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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,712

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. COS
    Joined: Dec 14, 2006
    Posts: 729

    from KCMO

    You motor boatn' son of a bitch!!
  3. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

    Wait, I already have a wood car and nobody makes a big fluff about that! My '31 Chevy probably is made up of the same ratio of wood/steel as that boat car.

    I love the idea of incorporating wood into cars if it works but I am not sure about this thing. Probably would be a blast to drive at the very least.
  4. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,914

    Ole don

    Um, if I admit to seeing this article when it was new, does that mean I'm a geezer?
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  5. Offy
    Joined: Jul 22, 2003
    Posts: 334


    My dad road an '54 Ariel square four and he had a Dumphy wooden runabout boat but thankfully never mated the two.
  6. chaddilac
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 13,673



  7. What an insult to a beautiful engine!
  8. 57dodge
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 192


    So would this be a Beaver rod instead of a Rat Rod?
  9. There's a guy here in Ontario Canada with a home-built wooden bodied MG that looks very similar. I tried to find it using Google and came up with a whole bunch of wacky results...



  10. atomickustom
    Joined: Aug 30, 2005
    Posts: 3,000


    I don't care what anyone says, that thing is awesome! (I'm a little dubious about the 750 lb weight, though: the front suspension alone looks like it weighs that much!!)
  11. Big T
    Joined: Aug 29, 2006
    Posts: 637

    Big T
    from Florida

    I heard the guy who built this thing was in a huge wooden car club. Apparently however, there was a huge argument and he left and went on to form his own splinter group... :D
  12. alsancle
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 1,540


    I think it's really cool and I like the patina on the wood.
  13. Fred Flintstone and Barny Rubble had simular cars..

  14. 60'shotrod
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,913


    CACK! I hate wood,y' can't WELD it!
  15. daddyo54
    Joined: May 8, 2003
    Posts: 1,403

    Member Emeritus
    from Denison Tx

    Ok so you got me with this one!HAHA

    Wow imagine that 59 caddy taillights. :( Some neat bits though.
  16. RAG66
    Joined: Jun 1, 2008
    Posts: 160


    Wow that shows my point you can build all kinds of cars and they still get to the HAMB somehow someway! :eek: We here on the HAMB have a strange & wonderful sickness called HOTRODDING:D
  17. fiat128
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,429

    from El Paso TX

    Now that's ugly! Looks sorta like a catfish with wheels.

    BigA, what's the story with three wheeler in the first photo, that's kinda neat.

    This Hispano Suiza is the car I always think of when somebody talks about wood bodied cars.


  18. KK Hickey Designs
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
    Posts: 277

    KK Hickey Designs

    More recently this has been done by a Gentleman name Joe Harmon, he calls it "The Splinter". It's still under construction but he claims it will reach 200 mph....I'll believe it when I see it.
    His site.
  19. alsancle
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 1,540


    I think the car in this thread is way cool but I question the use of wood from an engineering standpoint on the "supercar". Maybe some of the structural engineers floating around in here can elaborate with more authority but there are a number of materials that are better suited for building a 200 mph car.
  20. KK Hickey Designs
    Joined: Sep 10, 2008
    Posts: 277

    KK Hickey Designs

    On the splinter the wood is woven and covered in a resin, much like carbon fiber is on a race car. the rest of these appear to be carved out or done more in a panel style like an old boat.
  21. riverrat
    Joined: Feb 9, 2005
    Posts: 309


    there are more loons on the hamb,than in the whole state of minnesota.

  22. retro54
    Joined: Apr 1, 2004
    Posts: 736

    from PA

    I really really like that car, and the others similarly shown... the only question is I wonder how many road mile it's logged since new?
  23. Saxon
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,108

    from MN

    I thought this thread was about something else.

    Nice wood work.
  24. CJ Steak
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 1,378

    CJ Steak
    from Texas

    LOL me too...

    I would love to have the car in this thread. Talk about cool. I don't think it's bad looking at all... if it was aluminum everyone would be freaking out about it.
  25. VanHorton
    Joined: Apr 7, 2007
    Posts: 585


    wow thats pretty out there, not in a bad way though. I think it would be a lot cooler if it had a little bit of a nicer, and more curvy aluminum body... but then i guess it wouldnt be a wooden car any more hahaha.
  26. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,886

    Alliance Vendor

    Driving it would be a blast (I think), but just looking at it(?).....I'd rather knot.
    Joined: Mar 17, 2006
    Posts: 205

    I can relate to wood
  28. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,431

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    its already got the red all it needs is a flat black stain and it would be ...ahh forget it..

    its kinda cool..I guess use what ya got.
    I would get bored with Top speed of only 90..but than again in something like that maybe thats enough.
  29. grapp
    Joined: Aug 16, 2008
    Posts: 457


    looks like a precursor to the first amphibian car lmao.....its so freaking ugly yet you have to admire the workmanship and some neet ideas....Its like a train wreak ya keep looking.....
  30. Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 964

    Asphalt Outlaw Hero
    from Dixie

    I saw that "vehicle sell at an auction last year.The guy who bought it was wondering what he had done afterwards.:eek: I asked him if he had the termite letter!:rolleyes: It was kind of cool though.

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