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Art & Inspiration Was there a Hamb era car on a TV series that made a lasting impression on you?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Mar 9, 2021.

  1. With Duke Power having a huge bucket truck cutting around power lines parked in my driveway blocking my exit I turned on the TV and for the first time in years I saw Highway Patrol and the '55 Buick driven by Broderick Crawford.

    I remember watching that television with my parents and how my dad said he would like to have a car like that, watching a episode this morning I remembered how cool that car was, the dog dish hubcaps, it sit right and was a two door car.

    I realize there have been lot's of cool cars & trucks in Television series but have any of them made a impression on you? HRP

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  2. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,138

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    Lumpy's (Leave it to Beaver) '40 Convertible wasn't the only reason I wanted one, but I'm sure contributed in a way.
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  3. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 6,965

    from Idaho

  4. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,915


    Columbo's Peugeot 403. I was always impressed it kept running.


  5. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,800


    The Walton's 28AA Express truck. First time I had ever seen one.
  6. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,968


    77 Sunset Strip, Kookie and his T, Norm Grabowski car[​IMG]
  7. Dada, dada, dada, BATMAN! { a 1955 Lincoln Ventura } But ^^^^{ WICARNUT } had it right!^^^^^ [​IMG]
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  8. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,221


    That's the one. I used to watch each episode to see if they would show more of the car.
  9. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,968


    Go to YouTube, type in hot rod content shows on Highway Patrol, pretty Kool IMO, also several old movies there on old Hot Rod subject
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  10. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,480

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Late 1940s an early 50s,I was building model cars,cutting them up more each time,custom n hot rods.
    The mid 50s having ideas n plans about building a real hotrod,the models started taking on more real looks. So had kind of hit on a style, I liked best.
    A long comes Norm's cool "T" on the cover of Car Craft,then on TV's 77 Sunset Strip,,it had most all the things I liked.
    I had found a old beat up 28A,crashed in the rear trunk, roadster in late 55,made it a running hot rod by 1959.
    Later on,lots of race cars,but still have my 28.
    It's not that hard to see some "lasting impression" from Norm's "T" in my bobtailed "A" even in the fog early AM.

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  11. Dave G in Gansevoort
    Joined: Mar 28, 2019
    Posts: 795

    Dave G in Gansevoort
    from Upstate NY

    Route 66, the first year episodes with the straight axle Vette, and the Bearcats, I loved the recreated Stutz Bearcat. I believe it was a Barris creation, with of all things a Chevy 250 6 and auto trans, at least that's what I remember from an aticle bout it/them in some magazine. Hey I was in HS and there was stuff to do at night, and I don't mean homework...
  12. A couple of guys stuck up a cafe in a hot rod on a episode of Highway Patrol. HRP

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  13. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,935

    from So Cal

    The Munster hot rods, Dragula and Herman's Coach
  14. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
    Posts: 2,788


    A very young hotrodjack would be glued to the Mickey Mouse Club, hoping to see the Hot Rod Roadster on the "Spin & Marty" series.
    I was SO young that I didn't even appreciate that Annette had boobs (that came later).;)
  15. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,847

    Staff Member

    Not really "HAMB era", but the movie that got me interested in old cars was Cobra.

  16. woodsnwater
    Joined: Apr 4, 2016
    Posts: 496

    from North Al.

    I second the Walton's truck. It was the star of the show!

    Joined: May 5, 2015
    Posts: 1,022


    I remember on "My Three Sons" one of the boys was blowing off some ugly girl until he found out that she owned a Willy's coupe, in racing form.
  18. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,935

    from So Cal

  19. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,935

    from So Cal

    Otis, the town drunk in his 34 roadster
  20. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,935

    from So Cal

    Cool episode. The story line was the guy driving the roadster was paid by the bad guy to build a car that the cop's couldn't catch. And they used that car to commit a few stick ups.
  21. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,968


    2 Lane Blacktop, released 1971, in 60's I had a 57, 56, 58 Chebby[​IMG][​IMG]
  22. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 6,088

    Marty Strode

    Blues, that's a 33.
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  23. Yeah, but the same car looked better in American Grafitti. HRP

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  24. Another oddity showed up on the Beverly Hillbilly's. HRP

  25. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 3,099


    There was the '61 Plymouth cop car on "Car 54,Where Are You?". Saw it on the cover of a Dell comic based on the series. It was PINK. Apparently, since the show was shot in black and white, pink showed up as the same shade of gray on the TV set as the real cop cars in New York. By painting the car pink, the locals knew enough to stay clear of the film crew.
  26. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,935

    from So Cal

    I stand corrected. Thanks Marty
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  27. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,225

    Deuce Daddy Don

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  28. dirt car
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 283

    dirt car
    from nebraska

    The Tool Time Nomad for sure, all those tudor post Highway Patrol various makes & models, the Twilight Zone 32 Phaeton & all the fore mentioned, I'm easy to please if it's vintage.
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  29. speedshifter
    Joined: Mar 3, 2008
    Posts: 279


    Me being an Olds engine nut I enjoy Highway Patrol episode 71 featuring a black channeled Ford roadster, Olds powered with two 2 barrel carbs, a fine example of an early 50's hot rod just like in old Hot Rod mags. In some episodes a patrol car was a Buick Century 2dr post, not a hdtp. The only Century 2dr post I have ever seen.. Was this rare or not? Greg
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  30. there was not much HAMB friendly stuff on TV or cartoon shows I can recall growing up in the mid 90's early 2000's. There was either a 2nd Disney Channel or a time slot where they would play old cartoons and there was this old Disney cartoon that I just loved to watch, especially at the end when it gets hot rodded with the wide whites and had the fenders pulled off. Plus it really got me hooked on tracking down cars histories. I have done it with every old car we drag into the shop. I like figuring out what kind of life the car has led and I blame alot that on this cartoon.


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