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Features T A I L D R A G G E R S..... again...

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by kustombuilder, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. michaelvz51
    Joined: May 24, 2011
    Posts: 782

    from So Cal
    1. HAMB Merc Club

    I have now been schooled on specific genre taildraggers. This is good period correct info
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  2. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
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    Jalopy Joker

  3. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 6,511


    Rear end Down. Front end UP Scan0124.jpg !
  4. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
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  5. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,328

    Dave Mc

    My 48 was inherited from my brother, he had traded for the car shortly before he passed away, the body work was already as you see it in the pics. I am adding a close-up pic of the Taillamps, They appear to be raised up from the fender surface and molded in?
  6. ne'erdowell
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 495


    FWIW I'm pretty sure those are '40 Buick Roadmaster tail lights. They look great!
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  7. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 12,147

    jimmy six

    If the pencil exhaust tips are not wore 1/2 down it not a tail dragger yet… In the 50’s that was the true sign of one…
  8. skooch
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  10. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 7,545


    What a topic title. It is very descriptive and clear as day as to what is coming your way down the street. When we were growing up in the Westside of Long Beach we saw plenty of “taildraggers…” But, that moniker was not used then. The older local kids had friends and cousins living in Compton, Dominguez, Wilmington, all surrounding Long Beach to the North and West. They drove all kinds of cool looking cars. Most of them were lowered and barely able to go through an intersection that had drainage dips.

    Yes, some of them did drag their tails… But, for a lowered custom car driven on the streets, on level streets, they were low, but rolling without too many mishaps. A flat tire was not the owner’s best friend. At the time in the late 50s-early 60s, those lowered cars were being stopped for unsafe modifications to their street legal cars.

    What was the biggest worry? A low pressure tire allowing the gas tank becoming the lowest point of contact with the ground as the custom car was moving. Then as the metal heated, an explosion or sparks started, causing catastrophic results. The later versions of skid plates covering the gas tank area, thus creating their own “sparks show” anytime they wanted to show others.


    So, the custom cars had a lowered stance all around. Then some got adjustable suspension, which led to automatic lowering either end of the custom car rolling down the street. At any time, rolling or standing still at a stoplight was a show in itself.

    We used to see the tail dragging shows when a single car wanted to try and impress anyone, with the ability to drive straight with some sparks flying out of the tail end of the car(s).
    Tail draggers? What was the purpose? We, little kids were impressed, but as time rolled on, what was the attraction? Bad riding, worse handling, uncomfortable when going over bumps and parking was a distance away from the damaging curbs… But, what a show it was, when the sparks flew… YRMV


    1959 A real “Tail Dragger”… power in action.

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  11. Bullet Nose
    Joined: Nov 20, 2001
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    Bullet Nose

  12. Orn
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,089


    My 1950 Fleetline. 89376ca9_l.jpeg
  13. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
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    Rand Man

    Looks like l’m gonna be looking through 34 pages of taildraggers.
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  14. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
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    Ain't nothing wrong with that
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  15. 59elcaminodave
    Joined: Jul 29, 2012
    Posts: 71

    from Md.-De.

  16. In the old neighbourhood..:

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  17. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,942


    A lot of great 41-48 FoMoCo in here. Can these be dropped like that without a chop?
  18. Valley Customs sure did it successfully.
  19. fine29
    Joined: Sep 13, 2008
    Posts: 565

    from Des Moines

    F55507F3-4F9E-41AB-998A-5B30352A66E8.jpeg Here’s my contribution

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