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Technical Tom Cobbs: Part 2

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Aug 5, 2008.

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

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

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  2. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

    Holy Shit!!! This is like the Atlantis of Hot Rodding finds. How lucky does one have to be to study this stuff first hand straight out of the garage of Cobbs. He really was a remarkable man with a story that NEEDS to be shared. Damn it, I am pumped to see that roadster.
  3. SHRUM
    Joined: Feb 25, 2005
    Posts: 618


  4. Dreddybear
    Joined: Mar 31, 2007
    Posts: 5,866


    Fantastic read.
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  5. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 703


    Unbelievable! Very, very cool stuff!
  6. retro54
    Joined: Apr 1, 2004
    Posts: 736

    from PA

    wow.... There should be a book written on this... and what a story it would be... thanks Ryan!
  7. Awesome! So nobody ever got the chance to ask him why he left hotrodding? I guess he probably never left it just by the fact that he kept all his stuff.
  8. Great read! I had heard Cobbs name at Bonneville over the years, but didn't know anything about the man. Thanks for doing the digging Ryan. I love this kind of history.
  9. 60'shotrod
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,913


    Great can't wait to read the next chapter.
  10. Townsend
    Joined: Apr 5, 2006
    Posts: 56


    Wow. What a wonderful piece of written history. This series has been just as good and just as exciting as the Bob Roddick story. I can't wait to see more and can only hope the roadster is as fresh in appearance as those engines. Incredible.
  11. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,205

    Bruce Lancaster

    The "relieved" engine is very interesting for its is the sort of relief advocated at various times by Navarro, Kloth, and Holleran, not a wall-to-wall bulldozing but an enhancement of the existing bowls in the Ford casting...this example seems to slightly break the edge between cylinder and valve area, other examples leave the edge untouched...seems like a more logical response to moving air then the step type.
  12. mtlcutter
    Joined: Oct 6, 2007
    Posts: 364


    This is such important stuff. I can't wait to hear more. If I found all that stuff i would lock myself in the storage unit for a year and geek-out. I'd come out looking like a mad man.

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  13. Terry
    Joined: Jul 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,825


    I can barely think of the words I want to say. so I'll just state what I said as I read the article through the first time. "Holy Crap!"

    Almost as impressive was the fact that, Ryan says in there he gave a call to Xydias! LOL
  14. Mr 42
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    Mr 42
    from Sweden

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

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    I will save all my "thank yous" for the final post, but I will say that Xydias is one of the nicest most gentle men I've ever talked to. He's just so down to earth and matter of fact. I can't put into words the amount of respect I have for that man... He's an absolute national treasure.

    Talking to him makes you realize why the hot rodding world is full of such good people - we've had incredible guys like him to look up to for so long.
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  16. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,210

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    This series has me riveted to my screen!
  17. Wow! ... I thought the first installment was one of Ryan's best Blogs ... but the Tom Cobbs story only got better in this second installment ... how ever will Ryan top the first two installments? ... and do we really have to wait another whole week for the third & final installment? :)

    What a great find for Ralph Whitworth ... I wonder what his plans are for all those engines ... they're pieces of great historical value that need to be shared with the masses ... does Ralph have a museum open to the public?
  18. Great finds! Ryan Cochran, Hot Rod Archaeological Specialist, has a nice ring to it.;)
  19. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,087


    This Tom Cobbs series is shaping up to be the best TJJ post(s) of the year. Absolutely fantastic!
  20. Lost1
    Joined: Oct 26, 2006
    Posts: 121


    WOW! That was some trick shit!:cool:
  21. Old-Soul
    Joined: Jun 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,323


    Wow, Ryan, I was stoked about pt. 2 and you delivered!
  22. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 4,936

    from Kansas

    Very cool..........if this "is ahead of it's time" for your next installment feel free to edit this post.....I found this in Hotrod magazine last week and thought......Tom

    Chris Nelson

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  23. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,650


    WOW! This is the best post yet, and the HAMB is just that much better for it! Ryan you are the Indy Jones of the hot rod kingdom!
    Fantastic post! Absolutely freakin' awesome!!!!!!!
  24. daddyo
    Joined: Nov 6, 2002
    Posts: 72


    Awesome job Ryan. This is the fun stuff. The story will be told now, its just to bad Cobbs isnt around to see what a historical hot rod icon he was. cant wait for part three.
  25. Ryan.....I gotta say, if Mr Cobbs 'excellence/uniqueness' was his ability to get all his 'windows of opportunity to align (ie money/opportunity/passion/skill/ability/contacts), then, without wanting to sound offensive, you sir must be from a similar mould.
    Whilst I'm not suggesting that you 'have it all', but rather that i find it outstanding that you have not only found a great leader to celibrate, but also that the resources are 'falling into place' to be able to be able to do the job so well. Again, the above is not intended to be a 'slur', but rather a celibration of such a great article, as well as affirmation of what I believe you can be, and what the HAMB offers hot rodding.

    Any more shots of those alloy bits, or, in particular, that AWESOME crank driven blower arrangement.....I can't but think how awesome it would look in my rpu..:rolleyes:;) where's a some fabrication to do...:)


  26. Great story Ryan. How many period race motors like those flatheads survived intact? This is truely amazing!
    Here is the Tom Cobbs blown SBC in the ex-Pierson coupe
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  27. Kiwifruit
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 199


    Thanks Ryan,
    this is why I check the HAMB every day.
    to me this is what it's all about.
  28. racerjohnson
    Joined: Oct 3, 2006
    Posts: 178

    from Fargo, ND

    I agree, this is why I love the hamb. And what a great looking roadster.
  29. Eightydeuce
    Joined: May 10, 2007
    Posts: 291


    Awesome story and it's good to hear that his collection of engines were sold together.
  30. It is so good to know the stuff is still around and went to someone who will properly maintain it all. Incredible finds. Why can't that shit happen to me?

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