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History Roadsters with filled wheelwells...?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by thunderbirdesq, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
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    Anyone have any pics of original hot rods with the wheelwells smoothed out?
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  2. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
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    Bob Sr.'s Roadster. Part of the family. Killer little car. I know it's newer but it works.
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  3. I like this one ...

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  4. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
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    absolutely. I like how they left the reveal on the 31 and brought the filled section out to the edge...
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  5. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
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    I think they were smoothed off on the Heliker T, I certainly don't see any. My '26 is using a modified '25 turtle deck and I had wondered if it was going to look odd without wheelwells but I really like this example.

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  6. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
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    Definitely keep the molding or it looks like a bondo job. Here's an Almquist '32 and it loses all character without body lines.[​IMG]
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  7. Robert Stack's A had filled quarters, shown here in 1938;
    Robert Stack 1938.jpg
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  8. in my mind in order to look right the car MUST sit low, as in the top of the tire needs to be even or above the relief for the stock wheel wells.
  9. Uptown83
    Joined: Apr 23, 2007
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    Never heard of this before. Learn something new everyday :)
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  10. Richard Tregilus did a similar mod on his A (along with a belly pan), shown here in 1940
    richard tregilus 1940.jpg
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  11. Just found this slightly larger version, courtesy of the AHRF;
    richard tregilus 1940 2.jpg
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  12. IMHO, I never cared for the look,To me it appeared that someone didn't know weather they wanted a hot rod or a slicked up custom sports car look.
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  13. swsimon
    Joined: Jan 5, 2007
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    I personally do not like the look of filled wheel wells. I think it ruins the body lines of the car. But that is what makes this hobby unique people tend to do what they like and not what the masses like. Scott
  14. Let's keep it historically focused, gentlemen...the OP asked for photos of original rods with filled wheel wells, not our opinions. My apologies to @thunderbirdesq if I have mis-interpreted the intent of this thread.
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  15. Here's a few more;

    Peters-Quinn A coupe at Bonneville in '62;
    Peters-Quinn Coupe.jpg
    Charles Scott's '29 A roadster (shown at El Mirage in '48), shows wheel wells filled and body lines removed;
    Dick King's A, circa 1951;
    dick king 1951.jpg
    Eddie Dye - 1952;
    Eddie Dye 1952.jpg
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    from central NY

    i have been thinking about this alot lately . my 29 roadster is pretty rough in the wheel well / quarter area . i was thinking this mod would be neat after seeing it on a couple old roadsters but i really only like it on 28 29 's without a body line outlining the wheelwell i like the thought of temporary skirts made that fit in to smooth the side out for aerodynamics while on the lakes or salt ,maybe i'll try that first !!
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  17. motoandy
    Joined: Sep 19, 2007
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    from MB, SC

    I have learned to never say never. For me the stance and wheel combo has to be right to pull it off. Some of the examples work, but for me they work only because it is partially covered up because of the stance. Is the juice worth the squeeze? I suggest a photoshop approach first.
  18. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
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    Stan Back
    from California

    Here's Scotty's roadster again at El Mirage . . .

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  19. onekoolkat1950
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    Looks bitchin on 28-29 roadsters

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  20. F&J
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
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    ...imagine just how much skill and how much work it took back then...

    looks great on the low roadsters imo
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  21. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
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    I think it looks great on the right car... namely a historically accurate competition car. I really like the look of the 30-31 on deuce rails posted above by nostalgia59, it's not as jarring as completely eliminating the fender line but still looks slick and race-ready... Screw all, I'm gonna do it. Thanks for all the replies folks!

    Interpreted perfectly!
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  22. Sorry guys. im kind of a Hater of this look. but thats just my 2.
  23. onekoolkat1950
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    Can't wait to see you do it.

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  24. thunderbirdesq
    Joined: Feb 15, 2006
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    It's not really a thing you did for looks, at least early on, but a way to make the car more slippery. And to me, that makes it look good.
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  25. GlennsCoupe.jpg

    Not a roadster, but AHotRods coupe... I don't know if it makes a difference leaving the reveals, but I've heard it called a coffin tail too.
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  26. thequietwon
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 599


    If you look at my survivor roadster thread, my Deuce had filler panels made to cover the wheelwells. I had assumed they were made to cover the wounds made when it was channelled, now I am not so sure...
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    from alabama

    Do not like the filled look...makes the body look like a boat turned upside down
  28. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
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    Gee I didn't know that we were not allowed opinions here any more.

    Some of the "opinions" were damned good advice. For instance keeping the reveal to give the body definition. I agree but that obviously my opinion, it also depends on how the car sets, a highboy for instance looks better with the reveal and a lowboy in my opinion looks better without it.

    I had lots of examples before I cleaned up this computer for retirement. Sorry for the lack of pics and if I have offended the OP in anyway my apologies.
  29. Never said you couldn't have an opinion...just asked that we keep it content-oriented; this being a 'Historical' thread in the focused hot rod forum. Would be happy to discuss it with you further via private conversation.

    Here are a couple more;

    Good shot showing Jim Khougaz's semi-filled wheel wells;
    And Dick Flint's A;
    Dick Flint.jpg
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