The Jalopy Journal
Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by KoolKat-57, Jul 17, 2019.
I put a small block chevy in mine, never seen it done before.
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Moriarty, most, if not all of your cars are definitely unique in one way or another. Very cool.
Because it's daily driven, rain or shine. Mopar in a mopar.
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A couple of unique things to my '63 Biscayne.
I changed the front end to two headlights, plus a '57 Chevy grille bar.
Also removed two of the tail lights from the rear and made flat lenses for them.
This is Harlean, I like her because she is very Rare and has that gangster luxury look.
The Sedan Delivery gets called a "Nomad" quite often (even by "car guys"); I have to educate them what it really is, and more rare than a Nomad. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
Shaved handles, 58 Buick grille, man a fre 4 carb set up and all the Jag could see were my 6 tail lights.....
My DeSoto was never in the US, it was build in -probably- Antwerpen, Belgium and sold in France. And it is the only one in the Netherlands, being a Delivery Sedan. It used to be a hearse.
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I been lucky to have a few ,I at lest thought unique ! I didn't get to keep all of them,but did keep my first one I put together in 1959,I drove it to high school in 1960/61/62. It's a bobtailed 1928 "A" roadster< the trunk an rear "Qs"were crashed/mashed/junk when I got the stock body. As a teen in the 50s,it was too much damage for me to fix,just cut off an used the good part. Years later I updated with chrome headers an a folding top.
I built a full custom Henry J in 1960 to 62 ,as a car so I'd have one better for dating the young lady's,my roadster blow there hair too much. But "J" was stolen in late 64. If I ever found another "J",I'd enjoy doing it again,exact same way,as a replacement I guess, too a hole in my life some SOB made;
My "J" was in Car Craft Mag. in Jan. 1963
Details...Just Simple Details...
A few things I guess, but the used look it has now! I am looking forward to wearing the paint off the door with my arm! Gary
That 61 Corvette is better than Viagra. I'd find a set of 55-56 Passenger Car hub-caps (NOT wheel-covers and NOT the Corvette hub-caps), and replace the spinners with them. They really look good on chrome/chrome reverse wheels; most guys can't "see it", till they see it. Still a beautiful car! I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
I suppose owning the same car for 31 years may in some way make it unique.
And staying with that thought the Ranch Wagon has been in the family since 1954.
I don't see unique, do you see anything unique?
The Studebaker bed on my '39 Ford.
Yah, you did't paint the shop/garage. Not many of those trucks around. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
The attitude you impart on the vehicle makes a statement that reflects the personality of the builder/owner.. The subtle refinements all add up and people recognize the attitude adjustment.. I speak softly but carry a BIG stick.. I mean business.. You wanna play
Someone left a 57 Chevy in the dryer too long and shrunk it
Mine are unique because they are always built with my hands to make my eyes happy.
World's only altered wheelbase Buick powered 55 Studebaker 2 door sedan.
The lights in my gauges (7 Stewart Warners) come on sequentially across the dash. Not something many people see though, .
me, I makes 'em unique
A V8-60 that's not a coffee table!
Steel body, stock '36 frame, homemade '36 'glass front end, all the proper old parts; 354 hemi, stick-shift '54 flat-pan Hydro, narrowed Olds rear, 'Vair steering gear, Holley 3bbl, Halibrand gasser front-runners, stock, chromed raised I-beam axle, aluminum firewall. Just like it came from the Willys factory!! Had it for 45 yrs, daily driver.
1958 black Chevy Impala
A new, large 348 C.I. 280 hp, STOCK 3 two barrel carburetor motor… 1st for Chevy
4:11-4:56 Positraction interchangable weekly
A stock 3 speed column converted to a new, C&O Stick Hydro transmission
Racer Brown Cam and lifter kit
Scavenger pipes: A set of dual (one for each header down pipe), chrome 8.5 feet scavenger
pipes under the whole car past the rear axles.
Moon valve cover breathers
Chrome air cleaner for 3 carbs
Chrome 348 valve covers
Rear RED taillights (3, on each side) that came on with one pull of headlight switch and
stepping on the brake.
Small black aircraft tachometer/ interior light installed under the lip of the dash.
All white plastic ball knobs on switch pulls and a larger one for the shifter handle.
Sure Fit Co. clear plastic seat covers front and rear
The only 1958 Chevy Impala in Bixby Knolls for many years.
There were several Biscaynes and Bel Airs, but no other Chevy Impalas.
The final addition of all Buick axles and brake drum modifications to accommodate 4 Buick Skylark Wire wheels and hubs.
Back in the teenage years, there were a lot of unique hot rods cruising around the local Bixby Knolls/Long Beach streets and drive-in restaurant parking lots. Throw in a few local Long Beach Municipal Auditorium Car Shows and the flood gates opened to more ideas. By the time we were legal drivers, our tastes were mostly into the factory sedans from Chevrolet. There were a few Fords and one Pontiac in the mix, but the cars were mostly Chevrolet sedans.
I was fortunate to have purchased my brother’s 58 Impala, when he was recovering from his drag racing burns and was looking for a new direction in his life. Since I had a history with this Impala from 1957 when it was new, it was a lot easier to handle and keep in good running order. It was the only 1958 Impala in our whole Bixby Knolls cruising area. (it wasn’t quite as rare at Lions Dragstrip in the A/Stock class back then. Every weekend there were a few more Impalas that showed up to race in the class.)
It must have been because it was a new design, bigger size/shape motor, had more horsepower than the old 283 powered Chevys. And there were more options for a little individuality. But, at Lions, we were all evenly matched with the same requirements to fall into the A/Stock class. Some guys did not have Positraction, but after a few losses, they came back with their own Positraction installed. With the options for each Impala, it was quite a race day and night. The competition was fierce.
58 Chevy Impala total
By the time we were rolling into the 1959 Chevy era of 348/335 hp motors and 4 speeds, we began to see the writing on the wall. When the 1960 Chevys came out with 409 motors, that was the final straw. It was full time, tow car duties for our 1940 Willys 671 SBC Coupe in the C/Gas class. It, then, became the everyday driving to school and cruising on the weekends hot rod/cruiser.
The Impala was different and by 1960, we made it a little more powerful with the addition of a Racer Brown Cam and Lifter Kit. Then added the C&O Stick Hydro for easier cruising/racing. By that time, it was a powerful combination for the street. Then the arrival of the 409s put a damper on the whole scene. But, for 4 years, it was a powerful GM factory hot rod with a lot of power from the dealer’s showroom floor. For me, it was my hot rod/drag racer/cruiser during a great era of being a teenager.
1962 high school newspaper
For a first time young reporter on the school newspaper staff, the guy printed the article, full of wrong facts and only heard what he wanted to hear. No notes, no quotes or listening to me telling him what was what. Gee, I should have been that reporter to get it straight. (B&M Hydro and magnesium wheels? that would have made the 1958 black impala VERY UNIQUE... I wish…)
You sure? The NEW trans working out?
Thank you for the video! We were all so happy cruising around in the city going 25 - 35mph, then on the highway going 50-80 mph and turning 14 in a quarter.
These new cars might be faster but they will never have the soul the old ones have... I would rather watch old cars turn 11 seconds at the track then new cars go 6 or 8 seconds..
That 58 fit my dream car image I had as a kid..
Don't see many of these , we use it to
pull our front engine dragster to nostalgia drags.
Thank you for your kind words. You have said it quite well. As much as I like the newer faster daily drivers, they only make me think of the same effect from those good old days of being flattened against the seats upon acceleration. Those big old cars gave us as much as possible... The newer cars are safer, faster and handle so much better. But, if those memories are correct, it was the time of our lives, back then as teenagers, and it was very memorable.
These days, acceleration sound/power just exemplifies what we did as a quirky teen.
It was also the times and being 60 years younger that introduced us to having fun as teenagers. But, those big old cars were fast for the times and with a lot of "old time" class.
Despite what it looked like on some of the films, (Taken by my brother... the Impala with the silver rims) I did get a bad start (or the other two cars got great starts and I was dreaming...) But, I did catch them by the timing lights for the wins. It was very close and kept my excitement at an all time high.
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