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History Novelty Hot Rods - Post any pic's.

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  1. fiftyv8
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    I was looking at a real old set of hot rod magazines and it occured to me that nobody seems to build these novelty or theme style hot rods like in the old days.

    I remember the RED BARON T bucket and the POP CORN WAGON and of course there was the UNCERTAIN T I guess you may call it a coupe!!!

    Anybody feel like post some pic's and we can create a historical record of the big names.

    Then there was the MUNSTERS who had 2 hot rods and of course Barris must have built at least one in his time?

    Do folks still build these or is it a thing of the past???
     

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  2. Yes, they are a thing of the past along with that red head! That is one of the better "theme rods" though!
     
  3. flatheadpete
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    Balloon smuggler.
     
  4. povertyflats
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    Anybody who can sand cast his own Caddy flathead parts (successfully) like you could surely build a T like that. Why don't you do it Russ?
     
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  5. I'd characterize this as a novelty car:
     

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  6. manyolcars
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    Aren't all of those 'ratrods' novelty cars?
    They are definitely a passing fad
     
  7. screwball
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    The purple people eater seems novelty to me.
     
  8. i think I just threw up a little .....
     
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  10. novelty rods = show rods????
     

  11. This THING has to be photoshopped..........Thanks, Mike
     
  12. No I'm afraid it exists
     
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  14. fiftyv8
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    What about pic's of the early stuff, I remember as a kid being fascinated by those kind of cars and they were far from ratrods they had absolutely finished and chromed.
    They were extreme with a theme.
     
  15. belair
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    The Red Baron was one of my favorites. That yellow thing is just awful.
     
  16. falconvan
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    I'm putting a small block in this:
     

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  17. Paul
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    mine too,
    when I was about ten,
    it was right up there with the batmobile and the monkey mobile

    didn't I just see The Red Baron in a magazine or book just recently?
    in a shop waiting for attention
     
  18. Kage
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    George Barris & Elden Titus teamed up to build the Vibrasonic Roadster. I think it qualifes for this thread. Elden Titus recently passed away. He was an incredible craftsman.
     

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  19. fiftyv8
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    Yeah, there was also some kind of roadster I was searching for in old mag's that had the flathead engine in the rear and it was front wheel drive using an original style ford diff fitted with universal knuckles etc, probably did not work all that well but it was out there for being different and ahead of its time.
    If somebody does not start posting pic's I am going to resort tp scanning old magzine photo's.
     
  20. Kage
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    here are a couple more pics
     
  21. Kage
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    hit the wrong button
     

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  22. Kage
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    here are a couple of famous ones
     

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  23. fiftyv8
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    Now we are cookin....
    Thanks Kage nice work.
     
  24. pecker head
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    The PURPLE PEOPLE EATER ROCKS !
     
  25. fiftyv8
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    I dont have a color pic of it!
     
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    You mean the motor sits high enough to be a rock crawler,,,,right?
     
  27. Kage
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    Im looking up more....just give me a few and should have some.
     
  28. 65PANELRAT
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    Yes ! Guys still build them! Attached is a photo of a 1919 School Bus!
    The Owner / Builder's Doug Weigel’s “Wild Turkey Express” in Albuquerque, New Mexico! He has built others, and I will post as soon as I find them!:D

    Doug Weigel’s “Wild Turkey Express”

    One of kind hand built hot rod.
    350 with twin blowers and 4 carbs.
    Yes, it starts and runs.

    http://www.driveonline.com/content/view/174/85/
     

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  29. Kage
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    here are a couple of Ed Roth's
     

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  30. hotrodbob
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    How 'Bout the Boot Hill Express. It was a real car that became a model kit.
     

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