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History The First American Hot Rod and Our Grandfather's of Speed

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by T-Head, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. T-Head
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  2. Great read,,thanks for taking the time to post. HRP
     
  3. silent rick
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    why are all these manufacturers located in the midwest. was it the birth place of hotrodding? rutherford was in whiting indiana. slim worked at standard oil and did a lot of the machining on company time.
     
  4. tfeverfred
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    I would imagine the proximity to Detroit.
     
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  5. mwhistle
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    Those old hot rodders were really smart.
     
  6. BrerHair
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    Good stuff, would be nice to have dates associated with the old ads.
     
  7. oldiron73
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    Neat stuff thanks for sharing.......
     
  8. wsdad
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    Can't wait for the underslinging!!!!
     
  9. Jimbo17
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    Really great reading and learning about many of the great old companies.

    Thanks for posting Jimbo
     
  10. They could be board track racers. (one of the last )
    In the mid 1920s, Harry Miller was approached by the board track driver extraordinaire, Jimmy Murphey, and his mechanic, Riley Brett, to build a FWD board track ‘killer’. Miller suggested a transverse engine layout, but Murphey and Brett wanted a longitudinal layout to minimize the car’s frontal area. That’s what Miller did and the Miller FWD cleaned up the competition on board tracks. Miller used Ben Gregory’s de Dion front suspension in the process. Miller’s design was the basis of the Cord L29, cleaned up by C. W. van Ranst. (Brief history of FWD)
     
  11. Iowa used a white background with black lettering license plate in 1928. This may be the track that was built at the fairgrounds.
     
  12. out plowing
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    Those do not look like '28 Iowa plates to me

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  13. falcongeorge
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    I just found this thread, thanks to 37kid. Wow! Just...WOW! This thing is INCREDIBLE! Backyard Miller 122. :eek: Stuff like this gives me goosebumps.
     
  14. wicarnut
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    Thanks for posting! Very Kool thread. Love the history, and to answer the question on Midwest parts origins, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee area were the machine shop and manufacturing hub of the World in that time frame. John
     
  15. Great history, thanks for sharing.
     
  16. arkiehotrods
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you, great stuff!
     
  17. Great material, thanks.
     
  18. A.D.D.
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    Detroit was actually one of the wealthiest cities in America around the turn of the century. Lots of talent and resources in one place... kinda like Silicon Valley!!!!









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    Thanks for posting!
     

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