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Hot Rods Sleeper or Hot Rod ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by exterminator, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,550


    I keep going back and forth on this issue. My 40 as seen in my avatar, I have had for many years. It has now a 400 chevy v-8 with a 4-71 blower. This has been a dream since I was able to build model cars in the late 50s having a blower on my ride. Now the issue. I am enjoying driving the pickup which except the paint color- looks stock or should I go for the flames and louvers which spell out HOT ROD? I like both looks. I will keep this truck until I can't drive anymore, then it goes to a daughter. What is your opinon? Do you have a sleeper? Picture of it? Exterminator IMG_0011.JPG
  2. uncleandy 65
    Joined: Jan 14, 2013
    Posts: 3,234

    uncleandy 65

    That's a nice looking truck no matter which way you go. I personally like flames if they are done right, Just remember that you only have to satisfy one person in this world and that is yourself.
  3. I like the color. If you want a different look, consider wheels and tires. Then you can change it back occasionally.

    Joined: Sep 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,779


    I like the paint on your truck just the way it is. Wish mine looked as good.

  5. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 7,082

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Don't change a thing.
  6. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,774

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Flames. Paint it black.
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  7. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,659


    I Like This! Things to consider: add a little chrome ( bumpers, door handles, hood), old style Nerf bars/bumpers, extra hood punched full of louvers (maybe left in red oxide primer), different belt line color or pin striping along with a wheel color change, and '39 Ford headlights.
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  8. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,330


    Great looking truck! As mentioned above, second hood louvered, an chrome in original places= Perfection imo
  9. Sleeper all the way.
  10. Fordors
    Joined: Sep 22, 2016
    Posts: 3,360


    It’s perfect as is.
  11. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,805


    chrome bumper and door handles and mirror, aluminum (or black painted?) wheels, lose the cover on the bed, give it some rake....

    and that windshield looks like it's a couple inches too tall
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  12. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,696

    from Berry, AL

    I'm with pprather, get another set of wheels and tires, Torque Thrusts are my favorite, followed by 5 hole aluminum slots. I'd change to chrome bumpers. Other than that, I wouldn't change it.
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  13. Looks good to me, I also agree with the chrome where it needs to be. HRP
  14. chrome bumpers, black wheels with no covers and ditch the bed cover.
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  15. KevKo
    Joined: Jun 25, 2009
    Posts: 532

    from Motown

    If you want a sleeper, leave it. If you want a Hot Rod, wheels like Halibrand Sprints. I'd either go with chrome bumpers, or nerfs.
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  16. ol-nobull
    Joined: Oct 16, 2013
    Posts: 1,583


    Hi. Lots of good ideas here. Can you use Photo Shop on the computer? You can try them all out starting with a photo of what you now have. Another thought to try with Photo Shop is with black fenders and running boards as that was a style of that time. Definitely a plus to add some chrome.
    If you do try Photo Shop post the results that you get.
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  17. ken bogren
    Joined: Jul 6, 2010
    Posts: 829

    ken bogren

    I like the sleeper hot rod that you have now.
  18. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,812


    I don't think flames would look right unless you change the whole color of the truck, but I like that color all solid so I'd leave it. Chrome bumpers, maybe black running boards instead of the body color treatment would really help, and maybe some smaller, round side mirror heads instead of those giant 70's looking ones.

    I like the bed cover. I could even see matching pleated vinyl running board covers on that truck for a more custom look.
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  19. Dirk35
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 2,038


    I'm on board with all of Squirrel's suggestions. I wouldn't paint flames in it, Id do the following:
    1. Change out the door handles to chrome ones, (Repo stock ones are available cheaper than you could have those fixed).
    2. Change out those mirrors to a more stock looking mirror (unless you need those to tow a trailer). Those look 80's-riffic. Since yours are mounted on the body instead of the original hinge mount, you could get by with just changing the mirror part to a 4" round mirror and keep your mirror arms (so you don't have to mess with the body work).
    3. Change the painted bumpers to a repo-chrome bumper.
    4. To change the look from stock to hot rod, Id change out the wheels to either the Torque Thrust IIs, or Salt Flat Specials, and keep the steel ones so you can change them to change them back and forth as you wish.

    Personally, Id keep the bed cover though. I like the thought of protected cargo.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
  20. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,517

    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    Kinda hard to be a sleeper when you hear that blower whine isn't it? Hahaha.
  21. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 1,965


    I agree with the common consensus here...keep the red and add the chrome. I like the "caps & rings" but on the rear, maybe wider, deeper rims and wider, taller meats.
    Also, I think 40 PUs look better with black running will help get rid of that '90s monochromatic look.;)
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  22. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,385

    from Oregon

    With you on that.:)
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  23. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,999

    Jalopy Joker

    OK, so much for conservative "correct" ideas - remove hood, and detail engine bay, dual quads if not on already, deep dropped axle, biggest 15" rear tires possible, short loud mufflers, etc. Be wild and crazy & be fairly easy to put back to how it looks now later
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  24. Jethro
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 1,558


    Not sure how you could improve it very much , I love it as is! As others have said a little factory chrome (handles , mirrors , bumpers) I would drive the snot out of it if it were mine.....that's just me!
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  25. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,003

    from norcal

    I’ve lost sleep over smaller decisions than that...........good luck
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  26. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,005

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I know the "look" I like..but have no idea what you like.
    Find your "look" and go for it..many ideas on the thread on '40-'41 Ford pickups.
    It has to be something that brings a smile on your face when you open the garage door, or take that second look when walking away from it.
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  27. 32fenderless
    Joined: Jun 7, 2007
    Posts: 258


    I’ve not seen one comment/recommendation that I don’t agree with. Have fun changing it up.

    Sent from my iPhone using H.A.M.B.
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  28. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,005

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

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    Joined: Jul 10, 2008
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