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Thom Taylor driving the Stroker rdstr from Nashville to L.A.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 32STUPRES, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. 32STUPRES
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 360


    Hot Rod Magazine's own and famed car artist Thom Taylor left Nashville DRIVING Bill Akin's historic '32 roadster Tuesday morning on his way to L.A.! It was 28 degrees when Thom left and later ran into sleet and freezing rain before he got to Memphis..........He must have a screw loose or have very large gonnads:)!! He is taking the car out west to be part of HRM's booth at the GNRS and then to be at the Hot Rod Homecoming in March...Bill and I will fly out 3-20-13 to attend this much talked about event and will be shipping Bill's 40 Coupe to also be part of the HR Homecoming....We will also be there to help our good friend Tom Medley aka Stroker McGurk celebrate his 93rd birthday 3-20-13! Below is a link to follow Thom's journey to the west coast in an open top roadster...You can check back daily and see the adventures of the day before...two articles already posted. Hope all of you fellow Hambers enjoy as this shows what we all preach - hot rods are meant to be DRIVEN.......Joe

    I'm also attaching a couple of pics of the car he is driving...and the 40 coupe that will be there also

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  2. No screw loose.
    Just a true Hot Rodder on a vision quest !
  3. rats28
    Joined: Sep 3, 2008
    Posts: 582

    from Louisiana

    A big thumbs up to this hot rodder!!!
  4. 345winder
    Joined: Oct 27, 2010
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  5. richie rebel
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,184

    richie rebel

    way cool,be safe..........
  6. Not a screw loose, ya just gotta know Thom.
    Die Hard kinda guy
  7. Way to go Thom! Yep - die hard hot rodder to the max! What a fun trip this would be!
  8. ...I knew he was a diehard artist, didn't know he was this diehard of a hot rodder,...good luck to him.
  9. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,315

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Uber Talented fella.... a question..second pic..what are the rear solid wheels?
    Are they an early Halibrand?
  10. I bet he won't have any overheating problems.:D HRP
  11. What??? Driving to LA from Nashville in an open hot rod roadster?? That can't be done, (in my best sarcastic voice.)

    That sounds like so much fun, more people should do crap like this. I remember seeing the car in person a time or two; an exorcize in utilitarian elegance.
  12. Now THAT is Hot Rodding!!!!!
  13. olcurmdgeon
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 2,298


    a damn fine inspiration to the rest of us old geezers! You go, Thom!!!!
  14. 32STUPRES
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 360


    Actually Jeff, these are early Indy car Halibrands with fronts mounted correctly and rears reversed to clear brake drums..Bill of course made the true knock off adapters and the wing nuts...these were taken off for the HR Homecoming trying to make the car exactly like it was when featured in 1979...being a perfectionist, he also removed the finned Buick front drums for this event..Bill also owns the 3 vintage Indy cars pictured below..all restoration done at home in his basement...these are some extra wheels he had laying around....Joe

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  15. Mr. Mac
    Joined: May 16, 2005
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    Mr. Mac

    His screw done came loose and fell out.:D:D. Oh! Hell i'd do if it was 30 years ago.:)
  16. 32STUPRES
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 360


    You won't believe it but he actually did have an over heating problem - the freezing rain froze up the grille shell fins and blocked them off!!!!!!!!!
  17. Props to Bill for letting Thom take it out west :cool:
    Joe, you and Bill should be driving the 40 out--not shipping it. Not like it couldn't make it. I have pics from the 80s of it at a Hermitage Hills show, and it looks the same now as it did then :)
  18. 32STUPRES
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 360


    Hey Earl: you bought any 93 octane for a 454 with webers lately?!? No doubt it would make it; I put about 2,000 miles on it this summer...I guess we'll take the puss route and get on the big bird...probably see you at the Fairground swap meet 2-3-13..........Joe
  19. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,220


    What a super cool trip. Envious feelings for a trip of a lifetime. Great sense of adventure and am so proud of this effort, best wishes for a safe trip, Mr. Artisto!! ~sololobo~
  20. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,016


    Crazy - it was 68 degrees here a week ago, this Monday & Tuesday we had freezing rain... I ran to the parts store Monday night in my '55 Chevy pu - the wipers froze solid to the windshield and broke the linkage to the motor! :eek:

    Best wishes for a true Rodder.
  21. 5Wcoupe
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 306

    from L.A., Ca.

    dress warm-
    L.A.s been colder than well...
    colder than Nashville
  22. Good for him, I have dreamed about driving across the country in a hotrod. But if I had my choice I think I might want to do it around May for a little better weather
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  23. Retro61
    Joined: Jan 23, 2006
    Posts: 651


    Won't be able to do a Cold Run, but shooting for a trip from Kentucky to Bonneville in September!! Can't wait!!
  24. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,741


    Better he than me. A snowmobile suit, helmet and pair of good gloves would probably keep him pretty comfortable. My best friend used to drive his Model A roadster in the winter that way quite a bit.
  25. I figured it was somethin' like that.....:eek:
    See ya at the swap---I'll be in the same spot with Dave Midgett just like the last 15+ years :cool:
  26. RESPECT from this roadster pilot.
  27. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,862

    from Indy

    go west young man! and wear your long johns
  28. sota
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 717


    Better man then me!!! Be safe and stay warm Thom I'm following your blog
  29. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,315

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Thank you!

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