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Hot Rods The Quad Rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,703

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. Anderhart Speed
    Joined: Nov 8, 2009
    Posts: 356

    Anderhart Speed

    This car is cool, but you're right ryan. Describe it to me, and I'd be like "eh, might be ok" But when you see it, the car has something to it. I like it, aside from the odd headlights (which really aren't that bad compared to some other like-minded styling seen on other cars) everything looks good. Maybe it is still hiding in old man rivers haggard barn somewhere...
  3. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954


    I dig it, like most people will say im not the biggest fan of the headlights but they dont really look that out of place. And the yblock scores major points with me
  4. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 22,394


    Cars that were featured in the magazines back in the day were not the quality of what we expect today. However they inspired countless guys to build cars that turned out better. The first '32 Ford Hot Rod I ever saw locally in the early 1960's is a case in point. In my mind it was perfect, Chrysler HEMI, slicks, cycle fenders. Years later I found a feature on the car in one of the little page East Coast mags, looked nothing like the picture I'd had in my memory for years. I'll find it and post photos later.
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  5. I like the headlights. The whole car is awesome.
  6. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 38,751


    That thing was built in the era when I really started to recognize that cars were more than just how the Ol' Man made a living.

    I know that to a trad rodder they look a little garish but I just like 'em. I think its one of those things that you either like or don't; no one has ever been on the fence about that style of rod.
  7. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

    I think it's awesome!!! Maybe the headlights are not something that I would do but they are definitely something that I would be like "whoa that's so cool!" if I seen it on someone 's car. The rest of it is just right though. Very close to how I am going to build my '32 right down to the roll bar and moon caps. Only I hope to have a brutal 331 Hemi in between the rails.
  8. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,210

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Pretty straightforward ride, and I like the headlights. Different, yet not too out there. Kinda reminds me of those War of the Worlds spaceships.
  9. Nads
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 11,501

    from Hypocrisy

    I like everything about it.
  10. Headlights might look even better vertical.
  11. RDR
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,179


    gotta remember guys, 1958 was the year of QUAD headlights...latest high tech new thing to hit the automotive world...this guy was on the cutting edge to incorporate them into his build and evidently it worked,huh? on the cover....
  12. M.Edell
    Joined: Jun 5, 2009
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  13. Racrdad
    Joined: Jul 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,209


    I really like it!! Would really be cool to see it show up somewhere.
  14. F-6Garagerat
    Joined: Apr 12, 2008
    Posts: 2,650


    "east coast awkwardness"

    My one feeling was hurt for a second :eek:. I think it's pretty cool. The headlights kinda grow on ya after a bit. The guy was from KaZoo so maybe I'm a little biased.:D
  15. friggin"A"
    Joined: Dec 29, 2009
    Posts: 52


    agreed! thats what rods and customs were about back then... not that I was around for it, but when I pour through my old stacks of 50s mags I notice a ton of things people would scoff at today and probably not even attribute to that time period. I can't believe how many cars had nerf bars back then with the owners initials, etc., you rarely see that today

    these lights wouldn't be my first choice either, but they work, were cutting edge at the time, and at least they're not rectangular quads like in the 70s! :eek::eek:
  16. F-6Garagerat
    Joined: Apr 12, 2008
    Posts: 2,650


    Like Tommy Fosters Baby Blue 32 roadster with his "TOMMY" plate on the front. Another Michigan built car as well.
  17. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 21,467


    Yep, that was the hot lick at the time, especially for some show cars. The car could still be around with a few changes and one might not recognize it.

    Just like any other trendy or fad thing it wasn't every one's cup of tea then anymore than now but just like the way over size wheels and low profile tires that some of "those" guys think is the hot lick today those were the hot lick for the guys who had to have the latest thing then.

    Hell, I had a pair of lakes style headers on my T bucket in 1974 and guys were always asking why I wanted those "outdated" style headers on it. Each period in rodding time has it's little markers that show the trends of the time and that is what was one of the trends in the late 50's through the 60's.
  18. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    quad headlights on any hot rod are just fllat out ugly...and inconsistent

  19. Steve Hedke
    Joined: Sep 28, 2005
    Posts: 74

    Steve Hedke

    OK, I'll buck the trend and say I don't like the package. The Y block is cool, but the stance and pipes are awkward. The '57-'58 Ford steering wheel looks silly with a traditional dash. And the chopped grille looks out of proportion to the ride height.

    I agree that the quads would look better stacked. But how does the reference to "'36 Ford headlamps" work out? What does that mean?
  20. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 815


    Well maybe it's my east-coastness talking, but I like it. The quad headlights were definitely the thing at the time, and these are actually done nicely (not sure how he got there from '36 Ford lights though). For not having much rake the stance is great and that low and level exhaust really makes the whole car "flow."

    Wonder if it could've found its way to Philly somehow....
  21. johnny bondo
    Joined: Aug 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,547

    johnny bondo
    from illinois

    werent quad headlights made into a law in 1958? for some states? any car built then had to have them or something?
  22. DUDE I knew my car had a father somewhere out there. Finally another old Y-block powered cut down roadster haha
  23. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,213


    Looks cool A!! I wonder what the top end would be with the 4.44 gears? Cat
  24. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,990

    Member Emeritus

    If I were to find that car it would get a good scrubbing, a change of fluids, insurance and plates. Followed by me being gone for as long as I had money for gas. Can you imagine pulling into an event or cruise night with that thing. You'd be swamped for a couple of hours answering questions about it.

  25. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,699


    i think the headlight buckets are the 36 units, squeezed oval. now; how many of you just had a heart attack thinking about doing that with OEM parts?
  26. GARY?
    Joined: Aug 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,626


    The roll bar looks good. Sure would be a melon cracker though. Not a fan of the pipes. Cool car, would love to see it hiding in a garage down the street.
  27. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,252


    That car just fucking rules man......there needs to be more cars built these days in that style.....most cars these days seem to all follow the same basic "pattern"....

    I think my T will be getting quads....hehe
  28. Ashcraft
    Joined: Feb 4, 2010
    Posts: 39

    from Colorado

    There's a 50's style 34 Ford pickup around here that still has the quad lights.

    I hate 'em. They looked cool on 1958 Impalas and Plymouths, but not on hot rods. I remember a few 40 Fords with canted quad headlights back in the day. Somebody trying to improve on a design that was perfect to begin with.
  29. That is exactly like the car that bit me when I was a little fella too many years ago resulting in me suffering from this rod bug. Down here in NZ one of our grandfathers of rodding had a Model A roadster with Y block,channelled over A chassis and large catseye taillights in the back ( off a PAX Vauxhall, English car) in the early '60's that had that special WOW factor and had me suffering ever since. I just love those early cars...
  30. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,076


    I like everything about the car,including the headlights.

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