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Hot Rods Ferrari-powered hot rods at The Quail.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Brootal, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. Flicking through the latest email update from, I spotted a pic of a Ferrari-powered '32 roadster. This one...


    It looked OK, but it wasn't quite doing it for me. Bit too busy in the engine bay and I thought it would've looked better with hood sides. Googled 'Ferrari hot rod the quail' in search of some more pics.

    Found THIS!


    Same event, parked right next to each other. No idea if there's any relationship between the two cars, but this one works for me.

    Ryan? You diggin' it? :)
  2. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    Those things would be pretty cool if it weren't for the god awful tops and big disk brake system. I actually sort kinda like the vibe on that bottom one. It reminds be if a Doan Spenser met Carol SHelby and by some sort of lab experiment they had a child.....and he built this.
  3. red baron
    Joined: Jun 2, 2007
    Posts: 596

    red baron
    from o'side

    Those builds are so extremely similar, I am sure that they were done by the same builder. That being said I really like both, especially the second only change i would do would be that roof and brakes, maybe something to tone down that red i the engine compartment, but would love either of them!
  4. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,399

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    I'd rather have the car the motor came in... That said, the bottom car has a very good look to it. I actually really enjoy looking at contemporary hot rods like this.

    Oh... and I actually dig the tops. Reminds me of a 36 coupe a bit.

  5. O/T; Anyone see the new 458 on Top Gear? GIMME!

    p.s. Those tops make me ache jus' lookin'. I'm gettin' more K.T.Keller everyday.
  6. Yep, it aired on Tuesday night.

    It did pretty good skids. :)
  7. kingpins
    Joined: Apr 27, 2009
    Posts: 623


    THESE CARS LOOK AWESOME! not crazy about the side mirrors tho. too coddington looking
  8. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,166


    I'd grin like a Chessie Cat with either parked in my garage but would make a few subtle changes such as on the mirrors. If the first one is a Moal car you can bet there is a very attractive pair of hood sides sitting in the owners garage that should be on the car.
  9. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,135


    that's almost traditional, "Magoo" won the GNRS in '79 with the Deucari

    remove the top and swap the wheels/tires and it's damn near the same car..
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2010
  10. BadgeZ28
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,081

    from Oregon

    My initial purist response was I don't like the tops. But the second car with the more modern top actually looks good.
  11. I haven't got my book from TRJ yet, otherwise I may have known that. ;)

    That's why the second one looks better then, because it's got a Ford in it. :D
  12. '46SuperDeluxe
    Joined: Apr 26, 2009
    Posts: 255

    from Clovis, CA

    I like to look at vintage sports cars, and appreciate the craftsmanship and fabrication that went into them, but this kinda rubs me the wrong way. I guess it was bound to happen sooner than later, I mean when you have guys putting 32 valve Lexus engines into streetrods, ya gotta expect this right? Moal has done another car with a Ferrari engine as well. A Gurney/Westlake Ford is more palatable to me, but I just wonder about the real motives behind these constructions.
  13. It's BOB Morris. :)

    EDIT: Actually... it's Bob Morris.

    The 'Nickel 32'.


    ... or is it?

    Different hairpins, soft top etc...

    NOPE! Different car...

    This one has a Yenko Weslake (???) Chev(?) in it...


    OK... I'm confused...
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2010
  14. Come to think of it... both cars are at a Ferrari display at the Quail. They wouldn't let it in if there wasn't some kind of Ferrari connection.

    I think you might be mistaken, McKee.

    Badge on the grille give any clues?

  15. EDIT #52... (It's midnight, why aren't I in bed...?)

    Anyway, found this here...

    Go to Page 5 -

    Sometimes called “The Nickel Roadster” for the brushed finish on parts such as the DuValle
    windshield, this Doane Spenser-inspired beauty heralded “The New Trend—Beyond Billet: Back
    to Basics” when it appeared on the R&C cover in April ’93. A Gurney-Weslake Ford hides under
    the solid hood, Steve Davis made the aluminum top, Covell rolled the pan, and Allen Johnson
    and Pete Eastwood fabbed the chassis on this masterpiece that now resides in actor Tim
    Allen’s garage.
  16. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,166


    Well, when you have that engine (Yenko Westlake) in a slick car you get invited to and get to park it just about anywhere you want to go in my way of thinking.
    The car looks a lot better with the soft top though.
  17. that's the Nickel 2, not the original Nickel Roadster that Bob had built.
  18. bigalow49chop truck
    Joined: Apr 20, 2010
    Posts: 46

    bigalow49chop truck

  19. rooman
    Joined: Sep 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,052


    If the wheels were oxidized to shit they would not have the sheen that I see in the pix. My oxidized Halibrands are all dull and don't have the reflectivity that the ones on the second car have.

  20. How many good looking roofs have there been on roadsters with Du Val windshields? Can't say I've seen many, if any. It seems to be a bit of a square peg in a round hole excercise. That said, these two hard tops are pretty good efforts.
  21. langy
    Joined: Apr 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,735

    Member Emeritus

    I kinda like the 2nd one, but have to agree the roof's don't cut it i'm afraid.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,126


    I like em both. I like the roof and can appreciate the reason/style behind em.
  23. oldandkrusty
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,116


    Tah-may-toes...tah-mah-toes! I don't care, I like both of these deuces, including the tops and DuVall windshields. If I had the kind of money it takes to build one of these beauties, I'd do it in a heart beat. But, I don't so I'll just appreciate what others can do...
  24. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,037

    from Burton, MI

    I do burnouts in either.
  25. rrayne
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 77


    I like the tops. Maybe the idea behind the open sides showing the motor is that the exotic sports cars do the same and its a mix of both worlds. I would have to say if there has ever been a mix of both these are the best examples.

    I dig both cars.
  26. poweredbylincoln
    Joined: Feb 12, 2009
    Posts: 181


    You guys possibly have any pictures of the traditional duece in the background off this picture =)???
  27. KillerKustom
    Joined: Aug 28, 2007
    Posts: 286


    That all black in the second shot is bad.
  28. sr
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 400

    from Monterey

    Both are awesome roadsters. The one owned by Tim Allen (black wheels),was built in the early 80's by some of the best builders of the time. Steve Davis did the top and much of the metal work. It is incredible. One of the best of all times. Certainly above and beyond traditional, and definitely not contemporary.
  29. JimA
    Joined: Apr 1, 2001
    Posts: 4,796


    To be correct the credit for the first Nickel Roadster goes to Don Thelan of Buffalo Motor cars. Don was a contemporary and good friend to Jim "Jake" Jacobs, Pete Chapouris, Eric Vaughn and Pete Eastwood when they were all just young hot rodders. The core group of Don, Jake and Eric were all fresh out of high school members of the Early Times car club each owning very nice hot rods in a time when most young guys were driving fifties cars or brand new muscle cars. These guys actually brought back excitement to hot rods the same way the Choppers and Shifters would to later generations. Each would go on to make their mark in the hot rod world with Pete & Jake's, Real Wheels and Buffalo Motor Cars. Don was taken unepectedly at an early age in the 90's after creating many high end hot rods (including many woodies) like the "Buffalo Nickel" Roadster as it was originally called. Don also built another car known to most people- The ZZTop Eliminator Coupe.

    Don't get why so many people have trouble with the top- it's actally almost an EXACT copy of the top off the car that completely inspired both cars- The Doane Spancer Roadster. It's rarely seen with the top, but Doane had Valley Custom help create a hardtop for his Roadter using the top from a '36 Ford Coupe. The classic lines of his car are totally represented by both of these cars shown.

    The second Nickel Roadster was built by Steve Moal.
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 17, 2010
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  30. I love the tops !!...they are better than any loose fitting bob top Ive ever of both worlds,,,,,

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