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Hot Rods What would you do?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by coolhandponcho54, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,735

    anthony myrick

    Lots of folks here complain about young folks not into old cars. How about finding a young person that would love to have an affordable old ride.
    Seems like a better idea than scrap
  2. finn
    Joined: Jan 25, 2006
    Posts: 675


    Maybe i’m An idiot, but I would take a chance on it. I decided that fordoors are sort of Kool, after hating them for over sixty years.

    The frame looks sound, and it won’t take more than a few minutes to cut that suspension abortion off with a torch or plasma cutter. Looks like an 8.8 rear, which should be usable once it’s cleaned up. A parallel leaf setup should be a simple project, and, although I am a Ford in a Ford type of guy, a 350/350 is suitable and easy, relatively speaking, for a hooptie.

    A quick CLR bath will lessen the chance of tetanus. Except for the hood, rust, other than sunburn, looks controllable
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  3. xpletiv
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 938

    from chiburbs

    How most feel about this is how I feel about gassers..........

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  4. What would I do?

    I'd leave it right where it is sitting.
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  5. Ask yourself, in 10 years will I say,,, 'Wish I would have gotten that pile of rust because,,,,,,,,,,,,,'
    What did you pass on 10 years ago you wish you'd would have stepped up for?
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  6. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,744


    Nothing that can't be fixed if you want an old car to drive. Seems like the general consensus is, that once it's got one booger weld on it, it's crap from one end to the other. Also seems like Ford hasn't made any of these in seventy years, so..... put the damn thing back together well enough to sell to someone with a vision.
  7. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,458

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Not at all a desirable car. But that trim is the super delux trim, might be able to sling it. I say if you've got some storage room drag it home, part it out and make yard art out of the rest or sell it for scrap. All depends what "next to nothing" is and what a couple hours of your time is worth.
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  8. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 632


    Sure, go for it! What else do you have to do with the rest of your life and all of your money.
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  9. Ask yourself,do I have a project that I am working on now? Do I even remotely like the car? Does it have a title?

    Cars are subjective,personally I don't have a problem with 4 doors but many people do and when it's time to send it down the road it will reflect in the selling price,if you build it.

    On the other hand the guys that build rodent rods might be all over it and it could be a quick flip.

    If the car was offered to me I would leave it right where it sits unless they payed me to haul it off. HRP
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  10. Sactownog
    Joined: Jan 19, 2018
    Posts: 249

    from SAN DIEGO

    Trash it or have it crushed for CASH
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2018
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  11. Bring it home, tell everyone it followed you. Hide it inside. Weld the back doors shut. Weld sheet metal over the back door and side windowso_O. Weld the back window and trunk lid together then cut the door above the rear window:confused:. Ala, the early 40's hatchback panel van:cool:. You will be the only one in the world with this adaptive vision until Dodge resurrected it in the 1980's:p. Really use some vision of what it could be. If you have the time and want experience the above would be a good learning tool.
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  12. It's a 46 or early 47. I need a front passenger side fender trim for my 46
  13. You can get it

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  14. On the other hand the guys that build rodent rods might be all over it and it could be a quick HRP[/QUOTE]

    LMAO! Good one

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  15. 62rebel
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 2,744


    damn there's a lot of hate for a four door that hasn't been in production for seventy years and still has a decent support system. And what little tolerance is shown, is directed towards the "rodent rod" category as the only possibility of salvaging what looks like a strong starting point. I guess that's why I never could get anybody to help me back in the early seventies when I was yearning for a '46 Plymouth Super DeLuxe sedan....... it had more than two doors and it had a steel top.
  16. Falcon H
    Joined: Mar 11, 2015
    Posts: 138

    Falcon H
    from Waco Texas

    If it were mine, I would butcher it into basic drivability and start having fun! The rear end is pretty bad, but it would only take about a weekend to change it back to leaf springs.

    Don't waste time on it if you don't like it, but there is nothing keeping you from building it if you want to!

    Good luck!
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  17. Save the rear suspension to put under a '32 highboy.
  18. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 5,735

    anthony myrick

  19. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,213


    If I owned that rusty Ford four door, I'd repair all the rust and the cobbled up junk underneath it and then I'd burn the SOB.

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    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
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    Do you have the space and time ?

    For next to nothing you could part it and make some money

    Or fix it up and get it running, I think it’s not as ugly as every one is making out, seen uglier cars fixed up

    I would be all over it for the “ next to nothing “ price, but I live in suberbia 2 car driveway and a garage, so junked our stuff is a bit of a no, no.

    Do what you want either way you can’t looses take it or leave it.
  21. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,112


    Well finding anything that old is a challenge around here. Someone would want it and it's not too bad looking imo. Not everyone has the good fortune to find a '32,'40, etc. If you're in a club it might be a good starter project for a first timer who could never afford something more desirable. And as for looks I've seen plenty on here that have been done and got oohs and aahs which started out way uglier that that particular car. If you don't want it spread the word and let someone who would like it get it.
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  22. LBCD
    Joined: Oct 28, 2009
    Posts: 1,016


    I got this 46 Tudor, not a four door but...and put my 41 fenders and hood on it. It was missing the front clip but I welded a trailer jack on the front of it and had it flat bedded from Palmdale to Long Beach. I say go for it, if you can’t finish it donate it...[​IMG][​IMG]

    Here is another 4 door that I would love to have...[​IMG]

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  23. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,406


    I'd grab it just to part it out. If you know what you're doing, you can make yourself some decent money reselling the good parts that are left on the car, plus get your front axle setup for free. I can't see a downside there.
  24. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,916

    Jalopy Joker

    if you are bored with lots of money and time on your hands, and don't mind having a salvage title, bring it back to life
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  25. Jesse Bailey
    Joined: May 24, 2017
    Posts: 64

    Jesse Bailey

    Personally, I'd love to get something like that as I have 3 kids. It looks fairly solid, I'm sure someone would like it to build it.
  26. studebaker eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,511

    studebaker eric
    from Diablo Ca.

    Lots of hate for the old girl. I would take it, slap a junkyard mill in it, and drivd it. A little bit of time to make it presentable, and it is ready for the freeway with no fear . Once the junkman gets her, she is gone forever.
  27. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 4,059

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    I agree with Anthony; Rather than part it out, I'd leave it for a young guy on a budget to build. We always hear that it's too expensive for a young guy to enter the old car hobby. That is, if the frame is solid and it's titled (or easy to title where you're at). I had an old friend that built out a 47 Ford 4dr., doing all the work himself including body and paint. On the cheap with lots of used parts, horse trading and sweat equity. He loved old cars and while he'd have loved to have had an early Roadster or Coupe, he told me on his Navy pay, it just wasn't in the cards because "he was such a good Catholic" (6 kids).
    A cheap, rusted out or wrecked 70's-90's RWD V-8 car could donate the drivetrain, etc. Fat fender parts are relatively plentiful and cheap.
  28. Nailhead A-V8
    Joined: Jun 11, 2012
    Posts: 880

    Nailhead A-V8

    Wow i'm a bit surprised by all the neg...I think it's begging for a $500 big block , caddy, truck whatever make it a weekend project with a bunch of buddies and some beer, don't do anything to the body but a windsheild and a bench seat....which is more fun? a $2,500 beater that you're not afraid to do anything with? or a $30,000 roadster that you never drive because of the fear and paranoia of someone wrecking it?....if youre just tempted to torch it up then I second this:
  29. I agree with the side that says it could make a cheap fun old car for a young person, or for the OP. As HRTH suggested, get a 70-90's donor car and use all that you can. Your cost will be more in labor than money.

    Or part it out if you have the space and some time. I am sure you can get more than your money back out as well as some nice parts for your other hot rod projects.
  30. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,276


    I got a car like that in 1967. I drove it for 14 years. I still have it and I have regretted buying it for 51 years
    I have a tudor quarter panel and tudor doors but its still obese and ugly and hard to work up enthusiasm to work on it

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