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Features The Lee Pratt '40

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,213

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Lee Pratt '40

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    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
  2. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,699


    Prettiest car Henry ever built!
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  3. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,555

    from Garner, NC

    Wow, she is looking good these days.
  4. Albeit your loss your writing stamina is at 100%, as usual.
    Gorgeous car.
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  5. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    Pretty sure that is MY favorite in his stable as well! I haven't looked at Pat Ganahl's article in TRJ in years, but doesn't it start with something like "It was supposed to be purple..." I remember the story being the base goat went down and it was decided that it should stay! Good call. I also remember it having an Olds for power, but the small block is equally cool in my book.

    I love how this car blurs the line between custom and hot rod without going to far over to either side. That is a major hard thing to do! To much "custom" and the "Hot rod" disappears, to much "hot rod" and there is no way of "custom" working. This one nails it!
  6. 39-2dr
    Joined: Jun 4, 2007
    Posts: 284

    from MISSOURI

    Had a chance to see it live at Pete and Jakes's for the 40th anniversary weekend. In fact I was parked next to it Friday afternoon and evening. It's very striking in person.
  7. jroberts
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,617


    An absolutely gorgeous automobile, no doubt about it. Glad to have you back, Ryan.
  8. I love his '40 but then '40 Coupes have been at the top of my list of best looking hot rods since I was a little kid. Glad you're back, Ryan. It will get incrementally easier to deal with as time goes by. Take it a day at a time and remember all of the great memories. The pain never goes away completely, the edges just get a little less sharp as the years go by.
  9. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,259

    Staff Member

    Welcome back, Ryan. It looks like the combination of car, camera, lighting and photographer were perfectly in tune that night, and I'm glad we're able to witness the fruits of that effort.
  10. I think by the approach you are taking, you will have got back on that horse
    without realizing you did. Perhaps something you didn't need to "try" to do.

    Great car, write up and pictures
  11. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,303


    That is one FINE looking hot rod.
  12. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 2,415


    That '40 is the definition of cool, when built and now. Glad to see you back on your horse. {Flowmeister: I didn't mean to borrow your metaphor... I just hunt and peck real slow}
  13. mgbtc
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
    Posts: 112


    Beautiful 40. Glad your are kind of back. It just takes time.
  14. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,464



    Outstanding feature Boss. Like the tormented, hard-drinking writer, your anquish does not affect your work.
    Great having you back.
  15. your dad lives on in you, and the generations to on.
    i always liked cars like this, you called them "casual", i think they have the look of the original car but with custom touches that make you know it is a hot rod. It is the unknown about how "hot rodded" it is......until you line up next to it and wait for the flag to drop that makes me like it and yet it could be put back to stock.
  16. Jkustom
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
    Posts: 1,680


    Glad to hear from ya bro.
  17. Shamus
    Joined: Jul 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,169

    from NC

    It takes a while to get over (or should I say - "learn to live with") a significant lose of family.

    I think those WWW w/Olds Fiestas say "hey, look at me"!! Gorgeous car.
  18. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,758

    Member Emeritus

    Welcome back Keep pluggin' away to take your mind off of it.

    I really like the 39 Deluxe...Swing out WS, floor shift. I saw one 30 years ago at Hershey that I can't get out of my mind. An un-restored survivor that was a great beater!!!
  19. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    Welcome back ,Ryan.I've always found that channeling my sorrow into something creative tends to give it more meaning and substance.Keep on keepin' on.
  20. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,129


    Nice shots brother.
  21. Bitchin' Forty!

    I've admired it ever since it appear in The Rodder's Journal Number Thirteen:

    TRJ 13 Front Cover.JPG TRJ 13 Back Cover.JPG
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2014
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  22. One of my all time favorite Henry models. absolutely cool car! BTW, welcome back.
  23. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    While the car itself is nice, what really gets my attention is the quality of the photographs that was taken with camera setup that's over 50 years old. Amazing!
  24. Very cool. One of the reasons I regretted not being able to make it up to the Pete & Jake's 40th open house.
  25. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 4,947

    from Kansas

    Great write up.........We met him this past year at the P&J's open was funny that my father and him 'hit it off', because he might have known about one of his previous cars in small town America in was pretty cool how humble he was about what he has built over the years and I tried to remember 'word for word' his story's. Legend. I wish that I could have asked for him to sign something stupid, but I didn't have the gut's to be "that guy". RULER! as GERM used to say.......
  26. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 4,947

    from Kansas

    Oh yea, and his '40 was covered in bugs..........his cars are drivers. @Ryan, didn't you ride with him to Salina a couple of years back.
  27. Orange54
    Joined: Mar 6, 2004
    Posts: 795

    from Missouri

    Beautiful. Where did you find a roll of film?
  28. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,669


    Glad you're back, Ryan, and your writing is working just fine.

    Lee is a really nice man, and he builds exceptionally tasty cars. I hope he finishes a new one some day soon.
  29. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,669


    No kidding, I was thinking the same damn thing. Great to have ya back boss.
  30. EarlyFordV8
    Joined: Oct 20, 2013
    Posts: 115

    from Dallas

    Gorgeous 40 ...but a Ford in a Ford is more better.

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