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just picked up a roadster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by, Jun 22, 2008.

    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 28

    Got this from Dave Smith out in Arcanum, OH about 6 hours away... love it so far...

    I am seeing i may have some issues with PA though and not having fenders, wiper blades, seat belts, or mufflers... hahah... i may just register it in Florida as my parents have an address down there i could use.

    anyone else running open fender with PA tags? or anyone have any experience registering out of state with FL?


  2. Larry Pearsall
    Joined: Apr 7, 2007
    Posts: 1,462

    Larry Pearsall

    The fenderless part of your car is legal here in PA as long as you run Street Rod Tags.. no fenders ,,no bumpers,, no hood,, all legal.. Larry
  3. JohnEvans
    Joined: Apr 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,883

    from Phoenix AZ

    I see the guard is picking up his whipin stick !! LOL
  4. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,656

    from ohio

    your dog is as big as your car LOL

    Joined: Apr 6, 2008
    Posts: 825


    Cool car. What body and frame is it?
  6. Is it a home-brewed body? Looks like they did a pretty good job.
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 28

    yea, the body is hand built by dave smith... he told me he did some work for coddington and foose

    the frame is a 40 mercury i believe...

    I read that PA street rod tags are still subject to inspection, so does that mean i need wipers, mufflers, seat belts?
  8. Moondog13
    Joined: Sep 7, 2006
    Posts: 761


    Never had a problem here in Florida. Definetly no problems if they happen to live in Miami! :D
  9. Rick O'Shea
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 78

    Rick O'Shea

    That has a lot of potential. are you changing anything?
  10. povertyflats
    Joined: Jan 8, 2007
    Posts: 8,281

    from Missouri

    Nice car but shouldn't that horse have a bridle on it?
  11. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,656

    from ohio

    i vote for flat black paint, mexican interior, red wheels and spider webs LOL, come on guys whos with me
  12. Rick O'Shea
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 78

    Rick O'Shea

    no no, no...... bad
  13. Lazer5000
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 724


    I'd like a better shot of the front. Those head lights are tripping me out.
  14. N312RB
    Joined: Dec 12, 2007
    Posts: 418

    from Burlington

    those bright ass green rims are awesome! Paint it a liquid silver and drive the wheels off of it!
  15. photoman
    Joined: Feb 6, 2004
    Posts: 406

    from Texas

    Is that a 351C?
  16. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,613


    I'm pretty sure you'll need windshield wipers & seatbelts, but I'm not sure about the mufflers...probably not.
  17. ChuckleHead_Al
    Joined: Mar 29, 2004
    Posts: 1,858


    Beautiful car, but I would put a 32 grill on it, chrome or paint the wheels black.
    Great buy... Have fun...
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 28

    heres some more pics







    as far as changes:
    1. i have thought about and do want to do a 32 grill...
    2. i want to strip the paint and rust off the headlight housings and make them look like bare steel like the body (i actually like the bare steel look). right now that look stops at the firewall, and i want it to continue through the front of the car...
    3. i want to put chevy power in the car, 350 or 454

    the motor is a 460 out of a 70 lincoln mark

    i want this car to be "different" i dont want it flat black like every other hotrod out there, i love the green wheels as well.

    the only thing i dont like right now is PA's laws... like this thing is less safe than riding around on a motorcycle... i dont see bikes needing seat belts, mufflers, or wiper blades.
  19. NYfatboy
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 247


    Leave it as is,and drive the piss out of it!
  20. fallschirmjager george 2
    Joined: Mar 29, 2008
    Posts: 23

    fallschirmjager george 2
    from midwest

    Bro nice roadster! I would drive it for a year that way, then make changes.
    But the Dog is a different story. I would get a saddle for it and ride that thing to work. Gas is high you know. :D
    Kewl roadster
  21. Nice car! You won't have to worry about seeing another like it. Neat job for using a "non-standard" foundation.
    Did PA say you need eletric wipers? Why not a removable clip-on hand operated piece?
  22. tjm73
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
    Posts: 3,386


    It needs a 500 inch Caddy.
  23. Zombie Hot Rod
    Joined: Oct 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,453

    Zombie Hot Rod
    from New York

    It needs...

    To be driven, the summer just started. You start fussing with shit now and before you know it the winter's here, the car's half apart and you didn't get to drive it anywhere. Wait till November to change anything.
  24. rustyford40
    Joined: Nov 20, 2007
    Posts: 2,168

    from Mass Bay

    A sbc just like everyone puts in.
  25. in2hotrods
    Joined: Aug 24, 2005
    Posts: 26


    Cool ride, keep the grille and headlights as it is. Maybe find a radiator that fits a little better. Looks like your front suspension arms could interfere with the rear-most exhaust pipes. Something to look at later but maybe it's just the perspective of the pictures. Overall, that thing is bitchin' as is...except the seat.

    The seat looks like it belongs in a mini truck from the early 90's. Maybe wrap it in some burlap feed or potato sacks...then your car would look evil and you'd always look pissed because the burlap is chafing your ass. That could get you through your inspections as they might be scared to F**k with you! :)
  26. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,354


    The Harley aftermarket manufactures make a lot of different style motocycle baffles that might be "considered" as mufflers. In the 70's most of the guys running zoomies ran VW baffles. From looking at some of the photos I think you could make your own and slip them in the pipes to get past inspection.
    Example here=

    I'd keep the 460 and clean it up and put some older style cast valve covers on it. Unless it is junk that is but if it runs good why change for the sake of change.

    57 Pontiac lime fire green would look good with those wheels and would be pretty traditional as far as paint goes.

    Some cycle fenders made out of (or styled like) Ford spare tire covers would look proper if you can't get past the fender deal.

    Wiper, Yep the clamp on, the only time it will most likely get driven in the rain is if you get caught out in the rain anyhow.

    That seat looks like it wouldn't be comfortable for any distances. Some how it doesn't fit the car very well either.

    Seat belts, Put some in. It isn't that hard.

    The biggest change that I would do is something with the tail lights. It looks like they are just stuck on the sides of the body from what I can see in the photo. 59 Cad Bullets are some of my favorites but those just seem to be scabbed on the car as an afterthought. A better photo might change my mind though.
    I'd drive the wheels off it this summer and then figure out what changes to make when it gets too nasty out to drive it.
  27. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,677


    Beautiful body, you definitely have to do something about the grill/rad area though (but please not another 32 grill).
    Love the Dane, I'm sittin here now with 5 of those layin all around me! State dog of Pa btw.
  28. 36couper
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
    Posts: 2,012

    from ontario

    z32 I love this car. The windshield is killer!
    IMO, your plans are dead on. But like someone else said, drive the crap out of it this summer and make the changes you want in the winter. God knows winters are long enough!
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 28

    plans are to drive it for now, definitelly wouldn't take on any of the big changes til winter.

    and if/when i go to a 350/454 chevy would not be anything normal... im a "turbo fanatic" so it would be something really different. ie twin turbos
  30. It's bad ass. I can see it now at next yrs. Jalopy Showdown, mud flyin' broadslidin' w/ the crowd cheering you on!.....Don.

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