.
     
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  8. rooman
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    Thanks for the memories Paul, This one was my first magazine cover shot (from the South Australian Hot Rod Show.)
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    Here are a few that I took back in the day to add to the mix.
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  9. goldmountain
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    Since there are more photos now, I will again ask, why no chopped tops in sight?

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  10. 62rebel
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    Great to see the ingenuity of the land down under! Cool stuff, and the proof of making it work for you!
     
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  11. rooman
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    There were a few chopped cars but as the majority of non roadsters were four door sedans, coupes and "slopers" were a little harder to find and it was a bigger deal to cut them up. Also the Aussie 34 coupes were difficult to chop due to the roof profile (as were the slopers). Also as Paul mentioned the cars were more like East Coast US rods with lots of channeling which precluded chopping the roof due to headroom concerns.

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  12. This just makes me love Australia that much more. Well done and good show. :)
     
  13. hudson48
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    Well these are early photos and this coupe was later chopped and painted black in 1980. Will try to find a photo as it looks great. To answer the general question about chopped tops not being prevalent I guess that maybe not enough experienced people to do it. Lots of later cars chopped and as long as there is reasonable vision there is no real restriction to my knowledge.
     
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  14. hudson48
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    Some more from yesterday 94881349_1114197485623480_7157138290942935040_o.jpg 94914075_10219750110635918_9043293219298738176_o.jpg 95040784_10219755703375733_1243998914638512128_o.jpg 95100655_231722104580337_4865852377594331136_n.jpg 95127135_1114196995623529_6795692668153233408_n.jpg 95136783_1619966211489855_4911007739599126528_n.jpg 95178787_10219755701455685_5433840538107248640_o.jpg 95185986_1621891037964039_1129326148283531264_n.jpg 95263551_231722384580309_4852618483843727360_n.jpg 95305668_1622842754535534_2594836047003123712_n.jpg 95366856_231721827913698_1698476479702106112_n.jpg 95477101_10219755702575713_1640492093333831680_o.jpg 95501219_2900788496622810_2879159905585987584_n.jpg 95523796_1114197985623430_6107595901826498560_o.jpg 95569286_1114198278956734_8983639134329372672_o.jpg 95593320_1114198742290021_6502847800613535744_o.jpg
     
  15. Re, chops, I'm going to guess that that was derived from racing on the lakes. That didn't happen here or east coast US and may have something to do with it. But as mentioned, channeling was popular here and east coast. The early influence here was speedway and closed course racing.
     
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  16. hudson48
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    A few more here. Check out the red winged bird on the hood mascot. The second Mercury ute is a more recent build but still rare. The third picture is a local icon,Reg who has been around for decades and drives that car everywhere. Our lockdown restrictions have been relaxed from today and there is a special cruise to Reg's house tomorrow to show him support in his cancer battle. Cars must just cruise around the block, no stopping and one lap only. The last picture is the Essex that has been featured several times on this thread when it was originally built in the 60's and was red with a 6 cylinder and cycle fendered front and bobbed rear. This is after it was rebuilt by another Brisbane rodder and is much how it was when I acquired it and then did an update of running gear and got rid of the checked seat inserts. However I did replace with maroon velour!!! 95766635_154358086117320_3398843337719939072_o.jpg 95262062_3150351611693526_143092925729865728_n.jpg 95369861_10223050473676074_650905536409108480_o.jpg 95193299_154541966098932_2400953891752509440_o.jpg 95263104_2902744389760554_1207909781918973952_n.jpg 95313030_10219777186432796_1870550423111204864_o.jpg 95497085_154590656094063_2913924113909153792_o.jpg 96052287_10158184244392230_7503576189898850304_n.jpg Len Souter 1970.jpg 95461043_10219777187352819_2502387601806196736_o.jpg
     
  17. Lil32
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    Best wishes to Reg with his battle
     
  18. Thanks for posting all these great cars from down under ! We in the states SHOULD just enjoy the differences....everyone works with what the can acquire - and hats off if they didn't want that Cali look !
     
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  19. Paul...many thanks for these pics, brought back a lot of memories........BTW, the 2nd Merc Ute was owned by Mike Parker when that pic was taken, the 40 Deluxe Panel van was built & owned by Cliff Wiles and the 40 Standard Panel Van built & owned by Bob Dillon......good to see quite a few Sydney based cars as that's where I grew up.......thanks...........andyd
     
  20. Dago 88
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  22. hudson48
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  23. Cool thread Paul. Nice to see Swiftys car in there. Not many Hambers would still own the same cars that that they had back then.

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  24. deadbeat
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    Probably cause it is so damn hard there to get them on the road over there, may as well keep them?
     
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  25. Dago 88
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    I just noticed on Darryl Finger's black '34 coupe HNS 140, it has back to front wide fives on it :)
     
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  26. Dago......thats George Clarks.........39 Plymouth Coupe isn't it?.......andyd
     
  27. hudson48
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    A few more. Wedding picture has my old 32 4 door sedan at front. I can't remember doing that wedding and it may be before I owned it. Trying to get a date on the picture. I bought it after I sold the 29 roadster so maybe around late 1970. 96143238_2350437428584413_7318432897231224832_n.jpg 94883680_2350437338584422_1368726019044802560_n.jpg 95862900_2350437271917762_686204558354939904_n.jpg 32 Ford sedan.jpg 95490846_3263108123721599_3076052107061624832_o.jpg
     
  28. hudson48
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    Post from Denis Lyon on FB
    1963 had come around and some of my mates needed Rusty Old Iron to start their projects and word had got to us of a great grave yard in Bathurst. So off we went with a borrowed car trailer and some keen Shifters Club Members.
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  29. hudson48
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    Unfortunately Rock'n'roll Reg has taken a turn for the worse over night and has been rushed back to hospital so the Drive By for Reg today has been cancelled.
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  30. hudson48
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    Low-buck A sport coupe outside Mordialloc wreckers in Jan 1967. No shiny stuff, just a driver. 86971424_154907322729063_7560311354964312064_o.jpg
     

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