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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 30-S6, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. 30-S6
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
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    I've been building this 1930 Essex Challenger for a bunch of years now. I started with just the body, grille, hood and fenders.
    Made my own frame, chopped, channeled, sectioned, pinched, stretched, bobbed, frenched, bagged..... I think that covers it!
    I'm proud to say I built this car myself, in my little home garage. I realize that I didn't use period correct hot rod parts but I think it still looks like an old hot rod.

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  2. kasselyn29
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    Pretty cool ride
     
  3. Good looking ride. Sure, you might not have used period correct parts, but it's your car, that you built yourself, to do with what you will.


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  4. Lots of hot rods and race cars were built on Essex frames back in the day.
     
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  5. 30-S6
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    That may explain why there was no frame when I got the body.

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  6. Bugguts
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    Man that is cool! Low, long and mean looking.
    You're probably the only guy with one like that I'm sure. Good job!
     
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  7. 30-S6
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    Thanks,
    It's got that tough gangster look to it, So I have a plastic Tommy gun in a violin case in the back and brass knuckles for door grabs inside. I may mount a small louisville slugger in it too.
     
  8. 30-S6
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    Another cool thing up here in Canada... I can use 1930 license plates.

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  9. chopped f1
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    very cool i like it
     
  10. choptop40
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  11. panheadguy
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    That's a great looking ride. Looks sinister with the headlights between the fenders. What can you do for the rear area between the fenders? Maybe a small trunk like it may have had back in the day?
     
  12. 30-S6
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    I do have a plan for the empty space.
    I'm thinking if I bolt this trailer hitch to the back frame. I can stick the step into it so it will look like a bumper, then fab up a shelf to put a cooler, gas can, trunk, whatever.....
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  13. 30-S6
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    Either that or cut a section out of both fenders to shorten them up closer to the body.
     
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  14. clunker
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    I dig them overhanging
     
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  15. I dig it. I really like the looks of it. Some. 30s artillery wheels and wow.
     
  16. 30-S6
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    You haven't seen the top yet!

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    Just a simple canvas with buttons is what I'm thinking
     
  17. panheadguy
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    Yeah. Canvas and buttons. I 'm with you on sectioning the rear fenders. Easier said than done I'm afraid....... Your step bumper is not right and will screw up the rear.
     
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  18. panheadguy
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    By the way; When it comes to style and color.......I'm seldom consulted.
     
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  19. 30-S6
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    Funny thing is....
    This car probably won't get painted.... But I am a licensed body man and painter.
    I do this all day long every day.... so to lop off the fenders and weld them back up can be done in an couple hours. If I don't like it, I just pull out my fender stretcher and make them longer again.
     
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  20. flynbrian48
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    I like everything about this. It's fantastic. Nice job. Nice save. Great vision.
     
  21. 30-S6
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    There are a couple of things that I want to do still...
    like clean up the fiberglass along where I cut the roof. Maybe blow a bit of colour here and there.
    Figure out something for the back...
    and I built it so I can run it without fenders. But then it be like 90% of the other rats out there. 11470008.JPG
     
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  22. Jet96
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    The fenders make it!
    For me, anyway...
     
  23. Yea super gangster looking with the fenders. I'd keep them on.
     
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  24. too many fords
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    from Las Vegas

    love the fenders and the overhang, cool car!
     
  25. 30-S6
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    Thanks for the good vibes on the fenders.
    and looking at that step trailer hitch thing... Isn't going to cut it,
    I will be building some sort of rack for in there. maybe wood slats in a tube frame something like what was on there in the 30's without the trunk though.
     
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  26. Nice build, love the stance. Good to see someone from the "Near North" - the "Bay" was my home town. Keep going.
     
  27. Donuts & Peelouts
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  28. 55Deso
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    I dig it, especially with the fenders!
     

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