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Old 04-06-2009, 10:44 AM   #15
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Thumbs up Old School....

It's only original once..

My DW's Grandmother's 1953 Ford Victoria, bone Stock and un-restored.

We've been caretaker's since 1976.

It's a free hobby, and others can do as they please, but not ME.
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“After all these years the reason I continue to love Thanksgiving.....I still sit at the kids table.”
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:01 AM   #16
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I think vintage and classic motor vehicles are for driving around town and not for long trips unless you are a very good shade tree mechanic. Yes, internal modifications for safety and practicality can be good depending on whether you want a show car or a daily driver.

I recall a beautiful LaSalle that used to sit outside a tire shop down the road from here for a long time—besides the modern engine, tranny and such, they had done subtle things to the body that compromised the outside. I don't know if it every got sold because the tire shop went out of business.

Funny how that Buick (Roadmaster?) looks good in post #12, but it's pretty much like the ugly '49 fastback Pontiac my father had. When I see a car that is like something my father owned in those days, I remember them as really big, but now they are pretty small. I know Bob loves that Ford and posts a picture of it as often as he can, and I'm sure it's in great shape, but I'm not a fan of that era. To me it's the '30's that had really beautiful cars, but I have this feeling that if I were driving a mid '30's Auburn at 90 mph (all Auburns of that period were guaranteed to go 100 mph), I'd feel pretty scared as I hurtled down the road. Everyone has different perceptions of beauty and makes different adjustments to restorations.

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Old 04-06-2009, 11:10 AM   #17
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To me it's the '30's that had really beautiful cars, but I have this feeling that if I were driving a mid '30's Auburn at 90 mph (all Auburns of that period were guaranteed to go 100 mph), I'd feel pretty scared as I hurtled down the road. Everyone has different perceptions of beauty and makes different adjustments to restorations.

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Kind'a like this, right Gene?
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:23 AM   #18
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Or the Alfa on the cover of Griot's catalog a while back, or Bugattis or Delahay's. I think Frank Lloyd Wright had an orange Auburn coupe—it's at the Auburn museum in Auburn, Indiana.

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Old 04-06-2009, 12:08 PM   #19
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Ooohhhh! That C.V. would look so cool if it was lowered in the front a bit, with some nice billet rims! Sorry, couldn't resist..... actually, I think it would be cool lowered a bit with a nice rake! I don't go for the 22's... 18" looks good to me... and you don't have to worry about the curbs or speedbumps ruining your rims.

To each their own... I do like the new "rat rod" movement... hold it kind of stock, faded paint is great, 15" wheels with big tires... even wire spoke rims (the original hot rod rims... not the new "spinners!!")... seems to be more of the backyard "drive 'em" mentality.

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Old 04-06-2009, 02:42 PM   #20
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It's only original once.
If the object of the modification is a basket case carcass to begin with, oh well. It just seems a shame to take a strong, original, well equipped <fill-in the blank - whatever it is> and butch it up.

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Led Zeppelin? What about The Four Tops and 26 cents a gallon gasoline? Of course, I was only making 50 cents an hour back then, and glad to get that! And I agree with InsideOut, taking a basket case or some pile from the junk yard and rescuing it from junk into a rod is ok, even great! But to take a cherry car and chop it up...well, personally, I think something else ought to be chopped, but that's another opinion entirely!
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Old 04-06-2009, 03:37 PM   #22
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What exactly is the point of the low profile tires on a 1/2 pickup?
About 10 years ago we were traveling home from the East coast.

I caught a glimpse in the rear view mirror of something coming up fast from behind us. A few seconds later the sweet exhaust note of a jet black Ford Lightning blew past us.

I don't have much interest in pick ups but that one put a smile on my face.

Although the tow rating is not very generous and probably understated, I would bet dollars to doughnuts the Lightning would make a very stable platform as a TV. Those sticky, low profile performance tires being part of the formula.

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Since I made a very good living in the hot rod business for 50 years, I love 'em all! The extended cab 29 CCPU is a daily driver, the 46 Pontiac woodie is nothing but fun, the roadster has won several awards and the 66 Olds Toronado leaves a hell of a carbon foot print at 385 HP!
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I think each generation has its own fads that older generation drivers can't understand. I owned a 1938 Ford Deluxe two-door in 1952. One of the first things I did was put longer shackles on the rear springs to lower the body. It didn't help the drive-ability, it hurt it big-time; but I was in style man! Some of the cars of this era were lowered so radically that they had casters on the rear bumper to assist when going over a dip. It wasn't too long until the fad reversed and every "in guy" had a car with a California rake-- front end as low as possible and rear end elevated. Go figure. It would be interesting to learn how these fads get started.

By the way, that sixteen-year-old took a bad rap in the head putting those shackles on. I jacked up one end of the rear traverse spring in order to get the shackle on. Since I was pretty dumb about mechanical stuff I didn't take proper care to ensure that the jack was secure and as I worked, the spring tension kicked the jack out from the spring, right into my head. Oh the things we do to run with the crowd!

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Kind'a like this I suppose. IMHO a waste of good rubber.

Age do's funny things don't it?
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Kind'a like this I suppose. IMHO a waste of good rubber.
I didn't mind wasting gas and burning rubber when my father was paying for it. But my first car was a '56 Mercury Custom with an automatic and there was no way to burn much rubber with that car. The important things was it was a car!.

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Well then...

You're really not going to like the new DWR. It's got low profiles...


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My first truck was the '52, straight six 216 with "dippers" (partial oil pressure pump). It's still on the road, but it would be hard pressed to pull the Overlander. After I gave it to my nephew, he painted over the stock paint with "Corvette yellow." Ah, well, times change, I suppose.

I have more tolerance for rodding cars. A truck, however, is a working vehicle. To me, it's like putting a pink fuzzy collar on a good hunting dog. Some things just don't fit. For me, the beauty of a truck is revealed with a load of wood or feed in the back. Trucks just seem happier when they are doing what they were meant to do....
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