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Do your projects start with an engine or a car

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bugsiegel, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. Bugsiegel
    Joined: Dec 2, 2011
    Posts: 4

    from New Jersey

    Do you start a project by finding an engine or by finding a car?
  2. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 3,365

    Speed Gems

    Most guys probably start with a car then try to find an engine to stick in it unless they have one laying around then they try too use that.
  3. Generally I start with the car. HRP
  4. plaintoast
    Joined: Oct 23, 2012
    Posts: 13

    from mora

    for me it depends, I've done it both ways.
    nowadays, since i own an engine machine shop, i just sort of gather up good stuff
    and put something together when i have enough pieces to build a cool motor. my most recent one i built is a fairly typical 350, single carb edelbrock tunnel ram, some cast off, angle milled camel back heads and some forged dished pistons, the right cam makes for a fun, cheap gas powerplant for my 37 chev shop truck.
    other times I've had cars and built specifically for it.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2013

  5. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,728


  6. Yes. But hell the T im collecting parts for stated with a pair of 53 buick taillights
  7. My 36 im building started with a car. My 34 truck started with an engine and then tires and rims the truck came after. .[​IMG]
  8. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,344


    With a Quickchange.
  9. mechanic58
    Joined: Mar 21, 2010
    Posts: 681


    Ha!!! Mine almost ALWAYS start with an engine - or sometimes even an engine part. I have a thing for engines - sometimes I'll find a neat old (rare) speed part ....then I'm like " I need a motor this'll fit on....", then I gather up an engine. Next thing ya know I have a running engine with nothing to put it in....then I start hunting the car. The problem with this is - usually - I get burned out before the whole thing gets finished (usually because by that time I've found some other neat engine part that requires a different engine and an entirely different car, etc). So you see...the process just repeats itself.

    I'm onto it now though. Took about 25 years, but I'm finally onto it.
  10. Mine start with a pile of parts, some times the engine or car changes mid project but the pile of parts is always the project.
  11. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,717


    I've got a 322 that I'm waiting for a Model A to go in.
  12. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    A bare frame and a dream.
  13. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Chalk marks on the garage floor usually. :D

  14. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 2,057


    Always a car, with a definite plan before the car starts the build.
    Joined: Oct 2, 2011
    Posts: 135


    My Stude project, the car came first. I told my drag racing buddy I wanted a strange car with a stranger motor. 55 Champion Stude with a 430 Buick out of a 68 Riviera.
  16. ive started with the car, the engine and even 1 body part
  17. Christom
    Joined: Nov 3, 2011
    Posts: 217


    I always thought I would start with the car but my first traditional hotrod started engine first. I've always been keen on old flathead mills with all the good old stuff. I got the engine without really having the car planned out much. At one point I even considered an old style speed boat to put the engine in. Then a "nice" old '30 coupe body came along and the decision was made for me!
  18. In Three of my four builds it started with a QC knowing that there was always a Roadster body in the mix so now I'll be looking for that right set of wheels and tires for my next Roadster build and I've been blessed with another Olds engine so I'm not worried about that.

  19. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,584


    The 48 started with a running/driving 75.00 Beater pickup that I drove to work the day after I got tags for it. It morphed from beater to hot rod pickup when I figured out that there was no way to get my T bucket done in time for the Street Rod Nationals in Tulsa in 1973. Looking back I don't think the truck was ready either but it had a new lacquer paint job and freshly done roll and pleat seat and a set of 15x7 Rally wheels off a coworker's departed 69 Z28

    The Model A Vic started with buying a running 8-BA flathead from an Acquaintance and one piece at a time I am collecting parts. That no doubt will be the one I end up putting out the largest cash layout on when it's all said and done.

    The little boat tail roadster project started out as what I know now is a 1919 Buick Cowl that I bought at a swap meet for 10.00 20 something years ago from a friend of Vince Alcott. Over the years I have collected parts one at a time and often given to me for the project and it might be a roller not long after I get the engine swap finished in my 71 GMC. Hopefully the hodge podge of parts will end up looking like what my brain hopes it will and not a pos.
  20. Barn Find
    Joined: Feb 2, 2013
    Posts: 2,317

    Barn Find
    from Missouri

    I've got a 327 Fireball coming out of an old boat. I know this motor is freshly rebuilt and it is seeking a hotrod project-with or without a nautical theme.


    In a sense, Dad's Speed Wagon started as an engine in search of a vehicle.
  21. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,247


    I've got 12 engines, so I guess I'm looking for a car. I built circle track claimer engines and stock rebuilds in the 90s, this is what's left. So whatever car I find will get a sbc.
  22. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,772

    41 C28

    I've started two project engine first. Bought a donor 70 Dodge with a 318 a couple of years before getting my 48 Dodge. The 330 hemi about year before getting my A coupe.

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  23. An idea.
    Mostly bad ideas, very, very bad ideas!
    Some start with a car, hell one even started with three cars all lined up in my barracks block car park. My next project? If it ever happens, I have a 401 Nailhead, just need a car..........

  24. Brucekoukalaka
    Joined: Sep 16, 2012
    Posts: 137


    Mine start with a truck!!!:D:D:D[​IMG]
  25. Kustomism
    Joined: Oct 8, 2011
    Posts: 159


    Usually I start with a car.

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  26. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Ok, I'll ask the dumb question. That isn't a 327 Chevy, so what 327 is it ? AMC? I would have said Y block but the 327 threw me off.

  27. ravedodger
    Joined: Aug 24, 2007
    Posts: 296


    Mine always started with a car until this hot rod bug got to me. When I started this project back in 09, it was with a set of frame rails, a banjo rear, a Model A front axle and a few other odds and ends. Now four years later, I still don't have the body I want but almost enough parts in the pile to have two rolling chassis. Could use a transmission or two. It's a disease I say and you guys aren't any help for me trying to get cured.
  28. Leviman
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 201


    Mine start with engine sounds haha
  29. telecustom
    Joined: Feb 17, 2009
    Posts: 336

    from Langey, BC

    I wanted to build an AV8, so I got a flathead engine. Block was no good. But it was a start. Later I bought a mostly complete 1930 coupe. Wanting to run 1936 axles, and other later parts. I ended up with a model A with no frame or body in parts. As I continued to collect parts for the AV8 I also found a frame and '27 T body. I now have a rolling AV8 project and a banger powered hot rod. The banger will be sold as whole car to fund the AV8.

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  30. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,839


    Bought the cars and then decided on a drive train and suspension that suited. Choice is a little limited down here, not that much to choose from.

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