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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 31pickemup, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. xracer40
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
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    I believe you are correct,those are 63-67 corvette tail light lenses. The bezels appear homemade.
     
  2. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
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    From what I was told theyre 58 Chevy stationwagon taillights
     
  3. Dick Stevens
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    Looks right for 58 Nomad tail lights to me
     
  4. xracer40
    Joined: Jun 20, 2010
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    You are correct also, the were used on the corvette as well.
     
  5. Awesome score! Looks fantastic already.
    I'll trade you for mine straight up right now!
    You really don't have to change anything. Even those chrome
    sink drain pipes are cool. And when you start looking at the goodies
    like the Mallory Mag spark, the shocks, cool interior, fantastic
    steering wheel etc etc, you've got to see you would have a real hard
    time even finding that kind of stuff today. There's a saying "They are only
    original once". I'm extending the line. " They are only original
    Hot Rods once". My humble opinion is, you have a big chunk
    of late 50's East Coast Hot Rod history. When they talk
    about it you got it. You can't put a dollar
    value on it 'cause you can't build it back to the way it is now even
    with a ton of money. And you can't get any cooler!
    And yes I agree 58 Chevy station wagon tail lites.
    They were 1 year old in 59!
     
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  6. By the way I just noticed, some guys were already using, dare I say
    it, billet in the 50's. Check out the fan extender. looks like it was spun
    from a bar of aluminum. It might have been made in the original
    builder's High School shop class.
    I think it's way cool!
     
  7. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
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    I'm pretty sure the cylinders and pedals are ansen image.jpg units but does anybody know what the cylinders original type application might be. I want to rebuild these and need to know what year/type of vehicle to order kits for?
     
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  8. That's about as cool as it gets!
    Congrats!!!
     
  9. Petejoe
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    You could have the missing part of those latches made and rebuild them..
     
  10. bowie
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    Lookn' good! I was wondering if the holes in the front backing plate might have been for cycle type fenders? The masters look like maybe'52 Ford to me? You don't see to many Almquist intakes in use. To cool! Have fun,haul ass...
     
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  11. Man, the more I see of this car the more I like it! That is quite a find!
     
  12. Paul
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    The new interior fits beautiful with the rest of the car.

    Love the whole package
     
  13. Weezy1930
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    from OHIO

    Oh, you can bet I'll be up at Cleveland this year!:) I go almost every year, but this year for sure!
     
  14. nightmoves
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    You can't paint patina like that.
    What a great find ! Replace whatever rubber lines and wiring that needs to be gone,and drive it.
    The original builder built it to drive and enjoy,why not you?
    A rolling piece of hot rod history.Beautiful !
     
  15. K.L
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    Almost too good to be true.
    It's so damn perfect.


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  16. 31pickemup
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    Does anybody know who makes good waterpumps?
     
  17. Weezy1930
    Joined: Nov 21, 2013
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    from OHIO

    I just noticed that vintage picture you posted with that cat wearing the Drifters jacket and saw the rear plate on the car. How cool is that?
     
  18. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
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    This guy is all the rage as the primo water pump rebuilder on the Fordbarn. Skip at http://www.fordcollector.com/

    Supposedly his improved impellers can cool even the roughest flatheads. Maybe he can do the job without ruining the paint on them now? Nobody will be the wiser.
     
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  19. tim distortion
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    from New Jersey

    I hope mine looks that cool when I'm done. Goodluck with it . She looks awesome
     
  20. 56shoebox
    Joined: Sep 14, 2011
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    I think Speedway and Mac sell the same one. Improved impellers for flow and ceramic seals for a long, leak free life.
     
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  21. Jerry Rice
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    The tail light lenses may be "Corvette". GM used the same ones on every Corvette from 1961-1967 and I wouldn't put it past them to use leftovers from that one year only 1958 design in the low volume Vette, but, the bezels are most definately NOT Corvette.
     
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  22. Not saying you should use them instead of rebuilding,
    but I've had my Speedway pumps about 6 years and
    probably 20,000+ miles with zero problems.
    Also about 3 of those years without a fan!
    Also, Ive got to pick my old brain and Rolodex,
    I used to buy thousands of similar fasteners for
    power supply boxes we used to manufacture.
    One name that comes to mind is Southco Fastners.
    I'm sure they are still in business and maybe they have
    Those actual fastners.
    I'll see what else if anything I can dig up.
    Another thing:
    There were plenty of plating houses in NJ in the 50's 60's.
    That's probably why the car has a lot of chrome.
    One I remember was T.A Farrel Plating.
    He was actually in Garfield NJ!
     
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  23. Man that is killer, not to my taste at all but it's so well kept and that interior is mint!


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  24. Runnin shine
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    Absolutely mind boggling! I can't even dream how some fools could own something so perfect for ten and forty years to not get some real joy out of it by driving and sharing with the world, just waiting for all that praise to roll in. But I'm sure you will improve upon this. Oh yeah, and still love the interior.


    "I need my mirror boy"
     
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  25. Great car, just screams hotrod. ENJOY!
     
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  26. Wow. Good for you man.


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  27. Absolutely love the interior! HRP
     
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  28. Babar40
    Joined: Dec 4, 2009
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    from Florida

    All of a sudden it's 1959 again! You are the keeper of the torch.
    Congrats!
     
  29. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
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    Congratulations. What a find. And being able to talk to the original owner/builder just makes it better.
    That color looks a lot like Inverness Green that Cadillac used in the early to mid 50's.
    Torchie.
     
  30. glrbird
    Joined: Dec 20, 2010
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    Those cylinders look mid fiftys ford maybe, love the car.
     

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