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Projects Original Auburn kit car?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 51504bat, Sep 18, 2023.

  1. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 4,715


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  2. Dave G in Gansevoort
    Joined: Mar 28, 2019
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    Dave G in Gansevoort
    from Upstate NY

    Did any of you read B.S. Levy's book series starting with The Last Open Road? His second book was titled The Fabulous Trashwagon. I didn't know it was a real car! This is it!
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  3. Yup, pull the Jag engine out of Big Ed's roadster, a trash-can lid on the're set!

  4. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 20,276


    There is a spookily similar car in Minnesota that I’ve seen at Back to the Fifties the last few years. Made with old Ford chassis way back when. Even the same weird pink color. The present owner got it road worthy and dug up its history to the time of creation.
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  5. Greenblade
    Joined: Sep 28, 2020
    Posts: 551


    That's frickin cool!
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  6. studebakerjoe
    Joined: Jul 7, 2015
    Posts: 1,125


    Mechanix Illustrated sports car. It's been covered here before. I'm sure there are quite a few still out there.
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  7. redo32
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 2,121


    I saw a similar car East of Portland years ago. Sorry I didn't take the time to chase down the owner.
  8. studebakerjoe
    Joined: Jul 7, 2015
    Posts: 1,125


    DSCF0213.JPG DSCF0216.JPG the 37kid had this copy for sale awhile back. DSCF0216.JPG
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  9. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 2,133


    I find it interesting that the basis is a '32 Ford chassis. It then says that after you strip away the body, fenders and radiator that you shouldn't damage or junk any of it as some of the parts will be used later. Whatever gave them the idea that anyone might ever want or have any use for a discarded '32 Ford body?:confused::eek:

    At least the "new" body hid those hideous '32 Ford frame rails.

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  10. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 17,316


    These are kinda neat for what they are, in an era where you'd build a car based off of a few pages in a magazine. But it's a little sad to think that a bunch of '32 Tudors were chopped up to make these.
  11. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 9,708


    I have seen that car also. At BTT50's and a few other local shows.
  12. Well they had to use Tudors; all the coupes were cut up for the dirt tracks.
  13. lumpy 63
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 2,591

    lumpy 63

    liberace's first car.
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  14. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 1,000

    from Alabama

    What a great series of books that every car guy or anyone who has ever worked in a gas station can identity with.
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  15. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    Over the years they showed photos of those home made sports cars on Ford Chassis with chassis running up into the early 50's. Some even got a Golden Hammer award. Figure that in the early 50's a 20 year old Ford wasn't all that expensive or rare. They got expensive and rare after the dirt track brigade destroyed them by the dozen every weekend in the summer.
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  16. kabinenroller
    Joined: Jan 26, 2012
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  17. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 9,472


    Wait, isn't that called hot-rodding?
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  18. stubbsrodandcustom
    Joined: Dec 28, 2010
    Posts: 2,244

    from Spring tx

    Read the fine print?

    At least there is a 32 frame under there, saving grace....

  19. proartguy
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 654

    from Sparks, NV

    The battery takes the award for most corroded ever.
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  20. Yeah, drop a new battery and it should fart right over.
  21. Personally, I think the front end is “butt fugly”.
    Would I change it if I owned it? Oh hell no! I’d clean it up and drive it just like it is…
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