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Art & Inspiration Cars of Cuba

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by "Wally", Nov 21, 2020.

  1. "Wally"
    Joined: Nov 22, 2015
    Posts: 25


    Thought folks would like to see these. The stories of lost time capsules in Cuba are true. As a professional motorsports photographer I jumped at a chance to do a photo shoot in Cuba in 2016.
    There was also a Major World Event while I was there, right place right time. Here's a few Hope the link works.

    "Wally" Cars of Cuba #1-0603.jpg
  2. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 465

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

  3. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 7,139

    jimmy six

    They never let any of them die... that’s for sure.
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  4. Linda (my wife) and I were able to spend a week in Cuba a couple of years ago. It's kind of like stepping back in time being there. Lots of older cars used for taxies. All of them seem to be in pretty good mechanical condition, but I did see some bodywork that looked like I did it. :eek:

    Some of the drivers new a lot about the cars and others just knew they were driving "an old American car". This '56 Chrysler we rode in a few times was powered by a Perkins diesel with a 5 speed manual trans. The driver didn't have to sing to entertain us on the trips, the rear end was singing it's own song going down the road. :) 100_0845.JPG

  5. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,047

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    A make it work with what ever can be found,cars in CUBA today are likely to have any type engine out of anything,not always USA,can be using USSR,China any thing under the hood.
    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,677


    Saw a 57 Chevy in pristine condition come clanking into the resort i was at.
    Asked the guy what engine is in it.
    Told me “ iss alll horiginal from de factory 1957 chebrorelt”
    Told him Chevy didn’t make a diesel in the 50’s!!!
    He giggled and popped the hood said it was some Russian 4 cylinder diesel mated to the oh powerglide!!

    lots of 50’s stuff running around in great shape
    Model t I saw one year was beautifuly restored

    They are the kings of enginuity over there !
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  7. When I get my paws on that mouse I’ll kill him!

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  8. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,410


    Many of them are diesel powered.
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  9. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 465

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    I read an article about the strange little diesel swaps and it also said they are all bondo'ed up or fiberglassed bigtime. with wire and angle iron holding things together to a disturbing level.
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  10. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,315


    That is true, or at least it was. I was there in 2001 and 2002 and there were cars with plexiglass windshields, brush painted with house paint, and rust repair done with chicken wire and cement. (Yes, cement!)
    They all had worn out suspension and many were diesel.
    But Obama lifted a lot of the restrictions on Cubans living in the US, allowing them to visit relatives and bring in materials and parts and supplies. When I returned a couple years ago most of the cars had been properly repaired and painted, with new chrome and 1980s-1990s aluminum wheels and decent mechanicals. No more creaking, clanking, and screeching when they rolled by!
    Somewhere in Havana there is a 1958 Dodge sitting on some sort of heavy duty chassis (8-lug wheels) with what sounds like a tank engine. I want it!
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  11. Jay Allen from the Broken Spoke Saloon has been taking chopper parts down there for years to help the bikers out.
  12. "Wally"
    Joined: Nov 22, 2015
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    Hummmmm Post and picture disappears moments after I post?????
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  13. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 19,200

    Staff Member

    Because they are being deleted for being off topic. Castro’s funeral has nothing to do with traditional hot rods
  14. pigIRON63
    Joined: Nov 25, 2019
    Posts: 104


    My dad was in the navy and at gtmo bay in the 80's. He has some interesting stories. He brought back a license tag. The top says USNB under the numbers it says G'TMO BAY. Got it out of the "junk yard" on base
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  15. "Cars of Cuba" got the book many years ago as a gift.......
  16. "Wally"
    Joined: Nov 22, 2015
    Posts: 25


    Understand now, no problem. First timer.
  17. oldsfrench
    Joined: Jan 26, 2018
    Posts: 241

    from France

  18. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,149

    ramblin dan

    Was there in Feb. just as this Covid thing broke. Everywhere you look you would see DSC00800.JPG cool cars.

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