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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ThirdGen, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. ThirdGen
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 452

    from Wales, ME

    What is a beautiful roadster?

    I started this project nearly three years ago, asking that question, never understanding the time and commitment involved to see it thru, and possibly achieve an answer.

    On paper we decided the direction to take. As the build progressed, so did the design (an element of any good design). Then came the parts and pieces. Both time and money were huge factors, but mostly the time involved with finding exactly the right parts. For awhile things seemed to be at a stand still, but once the engine was found, it all started to progress again. This also shaped the direction the roadster was going. The Hemi set back deep into the firewall, with six strombergs on top looked absolutely bitchin'! Everything was moving along again!

    With a project of this caliber, one can not help but learn so much, and meet so many knowledgeable great people, which adds to the experience and value of the project.

    My life has been devoted to seeing this project out, and because of this I have missed great opportunities, and have lost people that meant everything to me. This leaves me questioning: Is this really worth all that I have lost? I don't know if I have an answer yet, but I do know that this roadster is me. I have touched every aspect of this car, and with the help of some great people, I have created something like no other. I think this is what makes a beautiful roadster.

    - Josh Therrien











    stay tuned . . .

    background on the project can be found here:

    progress shots can be found here: (half the pics are missing now, I am trying to take care of that)
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  2. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,950


    I like it!
    That last B&W pic nailed it for me!

    Do you have ant idea what the cowl/dash is from?
  3. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
    Posts: 4,666

    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    Im diggin it
  4. Awesome. Just found your previous thread only to find all the photos gone.

    Great to see it here. The indoor shot is over the top!

    Keep on!

  5. dutchrod
    Joined: Feb 5, 2009
    Posts: 386


    Very interesting build !
  6. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    Some really nice work on it, I like it. I also like the hardwood floors and panelling in your garage. :D

  7. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    Nice that the local museum allowed you to construct this in their 'traditional' art room.
  8. You mentioned you have lost a lot of friends along the way...What created the split between your project and your friends?
    I mean, it's none of my business, but since you mentioned it...
  9. mastergun1980
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 1,095

    from Alva OK

    Looks like 40-47 Ford pick up / truck
  10. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 27,233

    Jalopy Joker

    different-so, where will your legs go?
  11. bizcoupeguy
    Joined: Jun 21, 2003
    Posts: 220


  12. Gremlinguy
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 496


    Hell yeah. Im gonna fallow this one!
  13. panhead_pete
    Joined: Feb 22, 2006
    Posts: 2,726


    Hey Josh I subscribed to the original thread and always liked getting an email letting me know there was an update. If I may offer any advice keep at it mate just never put friends or family before it as it will always be in the workshop but people arent always around - you can guess how I know this. That beig said I love where you have taken this and am stoked I can follow this build.
  14. Hemiman51
    Joined: Jun 25, 2012
    Posts: 345


    I like it. Are you hoping the Hemi will keep it from going airborne?
  15. OoltewahSpeedShop
    Joined: Oct 18, 2007
    Posts: 3,103


    I've been checking on you all along. It looks great...! Only thing you need to do is see if you can get a little more set-back on the engine.... ;)

    Keep it up, I love it.
  16. weps
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
    Posts: 535

    from auburn,IN

    I remember this build, I thought it was cool, and would have kept the original hood sides vs the (nice) new ones you made though.
  17. millersgarage
    Joined: Jun 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,101


    I dig it!

    no fan clearance problems I see....
  18. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,883


    Just posted your build the other day. The pictures were all gone. I wish you'd keep it all in one spot! :)

    Love it.
  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,277


    Thanks for starting an updated build thread, I've always liked this project. I can totally relate to the relationship you have with it, my Roadster project started in 1962, and may never be finished. Bob
  20. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,269


    Its a neat car...but NO CAR is worth losing people that "mean" everything to you....
  21. TexasSpeed
    Joined: Nov 2, 2009
    Posts: 4,618


    I've been following this project since day one and have been eagerly awaiting for an update. Good to see this is still alive.

    That motor set-back is nuts. In a good sense.
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 324


    very cool!....any updates?
  23. Me like it ! tuned in !
  24. Race City Rodz
    Joined: Nov 29, 2010
    Posts: 466

    Race City Rodz

    So cool, and original these days. Subscribed!
  25. KustomCars
    Joined: Jul 31, 2011
    Posts: 3,457

    from Minnesota

  26. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Other than the look, was there another reason for the engine set back? The cars lines are VERY nice. Great work.
  27. Not really my choice of style but with the way you are going on this you might change my mind! Really well executed and the proportions are spot on. I like the hood sides and the grill treatment- very well done. Look forward to seeing more!
  28. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,786


    I really like the car but why the extreme setback on the engine? From all appearances there will be no leg room in the car and you knees will be up under your chin flanking the steering wheel in a very uncomfortable position. It doesn't look like a car that is designed to sit "on" like a T bucket but down in in a race car manner If it were mine I'd move the engine as far forward as the hood angles would allow until I got some leg room.
  29. nice build, vision on that

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