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Hot Rods Original Steel or reproduction?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RacingRoger, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. I have a all original steel Deuce sedan which I have had for years and I love it, I've had glass cars that I loved also, I like what I like be it original steel, repo steel or glass, it really doesn't make any difference to me. HRP
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  2. ...I've always said I'd rather have rusted out steel cars than a glass repro,...actually they do repro 3 of the cars/trucks I have now but I prefer the real thing,..and I couldn't afford the repros anyway,(glass or steel)...that said, I like all kinds of cars if they're done rite, who cares what they're made out of, they look cool goin down the road.
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  3. RacingRoger
    Joined: Sep 11, 2017
    Posts: 196


    I hope it doesn't alienate anyone, since that was farthest from my intent on asking the question...
    I learn alot from this site, and sometimes if you ain't askin' the questions, you ain't learnin'. I wanted to understand why we think the way we do. I'm pleased with the banter, and folks behaved themselves (I've seen alot worse comments in other threads). As for me, I think I'll have an easier time getting a Brookville A than finding original Henry steel. Brookville also fits my skill set better if I realize my dream and build a car some day. So I'm grateful for companies like Brookville, since I'm certainly not going to whittle a Model A out of Coke cans, and doubt I can do the bodywork on a rustbucket. Thanks to all who participated in the thread!
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  4. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,622


    Sorry I've already read stuff here that gives out negatives...and as innocent a question you may have intended it can generate some staunch attitude...I do know however that all three get a pass here but one must chose the correct Forum to place it in.
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  5. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,686

    from washington

    If I ever bought a Brookville roadster to go along with my original 1929 ford title, I wouldn't have a problem because it was probably made with melted down real Henry Ford steel from China. ;)
  6. uncle buck
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 1,588

    uncle buck

    blonde , brunette, or red head...…… petite or meat on the bones...…..
  7. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,178



    I'm fortunate that my Chebby is all OEM steel and as everyone knows, good cars are getting harder and harder to come by, however they are still out there. Sometimes you just need to be in the right place at the right time.
    Some owners don't have the funds or ability to build/repair a steel car and they compromise. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Driving it is the best part, you could inspire someone to jump on board and build their own car.
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  8. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,093

    ramblin dan

    Let's face it, the main reason for reproductions was to give supply to a high demand. Think of how long reproductions have been around. What I always liked about originals was they have a history attached to them. I always see an old body at a swapmeet or car show and wonder who owned it, how many people owned it, and where it's been to this point in time. Many guys I talked to know the history of their cars but there are many, like me who can only speculate or be able to trace the history of your car only so far back.
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  9. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,766


    How long have they been pulling glass from molds and stamping new panels now? Glass, probably fifty years or more; steel, probably better than thirty? New frames for how many years? Couldn't begin to say. If time alone is the deciding factor, then it's all fair in love and war. How many prewar cars are still running factory WOOD inside? How about some of the truly artistic cats we have that built their cars from the ground up? Who's going to question their legitimacy?
  10. mountainman2
    Joined: Sep 16, 2013
    Posts: 316


    And then you have the guys that know the history of their car but hauling manure from the barn to the pasture for a majority of it's life isn't glamorous enough. So, it miraculously becomes (in the b.s. sessions) a well known drag racer (always from another part of the country) and set all kinds of records, etc, etc.o_O
  11. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
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  12. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,508


    You could force me with repo metal but no to fiberglass. Dead horse?
  13. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,102


    I would love to have a repro car. Practically every body style that has ever been reproduced is of a very desired car. However, I deal with original steel bodies of the slightly less popular type because they are more affordable and I make do with them. I would take a quality fiberglass car in a heartbeat.
  14. I like original cars. That's what inspired all this.
    I like reproduction cars. It lets anyone in on the fun.
    I like fiberglass cars. But, being a hot rodder,
    It's only original once! :D
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  15. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 1,163


    I prefer something I can park and not worry about it...
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  16. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 4,532

    from red oak

    A friend of mine just bought a set of rockers for 20 a piece for his 58 Pontiac not quite body off restoration. How good can they be. Chinese tin? I would of opped for a higher priced set.
  17. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,572

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    Considering the ever changing political/legal issues on our hobby the division of the hobby is counterproductive. Stand united or we will be legislated out of the hobby. If repro metal/glass keeps our numbers up enough to keep the idiots in government under control then we should be grateful.
    just my humble opinion.
  18. fastcar1953
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,161


    theres no patina on new metal. lol:)
  19. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,253


    The biggest mistake I ever made was thinking I needed to build a glass 32 Ford Vicky. It was a Downs body on a TCI chassis, 350/350 combo. The happiest day in my life was the day I sold it. Its kept me out of glass cars ever since. Real steel 50's and 60's cars are all I deal with now. Repop parts never fit properly and are never the quality of OEM parts.
  20. Sometimes you can't tell where the body came from. HRP

  21. I always thought the repro parts were much better quality than Henry's. Some of the stuff Ford did wasn't that good and that's why the repro parts didn't fit that well.
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  22. Depends on the repop. Some come real close to original and some are exact duplicates of original. The exact duplicates are made of expensium.

    In my own little universe where everything else revolves around me; in my way of thinking a repop steel body is the same as a good repop glass body. If that is what I owned that is what I would use, but its my world and everyone else is just in it. ;)
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  23. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,007

    anthony myrick

    Didn’t this issue already get locked about 3 times this year
    It is about time for our quarterly young people suck/dying hobby thread
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  24. It is kind of silly isn't it.

    For a full on traditional hot rod original steel is the accepted norm.

    My biggest problem with glass is that it is damned hard to get the good old rusty "patina" look. I guess easier now that people are using raps instead of paint. LOL

    That said and me being the most interesting man in the world. I seldom use a repop body but when I do I use race weight glass. :D :D :D
  25. pirate
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 506

    from Alabama

    Sometimes I swear I hear “only Henry’s steel is worthy” and if you don’t agree “my old man can kick your old mans ass any time”. Seems to me we should unite in what brings us together rather then things that separate us.
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  26. In Holland a country with 17 million peoples i know 0 (zero) people with an original 1932-3 window coupe. So a reproduction, yes also fibreglass is the only way to built something. Yes i know i could import something from the US, but our friendly taxman/import guy also wants his share.
    Answer to the question is: yes original if i have the choice, but there is no choice.:(
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  27. oliver westlund
    Joined: Dec 19, 2018
    Posts: 773

    oliver westlund

    a reproduction body is cool, its like buying a super cool new car except its customized exactly how you want it, so theres that. an original body has history, its the same question of whats more valuable to you? your first car or a 2019 ford fusion lol (just an example) the old car might not be my first car, but it was important to somebody, somebody put a floor shift in my 47! they put a sweet aftermarket steering wheel on it in the 60s, how fast was it then? what motor trans was in it? did the owner get lucky jn the backseat or win an awesome drag race? did they drive it to work? bring home their son or daughter in it? its special AND cool not just cool. thats not to say yiu cant make memories in your repop bodied car and make it special too
  28. I think there is a lot to be said for this approach. I sometimes wonder what ever happened to my old heaps after the next guy that owned them. I got an idea that most have been made into soup cans by now.

    I think that is why I like cleaning an old car out. Sometimes we get a car from a HAMBer and its already been cleaned out but every once in a while you get lucky and look at the stuff and wonder. The Effie I was building when I joined the HAMB for instance had 22 shells between the fold in the floor and the back of the cab. I found that out when I took a torch to it to remove the floor. Should have taken the shop vac to it first I guess. Or the '53 Stude I traded it for, I found a Navy Blue formal (prom?) glove under the back seat console. Got an idea that someone got lucky back there and someone else had to explain what happened to half a pair of gloves to their mom.

    I think a lot depends on your wallet and what you are after at the end of the day. I like old cars but my reasoning is two fold, one is that yes sometimes I find a prom glove or a 20 year old pakc of camels under the seat and the other is that I look for what fits my budget and my budget is not in the $30K model 40 Ford range. ;)
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  29. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,253


    I've yet to see a Chinese or Nigerian repop that was anywhere near the quality of a GM or Ford OEM part. That includes fit and finish.
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  30. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,007

    anthony myrick

    my friend built a coupe and had to replace everything below the belt line
    I guess is a repop roadster with a fixed roof if you’re a purist
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2019

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