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Define high boy??????

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Baggs, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Baggs
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    I know that most of you know the answer to this, and i may look stupid for asking. but i have heard two different descriptions, and i want to know if one or both are true. the description i first heard, was a "highboy" was a 30's car that was not channeled the frame. a car that its body sat on top of the frame. then i heard a "highboy" is a car that was produced before the war, and fenderless. which is it, or are both descriptions accurate.

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  2. zman
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    was not channeled the frame. a car that its body sat on top of the frame
     
  3. fenderless, unchanneled.
    oh yeah...
    and i think the cut off is generally accepted as 1934, because nobody would think to run a 35 and up with no fenders....
     
  4. millersgarage
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    Hiboy = unchanelled car. "sitting high on the frame" to quote American Grafitti
    lowbow = channeled
     
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  5. porknbeaner
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    I would. :eek:

    Yea my understanding is not channeled fenderless.

    Now into the question a little deeper.

    Highboys are usually dropped a little on one or both ends Rackish so to speek. Can it be a highboy if it has a major suspension drop? IE Big Z and or major dropped axle?
     
  6. Well, nobody but Don Garlits.

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  7. Bull
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    Jason . . . my roadster is a highboy . . .
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    As well as my 31 Tudor . . .
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    But my 30 Tudor is not a highboy even though it sits on top of the rails, because it is full fendered . . .
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    But it would have been considered a highboy in this early mock-up pic.
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    Clear as mud? :)
     
  8. shooter54
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    not channeled, fenderless=highboy as far as i have ever understood.
     
  9. Big Al
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    deuce highboy.
    Al.
     

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  10. CanUFelix
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    My new roadster is a 30 body that sits on top of a 32 frame, except at the rear where the body is channeled over a heavy kick up, so the rear actually sits quite low. This is how it was done in 52.....so can I call it a Highboy?
     
  11. PegLegStrick
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    Not chopped, channeled or z'd. High on the frame.
     
  12. 56vicky430
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    Highboys were also used to describe straight axled gasser style street machines 25 or 30 years ago.
     
  13. high·boy [hahy-boi]

    noun U.S. Furniture . a tall chest of drawers on legs.

    Also called high chest.

    Origin: 1890-95

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  14. Historically speaking, the term high boy (or highboy, high-boy, hiboy, hi-boy, etc.) referred to a fenderless, un-channeled, pre-'35, Dry Lakes Roadster ... it really wasn't until maybe the '80s that the term was also used to describe Hot Rods with other body styles (i.e. fenderless & un-channeled Coupes, Sedans, Tourings, Phaetons, Pick-Ups, etc.).

    The same applied to the term low boy (or lowboy, low-boy, loboy, lo-boy, etc.) ... a roadster like Jim Khougaz' famous channeled '32 Roadster was often referred to as a "lowboy roadster" ... but a '32 Coupe like ours was never referred to as a "lowboy coupe" (i.e., it was more likely to be labeled a "chopped & channeled coupe").
     
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  15. 45_70Sharps
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    I've got to agree with this definition.
    This is what I have always thought it meant.
    My '29 is going to be done in High Boy style, but it wouldn't be a High Boy because it's a sedan.
     
  16. Baggs
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    Thanks guys, i got the clarification i was looking for. All things said is what i thought. Bull-yes you are clear as mud for sure ;-) i always knew that unchanneld was a highboy, i guess my main wonder was would it still be a highboy if it had fenders and unchanneld. Thanks fellas
     
  17. Baggs
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    That is definately the best description!
     
  18. Francisco Plumbero
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    So no matter how it sits on the frame if it is chopped it is not a high boy, correct?
     
  19. Baggs
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  20. CruZer
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    I'd say Yes since most of it sits on the frame.
     
  21. CruZer
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    No no no. The top chop has nothing to do with it !!!
     
  22. cheveey57
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    It was a question my Dad often asked me as a kid when I came home stoned.........
    "Are you High Boy?"
     
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  23. Francisco Plumbero - What CruZer said!

    Sorry if my "chopped and channeled" label confused anyone ... I was only using our Coupe as an example of a fenderless & channeled Hot Rod built in the '50s (the bobbed rear fenders were added in the '60s) that was never called a "lowboy coupe" ... but was called a "chopped & channeled coupe" (because its body was channeled 6" - 8+" over the frame and 2.5" were chopped out of its top).
     
  24. Francisco Plumbero
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    Oh well, I've been wrong for a very long time then, thanks. A good day, learnt something.
     
  25. 45_70Sharps
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    Don't matter what you call em.

    Build what you like and drive em.

    Wish I had the money for a nice high boy roadster though...... Some day.
     
  26. thunderplex
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    1934 Ford Sedan Highboy.
     

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  27. mike bowling
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    High boy examples- A really high boy(nose up); a high boy; and a low high boy. Simple? :rolleyes:
     

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  28. So I guess I am wondering a few things a chopped un channeled coupe on an A frame dropped axle with a slight kick up in the rear is a highboy like the last pic^ right?
     
  29. WOW, three years later and it's still the same. If you didn't get it from the first 25 posts, you probably never will........
     
  30. 340HilbornDuster
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    High Boy
     

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