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Hot Rods Got my first Coupe.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 55styleliner, Apr 21, 2019.

  1. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


    I fell into a deal I couldn’t pass up. Its a super solid body, but glass fenders. It came with some really nice front fenders and I found rears. Now just to figure out what color to paint the car. I really like the blue it is, but my wife loves Córdoba Tan. Also it is a 350/350 combo with Mustang ll front. I have a 57 Nailhead that’s all rebuilt, or should I put a flatty in it? Decisions decisions.... 3E031C1D-AB29-4BE0-90E0-0889349739A0.jpeg 4AB5F509-12E0-455F-A205-9DF14700FB1D.jpeg E6BA8889-DE32-47CB-B722-D2D2327CFB83.jpeg
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  2. 36couper
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 2,012

    from ontario

    i say leave it just as it is. Super dependable and looks perfect.
    clem, Tim, Hollywood-East and 5 others like this.
  3. Stovebolt
    Joined: May 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,388


    leave well enough alone - as my Grand Mother used to sat
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  4. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,023


    Enjoy It! Bitchen.
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  5. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,164


    Drive it the way it is until it breaks or gets smashed! You will probably get the next 20 years of enjoyment out of it. You take it apart to change those things you mentioned and it will take you, maybe, 5 years before you start to enjoy it!
  6. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,952

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I wouldn’t change a thing. Not even the color.
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  7. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,952

    from Zoar, Ohio

    If you have a bug to get the exact car on your mind, do it to a car that needs its.
    On this one your throwing around good money that would be better served on a project coupe.
    Nice car by the way.
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  8. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


    The pictures make the paint look MUCH better than it is. There are a lot of places that are peeling to bare metal (you can see on the A pillar if you look for it) . Several spots that touch ups are obvious and what little body work there was is all showing. I need to address the bare spots. So do I touch them up and keep the patina? Or cave and do a full paint job??? I could fauxtina the steel fenders to match.
  9. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,223


    run it all season as is after the quick touch up. You then won't be all worried about getting a nick or scratch and will probably drive it more, and to places you might not have if it was all mint.
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  10. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


  11. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    Member Emeritus
    from Iowa

    Hate anything associated with the word "patina". Just another way to say "poser" to me.

    If you are going to paint it, change the color, change the engine, change the fenders.....why didn't you buy a different car to begin with? I say fix what needs fixin', make a few small personal taste changes and drive the crap out of it.

    When I wanted a '32 5 window I shopped for 6 months trying to find one that didn't need a bunch of things changed. Couldn't find one with even half of what I wanted in a car so why would I pay for something I'm just going to rip apart? I started from scratch.

    Nice looking car, good stance and I like the color. Not a fan of SBC myself. Do what ever you need to do to make it yours but you might have just paid a bunch of money for something you are going to throw away half of. Looks like you bought a well thought out, running and driving street rod when you really wanted a project car.

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  12. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,097

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    First and foremost, make the car your own.
    Understandable people have a hard time with taking a running driving car off the road, but so much about this hobby is the personal touches we do to them.
    I have a couple of my cars with flatheads, and they fit into the traditional HotRod vib well, but my vote would be for the nailhead.
    Cool car!
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  13. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 510

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    I would drive it exactly like it is.
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  14. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 2,251

    from wareham,ma

    shorten up the exhaust pipes ,color match the body , then go for the tan interior to make the misses happy. nice score
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  15. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 3,012


    Ditch the echo cans, brush-touch the paint chips and drive it as-is. I am sick and f'in tired of "perfect" hot rods. This one's got some honest character and needs to be on the road as much as possible, not languishing under a blanket in the g'rage.
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  16. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,450

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

    IMG_4377.JPG Here is my vote!;):D
    Where is the car you got the seat from me for?
    Great looking car. One of my favorite body styles.
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  17. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


    For those saying I should have started with a different car, I got this one for not much more than a solid project. I have plenty of room financially to paint and interior this car and not be upside down in it.
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  18. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


    I sold the 36 Cabriolet Al. Just couldn’t get over all of the mud in the body of that car.
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  19. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


    C4D0CB64-DD6F-4535-B496-006C99ED42BD.jpeg The interior is out of the 70’s. In a good way??? I don’t love it of hate it. It will stay like this for the time being.
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  20. razoo lew
    Joined: Apr 11, 2017
    Posts: 454

    razoo lew
    from Calgary

    Really nice car. I’m with the repair the paint and lose the exhaust tips crowd.
  21. aerocolor
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,196

    from dayton

    Spot in the repair areas, leave the hood closed and drive that bitch.
    Don't overthink it.
  22. maplefrm
    Joined: Aug 15, 2010
    Posts: 520

    from Central IL

    Listen to "aerocolor" That is good advice.
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  23. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,627


    Nice, thanks.
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  24. Drive the wheels off, it looks great as is. HRP
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  25. abe lugo
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,477

    abe lugo

    You will not be able to enjoy it right now, if you send it for paint.
    Start enjoying it and then see what happens.
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  26. Turnipseed
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 112


    Get the shorter rear bumper brackets to move the rear bumper closer to the body. AND, shorten the tailpipes. If you want to leave the bumper where it is put the spare tire back on.
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  27. LBCD
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,031


    As said before...touch it up and have fun. You scored.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  28. TheSteamDoc
    Joined: Jul 14, 2018
    Posts: 235


    That's a sweet ride man! It'd be cool to see a Nail Head in it.
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  29. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,988


    That upholstery is outstanding! Black button tufted is the next big trend to come back. Be ahead of the crowd with your original stuff. If you are thinking of removing that, I would definitely be interested in it.
  30. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,285

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    I agree with F&J and the rest of the it as is for the season and enjoy it! Then tear it down for paint etc in a year or two. You'll get to know the car really well and make a list of all the quirks you're not comfortable with such as ride, steering, interior comfort, etc. You might even find you're good with the SBC.
    On weekends you're not driving it, you can spend some time in the garage cherrying out that set of steel fenders in preparation for paint.
    IMHO, 35/36 3/w Coupes look best in dark colors.

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