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Hot Rods Would you prefer a steel 31 coupe or a glass 32 five window?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mo rust, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. Dasheot
    Joined: Jun 19, 2015
    Posts: 121

    from Georgia

    Prob be a short debate

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  2. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,560

    from So Cal

    So we can only comment if we have either an A or a 32?

    I'm covered.

    BTW, I didn't criticize anything, I just happen to prefer the Model A vs the 32, glass or steel. My eyes prefer the body lines of the A. Prior to this thread I thought I was about the only one, it was a nice surprise to see so many others that feel the same way.

    There's no right or wrong about it, just subjective opinion; and that isn't etched in stone either, it is subject to be changed over time.
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  3. Dasheot
    Joined: Jun 19, 2015
    Posts: 121

    from Georgia

    Nope open forum, simply saying it prob be a short debate on what Bette guys would prefer,.

    For you not liking the car blue one here's what I say to you. It's my wife's car, she has just as much enthusiasm for hot rods as all of us, since we have owned classic cars she has never missed a show. I don't know your story but I'm assuming if your married your probably like everybody else that has a wife that doesn't participate .

    So when my wife says she wants a 32glass coupe with a LT1 and 450 horses painted viper blue topped with rubber band tires I said ok.

    She likes it , my life is easier because she wanted it.

    Like the car or not, I don't care. Besides if we ever attend the same show together I know you will be looking at her and her car especially if there together.
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  4. Well kit car sounds like something I may have said or would say. Probably in context as to how much work most of them are to smooth out. There is one thing that most of the cars we build miss the mark by a mile and your body lines comment brings it to mind. most of the cars that we oooooo and aaaaaah over have perfect door gaps and body lines worked to perfection, the fit and finish on a genuine Henry is poor and when we were young hot rodders and even those older rodders before us didn't make them perfect. The absolute best way to make people wonder if it is an original or a repop is to make it perfect. At least if you are around a traditional rod event.

    All that said and just to stir the pot a little bit a while back someone directed me to a thread where everyone was just going ga, ga over a lakes modified. Maybe some of the purists will remember it, and it should be pointed out that it was a Zipper. Very well executed, some exceptional traditional styling cues and parts, but a Zipper none the less. :D

    I would be remiss if I didn't point this out but from what little of it I can see your car is beautiful.
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  5. Gr8punkin
    Joined: Aug 25, 2017
    Posts: 29


    I would enjoy the process of building the steel cars more than the glass. But I wouldn't be as concerned about damaging a glass car, so I would probably drive it more. They aren't making anymore original Models A's, but fiberglass replicas are being produced on a daily basis.
  6. AKGrouch
    Joined: Oct 19, 2014
    Posts: 208


    I'll let the pic show my vote cuz a glass 32 is just a wannabe. This is Henry's steel. 20170806_095336.jpg
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  7. Dasheot
    Joined: Jun 19, 2015
    Posts: 121

    from Georgia

    When's it going to be finished ? Looks cool so far

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    Joined: Jan 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,277

    from alabama

    Here's my All Henry UNCUT '32....and you can park your Glass'32 or your Steel Model A beside me anytime you want......It's the Fellowship of Cars that matters.....I refuse to let real, glass, steel, kit or any other term separate or hinder me meeting another Car Lover....Million dollar car or's about the Love of Cars.....Lets Get Over Yourselves and our Bias Opinions.....It's about the Cars....... 32 FORD.jpg
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2017
  9. Dasheot
    Joined: Jun 19, 2015
    Posts: 121

    from Georgia

    Well said , I totally agree. lovely car.
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  10. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


    Well said THANK YOU, you should run for president of the USA
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
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  11. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 907


    I prefer what ever my wife tells me to and she likes 32 Fords.
  12. Never take that job, only because you're not allowed to drive.

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  13. Or even be honest. :rolleyes:

    I have a friend that today is probably too old and given the life that he chose would probably no longer qualify to run for president. I have known him since I was about 3 or 4 years old so I can honestly say that I have pretty much known him all my life. Someone once suggested that he should run for president and I do not doubt that he would be a contender if he ran. He asked me what I thought and I said, "Well I respect you today." He smiled and said, "Nuff said."

    I think that if I had to choose for myself between a glass '32 and an A coupe it would be a very hard choice. I guess I would have to base it on a couple of things, one is that I have already owned an A coupe and as much as I like them I have already owned one, and never really owned a Deuce ( did actually have one in my possession for about a day once and sold it so I won't count that). Next the number of windows would come into play, I love a 5 window, a 3 window would do I suppose but I really love a 5 window. Of course the quality of both bodies would be important and last would be resources, how much is there and how much I can readily lay my hands on as well as liquid assets.

    All that said I have owned an A coupe and never owned a Deuce and glass or steel would never even be part of the equation, it is a non issue to me.

    All seriousness aside, I retain the right to harass anyone out there with a glass car. Sorry its just my nature, I may even harass you if its steel. :D
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  14. I could care less what others think. I've had 3 vettes a 32 roadster & a 34 roadster all glass. I've also had 57 bird, 34 5 window, 3 mid 60s buick hardtops,56 ford truck & 3 of the first years cougars everyone metal. This is within the last 30 years I'm not count the one in my youth. Like what was said in a previous post it is all about the comraderies for me.
    Pics below are mine ,one is glass one is steel. So what. 34 ford coupe.JPG 1934 ourside fireside coffee 2017 - Copy.jpg
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
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  15. Cool cars man

    I gotta ask; in your profile pic, is that a taxidermied squirrel? If not, how did that squirrel come to bond with you like that? Every time I come across your posts, I gotta zoom in and check him out again. Can't figure it out

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  16. tomcat11
    Joined: Mar 31, 2010
    Posts: 132

    from Kalifornia

    Steel 31. Glass does not have the nostalgic feel or genuine look when you get up close.
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  17. sent ya message
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  18. Hutkikz
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 92


    I make my living eradicating rust
    just can't stand itchy dust
    since I'll never buy a finished rod
    looks like steel gets the nod

    EDIT: Translation- Got nothing against fiberglass just don't like working with it.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
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  19. Avgas
    Joined: Dec 31, 2007
    Posts: 281


    I'll go the Improved A! There red hot done right on a deuce frame!

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  20. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 2,576

    from IRELAND

    real steel wins it for me
  21. JimSibley
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 3,267


    The funny thing is so many real steel cars are so covered with bondo that they are really just a glass car with a rusty pair of underwear. With that said, I am very much a real steel guy and think fiberglass is for boats, vettes and race cars. This is only true for my own cars. I love to look at what other people have built and admire them
    All, weather glass or metal or bondo.
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  22. That's a good looking street rod ya got there

    "If it ain't broke - fix it till it is"
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  23. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
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  24. bryanyeskie
    Joined: Jun 13, 2016
    Posts: 157

    from Hixton

    I like steel!! but if your giving the glass 32s away I'll take it!!
  25. Real steel for me, please!
  26. <------- Now i just gotta get 'er done. :)
  27. After thinking more about this I really think it depends on the build/finished car. I have seen steel cars that are butt ugly to me and glass cars that have been finished nicely. That goes both ways! Ok, back to work everyone!:rolleyes:
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  28. edcodesign
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
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    I worked this morning, ain't that enough ? Ed.
  29. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    from Iowa

    First, it would have to be a '32 5 window, no model A can stand up to them in my eye. The 32 has a better look to me, plain and simple. Don't care if it's steel or plastic, it's the shape I love, not the material it's made of.

    Second, I'm not made of money. I can but a complete rolling chassis built to my spec AND a glass body with the flip out windshield, opening cowl vent, roll down back window rain gutters and all the latches, knobs, etc. for less than the cost of a nice steel body. Financially it's a no brainer to me.

    I will build it to drive and enjoy, I don't give a rats ass what resale is on it (let the estate sale decide that). I will build it to my preferences, the look I like, not the look somebody else likes. Hell, I've spent good money to put 'glass body parts on OT steel cars for weight reduction. Fiberglass is not the crap it was years ago.

    I'm in the process of purchasing a rolling chassis and body right now. It will be a '32. I've been doing a lot of shopping. There are still crappy bodies out there, don't buy them. I saw a steel one yesterday on a stock rolling chassis for $20,000 that had every available patch panel on it and a few home made ones (and still needed more). It was worse than about any glass body I have looked at considering the price and amount of work still needed. I'm sure it's perfect for somebody and they will be excited to get it, I would rather have a glass body and complete rolling chassis than that patchwork quilt for the same money. Actually that steel body would need a lot more work to get to the quality of the glass body I am looking at. It's real Henry steel, it's not realistic to save it, cost wise, to me. Othere would jump at the chance.

    In July I stood behind a gentleman at a Good Guys show looking at a new steel body and heard him proclaim "it's Chinese steel so it's still not real Henry steel and it don't count". So now, the question has to be steel, Henry steel or fiberglass. There is a whole new level of snobbery out there.

    You have to do what your heart, head and pocket can support.
  30. It's about time somebody posted this! HRP

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