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History Hop Up Test No. 4 - The Bob Longman Roadster

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Jive-Bomber, Sep 10, 2020.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Hop Up Test No. 4 - The Bob Longman Roadster

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    Continue reading the Original Blog Post
     
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  2. Rolleiflex
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    Here's to hoping this little gem is safely stashed away in somebody's garage without any trendy updates.
     
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  3. GordonC
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    Nice looking roadster!
     
  4. Here's some cropped versions of the HOP UP article photos:

    The Bob Longman Roadster - HOP UP July 1952 (1).jpg
    The Bob Longman Roadster - HOP UP July 1952 (2).jpg
    The Bob Longman Roadster - HOP UP July 1952 (3).jpg
    The Bob Longman Roadster - HOP UP July 1952 (4).jpg
    The Bob Longman Roadster - HOP UP July 1952 (5).jpg The Bob Longman Roadster - HOP UP July 1952 (6).jpg
    The Bob Longman Roadster - HOP UP July 1952 (7).jpg
    all images from @Ryan's February 24th 2009 TJJ Blog entitled "Hop Up Test No. 4"
     
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  5. sololobo
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    What a great roadster, loaded with subtle original touches. Speeds are amazing for this way built flattie. This hot rod stirs my soul. Thanx for the re-visit.
     
  6. bschwoeble
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
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    Amazing. Appears to be vey well built.
     
  7. Outback
    Joined: Mar 4, 2005
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    from NE Vic

    Such a cool jigger! It would be a real head turner today too!
     
  8. missysdad1
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
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    Unlike so many hot rods and street rods in the year of our Lord 2020, this guy knew when to stop. :)
     
  9. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
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    from Idaho

    That's Dean Batchelor on the left taking notes. He was the reason Hop Up was such a great magazine.
     
  10. Jungle Jalopy
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 228

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    Wow man, that’s a clean machine.
     
  11. fortynut
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
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    There are details of this nice ride that parallel those of a certain '29 roadster that won a big trophy and then disappeared into oblivion, only to appear in the public when it was bought and restored by Jim Jacobs. My favorite detail are the tail-lights sandwiched between the upper and lower horizontal bars. And, a belly pan is one of those details that speak volumes about the thought and care that went into the brain storming and building of this too sweet ride.
     
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  12. I had to chuckle at some of the 'negative' comments in the article. I know they're looking to give a balanced review and I appreciate that, though it felt like they were stretching for something to point out.
    "A belly-an can add both speed and looks to a car, but one as close to the ground as this one adds little speed, if any, and is very impractical for everyday driving."
    "The gear shift is far away, too, and I found myself leaning forward to shift gears." Maybe Bob had longer arms than the guy driving for the review. Haha
     

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