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History To the Phone Booth!

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Jul 9, 2021.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,749

    Staff Member

    J.Ukrop submitted a new blog post:

    To the Phone Booth!


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  2. @J.Ukrop -

    Pretty sure this was Bill "Dry Hop" Manthey's truck.

    Bill was active in the Bay Area Quarter Midget, Midget & Sprint Car community ... and ran a glass shop in Los Gatos ... I somewhat remember seeing those Andy @AndySS Southard Jr. photos in his shop many, many, years ago.

    Not sure what became of his "phone booth" ... but I'll ask around.

  3. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,449

    from KCMO

  4. CONFIRMED! ... Just found this photo:

    Bill Manthey's '29 Ford T coupe R&C Aug '63.jpg

    ... on Mike Manthey's FB album entitled "Dry Hop" (a tribute to his father Bill who passed away in 2009 :()
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2021

  5. GZ
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
    Posts: 1,080

    from Detroit

    Reminds me of the Model A Pickup I built when I was a kid. Although, mine was Revell and had a modified banger in it!

  6. AmishMike
    Joined: Mar 27, 2014
    Posts: 545


    So we know who built & know the son. Sure hope can track down the car, history of owners, & current condition
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  7. ClarkH
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 1,072


    Cool truck, cool blog post! I just started on one of these trucks myself last winter. Of course, any DC comics reader knows a guy named Clark will be drawn to a phone booth.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2021
  8. That
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  9. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,397


    Caddy tail lights? Love it!
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  10. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,097


    I got one of them!
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  11. Mikko_
    Joined: Aug 3, 2018
    Posts: 339

    from Sweden

    Looks pretty much perfect in my eyes, thanks for sharing.
  12. Hotdoggin DaddyO
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 597

    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

  13. Hotdoggin DaddyO
    Joined: Jul 23, 2011
    Posts: 597

    Hotdoggin DaddyO
    from Hays, Ks

    Reminds me of Weesner.

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  14. Rand Man
    Joined: Aug 23, 2004
    Posts: 3,803

    Rand Man

    Check the classifieds for a cab. (Sorry for the selfish plug. I’m having a going out of business sale).
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  15. Yeah, I love 'em, too.
  16. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,770




    Nice find in one of the cool Model A trucks from a long time ago. It had all of the parts that most of us teenagers wanted in our own hot rod builds at the time. There was a lot of time, money and energy put into that cool blue truck.

    One of the nicest trucks in So Cal was an unusual one for the times, Early Times, that is. Having met Larry Wood back in those 20 something days was interesting. It was one of those outdoor car show pancake breakfasts in a So Cal park. The car show was pretty outstanding and it was part of the total hot rod scene in So Cal.
    We were shooting hot rods and custom motorcycles back then and thought his Model A Truck was different than most that were shown in the local hot rod style magazines. There weren’t too many, if any, hot rod trucks that had a home made cabin in the back for camping necessities.

    Plus, the creative use of modern (at the time) running gear and components just made it a real hot rod for daily driving. Or, perhaps used for long distance road trips into the mountains or the along the coastal seashore stopovers. At any way to see it, those real American Racing Equipment 5 spoke mag wheels just puts a topper on the whole build.


    Having grown up in So Cal, we all knew about several nice locations for the photo shoots that we set up for the following weeks. (Los Angeles /San Pedro Harbor area) The tall truck had all of the power and running gear to make it a smooth riding/handling truck for daily driving and outdoor mountain road climbing. That is in comparison to my first 1940 Flathead Ford Sedan Delivery that never went to the local mountains, due to lack of power going up those steep roads to the destinations.

    With the added homemade wooden camper shell on the back, the truck had its own portable rest spot on any So Cal cruise or overnight. “THE HOUSE THAT WOOD BUILT…”
  17. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,588

    Atwater Mike

    ...Sometime back then Larry was heard to say he wanted his rod to 'provide a roof overhead!'

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