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Hot Rods New Member Introduction

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by GrantJ, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. GrantJ
    Joined: Apr 14, 2016
    Posts: 13


    Greeting HAMB'ers and thank you for allowing me to join.
    A quick introduction, I am an aircraft technician with the Royal Australian Airforce and am currently posted to the USA. I have picked up a 1954 Chevy 210 two door which I will take back to Australia when I return home.
    In Australia I have a 1929 DeSoto 4 Door Tourer and a 1967 MGB that I am currently hot rodding.
    I hope to be able to learn the finer points of building and styling for 50's - 60's hotrod and look forward to the advice and knowledge offered from all members.

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  2. burninfatties
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 65

    from Ocala, FL

    Welcome Grant. Take what you can, Offer what you have.
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  3. Welcome. If your in VA hit me up there are some Aussie guys stationed where I work. I won't ask where your at. I know the rules for deployment!
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  4. Welcome from the hills of Arkansas
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  5. steinauge
    Joined: Feb 28, 2014
    Posts: 1,507

    from 1960

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  6. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    Welcome to the HAMB....I like them 54' Chevy's too!:D....just a really cool car to play around with!
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  7. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,870

    Buddy Palumbo

    Welcome to the HAMB !
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  8. Welcome Grant! We have lots of Aussies and Kiwis on here. We like 'em too, even though they sometimes use funny words. :)
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  9. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,443

    from MN,USA

    Welcome to the h.a.m.b.
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  10. Welcome,and love to see pics of that Desoto.
  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,279

    Jalopy Joker

    glad to have you here - USA/H.A.M.B. - looks like you found a Cool ride - have more pics/info on it to post here? are there restrictions on what can be done to a car shipped to Australia?
  12. Welcome to the HAMB, glad to have you.
  13. k9racer
    Joined: Jan 20, 2003
    Posts: 3,091


    Welcome. The HAMB also has a lot of members who worked on Aircraft when they were in service of their country. I guess it is a very good foundation for building hot rods.
  14. jeffd1988
    Joined: Apr 12, 2016
    Posts: 537


    Welcome from Northern California
  15. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,887

    Bandit Billy

    Welcome. If you should find yourself in the PNW, give me shout out and ill buy you a local frosty.
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  16. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 4,299


    Welcome ! From Northern Wi.
  17. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,535


    Welcome to the HAMB. Hope you enjoy the U.S.A.
  18. Mad Mouse
    Joined: Apr 1, 2007
    Posts: 93

    Mad Mouse

    Welcome Grant from Austin, Texas
    When you return to AU, check out Maskels Customs in Vic. One of his cars made the Great Eight in Detroit which is a great honor for an Aussie or anyone else. I was lucky to tour his shop last week, and was very impressed with the quality and variety of cars. Everything from a Rolls Rpyce re paint to a 32 Tudor ford hot rod. Don't miss if you get the chance.
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  19. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,511

    mike bowling

    Welcome from Massachusetts, Tax Capitol of the Free World.
  20. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 2,884

    The 39 guy

    Welcome Grant! I hope you enjoy the HAMB as much as I do.
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    Joined: Jul 23, 2008
    Posts: 944


  22. donno21
    Joined: Jan 31, 2015
    Posts: 94


    Welcome aboard Grant. If you get to 'Vegas, give me a shout and I'll buy you a cold one. Im a retired A&P mechanic.
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  23. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,202


    :D Hi Grant.Welcome aboard.Thanks for your service.God bless.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  24. GrantJ
    Joined: Apr 14, 2016
    Posts: 13


    Thanks for all the kind welcome messages. I have just returned from the Pigeon Forge Rod Run WOW.
    As I begin the journey with my 54 Chevy, and start the modifications are there any styling or mechanical changes I should avoid. As I wish to have a late 50's early 60's look some guidance on the pitfalls to avoid would be welcome.
    My 54 has a 350 SBC with a 4 speed Saginaw trans and 10 bolt 6.5" open diff. It has the original front king pin suspension however has lowered uprights, the rockers are about 8 " of the ground measured at the B pillar. The interior has front bucket seat fitted, and the remainder is stock.
  25. Are you thinking more of a custom look or hot rodded style?
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,423


    Welcome to the HAMB from Nebraska
  27. GrantJ
    Joined: Apr 14, 2016
    Posts: 13


    Nailhead Jason,
    I know this will sound a little strange, but I believe most cars suit a certain style and somethings should not be attempted or added to certain cars.
    As such I'm not sure which way I will lean. I can tell you that I don't want it so low it's a pain to drive, however I do like it reasonably low, and for me fat rear tyres is a must. (Australian spelling) Tires for the USA readers.
  28. I hear and then understand you. And yes fat rear tires are mandatory! Mine is in progress. Here are some pics of mine with the biggest tire I could fit the n the back. Still Need to lower it a bit more and the stance will be just right. 20160116_165630.jpg 20160116_165506.jpg 20160116_165630.jpg 20160116_165506.jpg 20160116_165546.jpg
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  29. GrantJ
    Joined: Apr 14, 2016
    Posts: 13


    Very nice, can I ask what size the rears are ? i saw some at pigeon forge on the weekend, and most were running 235/70/15, mine has little 7.50 14 at present. I really need to convert to radials.

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