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Hot Rods Brought a car home that was built by one of my heroes

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Crocodile, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Crocodile
    Joined: Jun 16, 2016
    Posts: 117


    In the thread about "what is your car culture", I mentioned how I had idolized a few of my Father's friends who used to drive their hot rods/street rods to the shop when I was a kid. One of them was Glenn "Bob" Thorne, who passed from cancer in early 2015. Bob had a 33 Ford Tudor Deluxe sedan, which he had bought in his teens. In the summer, it was pretty much his daily driver.
    I was fortunate enough to be able to buy his 33 from his widow a couple of weeks ago, with his best friend making the sale on her behalf, since she has moved out of state to a warmer climate. Today, I drove her home, about a 40 mile trip.
    While not entirely HAMB friendly, there is plenty about this car that fits in here, and I hope it is okay to share it.
    Bob's 33 home 4-20-19.jpg Bob's 33 home 2  4-20-19.jpg
    It has a 2" chop, and the roof is filled with a 58 Ford roof section, which has the narrow, inset beads/ribs. I think from a wagon. I know it took him a while to find the donor.
    The stance is really sinister looking, and it has a full set of Kelsey-Hayes "stripper" wheels.
    Pics are from when I pulled into the drive this morning, not even washed yet from sitting since last summer.
    I am quite honored to look after his machine.
  2. Never2old
    Joined: Oct 14, 2010
    Posts: 472

    from so cal

    Great looking car. You have to be proud.
    It’s your car now and don’t let anyone tell you how you should live your life.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  3. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 7,633


    Looks good
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  4. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 11,713


    In a While @Crocodile You Will Get a 33
    Make You Smile
    Every Driven Mile


    May Your Fathers Friend Rest in Peace...Congrats...SO
    when are the Pie Crusts, Solids or Wires, Caps & Rings
    going on?

    Have fun with it!!

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  5. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 7,254


    Very impressive, I must say I've seen those wheels at any stage previously, magnesium?

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  6. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 659

    jim snow

    Good stuff. Snowman
  7. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,009


    We like '33 sedans! :)
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  8. 56shoebox
    Joined: Sep 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,056


    I've never seen those wheels before, they're cool. They look Game of Thrones-ish. I'd keep them.
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  9. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 13,686


    Nice car, cool history, rare wheels. Love it!
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  10. chevyfordman
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 753


  11. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 11,713


    @Crocodile did you inquire about historic pictures of the Hotrod in its earlier days with or prior to the Late Owners acquiring it?

    I mean that is one thing about vintage period hotrods. When you can get those pics it helps put things back to a previous time which in many cases improves later evolutionary sins...
  12. Beautiful car, congratulations & let the good times roll. HRP
  13. Halfdozen
    Joined: Mar 8, 2008
    Posts: 564


    I like stories like this, where a nice older build goes to a person who appreciates the history as well as the car.
    That's a beautiful chop, I'm not a fan of mail slots.
    Not a fan of Supertrapps either, but that's just me...
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  14. Crocodile
    Joined: Jun 16, 2016
    Posts: 117


    Stogy, I did get a stack of pictures with the car from one of it's low points. Around 1984 or so, a deer jumped out in front of him, and in the process of trying to avoid it, he put it backwards into a tree really hard, caving in the driver's rear quarter. most folks thought it was totalled. I was up to his shop with my Dad when he was starting to work on the damage, and wondered if it could live again.
    At that time, it had been stock roof height, with a cloth insert. He got it back into shape, drove it for a summer or two with the rear in red primer, and the chop, and filled roof happened before it was painted again.
    There is one or two old polaroids of it before all of that fiasco. If I can get ahold of a scanner, I will add some of them later.
    As far as I know, it was a stock 33 when he got it, prior to his Vietnam era service. It was a labor of love throughout his lifetime. I think it was first put back on the road around 1970, and was in basically the same configuration when it was wrecked.
    I remember, from that visit after the deep incident, my Dad saying, "I bet you wish you had hit the deer instead, rather than this." He kind of shrugged, smiled, and said "I saved all the hard to find shit!". Kind of funny, considering how many more grilles, etc, were around back then, yet they were still scarce.
    I don't really have any desire to change much about the car. Clean up the wiring a little, get rid of the supertrapps, and a few small things, but pretty much keep it as "Bob's car". I have another 33 Tudor sedan shell that I am collecting parts for, and that one will be flatty powered, and more traditional. This one is a nice distance driver, and a reminder of a friend that inspired a lot of who I am.
  15. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 4,042


    Neat car; I like the subtle chop. I don't think you mentioned the power. If you don't, I'll probably know what it is.:D
  16. Crocodile
    Joined: Jun 16, 2016
    Posts: 117


    I didn't mention it because it's not pre 65, but it has a 351 Cleveland in it. I don't think a guy would have much luck finding anything non-Ford on this one. Bob was 100 percent Blue-oval. The only exception I can think of was that he had a 69-ish GMC 4x4 pickup around for a while as a plow truck and general work beater.
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  17. Nova Thug
    Joined: Jun 9, 2012
    Posts: 62

    Nova Thug
    from SG Vizzle

    I’ve felt that the 33 & 34 Fords had best looking styling in of the early Ford cars.. Simply beautiful lines that are graceful and elegant.

    You have a very special piece of your own history that has been part of your life for many years.. Congratulations.!
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  18. suedestude
    Joined: Feb 15, 2004
    Posts: 99


    love your car! in 1970 I had a 32 tudor sedan chopped a couple inches. Man I miss that car. Enjoy!!!!
  19. Halfdozen
    Joined: Mar 8, 2008
    Posts: 564


    You have my respect, sir.
  20. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 823

    from norcal

    Fix the exhaust tips, keep the wheels....
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  21. tim troutman
    Joined: Aug 6, 2012
    Posts: 165

    tim troutman

    good for you nice car
  22. Rice n Beans Garage
    Joined: Dec 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,403

    Rice n Beans Garage

  23. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 2,928

    from Berry, AL

    Very nice car. I like those wheels, never saw those before. Bet they would look good polished.

    You're it's caretaker now, treat it so it will still be great years from now.
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  24. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 25,459


    Great looking car, it is always nice to read about cars that have a true meaning to the new caretakers. Hope you have fun with it. Bob
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  25. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 11,713


    You have an interesting connection to this Hotrod so I understand your desire to keep it specific to its era. It is interesting to see how Hotrodders evolved with their outlook in what they should look like...some never left the Pre 65 style while others carried on with the flow. Its more complex than that of course.

    Again enjoy the New Old Wheels and I look forward to your other 33 Tudor build.
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  26. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 1,340

    ramblin dan

    That car has a great stance. Your a lucky guy.
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  27. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 7,843

    from Mesa, Az

  28. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 688


    That fellow was real lucky to have a good home for his car..Man I hope to have an individual like you come around in about 30 years;)
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  29. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 875


    Sweet. I love sedans. The caretaker posts are a perfect way of saying.

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