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Hot Rods Dare to be Different - Hot Rod Excalibur

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Dutch Courage, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Dutch metalman and hot rodder Henry van Uden - hotrod holland on the HAMB - is heavily into traditional hot rods, especially when they have 4-banger flathead Ford "motorvation". When an old car buddy passed away a couple of years ago, Henry was left a 60's Excalibur SSK restoration project in boxes... not really Henry's "thing" but he started to work on it anyway for his buddies sake. Of course, Henry had to add his own personal hot rod touches... Not for everyone's taste I guess but still pretty cool in it's own right. The fenders were added to make it road legal for tech inspection.




  2. Lunatic
    Joined: Sep 28, 2004
    Posts: 1,198

    from Carson,Ca.

    that is.. kool as hell
  3. codeblu
    Joined: May 11, 2006
    Posts: 606


    Is that one of the Brooks Steven's Excaliburs?
  4. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,872


    I have never seen an Excalibur that I liked
    until now, maybe.. I'm still not ready to admit it in public

    your friend has made a huge improvement there

  5. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    This car is incredible! That is the only way to restore an Excalibur! The only other way would be by driving it into a compactor.
  6. fxfxr
    Joined: Jun 12, 2009
    Posts: 426

    from eureka, ca

    I'm liking it alot.
  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,582


    I always thought taking one of those "neo classics" and turning it into something that resembled a mid 30 European sporting car would work. I'd loose that stuck on as an afterthought tank in the front though, it takes away from the whole concept of the car as it sits.
  8. metalix_421
    Joined: Mar 24, 2010
    Posts: 890


    that looks good like it!!!
  9. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 7,062

    from DFW USA

    It's hard to get all the ugly off an Excalibur! :D Your buddy did a good job! I think I like it even better with the fenders :cool:

    Thanks for sharing-
  10. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,419


    looks much better than a stock one nice work on it
  11. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,401

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    "not for everyones taste"..nothing ever is. Not a fan of the Excalbur, the exception might be this car.
  12. Jay Ess
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 438

    Jay Ess
    from New York

    Looks to be a Series I "no door", one of the most sought after body styles for Excalibur enthusiasts. Was supposed to be powered by a supercharged Studebaker engine but at the last minute Studebaker backed out with only one being manufactured. The car was subsequently built on a Lark chassis but was powered by a 327/300 Corvette engine. Extremely quick and a great handling sports car given its high power to weight ratio. Don't confuse it with the pimped out Excaliburs of later years than weighed 2 plus tons powered by a 305 CI Chevy that were gaudy, slow pigs. This was and is a sports car, and yeah, I own an Excalibur...:eek:, its on the rack behind my shoebox in the photo below...
  13. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 16,126


    I like this a lot. I may have done a few details different (a pan built out over the front frame horns instead of the tank) but overall the core concept is right on.

    The headers make the car. Will he be able to ditch the fenders after tech inspection? I love the look of it fenderless.
  14. PackardV8
    Joined: Jun 7, 2007
    Posts: 945


    Send me Henry's phone number. I need that car.

    jack vines
  15. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 7,588


    I like it. Hood sides would make it PERFECT! (everybody's a critic, huh?)
  16. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    I owned the 12th Excalibur ever made for a short time. 300hp Chev sbc, FMX trans (adaptors were acquired from Checker Cab Co by Brooks Stevens - FMX being a stronger trans - plus were 3spds) than the PG. It was on a Stude frame - discs in front. Hawk instrument panel (machine turned). Body fiberglas, hood/sides were aluminum, the the massive grille was cast aluminum. The sidepipes come out of a big cast iron box that bolts to the intake ports and then s.s. flexpipe with inner flexpipe comes out the sides - had one of them blow out coming through Snoqualmie Pass one night - hard to look cool with a 2ft flame shooting out of the passenger side of that hood. Anyway, the cars were reasonably well built until they went to the Corvette frames and started the phaeton weight-gain program. Even with only 300hp (supposedly a 350hp with M21 was available) the car would move right out and I made several banzai runs across the great eastern desert between Seattle and the Tri-Cities, even all the way to Clarkston and Walla Walla one day. Neat cars, but highly impractical. Never had the top up - if it rained.

  17. Big Khaunaa
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 217

    Big Khaunaa

    maybe i should quit putting down the excalibur that is sitting in one of my bays
  18. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    After I posted, I decided to dig out some pix of my 66 Excalibur SS - kids dropped some water on some of the photos and they became stuck, but I have no idea where the negatives are, so this is the best I can do.


    Attached Files:

  19. I see it has the Studebaker frame.
    What engine is in it right now?
  20. Shoeboxke
    Joined: Aug 13, 2007
    Posts: 86


    Hey Henry looks good Brother!!
    See you saterday driving it to the Antwerp Vintage Reunion.
    You going to surprice more people there!!


  21. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,657

    from Garner, NC

    Kind of what I thought as well. That tank and the front bumper throw it off a bit.
  22. Jay Ess
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 438

    Jay Ess
    from New York

    As originally designed:

  23. Henry should chime in on this thread and answer some questions himself - Earth calling Henry...;)
  24. Byron Crump
    Joined: Jun 13, 2001
    Posts: 1,851

    Byron Crump

    The guy my dad worked for was into those things and my dad actually went to the factory to pick them up for him and he said every single time he went even though he was just picking the cars up they treated him like a king and gave him a tour.

    The guy that had them was named Buster Lyon.

    He was pretty famous in the North Dallas area because every year at Christmas he put animated Christmas characters in his front yard and even had singers out there.

    He gave out suckers to kids and blocked traffic on Lovers Lane for was a North Dallas tradition.

    Anyway, he would always have a life sized Santa in the Excalibur driving and waving at people.
  25. hotrod holland
    Joined: Nov 28, 2008
    Posts: 35

    hotrod holland

    yes its a steven's brooks car number 1027 [serie number]
  26. herr_rudolf
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 74


    Hahaa, this thing is insane!

    I've never liked excaliburs. Not even when I was a kid. Until now. As a hotrod. Who would've thought... This thing actually looks cool. Sure, I'd do some things differently but the overall idea is there. Love the tank en the wheels in the top photo.
    Henry, you've got a lot of guts. Well done!

  27. hotrod holland
    Joined: Nov 28, 2008
    Posts: 35

    hotrod holland

    i have change some things looks now ........?
  28. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 9,156


    :cool: :D Dare to be different
  29. hotrod holland
    Joined: Nov 28, 2008
    Posts: 35

    hotrod holland

    some things i have changes now like it more
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  30. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,162

    from Tampa, FL

    And cheaper than a Blastolene, fer sure. What could you loose by trying something like this anyway? Absolutely nothing! Gary
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