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So my Dad's got this doodlebug...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hillbilly4008, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. hillbilly4008
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    Last summer a guy told my father that he could have this old doodlebug that was sitting at his camp. Time went by, and my father never took him up on his offer. Fast forward to this past Saturday(day before Father's day), I told him that I'd give him the '31 A banger motor I have as a father's day present if he went and picked up the doodlebug.

    Today we went and brought it home. Honestly it is in much better shape than I expected. I'll have it running for him by the weekend (I hope). The rest is up to him.
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  2. DJLATIN
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    that's some hillbilly shit right there i must say.
     
  3. pwschuh
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    The bus seat is a classic. Time to get it prepped for the Doodlebug class at Pebble Beach.
     
  4. 60galaxieJJ
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    oh god i hear banjos lol
     

  5. photofink
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    You need another hand truck handle for the other side... then it'll be safe.
     
  6. KustomCars
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  7. The37Kid
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    Oooooooooooooo check out the 20 inch 1928 AA big wires! That is a nice looking bug! Bob.............Just remembered at some point in production they came in left and right hand studs/lugs.
     
  8. reece
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    I like the swivel mounted on top of the front spring pack. Any chance you could post some pics of that area. I have a friend who is putting a doodlebug together presently.


    Thanks, Reece
     
  9. hillbilly4008
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    Dude, you have no idea. While we were driving home and I could just tell that the gears are turning in my dad's head. So I had to ask him what he's thinking.

    "Do you think I can license this for street use?:D"

    And speaking of banjos, you guys should've seen where the camp was. It went from two lane blacktop, to back country roads, then to a gravel road, and finally to this dirt path that led us about a half mile back into the woods. Fuckin' hot as hell, I was sweatin my ass off as I was trying to knock down all the weeds around the thing. Then the bees and deer flies came out...
     
  10. reece
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    "Do you think I can license this for street use?:D"

    That is a classic line.
     
  11. ClintsToys
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    Now that is a project, nice.
     
  12. It does have big & littles on it = traditional. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Bottom line... the old mans dreaming and skeeming, priceless! Good job.

    Now strike up the banjo and hide the ointment
     
  14. hillbilly4008
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    Thanks Bob, I'll let ya know after we snap a couple.
     
  15. bigbadcad
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    could this be the first ratrod barn/woods find? that makes it a traditional correct? HAHA!!
     
  16. BHT8BALL
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    How about a picture of how the rear end connects to the trans, I'll show you mine if you show me yours! Mine currently has two A trans inline hooked to a passenger rearend but I want to change to a truck rear end similar to yours. Thx, Pat
     
  17. hillbilly4008
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    I'll get some more pics up tomorrow. So far I've got a request for the front spring mount/pivot and trans/axle. It has a truck trans in it, with the reverse lockout. Currently stuck in neutral, as is the rear driverside drum.

    PS, I'll be looking for some used 19" tires for him. These two are trashed. I put air in them before taking it off the trailer, the tube in one popped and scared the hell out of me.
     
  18. The37Kid
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    Take a photo of the rear drum, there are early/late narrow/wide versions. I think the lugs may have an L or R if they have a flat not acorn shape. Bob. :)
     
  19. Jalopy Joker
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    now that is one Cool something or another. can't wait for the pic of it flying down the road with a Cop trying to catch it - Ha!
     
  20. Jagman
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    When did they have chrome radiator shells?
     
  21. BOWTIE BROWN
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    The BLUE BIRD seat , I think they still do buses . KOOL BEANS
    B.B.
     
  22. slickhale
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    My grandpa had one like that. If you were too poor to afford a tractor you made one of those. Farmers are creative bastards.
     
  23. hemifarris
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    The one shown is a 1930. '30-'31s were stainless
     
  24. hillbilly4008
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    I can't figure out what they used this for. Being from Central New York I can't believe there is no snow plow attachment( AND THIS ONE CAME OFF THE TUGG HILL PLATEAU). The rear end only has a small hitch plate on it with a 5/8" hole, but even that is about 3 feet from the ground?!?!?!?! Maybe it was just a field car:confused:

    Regardless of what it was for, when he gets it driving you can bet your ass I'm gonna take it out on the jeep trails:D
     
  25. brownsmetal
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    Neat! where was it? Tug Hill, brantingham, Old Forge? There are a bunch of these setting in the woods around Brantigham. For those wondering what in the hell was the purpose of these...... they were built for some as cheap tractors. Hunters soon found out that they would go through very deep snow and mud (pre-4x4) and could be built cheap to reach remote areas before NYS wilderness became forever wild and was closed down to all motorized vehicles. They seem to be a north east thing.
     
  26. hillbilly4008
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    Brown, The physical mailing address is Constableville. But in geographical terms I would call it Fish Creek towards Osceola. For those of you that don't know Osceola is home of the Fiddler's Hall of Fame
    http://nysotfa.homestead.com/hofpage.html
     
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  27. hey thats gonna be a great machine:D and it even has a heater, you are ready for cool weather:rolleyes:
     
  28. slickhale
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    Those things were real common in southern west virginia, well at least according to my grandpa. He actually still had his in a shed until the mid '80s, i used to play on it. His was made from a '30 tudor and the rear axle was out of a dual rear wheel dump truck with just the inside wheels on it. He only used it to farm for one year because my grandma told him if she was gonna help him farm he had to buy a real tractor and a real mowing machine so she didnt have to sit on the horse drawn mower while he pulled it with the A tractor. Its a cool find, glad you bought it before some rodent rodder bought it and bolted an iron cross to the hood and called it a hot rod.
     
  29. SCRIBE35
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    Deer hunters in Vermont have 'em to pull home the venison!

    Guys from other states pull their meat at home....
     
  30. mlagusis
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    scarry...but cool at the same time.
     

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