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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Flatrod17, Jul 18, 2021.

  1. Flatrod17
    Joined: Apr 25, 2017
    Posts: 132


    Magazine cars, what do you do with them? I bought this thing, its virtually unchanged since it was built 30 plus years ago. I intended to change it all around but then started thinking, I am doing a disservice to the guy that built it all those years ago. flamimg banana 6-10-21.jpg
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  2. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,370

    from Minn. uSA

    Depends on why you bought it. For the parts?(Is the cost difference really that much different? Maybe I gotta rethink ownership-plans.). 'Cause you like it as-is? For it's style? 'Cause it's some Name-build or History behind it? Always had a hard time figuring out why someone would buy a nice car - drop large$$$ - then spend lots more to change it? ???? Wouldn't it be more cost effective to just build what you want in the 1st place? Not slamming you, seriously just very curious.
  3. Its your car now... Build it the way YOU want it
  4. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,916

    from Idaho

    Not until it's been 50 years since it was in the mag ....

  5. Yes, change it. Put dirt track tires.
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  6. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,795

    from KCMO

    Do what you want, thousands of
    Cars hit print a year. Unless it’s got some cultural significance it’s fair game 100%
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  7. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,742


    If it is just a feature car in a magazine from 30 years ago and does not have historical significance I don't see why changes that don't destroy it's basic heritage would be an issue.
    To me changing the paint job and losing the flames wouldn't be a big deal.
    Swapping wheels again not an issue.
    Lose the T bucket exhaust and install under the car exhaust, big improvement in my book.
    Changing from coil To cross leaf to give a more traditional look, not an issue in my book as few will know the difference but traditional guys will appreciate the car a bit more.
    Take that race car nose off and put something else on it= we will hold a drawing to see who gets to tie a rope around your feet and drag you though the desert.
  8. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,483


    I decided it's finally time to change the fluid in the transmission....hasn't been done since Sep 2016, when the car was in the magazine :)

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  9. It's your car now. You can do what you want with it. How much national exposure did the car really have? Do people know who the builder was when they first see the car? Did it win any major shows. Have any famous owners?
    My first hot rod was built over 60 years ago. Because of it's accomplishments, people still know it was my car first. Yet, the current owner had the choice to rebuild it any way he wanted. I give Mr. Hill all the credit in the world for wanting to preserve the car exactly as it was in 1962. He could have assembled the car to current standards for less money, but he chose to do it the hard way, and preserve the car's heritage. Props to you Steve!!
  10. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 15,159

    from oregon

    I'm only concerned what the woman (my wife) that I sleep with thinks!
  11. Phil P
    Joined: Jan 1, 2018
    Posts: 353

    Phil P

    It's your car now, do what you want. I would be to busy driving it to take it apart.

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  12. He sold it didn't he? Guess he is through caring about what happens with it.
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  13. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 961

    from landis n c

    When my wife and I bought our car we didn't know it was a magazine feature car(RodAction,July'85 issue pg 26) . Well known builders had a hand in it's construction. All I have changed is the wheels,tires and drive train. We'v hade it since 1997 and still going strong..................
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  14. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,461


    Anchorage, huh? If it doesn't have a heater, that's a worthwhile change!
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  15. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,425

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Coverage in mag's is fickle an spot'y,like TV, by were your at and who you know.
    Same with most movie cars,if movie was a hit or bust.
    My own cars made it into a few mags,most of them small Florida mag's,but got in too "Car Craft "with one full custom.
    I would not expect new owners to keep any of the cars I built,as I built them,even though I think I did a good job on all of them.
    Sure I hope that , a few are kept as I did Build them.
    One can build history ,save history,or mess it up.
    Do what makes you have the most FUN.
    I still drive my high school ride from 1959 on.
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  16. TCTND
    Joined: Dec 27, 2019
    Posts: 248


    Traditional rods were typically modified continuously for better or worse and especially when they changed hands. Unless the car has some serious history there's not much point in preserving any feature you don't like; it's your car now.
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  17. Sold mine to Stahl's museum.
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  18. I applaud Steve for his preservation of Dean's truck that sparked a 12 year old kids interest in hot rods so many years ago. :) HRP


    BTW, I recently found the magazine that I have held on too all these years.
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  19. Flatrod17
    Joined: Apr 25, 2017
    Posts: 132


    What I know of the car, built by Steve Mickelson, since passed away, sometime around 1989 to 1990. It was featured in Street Rodder in 1996 came to Alaska around 2006 and I bought it this summer. Car is untouched other the new tires. And no heater need today! it 85 degrees! May need air!
    I bought it because I couldn't build it for what I paid for it. My intent is to put my avatar 4 cyl in it with a manual trans. Also yellow and flames don't do it for me, if I do tear it apart it will go black and knock some of the chrome shine off it.
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  20. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 2,633


    You are just the current custodian of the car. If it leaves your possession a better car than when it arrived, because of your changes, you did the right thing.
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  21. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,370

    from Minn. uSA

    Fair enough - once a car/truck is sold, PO has no right to demand anything of the new owner, since his interest in said toy ceases to exist. Change away, you'll like it better. :D . Pics here? Hopefully?
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  22. SPEC
    Joined: Feb 1, 2021
    Posts: 331


    Make it you'r car.
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  23. 20150911_094730.jpg 20150911_094753.jpg 20170717_134846.jpg 20171203_183423.jpg I made a few magazines with my car. Then i repainted it and put a new tube frame chassis under it and made a few more. I changed from a 354 blown hemi to a blown 426 and as you can may have already guessed it made a few more. It must be ten or so total. So make the changes you want and who knows it might just make a return in another magazine.
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  24. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,028

    from Berry, AL

    Look at some of the more historical cars like the Neal East roadster. Every time it changed hands the new owners put their touch on it. Unless you plan on making it a rat rod, I don't think you will get much flak around here.
  25. My car was in magazine about 25 years ago. Since then I've changed the wheels, the interior, and the carburation. Added more chrome too. Same paint from 25 years ago, so it still is basically the same. It really doesn't affect the value of the car because it was featured in a magazine. If I ever have to repaint it, I think I'll paint it all black, but hopefully I won't have to repaint it. Now I feel an AMBR or Ridler car should stay unchanged.
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  26. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 906

    from Western MA

    I chatted with the builder of a well known roadster that he had relocated and rebuilt after it had left his hands many years before. He said many had told him to rebuild it to "period correct" and he'd reply "what period? It was always in a state of transition when I built and owned it the first time around, after Pebble Beach there's some changes to improve it I'd like to make ".

    For any "traditional police" who may see this - One of the changes he made back in the '50's was removing the solid Ford I beam and installing an independent front suspension........

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  27. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,585

    Staff Member

    I have owned my Impala since 84... It was featured in Custom rodder in 2001. All I have changed on it was the tail light lenses, I still have the Lees and could put them right back on....
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  28. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,585

    Staff Member

    The Futurian was featured in Rod an Custom back in 03... I sold it once and felt like a snake in the grass, I felt like I had sold a child or something, I was and am thrilled to have it back,,,, never again...
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  29. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,914

    from New York

    It's your car and if you decide to re-do it , you aren't doing a "disservice" to anyone. Just because the car was featured in a magazine does not make it untouchable. Historical car's like the Ray Brown, '32 and Ed Iskenderian's T are untouchable. Blow it apart and make it your car.
  30. Flatrod17
    Joined: Apr 25, 2017
    Posts: 132


    Ok, Its nobody famous, nothing special car, just a feature car in a magazine. So its my car do what I want. So I will tossing the 327/350 out and installing my mechanical injected 4 cylinder with either a 6 speed or a 4 speed muncie. Its looking like the 4 speed to fit the tunnel better. then I have to come up with some way to get 3 pedals in it. It will go all black body, no more flames. Track nose will stay on it.
    I was going to build a 29 roadster with a track nose, and have a body, but then this came up with just the wrong color and wrong engine. The 4 cylinder is physically larger then the 327, so if that don't work out I have my Ardun to put in.

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