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The Illusion of Progress: A Hot Rod '34 Ford Coupe

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by general gow, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. general gow
    Joined: Feb 5, 2003
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    general gow
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    It's okay @Tuck. This journey has been dangerously deep. I have contemplated selling the body several times because I was concerned that I was too completely wrapped up in my dad's dream to ever really make it mine. I have thought that I couldn't live up to his legacy. I have thought that because what I want from this car and what he wanted were so far apart that I could never do it justice. But, I've built two other cars since I first got it, and while completely different, they have come together right next to this one. I've learned a ton along the way, and thought about this car constantly, and am at the point now where I feel like I know what I want this car to be outside of where my dad was headed with it, and I'm very pleased to see it progress along each small step. I've also come to the conclusion that life is for the living, and if I want to honor him the best thing I can do is make this pile of parts a car and drive the wheels off it. That's the best tribute I can possibly pay him. It doesn't matter how far apart our visions were. What matters is that it becomes a car that eats up miles.

    At some point, this thread isn't going to reflect an illusion of progress any longer, but real honest-to-goodness progress that results in a killer hot rod. I am really excited for that point. And it's closer than I can imagine. Once the snow ball of a million little things gets rolling, it's hard to stop.
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  2. general gow
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    anyone have pics of 33-34 sheet metal door jamb tins installed?

  3. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
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    Get ahold of 2muchstuff. Doesn't he have one?
  4. general gow
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    I got answers on IG. I was correct about my assumptions. I know how to install them now.
  5. wheeldog57
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    Just went through whole thread, neat build Mr. Gow. You got it right bro- many miles with many smiles would make any old man proud- see you in october
  6. general gow
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  7. general gow
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    then some rad dudes like @Slick Willy, captain bawb, cousin bill, cousin bob, @Mikel50, and almost-uncle-tim came by to lift the body on the chassis for the first time in waaaaay too long.

    [​IMG]34 ford body crew by general gow, on Flickr

    [​IMG]34 ford 4 by general gow, on Flickr

    [​IMG]34 ford 3 by general gow, on Flickr

    [​IMG]34 ford 2 by general gow, on Flickr

    [​IMG]34 ford 1 by general gow, on Flickr

    so now i'm working on sorting out f100 steering box placement in the frame rails, and what i'll use for pedals. i have a set of f1 pedals, and i'm getting my hands on a set of 39s, so we'll see what happens.
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2017
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  8. hasty
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
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    Looks fantastic
  9. RAT "T"
    Joined: Mar 27, 2010
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    RAT "T"

  10. BobPer
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
    Posts: 282


    Mark, Soooo glad to see you back on the 34. That's progress, and it's not an illusion! Hope to see it in person soon. Keep at it, Bob
  11. Mikel50
    Joined: Mar 30, 2015
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    A 20 page build thread on a night with no kids ... thanks for occupying my evening.
    Happy to help ya ! Car looks even better in person

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  12. hoop
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
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    Looking good Mark!
  13. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,608


    Looks fantastic, can't wait to see it scoot down the road.
  14. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,547


    Oh man that's sexy. You're in the home stretch Mark
  15. greaser
    Joined: Apr 30, 2006
    Posts: 862


    We've all been waiting anxiously to see the body on the chassis Mark, and I'm certainly not disappointed. Looking absolutely incredible!
    Looks like you had help from some serious hot rod buddies.
    I need to get over there to catch up with you, and others I have not yet met.
    Carry on, my friend.... I'll race you to the road!
  16. Tuck
    Joined: May 14, 2001
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    Tech Editor
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    Really cool to see this all together Gow! :) Good work man-
  17. So great to see this coming together!
    I know this is a lot more than just a car.
  18. My envy for you knows no bounds. Your 34 is pure sex my friend, pure sex.

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