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Features Elmer's "Hot T"

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,810

    Staff Member

    J.Ukrop submitted a new blog post:

    Elmer's "Hot T"


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  2. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,990


    Hey J,

    Great find and presentation. Don Nowell was a very cool guy. His 1937 blue coupe (on the HAMB) was pretty outstanding for a 1959-63 style street legal, gas coupe. We did not see it running at the So Cal dragstrips, but his history goes back farther than that cool coupe. So, it is no wonder that these early photos were the beginnings with his father in the hot rod world.

  3. It looks way ahead of its time. The fact that it was full fendered made stand out among "gow jobs". Love the stance...
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  4. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,737

    from Nebraska

    Very cool. 108 mph!?? Unreal.
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  5. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 592

    from Motown

    A very close model of that could be built with the AMT kits. When I was young, I thought that old-timey stuff was dumb. The older I get, the more I appreciate the early stuff, where the hobby was, how it got here, etc.
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  6. Bluedot
    Joined: Oct 26, 2011
    Posts: 314


    108 mph in that would be downright scary...scary fun tho.
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  7. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,407

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    They were trend setters in their day. 108, what a thrill it must have been in an open car like that. I got a chance to see a modern day version of that style of car when I was visiting Mark Morton's (HOP UP MAGAZINE) garage a few years ago. His version is very reminiscent of Nowell's roadster.
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  8. flyn schlosser
    Joined: Oct 13, 2014
    Posts: 250

    flyn schlosser
    from phelan, ca

    Such a cool piece of history .Imagine that come speeding buy in the 1930s .
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  9. V8RPU
    Joined: Sep 23, 2010
    Posts: 221

    from Nor Cal

    Elmer's T is the cats pajamas.
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  10. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 20,163


    First off Rest in Peace Hotrodders...I think it was Don who had that Nasty 37 Chevy Coupe (Jnaki Confirmed my thought I now see...:rolleyes:)...I do remember the T as I've saw it several time in threads I frequent with the story...I really have a huge interest in the Big Picture and 108mph is a wicked nasty that's how the Windshield angle came about...Sometimes Tweaking the Posture a bit and putting the dough in the drivetrain put the Plaque on the dash...

    I suspect that was El Mirage where 108 was realized....I wonder if the fenders lights and shield were stripped to achieve that?

    Thanks for posting this @J.Ukrop
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2019
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  11. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,079


    I've had these photos saved for a while but to see the back of each, awesome! Thank you for posting!! I've slowly been collecting a big pile of parts to build a very similar car. Someday....
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  12. guitarguy
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 541


    100% how I feel my journey of cars has led me.

    When I was young, I never really appreciated the old stuff (thought it was neat, but just not for me). Never thought in a thousand lifetimes I would be here building my own Gow T and for that matter, owning a stock T. You cant imagine how much fun you can have in a stock one doing 35mph, let alone a hopped up one as featured here---which had to be a hell of a thrill ride.

    @J.Ukrop , thank you for a great post and featuring my friends thread he started.
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  13. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,211


    omg, this hot rod is so awesome and mighty fast for that time period, loved seeing this, thanx
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  14. GZ
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
    Posts: 1,109

    from Detroit

    Great photos and story. Thanks for sharing that with us.
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  15. collection. Is so bad ass cool. The start of hot rods as we know them today
    108 is off the charts
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  16. There's a photo of Bob Estes with his similar T at Muroc in The American Hot Rod book by Dean Batchelor. Think he ran over 100 too but dunno if it was fully fendered.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2019

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