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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. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,779



    When we rolled a Model A out of the bushes next to this old lady’s house in Long Beach, back in late 1957, it was a feat for us. A real car for less money than a weeks lunch at school. That car was complete and our dreams of making it into a drag race car was starting. It was dusty, rusty, but complete and on wheels. It just looked fabulous sitting in our yard, ready for modifications. Dreams started to come true.

    All steel has some finite qualities about it. The bang on the fenders, the sound of a solid built…real steal, etc. Many years later, we found our selves at shows and hot rod gatherings talking to fanatic hot rodders of all kinds. The feeling was that steel is original and the search to find one was the challenge. Once you found one, then the build begins.

    Sure, fiberglass has come up in the quality of their builds and "repops." Those products make the extra fender or part that is hard to find or replace, easier. But, who hasn’t heard the side comments at cars/coffee events or shows…”that is glass.” Then a quick glance before walking on to the next car. Those people aren’t traditionalists, but just finicky. Aren’t we all involved in some way or other to enjoy hot rodding through builds or memories? Why do all of those people go to those infinite car shows all across the country?


    Having known friends with cool looking cars with fiberglass parts has not stopped the enjoyment of hot rodding one bit. The replacement fenders/body looks exactly as the original, with the matching paint, it is hard to tell at shows or gatherings.

    Sometimes it is easy to tell, but the days of touching someone’s car is now out of the question. The fit and finish of those quality fiberglass parts makes building or rebuilding enjoyable. But, as the saying goes, “Opinions, everyone has one…”
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  2. WiredSpider
    Joined: Dec 29, 2012
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  3. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


    Maybe GM had a good idea making them out of fiberglass, ever seen a rusted out Vette?
  4. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 765


    Hey Rob,
    The early vettes actually have a steel structure in the cowl area referred to as the "bird cage". One of the first things to inspect if you are an interested buyer as they are very prone to rusting out and a major undertaking to fix.
  5. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 488


    DSC02866.JPG ^^^^^^^^^ Thanks Dave you just ruined my life! and yes I'm getting a lot of compliments on the knock off gas cap, but after they look at it they still ask me what year is it?
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2017
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  6. corndog
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 4,340

    from Indiana

    Have to have real steel...
  7. Mr T body
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 2,189

    Mr T body
    Alliance Vendor
    from SoCal

    I'm finishing up my '31 steel coupe and just picked up a glass '32 3 window. Reality is, there's no way in hell I'll ever afford a steel 3 window, so this will do. Driving a 'glass 32 is better than riding on a steel bus......
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2017
  8. Splitbudaba
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 473


    YOU GUESS !!!
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  9. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,651

    Bandit Billy

    I don't need to, I watch your threads.
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  10. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 765


    Thanks for posting that pic Rob. It looks great!
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  11. mediumriser
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 342

    from Ohio

    Well I wanted to build my dream car while I was young so my son and I can enjoy it. Steel 32 was OUT OF THE QUESTION. So this will do for me, and more importantly my son. Got it legalized a week ago been driving it everyday since.
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