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DANGER! DANGER! Eye of the Tiger, thrill of the fight! Survivors rule all.

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by bobbleed, May 19, 2014.

  1. bobbleed
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 3,089

    from Awesome

    For me, the truth is in the past. A true Survivor is something special. There is nothing more honest, there really isn't.

    Sometimes things line up and crazy stuff happens, somehow I ended up with this little roadster! Its so cool I can't even believe it!

    There was a couple threads on it last year when it was found. It s a true nut and bolt survivor, It was built in the 50's in CHicago and except for the wheels/tires and some obvious later changes to keep it running it is pretty much untouched. It has a J2 Olds motor, lasalle trans, Auburn dash, white interior, titian red paint. its amazing.

    My plan is to get it running and driving, enjoy it for a bit and then probably resell it to buy some stuff for the shop. At least that' s what I told myself when I justified buying it! We will see. Its so awesome, I cant even sleep.

    I had my friend Jack Roepke take some photos of it to document it as is, as found. I am planning on swapping the engine for a runner, change out the wheels and tires, make it roadworthy and safe, and just give it some love! I almost feel guilty even touching it..... most every nut and bolt was put there almost 60 years ago. Everything I change out will be stored and stay with the car, if I can swing it, I would like to rebuild the motor thats in it. The replacement is pretty neat in its own right, it was in a 40 merc and runs like a top!

    So here it is now and I will update as I go, I would like to have it going for Back to the 50's next month, I don't have a lot of spare time, but I think I can pull it off. We will be filming it as well, should be fun!

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  2. Tuck
    Joined: May 14, 2001
    Posts: 5,622

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    from MINNESOTA
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    I love this thing- can't wait to see it in person!
    The tread pattern on those rear tires look really cool!!
  3. bobbleed
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 3,089

    from Awesome

    So I I got it home and by crazy chance my friend Sam in Chicago was talking to an old timer about hot rods and showed him a picture of the roadster. he was like "thats my car!" and showed same some old pictures..... both cars built in Chicago,both olds powered, both cars had an Auburn dash, although different years, both cars were super low for the time, both cars were painted Titian red, OVER baby blue. what are the chances! I am pretty sure it is not the same car, as there would have been lots of big changes between 1958 and the very early 60's, but the baby blue has me going crazy. It seems they have to be the same car.... but they cant be, but could they be? ha maybe it was in an accident and rebuilt.... ha

    this picture is from around 1958.... I spoke to the guy who built it, and both of us agree there are too many differences, but the baby blue deal is killing me...

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  4. bobbleed
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 3,089

    from Awesome

    Im having trouble with the new hamb everything is big! here it is mocked up with different wheels!

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  5. jdownunder
    Joined: Aug 21, 2007
    Posts: 334


    way cool
    is this a setup same car ? lol
  6. jdownunder
    Joined: Aug 21, 2007
    Posts: 334


    another running olds and swap the accesories over ?
  7. El KaMiNo KiD
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 509

    El KaMiNo KiD

    Bad ass..the white walls look goodn on it..

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  9. You win! Nice hot rod!
  10. Austinrod
    Joined: Jun 14, 2012
    Posts: 1,752

    from Austin

    Reminds me of mine build wise and titian red was the go too color back then from what I read
    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1400585557.848253.jpg also Tahitian red name change however you want too call it
    Oh and subscribed

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  11. Austinrod
    Joined: Jun 14, 2012
    Posts: 1,752

    from Austin

    And my trunk

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  12. continentaljohn
    Joined: Jul 24, 2002
    Posts: 4,188


    Wicked cool Bob. Congratulations
  13. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 7,991

    from Mesa, Az

    Congrats on the cool roadster
  14. Very cool Bob!
  15. jeta12
    Joined: Oct 14, 2012
    Posts: 235


    Very nice!!!!
  16. Speed~On
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,161


    Awesome roadster, Bob. It would be killer to take to Back To The 50's. You have 30 days, 2 hours, 42 minutes, 18 seconds.....You can do it! Your roadster would look great with Johnny Cola's red roadster.
  17. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,261


    I don't know, but the chances seem pretty damned good from where I sit. Either way, killer little hot rod, outstanding survivor, fantastic score!
  18. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,428

    from Minnesota

    I'll be looking for it at 50's
  19. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,703

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  20. Bob,can I borrow your lucky horseshoe?

    That roadster is the cat's arse! HRP
  21. T&A Flathead
    Joined: Apr 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,647

    T&A Flathead

  22. PKap
    Joined: Jan 5, 2011
    Posts: 592

    from Alberta

    Looks amazing for it's age. I love it just the way it is.
    So glad to see it missed the "upgrades" in the last 40 years. It could have become just another belly button street rod.
    How much suspension travel does that rear have? The rear view pic kind of looks like the right is a little low, did the frame get tweaked a bit when it was z'd?

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  24. pinkynoegg
    Joined: Dec 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,135


    @bobbleed you're killing me man! I guess some people have all the luck
  25. That's a damn cool car. It will be a nice companion to your roadster. Ying and ying????
  26. Bruuuce
    Joined: Mar 30, 2010
    Posts: 43


    Such a great roadster..
  27. redroaddog
    Joined: Apr 1, 2011
    Posts: 328


    nice! gotta be same car! good to see your shop is full...Dave

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