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Projects Have you ever built a car starting with just one body part?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. shadetreerodder
    Joined: Aug 4, 2006
    Posts: 291


    I am doing just that. Start with a 31slant windshield cowl. Now have doors and back portion of two door sedan. Have front suspension and inline six as well. Fun!

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    Joined: Jul 20, 2016
    Posts: 409

    Member Emeritus

    I built the '27 Ford on the left starting with just this bullet holed, Swiss cheese, field derelict....
  3. Hell yeah! The only body part of my 34 coupe jalopy racer that was usable was the top. I built a car around it and it wasn't too nice either!
    I have a 57 Pontiac project going on right now. Got my first part a few years NOS tailight lens. 34top1.jpg

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  4. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,969

    rusty rocket

    Yep, this image.jpg image.jpg from this image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
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  5. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    A friend gave me a hood for a '65 GTO. It took about 18 months, but a complete car came together around that hood. This was back in 1979-80, when parts were much, much easier to find.
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  6. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,201


    Nope! But I did find a nice dropped tube axle for $10 that is in the process of becoming a "Tub".
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  7. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,151

    from ohio

    Not me but I once sold a guy a pair of 57 Cadillac wheel covers at a swap meet. He told me that was the start of his custom shoebox Ford. The next year at the same swap meet he drove up in a sweet 51 Vicky HT nice paint , skirts, nosed, decked, sitting nice and low with WWW and the Caddy caps. Been friends ever since:)
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  8. midroad
    Joined: Mar 8, 2013
    Posts: 284


    Copy of DSCF3705.jpg In 2008 I bought an Offenhauser twin 4 barrel SBC manifold because it was cheap. A year later I finished up with a 1929 Chevy hotrod.
  9. Pitbullgoingpostal
    Joined: Jan 2, 2009
    Posts: 417


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  10. Michael Ottavi
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 85

    Michael Ottavi

    It took hours of pleading at the Cow Town swap meet for me to pry this lens off a guy there. Me buddy, EJ Kowalski built the rest of the car forward of the lens from there.

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  11. I want to build another Deuce for around this plate hanging on my wall!:cool:
    IMG_9465 (2).JPG
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  12. Bearing Burner
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 881

    Bearing Burner
    from W. MA

    We started with some sketches, and a pile of 1/34 DOM tubing to build our lakester. Only took 17 years to hit the track.
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  13. Tommy, no flatty in the pickup, I used a 327 Chevy. HRP

    Joined: Aug 23, 2016
    Posts: 267


    Bought a cut up old 1940 Ford Coupe in a field in Altanta, Ga - then put it together over about 2 years. 40 body.jpg 40 body 2.jpg 40 body 3.jpg 40 body 4.jpg
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  16. Yep. Got a '62 Plymouth Fury headlight door, couple '63 Galaxie tail lights, couple of basket case Ford FE engines and built this.

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  17. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,264

    Jalopy Joker

    I started out with 1/2 a brain - Ha!
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  18. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,675

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    How about 3 little parts Danny, the cowl and doors.
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  19. Danny,

    I like the 327,,,,valve covers ,and all.
    I especially like the high fan and alternator mount!
    That is how you had enough room to get it all in there.

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  20. Yes sir, the zips risers move the water pump up to the center of the radiator, that way I can run a 17" steel blade fan and the engine cools perfectly. HRP
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  21. malibumonte78
    Joined: Nov 17, 2011
    Posts: 250


    Bought these 15x4 Ansens at the 2016 Meltdown Drags. I had an itch to build a gasser since I attended the 2014 Meltdowns and finding these wheels was the final push I needed. The name also came to me in an epiphany that weekend.
    Late February 2017 I pulled this out of a field (about 12 more parts)
    Pulling wheelies by September of 2018.
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  22. Total opposite, but in high School I drove a 66 Galaxie 2 door hardtop. I bought it from the original owners son (this would have been 97-98). The headlight doors are chromed pot metal, and the pass side on mine hit something and was dented/cracked. At a yard sale a week or so later, guy had a pass side 66 galaxie headlight door in nice used shape. Only galaxie part he had. What are the odds.

    Same sale had a set of Ford pattern American Racing "coke bottles" that I wanted to put on the car. They were kind of rusty and gross but for a 16 year old the price was right. Took em to a tire shop to have new ties put on and installed on the car...tire kid ruined two rims. They ended up buying me a new set.
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  23. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,038

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    If I hit the lotto big,I still have {one part=just the original builder} of my Full Custom Henry J,that was stolen and destroyed. I'd like to do it !
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  24. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,263

    Atwater Mike

    Driving my F100 thru Modesto, lost...Turned down a street and spotted a chrome front F100 bumper, garage sale.
    Young guy said it was 'left over' from a project his Dad sold...said he needed the $30 for some medicine for his little girl.
    I have 2 'little girls', (both married now) but I said, "Sorry, Bud..I only have twenties. You'll have to take 'em both."
    "I only wanted $30,"
    "Sorry. all I got is $40..."
    He then said, "O.K., but there's something I want you to have."
    Reached in a toolbox drawer, and pulled out a New Old Stock door latch assembly, drivers door. How'd he know I needed that?
    We were both 'pleased as punch'. And he gave me directions back to the freeway!
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  25. chrisp
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 840


    I bought a complete running 3.9L flathead 27 years ago... Then 10 years ago I bought 3 1932 Studebaker President wheels from Bobby Green just because I love those wheels, then a couple years later in exchange of some bodywork I got a pair of ASC rails which I didn't need, then a dropped I beam with spring and banjo rear in exchange for some more work, then a model A front and rear cross member with spring, then out of shear luck I traded an old friend I lost sight of for 20 years a 36 3w coupe roof and trunk for 1/2 of a Euro 32 2dr sedan, then found the 4th wheel on ebay, a 331 long bell hemi in exchange for bodywork on a Nascar truck, a T5 and front juice brake on the Hamb. 2 years ago I got a set of Jaguar XK140 roadster stanchions for really cheap and a 4.2L flathead crank, earlier this year a cheap, rough but salvageable firewall. I'm gonna have a phantom Euro 32 RPU with a hemi or a flathead and Duvall someday...
  26. Mark, is that a original license plate or did you make that? HRP
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  27. That is an original plate!:cool: The small 8 was an O, before some handy metal work by me.:eek: Yes I will use it if I go 3 Deuces.;)
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  28. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 3,995


    A friend gave me the 9 inch rear out of his blown Stude Starlight coupe after a garage fire reduced it a melted pile of aluminum and fiberglass.
    Ended up with this. DSCF3557.JPG
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  29. I know where you found the body. :D, and you did a great job on the build. HRP
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  30. weps
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
    Posts: 531

    from auburn,IN

    I built the entire car around the engine I bought thru a CL ad
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