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Art & Inspiration What makes your car or cars unique?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by KoolKat-57, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. ...cuz my 47 pickup has a flying pig on the dash.
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  2. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,225


    My nut and bolt frame off restored 60 Poncho Bubbletop.You don't see these to often. HYq2SbttQgeNAfh%02YAZQ.jpg IMG_0147.JPG

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    Had these on my 55 Chevy and a spoon pedal....both a little out of place. Dang I miss that truck!

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  4. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,981

    Dave Mc

    I think my 1933 Ford Fourdoor Victoria Convertible Sedan ( C400 ) is the only one ever built ? and it has a Trunklid , which Sedans of that year did not have.

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  5. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 632


    Owned it for 55 years. Still running a flathead 6.
    Go figure.
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  6. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,017

    from Indiana

    What makes mine unique? The fact that my finger prints are on every single piece and part on the car.
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  7. Tri-power37
    Joined: Feb 10, 2019
    Posts: 510


    My car is unique because it has a dash mounted Virgin Mary that came from my wife’s grandmothers house. It has a cue ball shifter that came from her grandfathers pool table. It has a 4 speed shifter handle custom made from a shifter handle I found in her dads car hoard. I made the nerf bars from a old weight lifting bar - from when I was little and I would hang out with my old man when he lifted weights. All these people are gone now and it makes me feel good to know these things are a part of this car.
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  8. alumslot
    Joined: Mar 5, 2008
    Posts: 468


    I think because it's NOT a Gasser. 20190901_163644.jpg
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  9. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,981

    Dave Mc

    Scratch built Miniature Ten Wheeler , My Dad built 3 our pic`s 181.jpg our pic`s 182.jpg
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  10. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 1,981

    Dave Mc

    48 Ford w/Olds Grille , Buick Tailamps and the Hood - Door mouldings line-up.
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  11. Country Joe
    Joined: Jan 16, 2018
    Posts: 198

    Country Joe

    This interior. Nobody has a interior as goofy as my car. I don't know what the previous owner was smoking but phase 2 of this project is a new interior. Everytime I open the door, I'm expecting 20 clowns to come piling out......
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    Joined: Aug 12, 2006
    Posts: 117

    from Tenn

    I had a 1955 Plymouth two door post with a 277 HEMI and three on the tree back in the 60's . Chrysler verified that it was factory built. The engine had EX numbers on it (Experimental). All it was good for was wasting rear tires. Wish I would have kept it.
  13. Very interesting, mine is really a Chrysler if you hadn’t noticed!
  14. Well being as Taboo is a custom, quite a bit makes it unique, but some of my personal favorite things are the 54 Chevy grill with 19 teeth, 57 Chrysler headlights, 60 Chrysler Tail lights and then the 59 Impala bumpers. The fully dressed 327 is cool too with it's 6x2's and the suicide doors are a love/hate thing with people, but the guy that did the conversion did such a great job engineering it and using all period correct(ish) stock style pieces to do it.

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  15. That candy cane interior was quite a popular trend in the early 60's. Quite a few customs ran similar setups. It's just one of those trends that people love/hate and to me really hasn't aged well.
  16. I think what makes my 33 unique isn't really what is odd about the build as its a typical hot rod/street rod built in the late 80's/ early 90's. Has a dropped axle and straight spoke torque thrusts, but has grey cloth interior and has the typical 350/350 combo, but what make the pickup unique is that this truck is what got me hooked into old cars. My grandfather put in the seat of the truck as a newborn and I was hooked for life.
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  17. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,594

    from norcal

    It was my dads.......
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  18. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 4,326

    from red oak

    My choice of material for the interior. Scan0128.jpg
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  19. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,479


    i don't farm out any of the work and they only get one ride on a trailer

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  20. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,385

    phat rat

    0385 (2).JPG 1917_T_t.gif The cpe, chopped with the drip rails intact, BBC powered

    The T , Hemi with trips and a 4 spd
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  21. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,499


    Over the weekend, we were talking about our old cars from high school. Of course, the conversation with the younger set, in the mix, was with Camaros and 4x4 trucks. But, when it came time to explain the 58 Impala, I chose to tell them about clear plastic seat covers that no one in the whole Bixby Knolls cruising area had on their daily drivers/ weekend racers. Everyone got a big laugh about that story.

    Sure Fit clear plastic seat covers:
    Howard Zink Corporation was the major manufacturer of all sorts of patterns and designs, including clear plastic seat covers.

    Excerpts from the weekend get together...

    As we have seen in older cars, there were a myriad of patterns and designs. The Sure Fit Company had designs that were very similar, but were add-ons to change the look or to try and match the original from the factory. My brother actually ordered his 58 Impala with red interior and those multi-color inserts. But, after a few drives in Levi jeans, he could see a darkened pattern showing up where he sat. (especially the red edge) It was the constant getting in and out of the driver’s seat from the blue shade of the jeans.
    So, after cleaning the darkened areas to make it look like new, he went to the local Long Beach Boulevard, Sure Fit Seat Cover Store, near our high school.
    Having owned the 58 Impala after 1960, I can attest to the cleanliness of the seats. Sure, I got tons of ribbing from other guys in their sedans. But, they had to see my Impala’s taillights while trying to downplay my clear plastic seat covers. My brother had a great idea, since we were at Lions Dragstrip almost the week after he bought the Impala. Besides, our mom never let us out of the house without clean Levis. We had to hide the worn, well used ones for "the Look."

    Not that we normally walk around in dirty Levi jeans, but they just get worn and blemished from everything. As avid hot rodders/drag racers, oil on jeans and hands is a common place thing. But the seat covers did their job and kept everything looking great with little worry about damaging the bright red/multi color insert seats, even when we put a single Bruce Slick in the back seat area in one of the many times going to Lions Dragstrip in the early days.
    (the other Bruce Slick was in the trunk)



    The first thing most everyone asks is the heat from the plastic covers. Yes, they were warm. But those freezing drives in the snowy Big Bear/Arrowhead Lake excursions were warm and comfortable. Snow drips from clothing were just like sweat rolling off of your forehead…a simple wipe and it was gone, but warm while sitting. The several times we took the Impala to go surfing, on the way home they provided protection and warmth.

    What about driving in the summer? My dad popped up one day with this funny black/red mesh covered wire frame. “Cooling seats” was a good name for it. His friend from L.A. had given him a couple of sets of those mesh frames. With the windows and vents open, the air circulated behind our backs in the space the wire mesh seatback provided. It was a cooling effect that worked.

    It worked so well that when I sold the Impala to a good friend, I had taken off the clear plastic seat covers and the “for sale” technique worked. (Instant sale on the first look.) He was totally amazed that the seats were so pristine and looked like it rolled off of the dealer’s showroom floor. He had been in my Impala many times while driving around, but the sight of a new interior was amazing, for all of us. They work!

    The experience was so good that when I bought the 1965 El Camino, I immediately went to the Sure Fit Seat Cover Store for a clear cover for the single seat. Desert motorcycle racing does cause plenty of wear and tear with plenty of dirt. But, just a simple wipe kept the interior seats clean. When I sold the El Camino in 1975, the new owner commented about the new interior seat surfaces and said that I did not have to re-upholster the seats. He was going to put in all black seating, anyway…oh well, at least it looked brand new after 10 years.

    Note: The very cool, Zink sisters (daughters) were in many of my classes at our high school. What a small world.

  22. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,530


    Building a custom makes it easy to be unique. The obvious answer might be the Kandy paint or scallops, but the most unique aspect of the car to me is the 383 Chrysler under the hood. I can't think of any 57 Fords that have had that swap, and it took a lot of work to get it in there, including making the oil pan, etc. Here's a pic of my Dad (who didn't help with it) and I from probably 2004.
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    the panel is gone to a friend, but the Ute is now running with new front suspension
  24. Always wanted a flamed hot rod since I was 16 . Finally when I was 52 back in 1992 came up with this design after many drawings . The complete paint job took me 3 days until finished , my wife video taped a lot of it. This grille was a 41 Packard which I had just bought. I didn't have the flames outlined in blue yet. DSC00228.JPG DSC00231.JPG DSC00233.JPG Also the paint wasn't cured enough to wet sand and buff at this time.
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  25. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 875

    from landis n c

    Mine is unique cause I have construction pictures from the builder, a picture signed by Jim Jacobs, 2 copies of the magazine it is in(RodAction-July 1985 issues),Pete Eastwood's phone number(he built the frame) and I have owned the coupe for 22yrs and still enjoy it. 1926 Ford coupe built by Stan VanAmburg of Temple City Ca. I also got to meet Steve Anderson who wrote the article on the coupe for RodAction Mag. Also I have a picture of my coupe in the same garage with the California Kid and the ZZ Top coupe...…………..
  26. IMG_3655.JPG It's 65% wood…
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  27. enloe
    Joined: May 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,522

    from east , tn.

    Nothing in particular they are just cool:)
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  28. NewGuyOldFord
    Joined: Jan 17, 2011
    Posts: 586


    Mine is unique due to the poor workmanship performed by me.
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  29. Primer , whitewalls, full moons, and Carson top on my tub and 51 Merc[​IMG]
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  30. 34Larry
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,237


    Its 65 year hot rod story and its history seen at's_1934_Ford.
    And that I have it documented by the original builder and 2nd original builder. It was also a feature car in the 2018 July issue, of the European magazine, Gasoline.
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