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Features "Snoopy" Model A Hot Rod Survivor

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Denns1989, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. I have a dog named Snoopy. He's black. Definitely a name used differently these days. Still waiting for a west coast hip hop rapper to sue me. I think a couple shirts regarding a silver hot rod survivor would be safe from the wrath of the Schultz estate......but what do I know?
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2014
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  2. Robert Crosse
    Joined: Sep 10, 2014
    Posts: 153

    Robert Crosse
    from WNY

  3. bigorangetruck
    Joined: Oct 23, 2012
    Posts: 54

    from TX

    AW Man, such a great story! Builder stories over Beer to boot! Have a Blast, can't wait to see more,
  4. Runnin shine
    Joined: Apr 12, 2013
    Posts: 3,319

    Runnin shine

    I didn't mean for it to say outright "Snoopy" I meant the car. As for its name... " if you don't know, then you wouldn't understand".

    "Listen Mr... It ain't broke if I can't fix it"
  5. ironandsteele
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,378


    All I can say is wow. And thank you for sharing this. Very happy for you-what a great story!
  6. orangeamcs
    Joined: Jun 23, 2007
    Posts: 609


    Ask the original builder what he would have done for tires and or wheels at the time he built it if he could have bought anything he wanted. It may "complete" the car.
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  7. Denns1989
    Joined: Aug 6, 2014
    Posts: 551


    "Snoopee" T-Shirts ! Great Idea ! how can I make that happen ?

    Busy day doing everything but work on Snoopy, however I did take some time to shoot more pics & video & measure up rad hoses, remove generator for rebuild & confirm that the the carb is a "94" so I can order a kit... Here is a more detailed "walk around"

    I have limited internet connection, but I will post more in day or so, until then - Enjoy & Thanks !
  8. Markmonty
    Joined: Apr 5, 2012
    Posts: 66

    from Gerorgia

    Too cool!!

    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
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  9. Very cool, love the video walk around.
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  10. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    That is such a cool video!!!

    I like the car even more now. Regarting your rusty wheel caps, I would look for some slightly better at a show, but not new, that would look wrong.
    The are the only item of the car, that stands out. Because everything else look like the standard of a really good daily driver. But they just look broken, but other old ones would look just like any other piece of chrome on the car.

    But it looks so good it's hard to belive it's a car thats around to this day, it's a freaking time capsal.
    It looks like time stood still, no degeneration/deteriation.

    You did good so fare.
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  11. Denns1989
    Joined: Aug 6, 2014
    Posts: 551


    I agree if I can find some used caps, just don't want brand new...

    We will see if you still like the car after I post the pictures of the underside :)

    I call the underside a "dogs breakfast", it's kinda "messy" it's functional but far from pretty, I think a clean up & a couple rattle cans of something will make it look better.. plus, I remember reading that lots of customs & hot rods from back in the day looked really nice on the side that people saw, but it was a whole other story on the other side ;-)

    Looking from front towards back...


    and then the X-member from the 47 Merc was "trimmed to fit" also note the "fitting" done the the floor pan from the 47 Merc as well above the drive shaft :)


    this one shows the 1/4 plate brace that was applied when the rear frame was bumped up & the Merc rear suspension fit in...


    and then this shot showing the 1/4" metal strap from the frame rail down & under to saddle the body for a body mount on the rear... (note the remnants of the old exhaust pipe)


    I was brave enough to show the undersides of my untouched 50 + year old Hot Rod ! Hope some people get a laugh if anything !
  12. Yikes! Par for course, for the era....though. It is what it is, and it is what it ain't. Oxy acetyl and hammer build not TIG and CNC. Oh what.....the beauty queen has a hairy bush. I'm still down!
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2014
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  13. Don't let it bother you too much.
    If the car drives straight and the body doesn't squirm around on the frame,
    just find an old gray beard welder that can tighten things up and re-weld anything that looks suspect
    or unsafe.
    Oh I didn't see any shocks on the rear.
    If you add them, use what was available in 60's.
    I'm sure some guys on here have an old set of rears that are still good,
    and probably even an old mounting kit!
    Look on the brite side, you even have cross steering and a panhard bar!
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  14. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,094


    Pretty neat car you found, im kinda partial to survivors.
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  15. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    Okay, there more the one kind of beauty.
    And this will do.

    If it was mine I would go thrue all the welds on the frame, and fix broken, leave the rest.
    And a would'nt change anything on the body or the finish on the welds.
    But I would give it some kind of protection from dirt, water and other harmfull things.

    Those fishplating things shure is stout.
    But rather look like that, then nothing in there place.

    Do you have any kind of MOT/safety inspection in Canada?
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  16. Denns1989
    Joined: Aug 6, 2014
    Posts: 551


    Agreed and original builder & second owner commented that it rode well, tracked straight etc. So I'm not too concerned, also it does have standard " tube" shocks mounted on top of the axles, and go into a rienforced top mount inside the rear wheel well lip that the fender used to mount in before the fenders were raised.. so I just have to get some measurements & get some replacements.

    Yes I will only fix what needs fixing & repair in similiar fashion, I will spray something to ensure that surface rust doesn't turn into rott, probably a normal black undercoat that wears off over a period of time, I see evidence of that being used on this car before, I dont want to go with an epoxy or POR 15 type solution as that requires lots of suface prep, and just would seem out of place on this car ( to high end) ha ha - yes we have inspections , one time only - car has to meet requirements at time of manufacture (no seat belts required etc.) no leaks into interior compartment, no exhaust leaks, brakes have to be in spec, suspension tight, no rotten holes or cracks in frame, lights working, glass in place & in condition to not impair drivers vision etc. Independant shops ( non-chain) are best to go to as they work on older cars & are more familiar with requirements for older cars, not concerned about that.
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  17. Robert Crosse
    Joined: Sep 10, 2014
    Posts: 153

    Robert Crosse
    from WNY

    What Tony M. said....clean and straighten, make it SAFE.
    Re-do the frame mods if there is any question at all about the welds.
    Snoopee has some what.
    Just don't let him bite 'ya.

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  18. Jersey Joe 67
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 427

    Jersey Joe 67
    from J Town

    So great to see the car go to someone who see's the real value in preserving this old survivor. She was meant to be yours, good luck.
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  19. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,937


    Unless there is something wrong, maybe rusty shafts, I do not think your car has been driven enough to ware out the shocks. Replace only if defective! GREAT CAR! Gary
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  20. Man you crack me up
  21. That's kinda why you see guys put so much into a chassis now.

    I'd look at that as maybe, started but not finished. Up to you if you want to finish it but I surely wouldn't change much. A little finesse and polish on what's there. It may mean altering it into its finished state.
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  22. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 11,598


    So very happy for you , suck a cool Hot Rod.
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  23. im up for a snoopee tshirt, lots of great artists here on the hamb thatll make shirts a reality. check out the Friday art show, that's where they all hang out.
  24. Kensey
    Joined: Sep 25, 2006
    Posts: 737

    from Pittsburgh

    Ha Ha Ha, love it!!! Gonna put that quote in my bank for later use.
  25. Great story........I think your plan is right on. Not being a Ford guy, I was wondering if that
    round disc with plug on bottom of the oil pan is an original thing or a mod.
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  26. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,807


    47Plym: From the looks of it, it's a '48-'53 truck pan. It has a junk basket up under that plate.
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  27. bowie is right, a sludge cleanout!
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  28. WOW! Love this old hot rod!
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  29. I dig it!
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  30. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,587

    from Denmark

    How is it comming? No Update?
    No driving around the block?

    Progress of any kind?

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