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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 27Roadsterguy, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. 27Roadsterguy
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    I'm putting together a Frankenstein of sorts home made roadster body. The idea is to build a super low budget, fun to cruise roadster body. I know there a a couple threads with this stuff on there, but they're old and didn't want to "revive" dead threads. It doesn't need to be "traditional" so to speak, this thread is mainly for some cheap fun. So post em' up, let's see what people have made with scrap and spare parts, but not "RAT ROD" junk with a bunch of random crap welded to a car.

    I'll post up mine... It's not welded together yet, but it's pretty well fitted up and ready to brace / weld together. No doors, just a simple step-in style roadster body. my roadster body2.JPG
     
  2. alchemy
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    Way back in the early 80's there was a magazine article where they made a small roadster/modified from a modern pickup bed. It used the formed bedsides for the door/sides of the body. I can't remember if they used an old cowl in front. Maybe it was a Datsun bed? Did Pat Ganahl have anything to do with that?
     
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  3. typo41
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    It was Ron Cerdanio, and I ran into to it years ago at the Antique Swap, so it is still around,,
     
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  4. Bigjake
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    I have been eyeing the front fenders off several early 60's F100's I own. The shape almost lends itself to a roadster ass with a little work. I did some measurements and the height/proportion is close to matching a 26/27 Model T roadster cowl. I'm sure other makes/cowls would work too. I haven't actually cut anything up yet, just shooting out ideas. Pic for example
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  5. thewishartkid
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    I have looked at a 49-54 chevy pickup hood split in halve to make rounded sides
     
  6. catdad49
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    I remember this, too. It actually turned out to be a pretty interesting little project, glad to hear that it survives.
     
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  7. 27Roadsterguy
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    That's what I did, but I used the hood from a 1980 Mustang. I thought the scalloped look on the sides would be kinda cool and different.
     
  8. 36cab
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    This is a home made roadster that my dad had back in 1956. It was on some type of Ford frame with a Ford flathead. I am not sure what the body started out as or if it was completely hand made. He bought the car from the original builder because the title said Hot Rod for the manufacturer and he knew he could use the title for any car down the road.
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  9. saltflats
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    Wasn't there a thread on here, something like "So You Started with just a Cowl" or something like that.
    I have looked for a few time but had no luck.
     
  10. Tommy Ring over at Ring Rods near Nashville builds a bunch of these roadster style bodies...he uses F100 Ford truck cabs for some of them...like this one shown here rotator-feature-1095563-1561406920.jpeg
    just a thought and throwing it out there...he claims he can build them for around $1500.00 each.
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  11. tubman
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    What about the guy in England that made (or at least started) a '32 roadster body out of a Volkswagen Beetle. There's a thread on here about is someplace.
     
  12. KevKo
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    from Motown

    I'm all for low buck and home made. I'm currently working on a 29 RPU. I have a cowl. Thinking about how to make doors and quarters. I don't want to buy Brookville parts because it kind of defeats the purpose. I have a couple other ideas rattling around my brain, something like Edsel's Boat-tail Speedster, but my skills aren't there yet. Someday.
     
  13. Bigjake
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    I believe this was made by a Hamber but I can't remember who. If I remember right, he used AD Chevy pickup rear fenders to make the rear quarters. I always thought it was well done.



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  14. drtrcrV-8
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    Bigjake :And he's got a "Hotrod Lincoln" motor in it!!!
     
  15. 27Roadsterguy
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    Lots of cool stuff so far. The roadster below was hand made by my friend Steve. He started with Just a cowl and hand made the rest. It has one functioning door on the passenger side. He even hand made the door. He drives it everywhere, including some fairly long road trips. 63734822_2208385149208836_2014712129977843712_o.jpg
     
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  17. 27Roadsterguy
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    I'm finally starting to put this together. It's 25" tall and about 53" long
     

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  18. A Boner
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    Now you need the curved back corner of a utility van for the panel behind the door!
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  19. Stan Back
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    Don't forget old refrigerators – doors, tops – even latches.
     
  20. 27Roadsterguy
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    Worked on it some more last night. Bolted on the firewall and then did a little mocking up to see what it's going to look like. Pretty happy with it so far.
     

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  21. mr.chevrolet
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    I've been gathering stuff to try to do the same thing. latest thought is to use these 64 Skylark fenders as the panels behind the doors, cut them front to back right below the trim line, length/height can be whatever you need. also have the hood to cut down to make the back panel.
     

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  22. buschandbusch
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    Looking good, Roadsterguy! I missed this thread back in July, so I'm late to the party with a couple of pics of the 29 RPU my brother and I put together with the remains of a Tudor sedan mixed with a 1975 Lincoln. Stopped on a dime, and roasted tires like nobody's business. Funnest car we ever had!
    Good luck with your build, have a blast! homebuilthero2front34-515x383.jpg homebuilthero1rear34-505x374.jpg
     
  23. 27Roadsterguy
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    Disassembling the body tonight to take it for ductless bkasting. Nice clean metal, ohhh yeahhh...
     
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  24. Koz
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    I made this one out of some '38 Plymouth coupe panels that were once a very "trashed" gas car. It was narrowed and sectioned and half the body was pounded out of sheet stock. Still on the road 20+ years later. Not sure who owns it now. Homemade frame and just about everything else. Somebitch moved! Never did finish painting it. Just drove the wheels off.
     
  25. Koz
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    Found this shot of it sideways. The one in the middle. Looked a lot better with the hood on. I don't have any pics of it that way. 44635851_1063809637126617_3307122073435897856_n.jpg
     
  26. 27Roadsterguy
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    Pretty cool, nice job with the top too.
     
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  27. @Pete Flaven built this using a Model A cowl, Model A Tudor quarter panels and rear section, and part of a 50 Mercury hood.
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  28. samurai mike
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    1926 dodge
     

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  29. olds vroom
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    Back in 2014 I entered into a low budget build off competition there was a set spending limit of $5000 for the entire project. So homemade was a must for a lot of parts and most of the body. All said and done I had $4200 into the car when I drove it to the competition. I have a ton of pictures as we had to document everything. I still drive the hell out of this car today. Here are before , middle and after pictures. IMG_0580.JPG IMG_0581.JPG Adjustments.JPG Adjustments.JPG Adjustments.JPG Adjustments.JPG


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  30. 27Roadsterguy
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    Nicely done.
    I got mine pulled apart and loaded up to go for blasting Tomorrow. By next week I should have a clean rust free body to work with.
     

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