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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jakespeed63, Apr 30, 2020.
Period: all the time.
This is what I love about this group, the majority full and well understand the concept. In another group I am real active in some cannot grasp the concept that certain components don't jive with each other and just because You think the "cool guys all run this" doesn't mean it jives with those and that that you already have on your rig.
I think that for "Period/time frame" correct some of it can be would a guy have done that/those mods in that time frame? A mod I have planned for my 48 to my knowledge was never done on a truck in the late 50's but it could have been done by a body man with the idea and some extra parts.
Still my truck will probably at the 80 % true to the cause correct as we are too old to want to drive to Texas in the summer without AC and my wife earned her road to Texas and back in 100+ with no AC creds years ago. Been there Done that.
The plan was to build the '30 Ford Roadster to period correct, as I would have built it in 1962. The year I found the body, an old Channeled Hot Rod at that time. Stalled plans, but in my mind it is sitting on '32 rails with the 354 HEMI, full hood, cycle fenders on the front and bobbed stockers on the back. Wonder when you could first get American five spokes? Bob
So 1963 is the year 5 spoked cam out?
The street Torque Thrust wheel was introduced in 1963, first in magnesium, only, and very shortly thereafter, in aluminum.
So, you can do it to 1963 specs. Pretty close to 1962, as math goes.
I went for early 50s jalopy.
Everything is 54 and older.
I guess I just think about which theme compliments each car best and try to work ahead from there.
the ´shine hauler
Granny´s Grocery Getter
late 50s/ early 60s high school car
day 2 Impala
day 2 Riviera
late 50s era Hot Rod
Late '60's. Except for the radial tires.
All excellent examples of the point I’m trying to make.
One things for sure, attempting to build an era perfect, post WWlI Hot Rod has become an expensive and difficult proposition.
Lobecks built this ‘32 for one of my best friends, right before Barry passed away. He has 2 sets of wheels n tires to change from 70’s to early 60’s
I’ve been told Barry Lobeck created what was to become “The Ohio Look”
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As a rule, I prefer the late 50's, early 60's style of hot rods and mild customs, it's what I saw cruising the streets of Southern California as a teen. Most of what I have built or have redone, follow that time period with the exception of my '29 Tudor. I built the '29 in a way, I believe, it would have been built in the late 30's/early '40's.
My theme is junkyard. Most parts are used gm other than fuel cooling and wiring. A Chevy van and a trans am lost their lives for my build.
I tried pretty hard to stick with 1955 for my roadster. The newest thing that bends that rule is the Buick front brakes. I always loved the Little Deuce Coupe album cover with the fancy brakes and double sided whitewalls, so that influence is there.
That little roadster is Bitchin'. Where do you get double sided white walls??? that album cover has a lasting effect on me as well. Still own the mono version I got as a kid
Nuthn’ but the facts. First American Torque Thrust ad I have found is December of 1959 in Hot Rod. Expanded ad is from June 1960 also in Hot Rod :
Yeah , I am all about the theme... I would call this one at 1965 with the ‘68 Vett seats being the exception ( I have a pair of ‘63 seats, just need to redo their covers).
I call this one at 1965 also, after original 6.70 tires wore out , upgraded to 7.75 goldlines on 1965 released magnesium pointy spokes, and period correct big letter Hurst. Only exception being her 650 cfm double pumper (can’t go without that!).
It was supposed to be "factory concept car" touches to a 1957 car, which I probably came pretty close to here, with the Lancers.
But it has morphed into "socal hotroddish mild custom circa 1959" or something like that, with the wheels, carpet, chrome tape, shifter, and dual quads. To answer your question, no, I haven't really stuck to any particular theme.
Thanks! I just put port-o-walls on the insides. Not fancy but it works.
Gotgas,,,,Cool,,,,very Cool !
Kinda like 1962-64 with narrow whites & Supremes. This is a "side project" I got for my wife. One-owner with 348 W motor and nearly perfect hounds-tooth interior. I just cleaned it up, added wheels & tires, brakes, exhaust, tune-up, etc.
My 60 Pontiac built as a big, safe, comfortable Highway Cruiser. With the 2004R transmission on Interstate Highways turns right at 2000 RPM's at just over 80 MPH. Can run all day long without breaking a sweat.
My '39 Ford came with an interesting story... so I'm using that story, as told, as the "theme" / time-line. The car was raced at drag strips, dry lakes and the streets... eventually being up-dated to the "dreaded S.B.C.", Muncie 4-speed and a '56 Chevy diff with 4:11 posi. in the late '60's. The numbers on the engine confirm the story in as much as the engine was a dealer replacement '63 327. The engine is still quite healthy, so I cleaned it up and replaced the A.F.B. with a Tri-Power set up. I've replaced the chrome wheels and wide ovals with black steelies and American Classic black-walls. The trans & diff were obviously beaten and very tired, so they've been replaced with new components for long term reliability. Other than that, it will look the same for the most part.
In many ways a period correct car is a belly button car. The guy building it is replicating what has already been done. Nothing wrong with this but every era can be considered a belly button car. I personally feel that a car built to the owners own taste with all of his own favorite parts is a real hot rod whether it's all over the place or not. It may not please the rest of us but this is how all of the past hot rods were built that everyone emulates. I build my cars with all of my personal favorite parts and styles from a span of the years I was most interested in from my early years. I build for myself not others opinions and consider my cars to be priceless to me while I am alive and no matter what they are worth to others when I die or if they go to scrap, I could care less. I consider my hot rods as expendable for my enjoyment only. If someone else likes it great but doesn't change the joy I get from them. I put them in a different category than my earnings and investments. If I can't afford to loose them, I don't build them. So far that has never happened.
When I was building my old beater in the late 80's I didn't have a time period in mind although I liked the simple bare bones looks of the original cars, just lower more or less a 60's look. HRP
I didn't want to be just another Milner clone. My goal is to really get the spirit of the movie. Thanks to great help from friends here. I am now able to use as many original parts as possible to make that happen. I'm also looking at a generator to hit that 1962 rather than 1973 style. Thank you HAMB.
Milner's Driver's license. That's my level of insanity.
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I tried for the day I started building it...Just did things I liked...Don't know what era or image it would be..
Mid-'60's build, if I had two cents to rub together in high school.
My '34 5-window is styled to represent what a guy could have built in his backyard with modest funds, basic tools and average skill in the 1962-63 time frame. Uncut body, unfilled top insert and cowl vent. 327 with a 4-speed. Firestone bias-ply www tires with '46 Ford hubcaps and trim rings. Nothing fancy.
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