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Art & Inspiration to rare to cut up

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by topher5150, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 3,046


    Where would you draw the line? I'm sure you thought of it before, dropping a big V-8 in a Cord, or chopping a Duesenberg, but if you had the opportunity would you? Has anyone hot rodded or customized a super rare car?
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  2. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 17,201

    from oregon

    Actually two lines, about four inches apart on a deuce coupe.
  3. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 4,041

    from Colorado

    I passed on a '29 Tudor the other day because it was way to nice to rod. Ended up going to a guy looking for his first Model A.
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  4. King ford
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,476

    King ford
    from 08302

    actually a CORD. In the Cumberland county region of south jersey has a ls1 , auto tranny and corvette rear ! ....not H.A.M.B. Friendly, not my cup of tea but DAMN NICE JOB!
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  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 29,593

    Jalopy Joker

  6. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 3,046


    aren't they all in museums any way
  7. adam401
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 2,843


    I will cut everything, in every manor possible, every day.
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  8. badvolvo
    Joined: Jul 25, 2011
    Posts: 471


    I start with junk, so it does not matter. I have 55 Studebaker, mother in law says "those were so nice, you have to put it back original". I told her No, it's too far gone for that, but it will make a sweet gasser! Oh well, she's the mom in law, we don't see eye to eye on much.
  9. { No their not.}I passed a Tucker with two guys driving it on Hershey Drive Pa. It had # 44 on it's tag. You never know what you'll see there. I'm a Hot Rodder, so I'd Rod anything, that I'm going to keep it for myself. My good friend Moose and I chopped my 34 Dodge sedan Delivery. so yes we would.:rolleyes:
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  10. studebaker46
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 701


    the nicer the car to start with the easier to finish. I don't understand the mentality of too nice too cut up
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  11. Stutz Bearcat and '33 Bugatti Roadster. I might cut the Stutz. LOL

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  12. I would have to draw the line at chopping a Tucker. My father worked for Tucker. In fact, he owned one of them. Here is a photo of it in the driveway when we lived in East Texas. Image (931x1280).jpg
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  13. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,665

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Aluminum bodied Lincoln
    Yes its a real Lincoln manufacture.

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  14. Not my style but rarity didn't stop Joe Ida from hot rodding a tucker,fugly wheels but IMHO Tuckers are not pretty cars. HRP

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  15. haha ! my buddy had a Cord 810 Beverly Sedan.. He cut it up( body was professional altered to look like the real deal and it's amazing !) , now it's a 812 two door Phaeton .. boxed the frame.. tri-powered nasty small block.. 4 speed Muncie and 9" Ford out back...
  16. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 11,305

    Atwater Mike

    While you're at it, Beaner...Cut that VW floorpan outa that Fat Bugatti!!! Give it a decent diet.
  17. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 32,375


    Well the guy who cut up a Deusenberg would probably be the collector taking a rather mundane sedan and having a correct roadster or convert body built for it. Still there may be that Deusenberg chassis and less than popular body that some collector used as a parts car for his "special" car's restoration that someone could pick up and make a rod out of.
    That said there are some more and maybe not more common cars that I wouldn't modify. The mid 50's Chrysler 300, 300B and 300C are in that category. They are so special in their own right an have a hot rod history of their own that they should be kept original or restored back to original. I doubt anyone would give you a ration of crap if you showed up at Roundup with a perfectly restored 300B with all the proper bells and whistles. On the other hand a Custom Windsor hardtop from the same years would rock a few worlds too and those aren't all that rare nor are they special editions.
    As I get older I have a harder time with taking a perfect or near perfect all original car and making a hot rod out of it. Even though quite often they aren't that expensive to buy I can't see the wisdom in taking a nice fully restored Model A that is capable of entering any Model A meet in the country and cutting it up. There are still plenty of Model As floating around that are great hotrod material if one looks a bit.
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  18. Ted thats cool that your dad worked for tucker! I changed my mind. We will get an old Studebaker and chop it, and then make it look like a Tucker.;) Lol Ron...

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  19. When a guy has cubic yards of cash he can built his and our wildest dreams,as far as I'm concerned there are no sacred cows! HRP
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  20. Ida's Tucker is a fiberglass car, not a real Tucker. He was also selling additional fiberglass copies. If my memory is right he used GM fwd drivetrain.

    Back to OP's question, I think it comes down to what cutting up will do to the value of the car. Some will be worth more modified, some will be worth more original. Rarity does not always equate to value.
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  21. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Is there an "unlike" button yet?:D
  22. KFC
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 436

    from UK

    A guy in the uk just built a cord streetrod from a very rotten original
  23. It's their car and they can do whatever they want with it...........
    "no scared cows!" LOL
    ....unless you pulled the dual cowl from the SS Andrea Doria.....
  24. linechaser32
    Joined: Apr 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,309

    from Iowa

    I've never seen a car that was too nice to cut up ,or too nice to drive,
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  25. JJK
    Joined: Feb 9, 2005
    Posts: 919


    37-39 Zephyr coupes , I know how great they look with a haircut but with limited production runs the original's are becoming far and few between.
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  26. Roupe
    Joined: Feb 11, 2006
    Posts: 723


    You mean a fake Bugatti?
  27. dave plmley
    Joined: Oct 24, 2014
    Posts: 189

    dave plmley

  28. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,800


    Ok how about a '34 Packerd convert with a Hemi in it?
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  29. Frank Carey
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 557

    Frank Carey

    Your Bugatti seems to have a VW front end. Has it already been rodded? (Likely a kit car. )
  30. twenty gallons
    Joined: Jun 7, 2010
    Posts: 444

    twenty gallons

    I'd cut this up without a forethought, but fiberglass makes ya kinda itchy, this is a kit car, VW front suspension

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