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Hot Rods Leave as is Kustom or go Hot Rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rob-redm, Mar 15, 2023.

  1. leave it !

  2. go for it !

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. CPS36 3.jpg So getting a little tired with the look of my 36... I have the chance to purchase a nice 327 with fuelie heads from 66 Vette and a option of Muncie 4 speed that needs a rebuild... thinking of maybe going this route,, but I sure will need to upgrade to a 9" third member and parallel rear leafs... and a change in the way it sits now.. Thinking out loud ... maybe just leave it alone would be better... It's only money right lol :D 36stevens.jpg 3/17 added a rear 3/4 view... since one person said this was not a mild custom...
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2023
  2. CAHotRodBoy
    Joined: Apr 22, 2005
    Posts: 460


    Man, that is a beauty!

    I'm a hot rod guy so I'd go with 327 but leave the exterior as is.
  3. jeepster
    Joined: Nov 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,126

    from wisconsin

    Do the powertrain upgrade, and leave the body as is.
  4. You won't be sorry with a power upgrade! TT's wouldn't be a bad look..
  5. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 3,233


    What's the powerplant now? I couldn't mess with it
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  6. It has a 283 in it now, with a 39 Ford 3 speed and banjo rear (3:54).. dont forget to vote on the pole above.. Thank you
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  7. The car is a beauty, personally I like the idea of a 327/4 speed & upgrade rear axle, slight rake and call it done.

    It's already had a engine change. HRP
  8. Why only 4 when a 5 is kool?

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  9. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 17,623

    from KCMO

    327 with existing drivetrain chrome 40 ford wheels and get the nose down just a little more. Done deal!
    olscrounger, SDS, Tman and 2 others like this.
  10. 4 speed and a muncie.. 5 speed , eh street rod.. lol:rolleyes:
    oddrod46, SS327, 302GMC and 1 other person like this.
  11. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 32,369

    Staff Member

    what would be wrong with putting the 327 in with the current drivetrain? Old Fords with torque tube rears and Henry 3 speeds are just plain charming.... I think that is what I would do....
  12. that is a great idea Mark, I do like the 39 3 Speed ( floor shifted ) and torque tube rear.
  13. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 32,369

    Staff Member

    as long as you don't take it to the drag strip, you will be fine... everyone is different but I wonder how she would look with whitewalls??
  14. 210superair
    Joined: Jun 23, 2020
    Posts: 1,952

    from Michigan

    Leave as is and buy another to drop the 327 in? Why have one, when you can have two at twice the price!
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  15. It’s already dang near perfect.
    WWs would be about the only improvement needed
  16. Los_Control
    Joined: Oct 7, 2016
    Posts: 1,182

    from TX

    No doubt in my mind, pickup the new drive train & build another car :D:D:D

    IMHO, I think there is very little advantage between the 283/327 .... I'm assuming you do not really use all the HP available with the 283 now.
    3spd or 4spd with final drive 1: to 1: .... Does it really matter?
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  17. Just.dale
    Joined: Dec 4, 2018
    Posts: 353


    Send it to me!!!!
  18. So far the voting is a tie.....
    Does it suite your needs and driving style now? What would you gain by changing it? Drop the nose, add whitewalls and small hub caps and call it done!
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  19. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 10,101

    Member Emeritus

    I had an extremely similar '36 some years ago -- stock body, black, 265 SBC. I made a few "corrections" to it over a 5 or 6-year period. Dropped axle, top chopped a tiny 1 1/2", eventually replaced the driveline with a blown flathead, 4-speed, longitudinal springs in back and open driveshaft. Here are some pictures in its several stages.
    Screen Shot 2023-03-15 at 11.52.35 AM.png
    Screen Shot 2023-03-15 at 11.54.18 AM.png
    Open drive:
    Screen Shot 2023-03-15 at 11.57.11 AM.png
    There was also a period when I had it as a taildragger with skirts and lowered in back, but it didn't last. If you're interested in talking about this stuff, feel free to call me.
    Tony Miller
  20. oh I have another set of 16" rims that need paint.. and the WW tires are sitting in the garage still wrapped up.
    here is a picture as found .. It had Chrysler Wires on it all the way around once. But were gone by the time I got it.. The day I picked it up , after trading my 51 Woodie for it.. came with wide whites, but they were flat spotted bad..and I gave them away as rollers for guy's project
  21. Packrat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2005
    Posts: 601


    It looks great as is, maybe white walls.
  22. rattlecanrods
    Joined: Apr 24, 2005
    Posts: 441


    Personally I believe the caps on blackwalls are too smooth of a look. Chrome reverse 16s with a little altitude adjustment would look killer. That and a backspacing adjustment on the rear wheels to square things up a bit.
  23. I love the look now and think 35/36 coupes should be taildraggers, but might swap to the 327. So, I guess I will vote leave it as is since it seems about perfect other than adding the whitewalls that you said you have. :D
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  24. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 20,871


    Using a 9" and parallel leaves? Gonna do MII next? Don't forget the AC and power brakes.

    If that was my car I'd enjoy it as is and appreciate it! Not many traditional '36 3-windows left. But lots of '36 Street Rods out there.
  25. I 'll let the next guy worry about the MII and AC, and power brakes... Street Rod its not..ty :rolleyes:
  26. WW 36.PNG
    for the WW Crowd the night I picked it up 5 +years ago ... .. fun drive home pouring rain , and plenty of Rain X
    The rims were green with caps and trim rings... with flat spotted tires the guy thru on before the trade..
    shame it didn't have the chrome Chrysler Wires on any longer ...even had the spare rear that matched...
    chryslerfan55, 40two, Packrat and 4 others like this.
  27. wheeltramp brian
    Joined: Jun 11, 2010
    Posts: 2,732

    wheeltramp brian

    My vote is White Walls and skirts. And if you wanted to swap the 327 and that's no big deal either for a little extra grunt
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  28. lol, I have a set of Josh Carrillo Skirts sitting in my room also... have that covered .. need to fit and paint them... I see staying the way it is maybe.. But I like all the replies.. keep them coming
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  29. 05snopro440
    Joined: Mar 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,752


    I don't follow why you would need to go parallel leaf springs in the back. Down a little in the front with a good exhaust note would be the ticket. Snag the 327, it can always go in this or something else. 283 or 327, the car oozes old school cool, change too much of that and it will blend in to the background.

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