The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by theloosecannon707, Nov 20, 2009.
Can you tell me how much you took out of the A pillar and out of the rear??
whoa that car is no joke...
It was dark, I’d say around 10 to 10:30, had to be a Friday as well...
I walked out to my car, after enough rust sanding I imagine I could of made the bismark look brand new. Anyways, I walked to my car and went for a schlitz, the original mind you, not the malt liquor crap they sell in vons, but the original red and gold cans. Like I was saying I walked to my car, and as I stood there outside the garage I heard a boisterous brap! brap! as a black roadster came screeching into the parking lot...
Now in this certain instance, I was introduced with an amazing example of the connection between car and man, and the sometimes obvious connection they have to each other. That is to say, where as one often reflects each other, you know what I mean? like the people in the dog park and their dog looks just like them... Well cars are the same, to an extent... Usually at a car show its hard because now adays so many people build cars for the show and for what they think others would like, seldom in this group of "enthusiests" is it a build that comes from their own creativity or their own background and love for the vehicle... that sickness is what birthed the booming market of billet, i mean come on, they want a vicky because their dad had one, or they learned to drive on one, well great go get it, but you didnt learn to drive on a model a with a digital dash and bullet hole stickers on the decklid... Anyways, outside the attention whoring builders who build to please the masses, there are cultures of people who do it the old fashioned way (hambers)...
For instance, my grandfather built his 34 Ford 3 window out of the parts he could afford and what he could do with his own hands, and thats the way the car stayed long into his life, until he had to part with it. When you see photos of that car its hard to tell where grandpa ended and the car started, they had the same personality, almost the same physical features, it was a true and honest reflection of him. Well im way off point here, but I was trying to say that most people who build hot rods, with the exception of the ones who build them just for shows and the soccer moms, are very much invested into their cars and it is obvious. Actually, the best example is my friends Peter and Scott. When you see there car in a parking lot late on Thursday evening, or in front of McCarthys Irish Pub, and of the 10 people standing around their chopped 47 Buick fastback, you know its theirs... not because their boasting the pink but because of the striking resemblance.
My apologies, im easily distracted... So this roadster comes hauling ass into the parking lot likes hes getting paid for it, tires smoking like a broke down coupe de ville, headers hot as a 2 dollar pistol. If I remember correctly it’s a slammed, jet black 27 t roadster, as low as he could get it. Now the driver who I’ve never met, sat like a big plump moon right on the top of a horizon of his decklid... I mean he was a big fella and he sat high, so to best explain it; as tall as the car was, from ground to door top, he sat from door top to the top of his beanie. Now, at the risk of sounding rude, which is not at all my aim here, he looked like the commercial from the super bowl a few years back where Mr Potatohead is driving the convertible miata or whatever and bellowing out of the top of the car, head way over the windshield, and Mrs Potatohead loses her lips, it looked alot like that. Only the roadster was way cooler then the red sports car.
Anyways, as it pulled up the big fella hopped out and went inside the garage to talk to my compadres Scott and Peter.
Before long they all three emerged and told me they had something they had to show me. Now these guys are my mates, and they are seldom not smiling and even more seldom not welding, so to see them cut from their work, and straight face, I knew they wanted to show me something important. As we walked to (I found out to be named Josh) the roadster I felt almost in trouble, a little weary, everything was tense around me but quite... I mean small talk was happening but it was small talk that was obviously dancing around the "object" that had to be shown and for that reason it made the dull words into a silence. Words were heard but not listened too. As I stood there, Josh was in no hurry, as he slowly opened his trunk and rustled around a while.
I think the fact that his big frame blocked anyone from seeing into the trunk added a mystery to the "object"...
Josh pulled from his trunk a black backpack and walked back over to the well lit garage and bent down on the ground and began to open it. He pulled out a pulley, a few springs, and metal "c" shaped brace of some kind, and gently laid it on the floor like in a movie where the surgeon slowly prepares his medical table with all his blades and saws... At last he pulled out a large round object and handed it to me, as I turned it over and brushed off the dust, it read, McCulloch Supercharger... I was speechless. Dumbfounded. Gobsmacked. I could barely hear him saying something about the 57 t bird it came off of, and how it works like new, and all the parts are there... though he was 2 feet away from me... All I could hear was Charlie Brown parent noises, just dull sounds over my own thoughts. If I could equate it to music, their voice was elevator music, and my thoughts were slash's guitar solo in November Rain...
Anyways I fumbled for some cash in my pocket, paid josh the few hundred bucks he wanted to get out of hawk to some big mean bastard who felt he deserved interest on something or other, I didn’t care, I had my super charger... and man was it cool! I half heartedly expected to look up and see the old knight from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade lookign at me saying, "You have chosen.........wisely"
Holy shit, what time did this occur??? At 3:50 PM est I was listening to that guitar solo by G & Fuckin R!!!!! Hahaha!!!
Anyways, I can't believe that this car is going to end up a bonneville styled racer equipped with a McCulloch. I mean, how fucking cool is that? Can't wait to see was transpires for this car. What a great turn of events for yourself.
this evening ill post some photos of the super charger, its bad ass!
I'ma call you "F-code" from nows on.
Ive also decided ild like to run a 409 or 348 and ive been looking for something in decent shape to rebuild. If anyone has one and might be interested in parting with it, let me know!
this is so rad. makes me adjust my perspective on things slightly. thanks for the slap on the back of the head.
Wonderful writing, Great craftsmanship.
Nebber subscribed to a thread before, but took the time to figure out how to subscribe to this one.
Look forward to all the future postings.
this is more better than TV
Now if we could only get someone in there with a camera that could take a decent shot we would be in heaven. Your righting is vivid enough so we don't need it but I can't say it would not be as LowKat puts it..."more better".
Also 34 plates! now thats nice.
Happy thanksgiving to everyone!
Here is a few pictures of the inner bracing to replace all the wood. tacking it all together. Some info about the chop is it was cut down 5 in the back and 6 to 6.5 in the front. The A pillars were leaned roughly 15*. The Back window was chopped four inches and the curve was reshaped and narrowed 3 inches. The quarter windows were moved up to meet the stock location of the B pillar and a filler piece was added and gas welded up. The whole chop was hammer welded up and we plan on doing lead filler and clearing over the bare metal. As mentioned above there is a mcculloch supercharger hopefully on a 409 or 348. The suspension is going to be early ford monoleaf front and back with an open driveshaft. Got a set of 36 stock split bones for the lower links. Everything else from here is undecided...first things first!!
this is my dads 33 chevy looks supper cool my pop slaped a ford strait axle with a model A cross member
1. I admire the read, top job
2. I admire the passion exibited
3. I admire the excitement illustrated
However, think of the following as constructive criticism, as I'd really like you guys to end up with a car that has the elegance as the words.....
1. drop the 'scenester' B.S. with that staged photo, grinding whilst drinking beer whilst smoking....who are you trying to kid
2. build yourselves a simple RHS roller, not hard or costly, and will offer you a MUCH better result in a much quicker fashion than splicing it as you currently have
3. Before throwing RHS 'any-and-everywhere'tm D), think about what your trying to achieve, what's required, and the most effective way to get there.
Not out to bust ya chops, love the passion illustrated, just want to see you guys do equally a great job on the build, that car has potential, will be fun
DAMN.... I love this car. I am SO glad to see that "Oildripper" out of there and a Chevrolet engine in the works. How 'bout a 235-261 Chevy Banger? We have some VERY cool parts in the works.
Loosecannon you are BY FAR the best storyteller on the Hamb!
Keep the updates coming and everything looks GREAT so far.
Ooltewah Speed Shop
yeah, what Kevin said......
What? my brother was actually cutting the bracing and we thought it would be funny to take a picture with the pabst can....sorry to be a "scenster" not everyone can be origional as you. Come on we don't need any downers here everyone else likes the thread
cool thread ....car is looking good keep up the good work...
Cool thread, and a wicked chop...
going today to look at a 348 for this bad boy, i can see today shaping into another chapter!
"I want to go fast." I like that! It should be lettered over the gauge cluster or the bottom edge of the hood side or somewhere that it serves as a visual reminder when you are working on it or firing it up. Keep up the great work.
WOO i found a 348, going this weekend to pick her up, made the deal already. Man its a match made in heaven too. Aparently it came out of a 58 impala and has been sitting in a shed in Fresno under a bunch of better looking engines. But ill tell you what its just right for this car, personailty wise, its a second chance. This car is becoming all about rebirth, renewal, and redemption....
Cool, the 348 is a pretty rad engine. A little less lakes and little more drag strip though which is cool if your are going for that look. You should set that fucker back about 30% into the cowl and tip the nose up on the stance. Happy for ya man!
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