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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by terd ferguson, Oct 11, 2009.
'41 Fenderless Hot Rod
There are very few trucks that I would love to drive around. One was the first 56 Ford F100 I saw and got a ride from back in Long Beach in 1957. Tahitian Red, lowered, chopped at a weird angle, white upholstery, chrome wheels, etc. that was a very cool custom that looked like a show car (truck). Now 61 years later, here is one other truck that we have seen in So Cal for the last several years.
We have seen it during the busy winter season at a So Cal city’s downtown holiday extravaganza. Sometimes we see it cruising around the OC. But, whatever the time or place, it is one truck that we would like to have and drive. It got the seal of approval from my wife.
She was trained in the 65 El Camino for many years and loves the feel of driving a two seater car/truck. She was the primary driver of another later model, El Camino with A/C another 7 years.
The look of the white, Chevy truck immediately draws your attention as it sits on a lowered stance. The super looking wheels are reminiscent of the American Mags from the 60s, but fit this truck’s looks better. (size, shape and filling the big wheel well openings) There were just enough small touches to make it a custom, but a reliable daily driver. How could it not be a reliable daily driver if it is the rolling advertisement for a small florist’s shop?
The tired old 283 had been replaced with a more modern motor for added power and reliability in our future, daily lives. (There would be an instant start up without worrying about the AAA service tech coming to your house or the side of the road.) Upon start up, the power is there, but so is our daily reliable form of transportation. Even if it is a 30 mile round trip for more drought tolerant plants and a quick stop for some clothes shopping for you know who…
A custom truck with nice paint, wheels, gauges, bed, etc is our definition of a cruiser with some usefulness. We like hauling mulch, bark and a million succulents, and other drought resistant plants and shrubs for our converted small yard from grass to a dry scape. What a better way to go get the plants and other stuff for our yard. That is hauling in style, but carefully so as to not damage the custom bed. The steps we go to preserve our future, cool cruisers or hot rods…
From another thread:
This past holiday season, we saw a cool looking white, 1959 Chevy pickup truck that had all of the goodies and the look for cruising up and down the coast. It was a rolling advertisement for this cute shop in San Clemente. With the logos on the side and rear tailgate, it qualifies for a definite tax write off as a business expense. Years ago, I found out that magnetic signs do not qualify for a business expense. They have to be painted on the door and rear panel. There is a minimal size limit for the painted advertisement in those places. The sign has to be big enough and permanent is what the tax law write off means.
Every year, the local city has a winter themed downtown event that brings the whole city together. This Chevy truck stood out on the main street, sitting next to the store display booth. The owner is a long time hot rodder and had made just enough custom touches in the truck to make it show quality for daily business/pleasure driving.
Yes, it had a big Chevy motor instead of a small SBC engine. The emblem on the tailgate said: “Fuel Injection” and it had one. But, just a modern version and not the old 283 Chevy injection. Truth in advertising…a great business sense.
It is from one of the local merchants. It is always fun to see a cool looking, low stance, hot rod/truck on display or on the local roads.
Should have kept the '56, working on the '67, selling the '55.
I recently inherited my Dad's 38 Ford Pickup. Overall in decent shape, a little rough around the edges but will start working on it when I haul it home to Pasadena in the Fall. Truck has a SBC 350/350 combo for drivetrain, with a ladder bar rear end. Fortunately the grill is in good shape, and only missing the V8 jewelry from the top of the grill. He had an extra set of rear fenders so when I get started on it I'll use whatever set are in better shape. Need to get a tailgate and a new bed floor. He had an extra frame with a motor and trans and a 9" rear end. He was planning on boxing the extra frame and building the truck into some sort of 4x4, but I plan on just cleaning it up and running it as is for now, fixing things as I go.
Pic of Dad with the truck in the early 90's
As it sits today at his bosses shop till I can bring it home:
Kinda like this? Not mine, but would be different and cool.
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That is one cool international.
Could see it with WW2 military off road tires and set it up like it came off the base from testing.
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Out in the hayfields of Arizona, you never can be surprised by what you see
Seen this all steel model A
at the racetrack last week, owner said he built it for his wife to haul the grandkids around.
From the Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green this past weekend
What I'm doing, only with the Henry J on the back
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You meet the nicest people in places called the “Surf Ghetto” in a beach town, So Cal city. The whole area is a small town industrial zone, bordering on multiple unit housing, and some spectacular ocean views, with the ocean about a couple of blocks away to the West. Since it is an industrial zone, surfboard manufacturers have set up shop here over the last decade or two. In recent times, other industrial uses have taken over and recycled the old buildings to modern specs for retail and wholesale uses.
One row has car building and repair shops for several blocks. The other streets are mixed uses of surf industry, custom cars, motorcycles, yoga, karate, specialized sheet metal design/construction, and a local, late night hangout place. There is even a small salvage / storage yard and building supplies unit, just around the corner.
The "Surf Ghetto" has history going back for years. But, it makes one feel as if the small town values of recycling old buildings/industrial yards for modern uses is still alive and well in So Cal. No tear downs and new structures going up here.
I just happened to be visiting several of these old shops for some information and special work. Old cars and trucks abound on different days. Some days, there are a lot of custom cars and trucks, other days, cement trucks, vans and off road vehicles are sighted regularly.
This 1942 yellow/white Chevy pickup truck showed up on one of those rare sighting days. The paint job stood out for blocks in advance. The detail construction was pretty good, with a lot of custom touches added in for looks and functionality. A shop truck, perhaps?
In researching old cars and parts for a friend, I came across this ad with the 1942 Chevy truck as a logo.
So, it is associated with a bigger, old car parts company located nearby.
Enloe, On the blue Ford with the Cadillac engine, Can you identify who is the manufacturer of the front and rear wheels?
Donut Dave That is one clean machine!! Nice!!
Damn Flow, looks awesome. The fenders make the stance look even meaner, keep 'em there.
Beats me we this dude was just down from our spot in the campground. He is there every year with one or 2 cool new cars.
From the Meltdown this past weekend.
Do people EVER look at what is behind the object their taking a picture of?
check out the antenna on top of pickup, or maybe its a clothes line post .
Went to its first showing Sat. Scored a club pick trophy.
Willy's pick-up I'm building with a 55 Chrysler 331 hemi.
The front ones look to be Radir 12 spoke, don't know about the back. http://www.radirwheels.com/wheels.htm
Thanks for the info.
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