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History New England Guys! Anyone recognize this old hot rod?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HotRod28AR, Dec 18, 2017.

  1. 1930/31 Model A Coupe. Looks to have been an early build originally. Only history I know is the last owner bought it in the late 70's/80's from a guy in Uncasville, Connecticut. It had been powered by a Chrysler Hemi that twisted the frame so badly it was taken off the road and the entire front end cut off. Looks to have been red, dark blue, turquoise, then black with flames. Chop looks to be about 3". Any leads would be appreciated!

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  2. so do you own it now? Maybe F&J might remember it as he is in CT.
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  3. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,262


    That poor old thing looks to be in tough shape on the top and bottom, front and back. But don't give up on it. You can bring it back.
  4. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,232


    x2, Frank may have a lead. PM him F&J, good luck.

  5. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,687


    Hey Dean. Ian T's brother here. I remember seeing the car, together, at a show, either in East Hampton, or Haddam Neck, in the very early 1980's.
  6. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,687


    Grab that grille on the shed wall too. It is worth some coin.
  7. Much better looking then a 32 grill too-

    Bannister Bros. roadster
    Left to Right-
    Roger Miret's 32(?) Chevy Coupe, Jim Gove's Model A, Pete Flaven's Chevy Coupe
  8. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,687


    I just sent a cab and grille across the country, to the town next to where Dean lives, for a childhood friend of mine, who is going to build up a nice street truck. California clean, with grille trim intact!

    Funny, I have been seeing Roger's band play out since I was a wee lad.
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  9. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,363


    My '51 Merc came from Maine (I think) and has that exact same sticker in the window. Who knows, maybe they were parked in the same show some time years ago. I'll take a pic when I get a chance.

    The coupe could use some love but looks like it's still very saveable and it's got a bit of history to boot, good find! Did you buy it, or just go look at it, or ?
  10. That sticker is the first NSRA decal from the early 70's.

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  11. Really??
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  12. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,339

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Yeah, shame it was left to rot.
    And to boot, it sure looks like there was some less than kosher bodywork done at one time that's all coming back out; pop riveted panel along the base of the deck lid covered with filler. emt tubing for the roof insert molded in with filler. Drip rails molded with filler. Hardware hinges used for deck lid hinges.
    It needs everything and a guy might be time ahead starting with a more solid body, but it being an old Hot Rod really pulls you in to want to save it.
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  13. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 5,108


    True it is!
  14. Bump

    Yeah, I am kind of a snob. I like the east coast style and never really been a fan of Hi-boys.
    However I do like all automotive history.

    But lets keep this thread about finding the history this this coupe.
  15. A friend of mine found a picture of the car together on the wall at Norwich Auto Parts. It was powered by a 392 Hemi and was last seen on the road in the early 80's. Apparently it had a run in with a stone wall which ended it's days on the road. Trying to get in touch with the old owner now, stay tuned!...
  16. spurgeonforge
    Joined: Oct 18, 2013
    Posts: 417


    How awesome is that!
  17. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,232


    Thanks for the update. Totally different from what I pictured in my mind.
  18. ididntdoit1960
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 1,015

    from Western MA

    Fuck yeah - that is awesome - I would re bondo the bodywork, shoot it in single stage, re-create the crude flames and rock that thing with a BBC, cragers and a home made chassis WoooooHoooo
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  19. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 2,303

    from wareham,ma

    Probly rattled itself to death,good thing nobody was killed in that.seal up the joints with caulking ,roller paint it and leave it in the yard.
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  20. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
    Posts: 5,108


    Staring downhill, out of a chopped A, w/a visor? "Honest officer, never even saw ya there!"
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  21. Mikel50
    Joined: Mar 30, 2015
    Posts: 1,100


    Hope you get a chance to save it.
    So many NE guys on here wouldn’t hesitate to build that car and drive it.
    Cool stuff !

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  22. LOWDUG37
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 945


    you have a way about finding neat stuff.
  23. Dean, you and your father have a knack for finding old New England hot rods, and preserving them. Keep up the good work. nick.
  24. I lived in the Uncasville area until the fall of 85 and don't ever remember seeing that car.
  25. Thanks Nick! Hope all has been well, see you around.
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  26. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,114

    from California

    you could post an old cat turd on the HAMB and someone would chime in and tell you what old HOT ROD it was found in. o_O
  27. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 2,141


    Did you buy the car?
  28. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 2,141


    A lot of New England hotrods have started out with way less than that. Hopefully it can be saved by someone.
  29. nonipshere
    Joined: Feb 20, 2012
    Posts: 141


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