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Hot Rods Revisiting the Rudy Rodriguez 35 Ford Truck

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by A Boner, Jan 4, 2021.

  1. grumpy65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
    Posts: 925


    Granted (on two out of the four), and anyone following the thread has the ability to determine context for themselves.
    I still stand by my statement that some comments seem specific to the Rodriguez truck, and not to any other 'copy builds'.
    By the way, the original post is specifically about the Rodriguez truck. Comments were not sought regarding the merit of any tribute builds. Maybe this was done knowing that controversy would ensue ??? o_Oo_Oo_O
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  2. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 6,088


    Good point. I’m not a “I hate it” guy, more of a “not my thing” guy. Heck I see wheels on cars that folks drool over that I don’t think I’d run on my horse trailer;)
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  3. grumpy65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
    Posts: 925


    Agree totally. Not my thing either. If no one else wanted it, I would happily take it home and start work on it to make it 'me-friendly'. I don't hate anyone's stuff. I can only appraise it in the sense of appealing to my tastes. Are my tastes right or wrong ??? Moot point, they are only relevant to me. Other people's builds don't have to float my boat. If it floats theirs, that is all that matters. :D
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  4. Okay, you quoted me...but only part. The full quote of the comment is not negative:
    And I stand by my other post saying that negativity was directed at the failed me-toos.

    Even this is directed at the followers:
    Just because me-too people fail doesn't make the original a fail. And no one said it was. Well, 'farm rod' wasn't real flattering. (I'm not a farmer.)

    I think you are out of line grumpy65.
  5. grumpy65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
    Posts: 925


    Whilst this is, once again, a quoted 'portion' of a post, it is done with the best of intentions. If I am perceived to be out of line, I apologise to any I may have offended. The original poster ( @A Boner ), and others, seem to genuinely approve of the style. Others do not, and that is ok too. More still are capable of appreciating both pic#1 and pic#2. Shit, what a diverse bunch we are!!! I wonder how it has happened that there is such a rich and colorful texture of rods out there. I, for one, am not complaining. ;)
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  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,036

    from California

    I want to change the photo I posted with this one.:) I was busy at work when I saw the green one and just grabbed that picture quick..


    Last edited: Jan 7, 2021
  8. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,727


    That's not the original truck in that link. It's a different truck built by the author and Rudy. Lots of similarities though.
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  9. Hellfish
    Joined: Jun 19, 2002
    Posts: 6,478


    Yeah, my comment wasn't really directed at the original. Not really my taste, but it is iconic. I remember when it first appeared in print (yes, that long ago :D ) in the Hot Rod Deluxe maybe. It was in your face, rebellious and completely different. I remember the builder talking about leaving the piss-induced rust on it. The rough and ready, aggressive yet casual appearance made it stand out... and paved the way for 10,000 crappy rat rods (and a few nice ones), both imitators and ones inspired by this truck. I recognize its place as an icon, but I still don't really like it.
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  10. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,310


    I build primarily 35-36 pickups and I remember the Rudy truck when it first hit the scene. I liked it for what it was, but the 243,678 trucks to follow not so much. It did make it cheap to buy fenders though.
  11. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,583


    People do that??? I've got several pair of jeans designed, worn and personally ripped by none other than myself that I would sell to HAMB members only for the bargain price of $50 each. Discounts for larger quantities or sizes.;)
  12. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,860


    I'd also add that I prefer the second iteration of the truck in blue with the Olds in it.
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  13. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,394

    from Nicasio Ca

    What do you do at work when you're not busy? :)

    I'll take the one you posted, it's perfect.
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  14. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,364

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    I have a '36, chopped 2", channeled 3" with a stock firewall. That blue one with the Olds and all that set back must really be cramped on the inside. Too cramped for any long distance driving.

  15. I always liked Rudy's truck and also Jimmy Shine's. One that has kind of been forgotten is Lukester's Chev

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  16. Another well built and well proportioned truck was Billy Gibbons. I took these pics in 2010 outside the NHRA museum.
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  17. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,023


    Museums are full.

    Cut it.
  18. Bullit68
    Joined: Sep 16, 2009
    Posts: 137

    from Verona, PA

    What’s the saying about imitation and flattery....

    Attached Files:

  19. Sorry it seems a step too far. Graham runs a nice one locally here, he un-torque-thusted it & hubcapped it after seeing what I did here with this drawing of his truck.
    That lil' truck in the top left of the photo is of a more realistic channel & driving position than the O.P. job.
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  20. And is not as attractive.
    An example of what I was talking about earlier. There are worse examples, but yeah.
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  21. HellsHotRods
    Joined: Jul 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,350


    It was parked outside in the weather for over 2 years wasn't "well built" is was "drive-able" and then it was neglected like some ratrod that nobody cared about......
  22. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,681


    Funny was just thinking we dont see many builds like this anymore. As others have stated the original nailed it, many others that followed not so much. That pretend surfboard on the Gibbons car just looks silly.
  23. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,844

    from Zoar, Ohio

    BE997DF9-8454-408F-9EF6-8FAF0B35B1D5.jpeg FF40C7E4-0D58-4C96-B678-765550932989.jpeg Another trend setter at least here on the hamb.
    Always liked
    Rockys truck.
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  24. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 33,857


    That was the most fun hot rod I have ever driven or owned! I only sold it because it was taking time away from my touring project. I will let you in on a secret, the Rocky33 was always intended to be finished and painted by both Rock and I. I still have the gallon of Washington Blue I bought for it ;)
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