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Technical Paul Reichlin's Survivor 29 Model A coupe

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by hudsoncustom, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. ***EDIT - Now with VIDEO***

    My buddy, Paul Reichlin, asked me recently to help him out and take some photos of his Model A coupe so he could get it up for sale sometime soon. (**EDIT** He kept the car, and isn't selling it).

    I thought you guys might appreciate the chance to see some photos of the car.

    Paul bought this car in 1998 out of Mass. in non-runnng condition, and other than adding a running motor and headlights is completely original.

    Apparantly, the car originally came out of Riverside CA, and he was told it was raced at Fontana and El Mirage, although no records of its racing history have surfaced to date.

    It was built and owned by a Riverside guy named Ray Gonzales. It has a 1956 CA plate, with 59 tags, which was apparantly the last time it was registered in CA.

    It's a pretty unique car, flathead powered, with the motor set WAY back in the chassis. Chopped and channelled, a solid mounted rear end, hand-operated rear brakes, with a solo center seat, it's a real challenge to drive! Paul's been known to drive this thing a few hundred miles at a time on the Swindlers' Poker runs, and around western WA to other events.


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    ***And a couple VIDEOS for your viewing pleasure. Turn your speakers UP***
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    Last edited: Mar 4, 2016
  2. gnichols
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    Interesting car. Good luck / have fun in tracking down it's history. Gary
     
  3. castleman1111
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    wow!! nice period project!!
     
  4. Cam VanDerHorst
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    That thing is way cool. I hope the experts here can find some history on this thing for you.
     
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  5. Dirty Dug
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    I've followed, passed it sort of. But, I've been violently passed by that car. When it was stopped I had a chance to look inside. And that's when it really scared me. Damn, that thing reeks cool!
     
  6. 562roadster
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    Wow! Insanely cool. Let me know when it goes for sale.
     
  7. couverkid
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
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    Have looked at pauls coupe everytime I see it. Can never get enough. Wish he would keep it,such a neat car and a nice guy.
     
  8. brady1929
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  9. whiskerz
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    wow !! I like it
     
  10. RGG
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    Bitchin little coupe! I hope it always stays the same.

    RGG
     
  11. Mopar Jack
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    Now that some history...
     
  12. CUTITUP53chevy
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  13. deadgearhead
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    I checked out this car at Billetproof a couple years ago and was dumbfounded. I had no idea that it had such a history.
     
  14. Race City Rodz
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    Damn that is one awesome coupe, it screams Hot Rod!
     
  15. TIG Man
    Joined: Jul 24, 2010
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    Good God, that A is nuts! Nice job grabbing that one. Don't do shit to it! Lol
     
  16. No kidding...and the sound of the car...it's unreal. You'd swear that flathead was running nitro.
     
  17. SPEEDBARRONS
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    Check the oil in the rear end!
     
  18. Kevin Lee
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    That car is so great. All business.
     
  19. captainjunk#2
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  20. Dirty Dug
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    Now, why would you say that?
     
  21. draggler
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    Awesome is as awesome does!
    Sweet ole survivor!
    Any more history yet?
     
  22. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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    from Owasso, Ok

    nice car... 2 wheel hand-operated rear brakes only?...in traffic, at speed?...braver than I am.
     
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  23. I had the opportunity to drive this car recently. It's the opitme of a true hotrod in my opinion. Loud, fast, and scary as hell, the real deal. It gave me an idea of how things really were, and still should be. Badass little car, and Paul is a great guy.
     
  24. Yep, rear hand-operated brakes only - and a solid mounted rear end to boot!!!

    I doubt this thing was ever designed to be driven on the street. It had rear lights only, no headlights, so it may have been a race-only type car that was flat towed to the track / strip.
     
  25. onekoolkat1950
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    saw a pic of this coupe for the first time the other day and fell in love.this is the definition of a period hot rod.can't beleive someone has the testicular fortitude to run this thing on the street.hand brakes only and no suspension, wow!must be fun on a hill at a traffic light.
     
  26. Joe King
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    NO NO NO NO no No no no no no no nononononononnoooooo I don't want to buy it. Please never let me know when he want's to sell it for real
     
  27. Noland
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    that car is awesome. looks wild to drive
     
  28. LB+1
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    I agree flat towed - More of a speed car than a drag car - Then could be early drag car - A must, to have a Good Back or Had - To drive it on a street run - WOW!
     
  29. Man, you should see Paul in action driving this thing! It's like he has 4 arms. One on the wheel, one on the shifter, one on the brake handle, one hand signaling...

    ha ha!
     
  30. Dreddybear
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    Fuck that car is cool.
     

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