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Art & Inspiration It ain't a car part but it does the job - What have you used?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 27, 2019.

  1. upspirate
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
    Posts: 2,191


    And we put down the RR crowd.
    At least ours is executed tastefully and not in your face meant to look like crap
  2. Gabby
    Joined: Apr 14, 2007
    Posts: 236


    Anyone who has worked in a office have seen the spinning racks that hold rubber stamps, the kind that are used to stamp info on folders, etc. The top is a 1/4 20 threaded handle so you can pickup the device, have use many for breather wing nuts.
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  3. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,955

    The Shift Wizard

    You see a cupholder, I see a tachometer pod on the steering column or dash top.
  4. Most everything posted looks like it could be a automotive part, I know my next one will make a few scratch their head, it's a Jif peanut butter jar lid that I used just a small piece to recreate the high beam indicator that I was missing on the astro dash on our '54 Ford.


    The plastic lid is hard to cut, especially when you only need a small round piece, the answer was as simple as picking up a leather hole punch with multiple heads and whack it with a hammer and I got a perfect round dot.

    I had a couple more photo's to illustrate how it was done but thanks to photobucket they are no longer available. HRP
  5. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,422


    Made a turbo heat shield out of a pot. $5.99 at WalMart Speed & Marine.


    Cut it up and drilled some holes.



    Originally mounted on my OT Mustang, now currently residing on the roadster.




    Also, used a discarded washing machine and made a ton of patch panels


    Rear quarters.....



    Door jambs.....


    Top of cowl and many others.....

  6. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,955

    The Shift Wizard

    Plaque salvaged from an ocean-going steamship.
    This will be out of my hand and on the firewall of my truck within the month with the lettering filled and the brass polished.

    Last edited: Oct 28, 2019
  7. Pat Thompson
    Joined: Apr 29, 2012
    Posts: 195

    Pat Thompson

    Used a replacement locking garage door hancle for my tuk handle a couple of times. Even comes chrome plated.
  8. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 989


    A winner? I want in on the contest.

    SPREADER BAR; Stainless handicap bathroom grab bar (Home Depot)

    HEADLIGHT BAR; Threaded rod covered with chrome sink supply line (Ace Hrdware)

    TURN SIGNALS; 1950s Schwinn bike fender lights

    HOOD ORNAMENT; Novelty pen, chrome cat

    AIR CLEANER COVER; 1938 Ford hubcap
    TAILIGHT HOUSINGS; Stock taillights mounted inside cut down desk lamps (lowes)

    32 parts2.jpg
    HEADER PANEL made from section of vinyl rain gutter (Lowes)


    I could go on....
  9. mrharley51
    Joined: Sep 16, 2007
    Posts: 206


    Used these wooden screen door springs for wire looms between the door and door jam...ran the power window switch wires through them....1 buck or so each spring.jpg
  10. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,018


  11. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 1,818


    I used a spring from a retractable ball point pen on my '40 Ford glove box latch.

    Sent from my SM-T350 using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
  12. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,770

    41 C28

    Wheel barrel firewall recess, chrome plumbing pipe for oil filler tube, Lowes shifter boot, flea market cake cover air cleaner. fw7.jpg IMG_4217.jpg shifter boot 2.jpg 001ac.jpg
  13. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,422


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  14. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,518

    Blue One
    from Alberta

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  15. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 2,164

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

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  16. Rex_A_Lott
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,014


    I bought a race car one time that the rear trailing arms were made from 3 point hitches from a tractor. Adjustable.Actually worked good, and I would have left them, but the rules said "stock suspension only" and they stuck out like a sore thumb.
    I have used made-to- order hydraulic hose for fuel line, with JIC fittings so they would be compression fittings instead of hose clamps.
    I used a top off a spray bomb for a dust cover on a front spindle, duct -taped on, when I couldnt find the right one in the yard. I caught a lot of shit for that one, but it stayed on and I made the race.
    My old Model A had a radiator from a tractor when I bought it.
    And of course, welding lead for battery cables.
    I'm sure there are others, I just cant recall them right now.
  17. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,888

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Inside door handle on my 28A,is cabinet knob,with part of a curtain ring as a hole finish. The rad over flow tank is Lunch box thermos. A few others I didn't pics of,so try fill in latter. 017.JPG 012.JPG
  18. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,528

    Bandit Billy

    Poop plunger?
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  19. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 461

    from Alabama

    Well not car related. I was working for aircraft engine company that was developing a small turboprop engine. Rather then fabricate we used a stainless steel soup ladle (handle removed) as part of the fairing for the intake to the compressor. Worked well enough the part was duplicated (at many many times the cost) for FAA certification.
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  20. J53
    Joined: Aug 8, 2005
    Posts: 227

    from WI

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  21. studebakerjoe
    Joined: Jul 7, 2015
    Posts: 691


    Bandit Billy, thats a rubber roof vent or pipe flashing that fits many sizes of pipe.
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  22. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,770

    41 C28

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  23. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,103

    from nor cal

    Friend of mine, when he was in high school, took the chrome vacuum hose from his mothers Electrolux vacuum and used it for the steering column tube in his 34 five window. I don't think he ever told her he took it. He still has the car and it's still in it. He's 71.
  24. I wish I had a picture.
    Before I had drivers license, I bought a cheap worn bike.
    Long ago I bought an early 60s Harley dirt track bike with no air filter.
    The only thing I had handy at the time was an empty metal Planters Peanuts can.
    I knife-cut a hole in the thin metal bottom for the carb opening and poked two smaller holes for the mounting screws.
    Then I poked a whole lot of 3/8 or 1/2 inch holes all around the sides of the can.
    Once I screwed the crudely perforated Planters Peanuts can to the single carburetor (Harley 250cc single cyl), I took a loosely knitted potholder, stuffed it loosely into the can and snapped the lid on.
    It may not have been the best dust filter, but it kept out the small chips, pebbles, grit, and debris from my dirt riding.
    To change a dirty filter, I popped off the plastic lid, washed the potholder, then snapped it back in.
    It certainly caught a lot of attention, laughs, and was a conversation starter.

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  25. GTS225
    Joined: Jul 2, 2006
    Posts: 1,158


    VERY nicely executed, Evin.

    "Walmart Speed and Marine"..... I find that rather funny.

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  26. 1pickup
    Joined: Feb 20, 2011
    Posts: 899


    My bro was fabricating a trunk floor in a '41 Ford Tudor several years ago. The body bolts were in recesses, & he didn't have the tools (or knowledge at the time) to make them. Solution: He cut the vacuum advance off of a SBC distributor & welded that into the floor. Made a great little recess for the body bolt.
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  27. wildwest
    Joined: Jan 20, 2007
    Posts: 228


    I didn't take a picture, but on my last '32 I used a cut-off piece of barrel left over from shortening a Stainless Ruger Redhawk .45 Colt from a 7 1/2" to a 4" barrel for the spacer on the alternator bracket, I even left the front sight on it ! Just a nice heavy chunk of stainless tube.......
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  28. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,238

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    I changed out a bathroom sink faucet and was looking the old one over to see if anything was useful. Turns out, the knob on the rod that raises and lowers the pop up drain just screwed on with 1/4-20 threads, was chrome plated brass and was similar size and shape to the pitted up glove box knob in my '36 Ford pick up. No pictures, but it looks like it was made for it.

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  29. mossback44
    Joined: Apr 4, 2006
    Posts: 79


    Check out my avatar. That tail light bucket began life as a 3-inch PVC pipe cap. Necessity is the mother of invention and there aren't many actual 1932 Desoto parts available out there.
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  30. Ron Brown
    Joined: Jul 6, 2015
    Posts: 1,526

    Ron Brown

    Interested in the vinyl gutter treatment...can you post a couple more pics and what you did here thx Ron

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