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Customs Bobber Trucks. Are They HAMB Rods?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by TheSteamDoc, Oct 9, 2021.

  1. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,059

    from oregon

    That ol truck is just crying out for one your 427's Gene.
    By the way, leave the hand crank!
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  2. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 8,703

    Bandit Billy

    There are 2 types of people,
    those who own trucks
    and those who borrow trucks. :cool:
  3. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 711

    from Alabama

    Don’t know who built it but saved pics because I thought it was cool A11CCBD5-45B3-4EC7-A437-A7922DC6CC5C.jpeg B317DD54-1229-4E1C-AC0F-F8C92BBE4C39.jpeg
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  4. twenty8
    Joined: Apr 8, 2021
    Posts: 912


    Thanks @pirate , you have just made my day....:D:D:D Our taste is very similar. I sure do like that one.:rolleyes:
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2021
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  5. [QUOTE="alchemy, post: 14227351, member: 930"]They are as traditional as the '58 Buicks turned into "gassers", or a fordor anything turned into a hot rod. It's a case of just using the raw materials available in a new fashion.[/QUOTE]

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  6. trevorsworth
    Joined: Aug 3, 2020
    Posts: 1,008


    I still don't get why some people are so hung up on this arbitrary line of HAMB friendliness. A lot of shit that totally wouldn't or couldn't be done back in the day gets a pass here because it's bitchin. Then there's stuff that could've or was done back in the day that doesn't get a pass because it's not bitchin enough according to whoever.

    To my eyes the later body style bobber trucks are usually a little too rat roddy but that doesn't mean they aren't cool or couldn't have been done or weren't done back in the day. You think it took until 1990 for someone to figure out they could pull the fenders off a 49 truck and drop it? Hell no.

    And so what? You wanna run off a dude that built a really cool bobber just the way it could've been done in 1959 just because you've never seen a black and white photo of one? You gonna apologize when someone digs up a period photo of one? Doubt it...
  7. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 9,999

    anthony myrick

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    That never happened. All fake photoshop stuff planted by the anti four doors are parts cars alliance (A.F.D.A.P.C.A.)trying to infiltrate the traditional 2 door only factual reality.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2021
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  8. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,900


    Just because something was done once or twice doesn't make it a tradition.

    If you want to throw up in your mouth, I can show you a pic of a highboy 32 roadster taken in the fifties, and it has an independent front suspension. Not something we want to keep on doing, is it?
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  9. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,565

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

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  10. A funny thing about the HAMB is that “traditional “ is such a fluid term. I always know what a hot rod is, but the definition here could be a rusty rat rod or some kind of “art car” . IMO, a post 1936 “bobber” is a rat rod. But, having been on here since the first page was an American mag I have seen the HAMB change. So, since those turds are much loved here, they are “HAMB friendly “.
    I have spoken.
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  11. trevorsworth
    Joined: Aug 3, 2020
    Posts: 1,008


    1950s engineered IFS on a legit 1950s built hot rod is a different topic from a Mustang II axled street rod. This is what I'm talking about... if that car still existed today and a HAMB member bought it, would he get chased off? Would it get a special pass for survivorship status? Would replicating it be OK or would that be crossing the line? Would the whole conversation be different if that car kicked ass on a race track and had some notoriety attached to it?

    How is that not OK but this other dude's Model A 4 banger with a CNC-milled modern OHV conversion and modern supercharger, which could not by any stretch of the imagination be replicated with HAMB friendly equipment or methods, is fine here? Not a jab at that guy. That engine is sweet as fuck. It presents well and has the right attitude... as hard as that is to pin down.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2021
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  12. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,261

    from nor cal

    Now where did that dead horse go?
  13. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,470

    from Berry, AL

    That pic makes me wish I hadn’t sold my 36 Dodge pickup.
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  14. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,622


    come on, - we also have a soft spot for the occasional ‘55 chevy………..…:D
    ( one day we may even warm up to the ‘57………:eek: )
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  15. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 6,453

    from So Cal

    I agree!
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  16. proartguy
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 544

    from Sparks, NV

    Since I posted the shot of my son’s ‘38 while in primer I am not sure about the “post 1936”comment. I assure you this is anything but a r-rod. Now painted and finished it is certainly not welcome by the local r-rod crowd. We have a laugh when some makes a r-rod comment as now it seems to include any non-fendered hot rod.
  17. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 9,999

    anthony myrick

    If ya do a search for “bobber” you’ll notice 4 things.
    1. this place use to have motorcycle threads. Even foreign bikes. Didn’t know that
    2. most threads are shut down
    3. nothing has changed since the “Rudy” truck. You either like it or hate it.
    4. any truck with a short bed and no fenders past 34 isn’t “traditional”

    Sometime ya learn something using that search function.
    But this one sure looks interesting
    wonder the build date for this creation
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2021
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  18. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 23,077


    Atta boy was an inspired but not always pleasant evolution...totally've done an admirable job of diggin' in the archives...I'm familiar with a great number of these...
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  19. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,849


    That's what I was thinking, too. I joined this forum when there were less than 6000 users and this is the first time I've ever heard of the term "bobber truck" applied to anything 1934 or older.

    This is how I feel, too. There were a small handful done in the day (not necessarily "tradition" but certainly "period-possible"), I've seen a few recent builds that had nice proportions and looked decent. They're not for me, but if someone wants to take on what's left of some ton-and-a-half dump truck from the farm and build one I say go for it.
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  20. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 9,999

    anthony myrick

    I’ll never buy the “4 doors weren’t used as hot rods” crap, a hot rod truck with no fenders and a shortened bed a”bobber” or just a hot rod truck. Definitely a lot of pre-35 examples. Seems a couple 35-37 ish ones were built.
    Gets a little harder past that. As far as the OP’s suggestion for post war versions, well, someone may have some pics but I’d bet the odds are rather slim.
    Bobber, for a truck is a modern term. Just like rat rod. Both can get confused with vintage builds.
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  21. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 23,077


    Hotrod Pickups many times are argued as non Traditional so Hokey Ass and an influential part of the big picture I'm good with it...I often mention the Hotrod/Custom Rivalries and disagreements...But this ones solely amongst the Hotrod Crowd and there were many lone wolfs out there because of it but the pictures do assist where ignorance tries to deny any evolution in variations in Hotrod Trucks occurred...


    I believe this Roaring Roadster PU is proudly part of the dot connectors to Hotrod...did he get razzed, maybe, it wasn't all wine and rose's back then either...

    I guess to the OP question they'd be a Hokey Ass Forum entry and always garner flack from the naysayers period...regardless of being part of the big picture and how they evolved...and what they were called...

    Credit to Photographer, Owner

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  22. Jones St.
    Joined: Feb 8, 2020
    Posts: 3,057

    Jones St.

    245523849_1965352006958574_3533055683726071287_n.jpg 245523849_1965352006958574_3533055683726071287_n.jpg Opps, this one is well done. And back when. Seeing the usual hall monitor's pouncing again. Give it up, 'trad' is a fad. Era correct!
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  23. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,527

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    A "back in the day" race truck.

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  24. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 23,077


    Great example and a later cab to boot...anybody eagle eye that cab...37/38 heck maybe its a 1940 International Cab...

    The evolution of...without a doubt...In many ways the Periods of this style are quite similar to the Highboys as when the Fat Fenders and Boxy styling came around fenderless trends changed and became much rarer as the formula was skewed...

    And the OP does interestingly mention 48 and any wild fenderless attempts post 48 seemed more in a Custom direction than Hotrod...this however was not necessarily the aim of the builders I'm sure but again is speculative...

    Last edited: Oct 12, 2021
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  25. I wonder where that is?
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  26. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 23,077


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  27. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
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  28. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 9,999

    anthony myrick

  29. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 23,077


    Oh and Bobber Bikes to boot...


    There's every chance that word was being tossed around and what were bobber bikes defined by...modded and removed fenders...hmmm

    Is that a 57 T-Bird behind...

    Credit to Photographer, Owner

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