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Hot Rods Need help with this old pic, what body is this??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by AstroZombie, Mar 4, 2009.

  1. AstroZombie
    Joined: Jul 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,788


    Ok, a buddy of mine on another message board has this pic and its his grandfather circa 1942 in the hotrod he built. He asked what it was, and while clearly most of the car is ford, I was stumped on the body. It looks to be 27 T, but the cowl top and where the doors meet the cowl are totally different. Maybe it was modified, (for whatever reason) but I am stumped. Enjoy the pic, and please, if you have anything to add, please do. thanks!

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  2. Sectioned T touring front half with leaded body lines? Super cool car
  3. my guess would be 28-29 A touring front half

  4. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,526

    from California

    Wow that is a badass little roadster........1948?
  5. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,248


    Thats AWESOME!
    I love Modifieds and thats one of the classiest ones I've ever seen.
    Minimal and perfect.
    Please try to get more pics and some info on the car AND the owner/builder.
    That car needs to have its story told and documented...
  6. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,419


    It looks 26-27 to me.

    The interesting thing to me is how well it is finished out for the era. Painted body, chrome swept headers and ladder bars. Perfect. I do think it is later than 1942 though. Not sure how much later though. when did speed parts become available?
  7. 067chevy
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,073


    26-27 t. That is one cool little roaster.
  8. 36C8
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 326


    I don't know, but that's a great looking ride! And that guy looks like a happy mad scientist..."It's alive!!"
  9. It does look later. Possibly an early 'glass body, the door is molded shut. I guess the old fella isn't around any more to ask? Nice ride.
  10. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 7,146


    Can I just say that THIS is what "traditional" hot rods look like. Pefect stance, proportions are (were) carefully considered, it's finished, and looks in general like somebody cared. Forget the rattle can black, tractor parts, cobwebs, skulls and useless crap hung on for arts sake.

    THAT folks is a traditional hot rod. Thanks for the photo, it should inspire somebody to build a car that nice.

  11. Doodlrodz
    Joined: Feb 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,439

    Member Emeritus

    Very nice, hope he has some more pics.
  12. R Pope
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 3,309

    R Pope

    It is a T body, modified around where the windshield used to go. Nice 85 horse flatmotor, and wire wheels. Not one thing there that would make it later than 1942. Probably built before that, as the chrome shops were shut down in WWII.
  13. I like your words on the matter. I think some of the new "traditional" cars are more like art work than what they really useta look like. Most of those old cars were as nice as the guys or gals could afford.
    When I see one like the picture, which is phenominal, I get all inspired to build something along those lines. :D
  14. Very cool! I like the "model A" tie rod end used on the front of the wishbones...looks to also have a 40 Deluxe wheel in it.

    What are the two chrome cups coming up between the headers??
  15. Kustomkarma
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 898


    X2 on that!
  16. roundvalley
    Joined: Apr 10, 2005
    Posts: 1,777


    Looks like a '40 Ford steering wheel. Doubt there is any fiber glass on that car!
  17. Could that be Photo shopped? It's so clear. It looks too staged? Not saying it can't be origional.
  18. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,161


    Very classy and it appears to be a 26/27 or parts there of.

    That should be blown up to poster size and placed in every guys garage who is building a traditional styled modified to remind him of what a traditional style modified really looked like when they were fresh out of the box.
    A very nice an well done car.
  19. Relic Stew
    Joined: Apr 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,136

    Relic Stew
    from Wisconsin

    The cowl is 26-27, but the rest of the body looks earlier, like a 25 roadster or parts of a touring. The earlier bodies didn't have a drivers door, just the bead where one would be.
  20. Good your right.
  21. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    It's rad is what it is. The perfect amount of chrome used while still looking very race like. Love the exhaust and the leaded in body. I even like the unexpected (on this car) deuce grille shell. I would have expected a T Shell. It just goes to show the length of how well the car was completed.
  22. roundvalley
    Joined: Apr 10, 2005
    Posts: 1,777


    Looks like Kelsey's 16's all around. I am like Chris; what are the two cups between the headers. Some kind of breather??
  23. Not to argue at all, but looks like regular ol 35 wires to me.
  24. holy moly.

    does it get ANY better that that?
  25. autobodyed
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 1,943

    from shelton ct

    that's a pretty nice little hot rod right there, yes it is.
  26. I think I've fallen in love. They sure look like breathers, but with the one on the intake, it seems really strange to have 2 and possibly 2 more in the pass side. Who ever designed and built this modified had his shit together.
    I wonder if anyone has photos from the pre-war lakes meets that might show it. A car that nice had to have been photographed often.
  27. Cool car!

    Is that a harbor freight orange extension cord on the ground underneath it?
  28. flyin-t
    Joined: Dec 29, 2004
    Posts: 1,361


    Perfect little modified.
  29. flyin-t
    Joined: Dec 29, 2004
    Posts: 1,361


    I disagree. If you look at the rear wheel, where the back ground shows through, you can see the bent spokes, 'bout 1 o'clock on the wheel.

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