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Hot Rods Pat Ganahl's 1932 Roadster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,714

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,797

    Harms Way

    I actually like Pat's car better than the Nitti roadster,.... never thought that could be possible !,..... but your car has its own distinct personality,..... I can't get enough of it !
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2009
  3. Sixcarb
    Joined: Mar 5, 2004
    Posts: 1,497

    from North NJ

    Very nice piece.
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  4. Ayers Garage
    Joined: Nov 28, 2002
    Posts: 1,383

    Ayers Garage

    I had the pleasure of meeting Pat at a big KKOA show in Kansas back in 2000 or 2001. We talked for a long time. He is absolutely the most decent down to earth guy you ever will meet. He showed me lots of details on his little 56 truck. He also told me about the ugly side to magazines and all of the things that go on behind the scenes at them. I believe he told me he was editor at Hot Rod the shortest time of any editor ever. Seems his honesty and tell-it-how-it-really-is personality didn't jive with the powers that were in control of the rag at that time.
  5. chop&drop
    Joined: Oct 11, 2006
    Posts: 352


    VERY nice. I love it all - the purple - the white R&P - everything!
  6. 54BOMB
    Joined: Oct 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,025


    oh man thats sweet, what a difference between tire and wheel choices. With the whitewall firestones it really does look like a time warp. Little chrome here and there but not too much, Great build.
  7. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,514


    Besides pretty much having a perfect car, the man can flat-out write.

    Great article Ryan. Who took the pics? Great details, I'm stealing some ideas for my build.
  8. Von Dago
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 503

    Von Dago
    from New Jersey

    Wow. Nice car.
    I'm a big fan of your journalistic and automotive work.
    (Heck, I even like your '48 Chevy.)
    Thanks for sharing.
  9. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 22,412


    Looks great, with either wheel/tire combo. Nice to know there are other projects that take over 12 years to finish. Is this the same roadster that was featured way back when in R&C in a 4 page feature "How to Buy a Roadster"? Thanks for posting the history on the build.
  10. Byron Crump
    Joined: Jun 13, 2001
    Posts: 1,856

    Byron Crump

    Love it!

    Joe's car was a huge influence on me also.

    Seeing Joe's car at the 75th in LA and a purple cabro I used to see in MN that So Cal Colorado built pushed me into doing purple on my project car we are working on now.

    The different wheels really change the it is nice.

    Congrats Pat! Perfection!

    BTW, love you writing in the mags also.
  11. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
    Posts: 3,341

    from Dallas, TX

    I've been following the progress both in print and occassionally getting to see it in person when in Southern California, and I'm really glad to get to see the car in its finished form.

    I can't see one thing that I'd change...I think it's perfect. And I don't say that very often, because I like a very specific style of hot rod. I especially like the way the car looks in the photo at the top of this thread with the 16" wheel/whitewall combo.

    Thanks Pat, both for sharing that article and also for your perserverance.
  12. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
    Posts: 3,341

    from Dallas, TX

    P.S. Ryan, you're a dork.

    Only you could use a cornball baseball lead in for Pat Ganahl and (sort of) get away with it.

  13. It's been awhile since you and I have crossed paths Pat, so I'm glad to see you have not waisted the years building a Camaro or Cuda. Great job, well worth the years of investment.
  14. mikew
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 171


    Beautiful, refreshing in a sea of "cookie-cutter" 32's
  15. Udenberg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2009
    Posts: 44

    from Minnesota

    The most beautiful roadster ever possibly. It is amazing the personality changes so completely with the Halibrands. Very Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde
  16. Wow,,Too Tall has hit a home run with his roadster and as others have said,,I like it better than the Nitti car that was the spark that led to this beautiful roadster.

    Congrats on a car that WILL stand the test of time and become a benchmark for years to come. HRP
  17. dead on! bitchin roadster
  18. It takes a big man to look at a '99 Plymouth minivan, and say "I'm going to paint my deuce roadster that color"...

    BTW, I was going to paint mine that color... Still might.

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  19. plmczy
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 2,408


    Very nice. Is that Chrysler's Orchid color? later shawn
  20. bigdreamsnobux
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
    Posts: 222


    I dream about owning a car exactly like this one some day. Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!
  21. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,990

    Member Emeritus

    Years from now they will be refering to the Ganahl roadster just like they refer to the Nitti Roadster today. When someting is right it's just ....RIGHT!!!
    I prefer the whitewall baby moon look but nothing wrong with the alloy wheel combo, just a different flavor. There is not much Pat has done that I could possibly find fault with and I'm glad he chose to do his thing around hot rods.

  22. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,437

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    thats one deadly automobile.
  23. gr8ness13
    Joined: Aug 28, 2008
    Posts: 405


    Very beautiful that deep purple!
  24. 00 MACK
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 3,657

    00 MACK

    How awesome! This is a glorious day for the HAMB.
  25. Rudy J
    Joined: Sep 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,480

    Rudy J
    1. Austin HAMB'ers

    Amazing roadster & a great read. . .
  26. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 815


    Terrific writing and a car that is just plain beautiful. How soon can we get 15 (or a hundred and 15) more photos?! Made my Friday; I'll be back around lunchtime to drool again!
  27. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,122

    Hot Rods Ta Hell


    The (Nitti style) roadster is perfect...and so is your writing.
    Been a fan of both for decades!
  28. VonMoldy
    Joined: May 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,550

    from UTARRGH!

    Really cool car. That purple is just the right shade to hover somewhere between the two styles he pulls off with the different sets of wheels. The upholstered trunk lid is awesome!

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