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Projects UnderAge Traditional Shoebox Build.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by smarg, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. smarg
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,069


    So it begins,

    A few years ago at the age of 14, I was very fortunate to run across this chopped shoebox for sale in AUSTIN Texas. Just to prod my Dad I said in a joking manner, "Wouldn't that be cool to build on" his response was, "your crazy". About 2 weeks later the car was bought and found a new home in our home shop. Best Dad in the world, like EVER.

    At the age of 17 now.
    I have been working part time buying and selling parts and cars for the past few years to stock pile my money. Now I "kinda" have enough dough to throw around at the car. I have traveled around finding some key parts to make it a pre-62 Rod, 4 inch crank, 1957 ford 9", my Grandfathers 50 Mercury steering wheel thats been loaned to me. The list goes on and on. Honestly, I enjoyed the adventures with my Dad more than actually getting the parts I needed. Anyways..

    I bought a solid 4dr shoebox for the frame, engine, and tranny. With the intention of swapping my chopped body onto a finished running, driving, stopping chassis. Thats what I am working towards now.

    Just a few pictures..


    In the wee hours I started a welding project that turned into a fully fledged mini bike build.


    I'll get some updates on prgress goin soon!
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2012
  2. pinkynoegg
    Joined: Dec 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,135


    This thing is going to look sick when your done. Good luck man!
  3. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,072

    from Central IL

    Good for you! All the work and time spent will surely pay off in the end.
  4. good job, shits looking tight.
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  5. richie rebel
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,184

    richie rebel

    go on and get some lol
  6. Rad start for a first car!
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,468


    You are one lucky kid to have such a cool dad. Your on the right track with that shoebox.
  8. Jalopy Journalist
    Joined: Nov 4, 2011
    Posts: 255

    Jalopy Journalist
    from Austin, TX

    Killer ride, you are you coming down for Lone Star?
  9. Excellent beginning man!!
  10. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 5,863

    from Michigan

    Awesome. All the luck. Have careful...and have fun.
  11. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 23,711

    Jalopy Joker

    cool ride, Dad, shop & bike - get going on the Shoebox or might end up like me getting things ready to sell my chopped '51 Coupe project that have been working on now and then for close to 3 years.
  12. Looks like a good start, keep us posted!!!
  13. Buddy Palumbo
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,858

    Buddy Palumbo

    Nice ride - looks like a great start .
  14. JEFFRO9283
    Joined: Feb 7, 2012
    Posts: 6

    from mid tenn.

    sweet ride . its great, DAD TIME .:cool:
  15. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,333


    rock on man cool car and groovy mini bike to
  16. 60 ford
    Joined: Nov 23, 2007
    Posts: 1,806

    60 ford

    Good luck with your build.
  17. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,297

    hombres ruin

    Welcome to the shoebox club.. It's gets under your skin
  18. 510madmav
    Joined: Dec 29, 2009
    Posts: 814


    Cool!! Hanging with your dad and old cars is the best. You're lucky, I just picked up my first shoe and I'm 21!
  19. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,110


    Damn nice start! You're both lucky, dad and son.
  20. scibjenkins
    Joined: Jul 10, 2005
    Posts: 492


    Cool as f@%k!!!
  21. Crease
    Joined: May 7, 2002
    Posts: 2,879


    Lookin good, best of luck with it!!
  22. Young_Thiel
    Joined: Feb 6, 2012
    Posts: 22


    I worked with my dad on my first Shoebox, and I loved it. Just started my second, and he's mainly watching from the sidelines while he tinkers on his own project. You'll make some great memories, guaranteed.
  23. Very nice start!
  24. travisfromkansas
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,706

    from Gypsum, KS

    Very cool! Good luck with the build!
  25. smarg
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,069


    Not to much progress. Shot some diesel down the cylinders the engine is free that is a plus!

    Its an 8RT flathead or at least the heads are, kinda looks like somebody swapped a truck motor into this car awhile ago. Not to sure yet.




    Strange Agent working for his pay!

    Back at our shop in the back.


    Probably dig in deeper this weekend!

    Attached Files:

  26. I'm glad to see the young guns coming along. teaching the young to build traditional cars is a great way to preserve Hot Rodding the way we love it. thanks for keepping the tradition going youn man. You make us all proud.....
  27. styleline
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 868

    from so-hol

    very very nice good luck with the build cheers
  28. smarg10
    Joined: Sep 7, 2005
    Posts: 10

    from Texas

    Not Sure what this kid will cost me but he's worth every penny!

  29. styleline
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 868

    from so-hol

    hahaha overtime on the job you need the green
  30. Sweepspear
    Joined: May 17, 2010
    Posts: 292


    Proof positive there is hope for the future!
    Great work!

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