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Hot Rods Fenderless 40's cars that look right

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Toqwik, Feb 24, 2017.

  1. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    I'm trying to imagine what this looks like, but my brain wont let me. Its like some kind of built in defence mechanism.
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  2. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    Fenders were such an integral part of the 1940's designs....I think removing the fenders leaves the cars lacking the visual appeal which makes the cars so well received in the first place. I personally don't see much point in 'creating' a 1940's car 'without fenders', because the fenders more often than not...''MADE THE CAR'' what it was....they don't look 'finished' and everyone would question the point and reasoning.

    Now if they were racers....that's a different story!

    That said...I know everyone has their own opinion of course...but if a car was manufactured in 1940-1949 ...I would quickly ask ''what happened to the fenders???" & probably ask it again after I walked around the car a second time!o_O
  3. Wow and this is a featured thread.......Everybody likes to see a train wreck.
  4. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,415


    Well, it's technically not from the '40s, and technically not completely fenderless, and technically not even a real car, but I always kinda liked this one!

    37 Chevy salt shaker.jpg
  5. Zombie57Ranchero
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 548


    34 and below rip the fenders off , 35 and above love those fat fenders

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  6. Thor1
    Joined: Jun 6, 2005
    Posts: 1,651


    Make it stop!....puhleeeaaaazzzeee!
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  7. aussie57wag
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 537

    from australia

    Front axel needs to go forward.

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  8. vanherrb
    Joined: Nov 23, 2010
    Posts: 28


    time to bump this thread in this crazy inflation time and high parts costs
  9. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 4,120


    No, no, Hell no! Fat fenders are what makes a 40's car look sexy.
  10. vanherrb
    Joined: Nov 23, 2010
    Posts: 28


    attitudes like that is why hamb is a dying thread
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  11. The HAMB is dying?
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  12. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 26,967

    Staff Member

    Haha as reported by someone who has been here for 13 years and has 28 posts
  13. Crocodile
    Joined: Jun 16, 2016
    Posts: 342


    Exactly zero of the cars posted look better without fenders than if they had them. I would dare say that even some 80's hack-fuckery with quad square headlights would be better, and we all know that is awful.
    Just my thoughts. You are entitled to your (wrong) opinion...
  14. And what's even funnier (some would say typical) is that none of the cars pictured are actually 40's cars!
    (One '40 Ford, but we know that's a carryover 30's body :rolleyes:)
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  15. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,221


    Why not close the thread? You like bashing people for building what they want and not what you want.
    You people need to learn internet etiquette.
    I was taught to respect people. Old time values. I know most people complaining are older than me.
    They still need to mature.
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  16. Who is bashing whom?
  17. poco
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 997

    from oklahoma

    All cars need fenders
  18. I wanna play while this zombie is still moving
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  19. 47 Chevy with a 300 6cyl
    D87A6C16-BE09-4F07-A73B-4F71ACDD5B06.jpeg 28A9CC4E-8EF3-4735-9BD4-41AD99EA7B34.jpeg
  20. "Southern Dirt Track" theme is about the only way I'd have a fenderless hot rod. And, yes, I know this is not a '40's car...

  21. Barf. Still waiting for the mythical fenderless 40’s car that looks right.
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  22. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 8,012

    from Oregon

    Most post WWII cars look hideous as fenderless, mainly because the hoods got wider, and just don't have the pointed nose to the hood/grille area. It takes a lot of modification to make them look halfway decent, and few have pulled this off well. That's why guys are posting 30's cars and saying they know they're not 40's.
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  23. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 4,012


    Really had to think to come up with a suitable car. Stewart Woollard's Anglia comes close but the problem of fitting in a chubby body inside still persists. Scan-230112-0001.jpg
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  24. Friends don't let friends build fender less fat fender cars......or rat rods
  25. Crocodile
    Joined: Jun 16, 2016
    Posts: 342


    Post #78 by Anthony shows (to me) the best fenderless 40+ car so far. It looks good. I would be proud if it was mine.
    That said, it would still look better (to me) if it had fenders. I doubt I would think of trading my sedan for that.
    I was not bashing anyone, but sharing my opinion of what is correct. My opinion is worth what you paid for it. This thread has turned into a bunch of opinions, and I gave mine.
    I still stand by my thoughts that nobody has posted a 40+ car that looks better without fenders. I don't think it's possible.
    If this place was about building what you want, and re-writing history, then I guess what you said may hold water. But there is no etiquette lesson here. The question was asked, it was answered, and the fact is that nobody has produced a car (especially traditional) that is an improved look without fenders. No matter how much you want it to be different.
    Vintage stock cars were built for purpose, not looks, so there is that, too.
  26. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,693

    Ned Ludd

  27. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,693

    Ned Ludd

    But wheels, lack of rake are all wrong:
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  28. mohr hp
    Joined: Nov 18, 2009
    Posts: 575

    mohr hp
    from Georgia

    Here you go, fenderless '40's cars that look right!
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2023
  29. This car is interesting. Agree it needs some rake and different wheels/tires. But what really kills the look is the 32 grille shell. It needs something that matches the body more, ID's it as a Chevy. IMO

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  30. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,693

    Ned Ludd

    I agree. Perhaps a '34 Chevy shell with the bottom end simplified a bit?

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