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Features Take a Look at the Texas Termite

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,019

    Staff Member

    J.Ukrop submitted a new blog post:

    Take a Look at the Texas Termite


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  2. Looks like it needs to live again.Like the '58 Texas inspection sticker.
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  3. uncleandy 65
    Joined: Jan 14, 2013
    Posts: 369

    uncleandy 65

    I must have missed this in the swap meet section. Oh wait, my attention was diverted because I was watching so I didn't get run over by the mobility scooters. NSRA is getting lazy, they collect the entry fee and that is the last time you see them. The front gate is the perfect area, total lack of organization. I think this is the last NSRA event I will attend. If a 1984 Chevy suburban is considered a STREET ROD then it's time to move on.
  4. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,262


    I'd take it Joey
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  5. AmishMike
    Joined: Mar 27, 2014
    Posts: 364


    Love it as is. Install a big six & put it on the street
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  6. Jimmy B
    Joined: May 4, 2004
    Posts: 5,668

    Jimmy B

    What an awesome old hot rod!
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  7. How much was it?
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  8. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,481

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I'd walk past the perfect show quality builds to eye that one..super cool!
    Yeah, what was the price?
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  9. NewGuyOldFord
    Joined: Jan 17, 2011
    Posts: 529


    Looks like $13,000 or best offer from the one picture you can see the price on the for sale plaque.
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  10. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,973


    Just needs a built 392” and some love... very cool piece!
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  11. bschwoeble
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 373


    I can feel my heart beating faster. I've attended several NSRA nationals, starting around 1975-76. Clicked onto you tube for coverage because I missed the 50 year anniversary. I'm not feeling sorry I didn't go. Too many late models.
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  12. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 7,912

    from Mesa, Az

    Man that's cool.
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  13. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,389


    Ain't That a sweet piece? Just Imagine it stuffed with a Cross-Rammed 440! I can't believe that it's still for sale.
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  14. Shadow Creek
    Joined: May 14, 2014
    Posts: 136

    Shadow Creek
    from Summit, TX


    With quote “Not your run-of-the-mill 1932 Ford 3-window coupe. This one is a 1932 Plymouth 3-window Coupe...”


    No info but found this... taking a second look I realize one of these pictures is the same picture posted in the original story

    Last edited: Aug 10, 2019
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  15. Hemiman 426
    Joined: Apr 7, 2011
    Posts: 463

    Hemiman 426
    from Tulsa, Ok.

    Honestly, if I had attended that show, that would probably be sitting in my garage now!
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  16. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,189


    Never been a "patina" fan but a day's worth of scrubbing with CLR and get the safety items freshened up and figure out what Mopar engine to stick in it. That 330 Desoto in the shed would be a bit small for that one though.
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  17. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,451



    What kind of place is it that offers one of my favorite sandwiches in 2019? I thought those cool sandwiches went out with skinny whitewalls and green high top tennies. A “fried balogna sandwich” better known as a fried “baloney” sandwich was the primary meal for our own lunches and sometimes for breakfast. My dad started us off on these sandwiches on those long, Buick, family road trips and crazy fishing trips. Nothing settles our stomachs, better than a fried baloney sandwich.

    When he got tired of using the skinny slices of processed baloney, my dad had the neighborhood butcher sell us a huge, hot dog, looking, chunk of baloney (balogna) It was a normal hot dog, 50 times in size. Then we could cut the slices as thick as we wanted and actually have fried baloney steaks for additional breakfast and lunch meals.

    I cooked those thick slices on the grilling plate or pan, the smell permeated my clothes. That was good and bad. Good, when driving the 40 Ford Sedan Delivery, on those road trips just filled up the inside with great smells and flavors rolling in my mind while driving. Bad, the aroma of freshly fried baloney permeated my clothes.

    So, when I walked into my first period high school English class, everyone looked around to see who cooked breakfast. My friends knew it was me... ha! Fried, custom made, baloney (balogna) sandwiches...nothing better, any time of the day or night.
    As far as taking them on our surf trips up and down the coast, I was well known for having plenty of sandwiches for a growing teenager. Those fried baloney sandwiches went a long way in the “trade for” bartering system on those surf related road trips.


    My wife thought they were gross, until I made one for her. Then it was part of our meal rotation for lunches. Maybe it was that I cooked the meal and not her. Who knows… Add in mustard, lettuce and thick toast for a surprise taste that makes anyone remember how good they were. Yes, baloney (balogna) is just the same processing as an ordinary hot dog…no one wants to get into the explanation of how it is made… But, it WAS/IS very tasty…

    Now, that 1932 Plymouth Coupe was in the next generation of Gas Coupes and Sedans. Nice photos of that historic gas coupe. By late 1960, all drag racing cars were obligated to move the Moon Tanks outside of the cabin in front or the rear areas as required by the rules. Most chose the front for ease of space and attachment.

    That movement started the dreaded “Moon Tank in front of the radiator” look. On the West Coast, most Gas Coupes and Sedans still had the Moon Tank hidden inside of the fenders and radiator for better wind flow. But the fad exploded to include lots of odd looking cars for the street and at the drags.

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  18. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 12,488


    That was surely a nasty contender...still oozing the desire to get back to business

    Thanks for sharing that @J.Ukrop
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  19. Also known as a "Kentucky Steak Sammidge". ;)
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  20. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,389


    My Southern born and raised Wife introduced me to fried bologny sammiches decades ago. We don't have them very often, so they are still a treat. Now, what that has to with a piece of drag racing's past, I don't know, but Jnaki has brought up another memorable subject (as usual)!
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  21. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 3,451


    Hey C,

    Thanks for liking those fried baloney sandwiches as a fan favorite. But, it was J. Ukrop that brought up the “Fried Balogna Sandwich” episode in the topic. Once I read that paragraph, all thoughts went to my favorite, a home cooked, fried baloney sandwich. While finishing the whole story, thread and new posts, I could “litrelly”… (British pronunciation of literally) smell the aroma of fried baloney slices frying in my mom’s Revere, stainless, chrome pan on the stove. We fried almost everything back in those days.

    J.Ukrop: “It’s no secret that the Street Rod Nationals can be a strange place. During my trip to Louisville last week, I saw nearly 13,000 cars crammed onto the grounds of the Kentucky Expo Center. Some were good, some were bad, some fit the guidelines here and the vast majority of them didn’t. In Derby City, i was asked to run in a 3 a.m. footrace, OFFERED A FRIED BOLOGNA SANDWICH, overheard some conversations I wished I hadn’t, and watched one hell of a homegrown burnout contest that lasted until...”

    Those are memories that just stay ingrained in one’s brain and are called up when something triggers that memory and smell. We are well trained “Pavlovian” dogs in our own history. No salivating here, but the smell of fried baloney sandwiches make me wonder and a definite hunger starts pounding my brain.


    As far as drag racing and fried baloney sandwiches are concerned, the two hours to Riverside Raceway in 1959 and almost 3 hours to Bakersfield Smokers March Meet in 1960, supplied several “fried baloney sandwiches” for a couple of growing teenagers. They definitely made the long road trip fun and satisfying. Of course, the dragstrip hot dogs are another story.
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  22. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,389


    OK, you caught me! I guess I skimmed Joey's post (something I rarely do) and missed the part about the sandwiches. Now, about the triggers. I try to explain to my kids (and grandkids) about those little doors behind which our (older people's) memories are kept. They just say, "Yeah sure, Dad" and generally just laugh. That is one of the many things that I Love about the HAMB as there are many on here that post things which activate these triggers, Joey and yourself being among them. As is said, "Thanks for the memories!" Til next time, Carp.
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  23. Looks like it needs a Small Block Chevy and be made race ready. I hate to see old race cars (Drag or Oval track turned into street cars)
  24. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,973


    Maybe so .... but I still think she’s aching for a Hemi!

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