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History Estate Sale Jackpot

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by gearguy, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. gearguy
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 286


    The upside to accompanying the better half to estate sales is the occasional guy stuff jackpot. Today's $4 box of magazines included:
    Mint condition 1955 Fawcett paperback "How to build Hot Rods"
    The transition from Sports Car Illustrated to Car & Driver Feb. 1961 to November 1962. Last one includes their first impressions of the new Corvette Stingray. June 1962 cover is Dan Gurney: Next American World Champion? plus feature on Mickey Thompson's new Indy cars
    Nov. 1952 [My birthday!] Auto Speed & Sport with road racing and Bonneville results; Also May, June, & Aug 1952
    Feb. 1952 Speed Age [test of new Dodge Hemi V-8]
    Sept 1952 Motor Trend

    Hours of fun ahead for only $4. So far I'm interested in the lack of separation between various branches of the hobby. November 1952 Auto Speed and Sport includes road racing, AAA oval racing, Bonneville, model car building, How to Modify Your Crosley for Competition, tips on reading spark plugs, and plenty of speed equipment ads.

    I'll post stuff that is suitable for this forum as I find it.
  2. How about a photo of Mint condition 1955 Fawcett paperback "How to build Hot Rods" HRP
  3. Nice score! Cheap entertainment is hard to come buy these days. Can't wait to see some pics.
  4. gearguy
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 286


    As requested. Unfortunately the pristine cover popped off while scanning the table of contents. The book may never have been opened before.

    Attached Files:

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  5. Zerk
    Joined: May 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,419


    Hotdamn, nice catch!

    SpeedAge was a great publication, I've got to think it was a wide-focus deal, "the world of automobiles and racing," before more specialized magazines took off.
  6. gearguy
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 286


    If your better half likes estate sales [mine uses] check the listings for tools, auto books, car parts. I've found some amazing stuff in those garages and basements, especially on the last day when prices are often 50% off. That is why I have a gas welding set-up, laser guided drill press, and nice roll around tool cabinets. Missed out on a Greenlee pipe bender because I made a newbie mistake and was embarrassed to offer the $40 I had in my pocket. Next guy in line got it for $45. Now I make sure momma has plenty of cash in her purse.
  7. Love the cover, HRP

  8. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,076

    Alliance Vendor

    Reminds me of all the motors I've changed with an old A frame and chain hoist. Those were the days. Usually in a dirt drive way though with cardboard creepers.
  9. sobpunx
    Joined: Feb 7, 2009
    Posts: 314


    I have that book sitting right next to me right now

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  10. "Cardboard creepers" .... exactly!
  11. charlieb66
    Joined: Apr 18, 2011
    Posts: 549


    Doubt the guys in the photo were actually fitting the motor into the car with white pants and matching club jackets.
  12. kruzr
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 104


    looks like a little bit of Brylcreem too.
  13. Bounder
    Joined: Oct 31, 2011
    Posts: 249


    Hey "A little dab'll do Ya"
  14. FASI
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 1,131


    The big guy, if I remember correctly is Lou Baney. He likely is fitting the motor having built many. I bought this magazine when it was new on the news stand and still it have along with all its fellow books. It is even more enjoyable to read now and reflect on what a great period in hot rodding this time was.
  15. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
    Posts: 3,284

    from MB, SC

    Is that Bob from Bob's big boy?
  16. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,738

    from Indy

    what a great score. I'll have to start going to estate sales
  17. gearguy
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 286


    Occasionally HAMB posters lament the decline of personal ethics in modern society. Apparently it isn't a new phenomenon. See the attached letter to Speed Age February 1952 issue. Bob Estes was a pretty well known guy in the racing/hot rod world.

    More scans to come

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  18. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,318

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    Ralph Malph and a hefty Potsie?:)
  19. I get it, half the country back then were scared shitless of the hooligan hotrodder and seriously thought they were all greasy ner'do wells. The guys in the cover shot were obviously "staged" in whites working on their car .

    The commies were a major concern back then also!
  20. falconsprint63
    Joined: May 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,348

    from Mayberry

    Because we all build cars in white pants :D:D:D

  21. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,912

    need louvers ?

    I recognize that car, but can't quite put my finger on who's it was. My first thought was Eddy Dye's, but the nose is a bit tall...
  22. gearguy
    Joined: Jan 27, 2010
    Posts: 286


    Up until the late 1970s many race tracks required crew members to wear white trousers to enter the pit area. It was a safety and "professional appearance" issue. Possibly the intent was to tie into that racing image.
  23. OahuEli
    Joined: Dec 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,000

    from Hawaii

    LOL! Boy did your comment bring back some memories!
  24. joel
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 1,506


    I seem to recall some service station employees in white "coveralls".
  25. bbc 1957 gasser
    Joined: Aug 3, 2007
    Posts: 685

    bbc 1957 gasser

    I always work on my cars in white pants :D
  26. 40 & 61 Fords
    Joined: May 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,000

    40 & 61 Fords

    I knew a couple of race drivers that always wore white. They said it was for visibility when walking around the pits. Kind of like road crews wearing the neon yellow now.
  27. 1940Willys
    Joined: Feb 3, 2011
    Posts: 397


    Easy to tell when ya lacerate yourself.
  28. go-twichy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2010
    Posts: 1,652


    i think i can hear the other end of the "pull chain" sliding over the cowl!

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