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Projects My shoebox - 180° change in my thinking

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Nov 6, 2018.

    Joined: Jun 25, 2012
    Posts: 646
    from Salina, KS

    HRP, I'll never know how you continue to feed the HAMB with these brilliant philosophical ideas, then you find time to work on cars & share them... but I'm liking all this shoebox brainstorming.
    To add to today's HRP thought:
    Maybe this thread is changing from "HRPrimer" to 'Hot Rod Philosopher '.
    I'm saving the Wizzard quote into my favorite Hamb quotes :
    "All that's left now is to add the side trim I have had waiting on the side line. She tells me that every time I wash her up. It's like a Woman getting all dressed up and not adding her Lip Stick. Totally Weird, I know."
    The Wizzard

    . . .
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2018
  2. barryvanhook
    Joined: Jun 17, 2011
    Posts: 623

    from Mesa, AZ

    All my cars eventually told me what they wanted to be somewhere along the way as I fooled with them. Looks like yours is too.
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  3. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,211


    I really like the looks of Rocky's shoebox. It's spot on.

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  4. Until now I never really thought about it but you make a good point. HRP
  5. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,841


    Me too--sits right, looks right Had a friend who bought a mint 49 coupe in 60. promptly blew the flathead. His folks had it redone for him with a 57 Olds and a hydro-was a very nice car and fast for the time.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
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  6. Danny the Car Looks Great except like Someone as said Lower the
    Front about 1" more & it Will Be the Right Stance!
    That's what I Have to do to Mine!

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
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  7. luckythirteenagogo
    Joined: Dec 28, 2012
    Posts: 1,255


    I was in the same place with my 50 Chevy. I think I'm going in the direction of a hot rod with a few minor body mods. Loud and fast is more fun than low and slow.

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  8. I need to get some miles on the car and see if the new spring settle.

    If I can ever get the right fuel tank sending unit and get the tank back in I'll be happy. HRP
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  9. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,625


    I approve of this message.

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  10. bubba55
    Joined: Feb 27, 2011
    Posts: 316


    Ditto on leaving it alone fer now - let the suspension get use to the new altitude
    then see if it has the right attitude !
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  11. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,466

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I love these shoeboxes.
    But prefer to see them as mild customs. Chopped with a slightly higher front end.
    Sounds like I’m outvoted.
    Funny. Never cared for customs much in the 60-70’s.
    But after seeing the early custom examples from this site, I realized I missed the best part.

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  12. 3 window Mike
    Joined: May 24, 2016
    Posts: 25

    3 window Mike

    Not a custom fan myself . I believe all cars long to be Hot Rods:)
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  13. The only people who can hear what the car is telling them, are the ones who are listening. I think this car wants to be a Hot Rod too.
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  14. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,459

    seb fontana
    from ct

    My shoebox,originally built for gasser use..Lowered it about 44 years ago ['74] to around stock and a few things added over the years for creature [me] comfort..Raced it '75-'78..Custom grill emulating a '49, 95% of a '35 Ford bumper..Glass tilt nose, dropped beam axle with dual elliptical springs, engine set back 10%..Roll bar [because of glass nose] , radius rear wheel opening, 9'rear ['62 wagon], custom rear bumper emulating model A..Nosed and decked, dechromed [no side chrome] and rolled rear pan..Power steering and AC..Comfy foreign seats and a Radio with Casset player that absolutely refuses :mad: to reverse........

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  15. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,823

    rusty rocket

    Old man car. IMG_0752.JPG Hot Rod IMG_2270.JPG Just change wheels.
  16. Looks good as is! Looking like it does, it could have been driving around Stamford CT. back in the 60's:cool:
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  17. farmer12
    Joined: Aug 28, 2006
    Posts: 7,718


    I like it the way it is HRP!
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  18. Danny,..your Ford looks great as is,...I like the shoebox Fords,.....
    fri art 17 082.jpg fri art 17 007.jpg art 2018 108.jpg art 2018 107.jpg
  19. ........or you could do it like my first car. A 50 crestliner with 53 merc motor.
    I bought this chopped 50 sedan a few years ago. Gained an appreciation for an unchopped, mild custom. shuboxRockys.jpg
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  20. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 949


    Freudian slip?
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  21. Please excuse my simple faux pas. HRP
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  23. Rocky, your old coupe made a big impact on me when I was thinking about purchasing my coupe.

    Did you have the car before you joined the Hamb? HRP
  24. The shoebox Fords look good both hot rod and custom styles. Being that I like lowered on all of my vehicles, I agree that Rocky's old shoebox has the stance like I prefer. Yours just needs the rear lowered back down. You may need to tweak the tire size, or wheel offset, to fix your current rub issues.
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  25. rockyboxmotor.jpg Yeah, I sold it in DesMoines at the good guys show in '93...I heard the buyer painted it bright red and put a blown hemi in it. Never saw it again.
    Getting the car as low as mine required raising the trans hump, C-ing the body crossmember in front of the third member and I flipped the spindle supports, heated and bent the steering arms, cut the coils and used blocks in the back [maverick 8 inch axle] . I used a 1.25: trans-am front sway bar. That thing handled and steered like a slot car. Down side was you could put your foot on the front bumper and bounce the front cross member off the ground. Would sometimes scrape a bit on deep dips. Small price to pay to get it low.
    I used the original 6 banger motor mount brackets with square tubing under them [boxed them after this photo] and got the engine to clear the drag link/tie rod by 5/8th dropped steering linkage needed.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
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  26. KenC
    Joined: Sep 14, 2006
    Posts: 405


    I love the stance. But, IMO (weird as I am) nothing looks better on a shoebox than these:
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  27. Constructionbob
    Joined: Aug 28, 2011
    Posts: 82


    My 2c.. in scale Jocke1.jpg Jocke2.jpg
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  28. SicSpeed
    Joined: Apr 23, 2014
    Posts: 642

    from Idaho

    IMO, 5 spokes were the catalyst for the shoebox to remove it from custom into hot rod.
    It looks good as is but it needs caps to bring back to KustomVille

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app[​IMG]

    I have to do a rim change to get my desired caps to fit.
  29. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,211


    Sombreros no Bueno. Leave them for Tijuana taxi cabs.
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