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Projects I Just Bought a Hot Rod Model A Roadster That Was Built In 1959...

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by cactus1, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 4,185

    big duece
    from kansas

    Just when I didn't think the story could get any better, it does... in a HUGE way.
  2. Holy!
    Survivor with traceable/ traced documented history
    As cool as it gets in my opinion.
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  3. Man, and I thought I was envious when you posted about your '50 Mercury. But this roadster is just so, SO cool, congrats. I'm going to start typing 'hotrod' into MY craigslist searches more often.
  4. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,224

    from WA

    Outstanding find and I'm glad it went to someone who knows what they have ....
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  5. birdog
    Joined: Nov 25, 2010
    Posts: 349


    Ok so sweet!!!! Bringing it to the hill climb?
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  6. Looks bitchin' in that old show. Steady onwards!
  7. kisam
    Joined: Feb 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,919


    Dude, you so scored! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear it fire up!
  8. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,272

    Inked Monkey

    Nice to finally meet you in person. Can't wait to see the roadster
  9. This is another article in that same 1963 magazine about a '29 RPU with a '58 Plymouth engine. Looks like the same alternator to me??



    Ha! Yes! I'm over the moon (as the kids used to say?)

    You never know what you'll find, haha!

    Thank you!

    I'm trying but it's creeping up fast. I don't think it'll happen this year but maybe next?!

    I know right?! Tally-ho!

    Thanks Kathy! Now I'm in the survivors club with rock stars like you!!

    You too man! That was a fun day!
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  10. brad2v
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,287


    Indeed the same alternator, however, that '58 motor would have had a generator originally. WillyKJr is correct, Ma intro'd the alternator in '60.
  11. Sorry, yes! I wasn't trying to infer that the alternator came out sooner just merely paraphrasing the caption that was with the picture and that was the same alt. as on the roadster, so correct for the '63 timeframe.
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  12. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 1,579

    Dick Stevens

    I thought that was perfectly clear, simply reinforcing that it was done back in the day!
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  13. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,214

    from DFW USA

    I'm the first one that made a comment about it having an alternator. I'm well aware of Mopar introducing alternators on the funny little slant six '60 Valiants and then across the line on the '61 range. I thought my smiley faces made it known that I was teasing.

    If anyone is interested in a good story about alternator history, here's a good link:
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    Joined: Jun 25, 2012
    Posts: 523
    from Salina, KS

    Keep the Pics coming.
    I know @ 105°F , work may slow down,
    but it's such a great story!

    Sent from my SM-G900V using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
  15. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 4,185

    big duece
    from kansas

    I was so happy to see documentation of the car retained, I had to buy a copy of the Popular Hot Rodding Dec '63 just to have part of the story. Unreal.
  16. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,009


    Have that mag and was always taken by the streamlined dragster on the cover. This is just a great story and the two letters not only put icing on the cake, but even add a couple candles! Keep us heathens informed, Thanks.
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  17. I understood! Thanks for the link!

    Thanks man! It's hot AF!

    That's awesome that you got a copy! Yes I am so glad he kept those letters! I wish he would have kept all the trophies. I told him we'd try to get some more to replace them, ha!

    That dragster is neat. There's a lot of good stuff in the issue actually. There is another car that has a feature in the issue that was at the same show as Lanny's roadster. The awesome part is that car is still around! I've seen it a few times at shows in the last several years and I'm always stopped in my tracks! (I'll put a couple pics up in a bit.) It would be neat to show them both together again once I get the Button on the road again...
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  18. Here it is at the Starbird show where the Bachelor Button was being shown.


    The feature...

    The car today! I love this stuff!


    Impala steering wheels must have been the hot ticket in 1963!
  19. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 4,185

    big duece
    from kansas

    I believe I seen the red roadster at the Kansas City Art of the Car Concours. After a long scan of the car, I turn around and nearly walked right into Wayne Carini right behind me.
  20. Yes those pics are at the Concours either last year or the year before? I also have pics somewhere from the World of Wheels several years ago.

    Rubbin' elbows in KC! :D
  21. big duece
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 4,185

    big duece
    from kansas

    It was two years ago. Went to the Rolling Stones concert the day before, it was 2015 for sure.
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