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Projects Rex Rods: Roots and a '29 Touring

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,858

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    Rex Rods: Roots and a '29 Touring

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  2. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,162


    Cool. Looking forward to this build.
  3. Wow! Cool shop and great cars. Subscribed
  4. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,132

    Okie Pete

    Amazing work by the Master . His cars are all built clean, simple and fully functional . It sounds easy but its tough to stay on that path I bet .
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  5. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,436


    Is it me, or is there a rebirth of interest in building Tubs, I've noticed a lot of them. Bob
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  6. This will be good.
  7. Apples don't fall far from the tree,, and Keith's work shows his roots.
    As one master retires, another moves into place
    And like all masters, he makes it look sooo easy
  8. MJW
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 364

    from NJ
    1. PA. NJ. local HAMBERS group

    Can I be the first to point out that T's are Tourings and A's are Phaetons ;) I'm doing mine now too, banger for now but long term goal is a V8-60.
    Not many Phaetons were built so its cool that so many survived to become hot rods.
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  9. Is it a US body or Australian body?
  10. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
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    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017
  11. MJW
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 364

    from NJ
    1. PA. NJ. local HAMBERS group

    Lots of RHD Phaetons came from Argentina, I've had a few RHD chassis that had Phaetons on them.
  12. MJW
    Joined: Jun 29, 2006
    Posts: 364

    from NJ
    1. PA. NJ. local HAMBERS group

    It's Henry's fault he change the designation going from T's to A's. I had to sell my '27 touring body because I was too fat to get in it. I barely fit in the '29, the 30's had a bit more room.

    Did all those Nomad's have 'vette motors? :)
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  13. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 9,866

    Atwater Mike

    Ha! 'Tourings vs. Phaetons'... moot point. My '27 tub would LOVE to be a 'Phaeton', I'm sure.
    Pet peeve is not the calling one the other, it's more the popular misspelling of the term 'Phaeton'. It is mistakenly spelled 'pheaton'. Feetin'. Sounds like a Ron White quip.

    I'm definitely subscribed to this one, Ryan and Rex grabbing a tub at a swap meet...Rex saying, "Ready to do it."
    Man...Look at the 'bones...Kelseys with caps, dark blue...Tardel '32 cross member, '46 'bone, (unsplit, attached to '32 crossmember?) Dago axle, Running Board brackets?!?
    Will this be a Phull Phendered Phaeton?

    Basic hot rodding, 101. But the Tardels have done this with finesse... If you follow the traditional builds, this is the Recipe.

    I'm looking for a '46-'48 wishbone. Otherwise my '27 tub is progressing as usual...(weather permitting) Been 108 around here.
    '37 Kid Bob noticed a surge in tub madness. Yes, there has been renewed interest...
    Where are all the rear tubs from the '27 Lakes and Track projects that use the Touring Bucket? Somebody's got 'em...
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2017
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  14. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 903


    Looking forward to watching this build and I love the light blue '32 rolling chassis. That thing looks sweet, whats's the story on it? @Ryan
  15. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 14,933


    Fenders or no?
  16. Ford spindles with stock steering arms bent to fit.
    Oh yeah. :cool:
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  17. HelmuthBrothers
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 716

    from New Jersey

    Absolutely love this.
  18. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,182


    :D Another classic build in the making.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  19. Not just you. There's absolutely been a resurgence in phaeton's being built as hotrods. Lots of them coming out of the woodwork in the past two years or so.
    There's where mine came from. Argentina, then USA, then Canada. It's solid as hell, and wonderfully RHD. The trouble is sourcing RHD parts to keep it that way. :D
  20. A practical question that maybe you or Keith could answer... When the body was removed from the frame, did Keith add any bracing? I imagine with the length, the body is pretty flexible, and I'd love not to muck mine up when I separate the body from the frame.
  21. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,436


    I worked on a stone stock original a few years ago, guy finally got around to restoring it after a 50 year wait. Thing was very solid, we never bothered to brace anything and the doors close fine after the trip to the blaster and all. Big pain is the under door sills, they got bent up coming off and going back on. If it had been my Tub I would have taken more time and done it differently. Bob
  22. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,242

    Jalopy Joker

    Thanks for sharing - will be watching for more
  23. 51box
    Joined: Aug 31, 2005
    Posts: 844

    from MA

    Some cool ideas in that A chassis. As mentioned, what's the story on that blue chassis with the 6x2's?
  24. Racerex
    Joined: Jan 17, 2010
    Posts: 60


    Do you have any closeups of that 38 pickup?
  25. HellsHotRods
    Joined: Jul 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,329


    I like the tires and wheels... are the front 4.50/4.75-16" ???
    I would change out the wishbone and tie rod for something earlier....
  26. sdroadster
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 266


    Is there anyway to modify the front seat back to get more leg room?
  27. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,282

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Will be watching. I've got a t that I want to do in a similar style.
  28. Good to know, thanks! Mine seems very solid, but I figured it was worth asking before I eventually yank the body off.
    Modifying a stock seat back, or swapping it out to a foam back? I think @PurdueSD used a foam seat back on his to gain some more leg room, but he, or his thread, could tell you better than I.
  29. Awesome, looking forward to following along!

    yes, my seat is moved back 4 inches I think. It's really straight forward. We ditched the stock springs and frame and starting over with structure and foam.
  30. Uncle Bob
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,097

    Uncle Bob
    from Salado, Tx
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    "Twenty years ago, before Keith Tardel was managing deep client waiting lists, he kept himself busy by building very traditional and very simple hot rods. They were typically built out of model-a’s, always powered by flathead Fords, and consistently had a look that drove me into my love for traditional hot rods."

    I'll give that a big AMEN!
    Looking forward to progress reports.........

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