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Hot Rods HAMBing up an old kit car?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by mustangsix, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. mustangsix
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
    Posts: 1,296


    Surfing CL for other car stuff it seems like Central FL is awash with cheap fiberglass MG kit cars. Glitzy, tasteless, nonredeemable?

    Could this awful junk be transformed into something HAMB-worthy?

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  2. They are "cute" cars but Hamb friendly I don't think so. HRP
  3. Tudorp
    Joined: Mar 27, 2014
    Posts: 174


    I had one of those years ago. It was a Fiberfab VW kit. The car is long gone, but I still have the original assembly manual for it. It was a blast to drive.. I say pull the fenders and the hood off (assuming it has a motor up there in lue of the rear), paint it flat anything, red steel wheels. Done.. ;)
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  4. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,058

    from Germany

    No, leave them for the sportscars folks who can't afford real ones.
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  5. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,542

    from Tampa, FL

    Or... you could build yourself a "special" like those done in the 50's with similar MGs. Images from ebay listing today. Or... put in a flathead or a 265 Chevy with a vintage blower! I suppose a new frame would be required but using some old Ford parts would be perfectly Kosher, period-correct-wise. Gary



  6. Until I saw these I was leaning in the direction of no, but a vintage "Special" would be x-tra cool - & should be at least as "Hamb worthy" as turning an old fire truck chassis into a speedster. (One of my favorite builds on this whole site)
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  7. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    I would love to have one of those......great gas mileage and VW dependable. But HAMB worthy I don't see it. Doesn't mean you can't buy one and have a cool little get around town driver.

  8. SimonSez
    Joined: Jul 1, 2001
    Posts: 1,629


    There is some history of early MG's racing in Modiified Sports at the drags, so you could look at going in that direction.

    It could be fun, but it will always be a kit-car to most people.

    These pics stolen from an old thread, Old MGs as Hot Rods ...


  9. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    I think the answer is yes. Go for it.
  10. As long as you lose the VW motor....
  11. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 15,197

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    i tried with a glassic;

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  12. KJSR
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 2,166

    from Utah
    1. Utah HAMBers

    For what, a SBC?
  13. Aluminium Buick/Olds or Rover V8 will work nicely in one of these.
  14. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,371

    captain scarlet
    from Detroit

    I've thought about this before. The only way would be ONLY use the body and build a new chassis as a drag car or dry lakes speedster Detroit
  15. thunderplex
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,180


    In my honest opinion, it's as HAMB friendly as a fiberglass '32 ford, '34 Ford, '34-41 Willys or whatever fiberglass replica.

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  16. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,856

    from Dublin, OH

    Sure, Paint it flat anything, lower it till it just about scrapes the ground, steel wheels painted red, and wide whites!
    It will be totally unique!
  17. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 13,994


    I've thought about this too, and I'm not opposed to it if you can find a way. Most of them would look nicer if they had some period wheels, steering wheel/gauges, interior upholstery and tail/turn signal lights, but to totally rebuild one as a hot rod? For the price you'd pay and the amount of work it'd take, I'm not sure that's the car I'd start with.

    Would love to see someone prove me wrong, though.
  18. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 5,706


    That would be about as HAMB friendly as a 1973 Douche Bag. When you got done working on it you'd have something you couldn't give away. Save your money.
  19. GTS225
    Joined: Jul 2, 2006
    Posts: 1,127


    I wonder how well one of those bodies would do, lending itself as a reproduction of a vintage cycle car?
    Lose the bug motor/transaxle, build a chassis with considerations for a motorcycle engine up front under the hood, (maybe a BMW bike motor?), and run open wheels?

    But maybe my vision's firetrucked up.

  20. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,542

    from Tampa, FL

    The modified sports drag racer also has a lot of appeal, but would be less street-able, me thinks and probably lousy on reliability runs and such. Gary
  21. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,208

    from Sultan, WA

    Tube chassis. piecrusts, straight axle..... Yea it can be done!!
  22. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,542

    from Tampa, FL

    That thread also has some neat stuff to consider. Try it, you'll like it! Gary
  23. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,243


    forget HAMB approval, just do what ya want and HAVE FUN... see ya on the street.. rubber side down...
  24. BuiltFerComfort
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 1,620


    I've seen these on Pinto / Mustang II platforms. Those could maybe clean up ok. Make it look as close to a 47 MG as possible. Not saying it would work, just maybe.

    The VW ones I wouldn't have much interest in. No way of disguising that motor sound or the fake boxy "trunk" to hide it.
    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
    Posts: 2,777


    No. A Ford inline six 300. And a rectangular tube frame to handle the torque.
  26. captain scarlet
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,371

    captain scarlet
    from Detroit

    This is cool ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1398738191.883774.jpg Detroit
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  28. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,881


    There are a pot load of Hamb Friendly ones on that link.

    Forget the flat black crap and paint one a factory stock color like BRG and then make it look like you were a guy in the late 50's or early 60's who took one with a crapped out banger and put a V8 in it. If it was a rear engine kit you would have to get rid of the bustle butt and get it closer to correct but you might be able to have a hot rod MG that would make the restorers shake their heads.
    Joined: Nov 6, 2002
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    I know a guy with a "glassics" model A. It was built on a mustang frame in like 1972 and has a 302 in it. I've had a lot of opportunities to daydream about that car as there was point in high school when I got to drive it and back then my 17 year old mind was just swimming with the possibilities. I've spent a lot of time looking it over inside and out through the years.

    My 40 year old mind doesn't share the same opinion as my 17 year old mind though. There is a LOT of stuff about that car that is just weird and pretty much impossible to pass off as a "real" hot rod. The fenders are molded to the body for one and the body is like a mix between a '32 and a model A.

    I've also seen a few of those MG Volkswagen kit cars up close. I don't know how someone would pull off a really cool looking hot rod out of that either.

    Now that doesn't mean that kit cars are "bad". They're pretty interesting in their own way. But as far as anything HAMB oriented, I'm definitely not seeing it.
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