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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Dynaflash_8, May 8, 2020.

  1. Dynaflash_8
    Joined: Sep 24, 2008
    Posts: 3,016

    from Auburn WA

    So i just drug this home. Guys brother started building it in the late 50s. He finished it around 1974. Parked on his porch to rebuild the car, and thats where it sat for the last 30+ years covered by plywood. 283 powerglide 8 inch rear. Check out the fake blower setup. Im gonna put a tripower on it, change the wheel/tire combo, and take it back to the 60s IMG_20200506_173458_533.jpeg 20200506_163203.jpeg 20200506_165846.jpeg 18304.jpeg 20200506_194810.jpeg 20200506_194820.jpeg IMG_20200506_212927_890.jpeg 20200506_163146.jpeg

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  2. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,865

    from DFW USA

    That thing was pretty cool! Looks really solid considering it sat outside all this time.

    Someone is going to have to explain to me why the "fake blower" fad even happened.
  3. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,376


    wow thats a good score , all i ever find on a porch is yard tools and a rusty BBQ grill
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  4. ERguitar
    Joined: Aug 26, 2018
    Posts: 114


    Looks like a great start. I like your plan to lose the "blower". Obviously from the "show"vs "go" era
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  5. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,516


    Wicked! Now that's a hot rod!
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  6. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,272

    Jalopy Joker

    must be one of those foreign "PorchA"
  7. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,291


    Nice score!

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  8. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,518


    You need some fake Olds valve covers to go with the fake blower!:p:p:p
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  9. Waaaayyy kool
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  10. 3spd
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 541


    Can't wait to see what you do with it. Great find. I've been a fan of your work since you built that Nash.
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  11. KenC
    Joined: Sep 14, 2006
    Posts: 473


    Look! It has a Corvette mill!
  12. Papas32
    Joined: Feb 18, 2009
    Posts: 100

    from No.Ia.

    nice find !
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  13. It will steer easier and handle better if you change out those front wheels to some with less offset. Made a world of difference on my truck.
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  14. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,365


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  15. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,252

    Okie Pete

    COOL find.
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  16. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 11,560

    from Raytown Mo

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  17. RJP
    Joined: Oct 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,654

    from PNW

    If the blower had the correct ends plates, and pulleys I'd re-engineer it a bit and run it, just to piss people off. To me, it'd just be a different looking carb spacer. No different than the guys running one working carb on multi carb set-ups.
  18. drylakespeedshop
    Joined: Jul 17, 2016
    Posts: 632


    I agree RJP, get it running and drive the hell out of it! When you think about padded vinyl dash boards and upholstered firewalls, velour upholstery and the rest, the fake blower fad is far cooler in my opinion. It speaks to the budget home shop builder with a shoe string budget. Blown engine looks! If you have fun with it, who cares! Will you look back and think damn, I had a period rod.... and changed it?
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  19. Man, nothing much wrong with that A-bone. keep us posted.
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  20. You're gonna look like a 1000 pound gorilla sitting on a power wheels in that thing.
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  21. Dynaflash_8
    Joined: Sep 24, 2008
    Posts: 3,016

    from Auburn WA

    Been tinkering on it. Pulled the fake blower for a tripower and picked up some americans for the rear. Need to order some towel city slicks for the rear. Gonna loose the headers in exchange for some corvette rams horns. Also started sanding off thre primer and most of the original paint is still there. Just gonna buff it 20200509_183811.jpeg 20200509_183818.jpeg 20200509_183827.jpeg 20200509_183836.jpeg

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  22. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 671


    Very cool find!
    I’d love to cruise that all summer.
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  23. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,093

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    Neat find!. Wet sand the primer carefully with 600 or so until it's just about through, followed with rubbing compound. Naval jelly will pull the light rust from chrome, follow with polish. Polishing stainless and chrome with steel wool (even 000 extra fine) is a shortcut but will sometimes leave a zillion scratches (if you look closely). In the sun, the part will have a dulled finish.
    I'd run the weed burner headers.
  24. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 810

    Stan Back
    from California

    Are you gonna extend the doors like he intended? Lots more room and the profile fits the wheelbase.
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  25. 67drake
    Joined: Aug 8, 2008
    Posts: 95

    from Avoca WI

    Great find!
    It looks like, in the last pic in the first post, that they had newer rafters up on the porch it was sitting under. Looks in pretty good shape considering how long it sat.
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  26. 1-SHOT
    Joined: Sep 23, 2014
    Posts: 1,915


    It would be easier to extend the 1/4 panels behind the doors. Not as much inner structures to fool with. In think Brookville makes these panels
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