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Features The Roadster in the Basement?

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by bobbleed, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. bobbleed
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 3,092

    from Awesome

    Its been a while. It seems I used to post my life on the HAMB. It was like a diary or something. Seems like life is spinning fast, so fast I sometimes cant even slow down without getting dizzy.

    My phone and "social media" have gotten the best of me I suppose. Things are immediate. Everything is documented as it happens .... "insta" but it seems like years from now, when you want to see it again, it will all be gone. Almost like it never happened. Man, sometimes I see something cool and cant find it five minutes later! You cant store the internet in your basement. You know what I mean? Like old magazines, or records.

    Speaking of basements... Something crazy happened!

    A couple months back a friend called and told me he just bought an old hot rod from a kid who got it out of his uncles basement. It was walled in, like a tomb! Evidentially they built a house around it in the 60s sometime, maybe they intended to make a garage door and never did. I dont know really, but they had to knock down a wall to get it out!

    I saw pictures and was floored. Its a channeled model a roadster with a flathead and a 40 dash. Even with the spring in front front end the proportions are great! Its crazy. I think it was built in the mid 1950's judging from the parts.

    I made a deal for the car and have been putting it back together. The engine was taken apart years ago, like they were working on it, but just stopped. Everything was in the car though. Its all there! I am trying to put it together with as many as the original parts as possible. Nuts and bolts and everything.

    Just got it to run the other day. Plan is to get it running and driving and take it to the round up. This car is a true time capsule. Its so cool I cant even take it!

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  2. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 13,605


    Thats really a cool story. It looks like its really happy to be out and having a look around...and can't wait to rumble but the eyes are still adjusting from being couped up so long. Good stuff and congratulations...
  3. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,020

    from Mesa, Az

    Cool roadster
  4. HotRodMicky
    Joined: Oct 14, 2001
    Posts: 1,756


    Very cool!
    More pics , please
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  5. Ausome ! So happy your respecting it's past, it can only be this way once & you are doing it right.
    Yes more pictures please :) Great Story.
  6. 51box
    Joined: Aug 31, 2005
    Posts: 788

    from MA

    Wow that thing is cool, keep it coming!
  7. waxhead
    Joined: May 11, 2013
    Posts: 1,070

    from West Oz

    Very cool. Would also like to see some more pictures.
  8. Roupe
    Joined: Feb 11, 2006
    Posts: 719


    You'll look real cool sitting at La Duc's eating an ice cream! Neat find for sure. Keep posting progress pics.
  9. bobbleed
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 3,092

    from Awesome

    I put a battery in it and the lights turned on!

    It even has a spare! ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1458995024.188108.jpg
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  10. onekoolkat1950
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,864


    Stoked to see you back on the Hamb . Always enjoyed your posts . Rad car. Wake that sleeping beauty!
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  11. Mindover
    Joined: Jan 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,625

    from England

    very nice find, can't be too many cars sealed up in time capsules. Interesting to see how it was channeled over the frame.

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  12. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,282


    Positively dripping with soul. Any shots of it being unearthed from its tomb?
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  13. crazy cool and something I only dream about. yeah, you gotta have some shots of the removal from the underground tomb
  14. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 15,216

    Staff Member

    looks like you got it made!!!!!
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  15. volvobrynk
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,588

    from Denmark

    Looking good, looking real good!

    Keep at it, lad.
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  16. Runnin shine
    Joined: Apr 12, 2013
    Posts: 2,849

    Runnin shine

    Bob,bob,bob, you lucky bugger! Congrats
    What is the seat or seats in there like?
    Is that fuel block so early it's hand stamped?
    I can't believe there are this many finds out there. I've talked to so many older gentleman lately that seemed to completely missed hot rodding altogether and I wonder how they don't remember these cars driving around. They must've been blind.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2016
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  17. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,894


    Best find in a LONG time !! Welcome back and congratulations on a real good find.

    I'd make sure everything is safe and dependable and drive it just the way it is - be-yoo-ti-ful !!
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  18. Great looking car Bob and a cool story that goes with it.

    Good to see you posting again. HRP
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  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,002


    Welcome back to the HAMB, great find. With that title I thought something happened to mine. Bob
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  20. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,434

    Jalopy Joker

    ya never know where someone will find a Cool ride like yours
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  21. brad2v
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,617


    Wow. That is an amazing discovery.
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  22. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC


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  23. ProEnfo
    Joined: Sep 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,500

    from Motown

    Perfect ... looks well built for the era.
  24. birdog
    Joined: Nov 25, 2010
    Posts: 377


    So freaking cool! Reminds me of mine a little bit!
  25. JJK
    Joined: Feb 9, 2005
    Posts: 842


    Bob Bleed = Survivor Magnet
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  26. lodaddyo
    Joined: May 5, 2002
    Posts: 1,135


    Cool! We gonna see it in Austin?
  27. Hot Rod 50
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 498

    Hot Rod 50

    Awesome. Subscribed.
  28. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 2,666

    The 39 guy

    Sounds like a story from a Clive Cussler book! Too cool! Have fun with it!
  29. Very cool, and of course great find!!

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