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PostPosted: June 17, 2018, 12:31 pm 
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That's good to hear, JD. That show always gives me inspiration, and motivation to stick with my own build until it's done. I really look forward to it. I'm pleased to share the unusual builds I see with others.

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PostPosted: June 23, 2018, 5:40 pm 
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Many of us in these forums had (or still have) MGBs. Here's one that's a little different, and it's not because of the supercharged V8 either. See if something about it strikes you visually right off.
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Can you see it now?
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You can see it now, for sure, can't you?
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This fellow took his MGB, split it down the middle, then added in a new section to make it the wide chassis you see here.

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PostPosted: June 23, 2018, 5:58 pm 
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I’ve been following that guy’s build for several years (I’d post a link but I’m not at my PC). Very impressive build. He has a good series of posts regarding custom cutting the wind screen.

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Woodies are a big deal in Southern California. Besides the classic hot rod, dragsters and LSR cars for El Mirage and Bonneville, the Woody is another SoCal regional touch-stone vehicle. This is one of the most unusual ones I've ever seen.
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The large photo album being looked through in the photo above details the discovery and restoration of the car since it was found covered in Palmetto debris in the Carolina's some years ago. It is a Studebaker woody and very, very rare. It looked more like the traditional station wagon base woody when found. However, so much of the roof structure was not repairable, that the owner decided it would be more practical to modify the design than try to restore it to its original form. What came of it is the world's only fastback, Studebaker woody.
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Old school is back! I like it. Of course, I grew up with it, so it's a case of "What's old is new again" for me. What do you think?
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The power plant is classic old school. It's the original Chevy small block. probably a 283 Cu. In., but I don't know for sure. It's got the old "3 Two Barrel" intake, early Corvette headers and the classic magneto ignition. Note that it has the original style mechanical fuel pump. They weren't all that wonderful. I'm surprised it's sufficient for WOT.
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Any pics of the Woody with the tail gate up? I'm wondering how it integrated with the body.

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Hey Lonnie

What were the three bike engines in the streamliner? I should have lived in California.

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Any pics of the Woody with the tail gate up? I'm wondering how it integrated with the body.


They had the tail gate down all day, so I never had a chance to get a clean photo of the rear end. Sorry.

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Hey Lonnie

What were the three bike engines in the streamliner? I should have lived in California.

Tim


I did take a photo of their display (below), but when I blow it up, the text becomes unreadable. So, I don't know the answer. However, someone might recognize the engine profile. Anyone?
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I can read "Well, one blown Honda transmission, one blown Honda motor and 2 "new" Suzuki junkyard motors, one chute failure-lake "visit"....." Then comes the sun glare. and then they added a 3rd motor.

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I love the goofy creativity and "finger in your eye" approach rat rodders often take. Here's one that is that in spades.
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excellent pictures!

there is still a small amount of hard core fabricators about but for the most a "car guy" is someone with a check book and car shows are full of cookie cutter 32's and 34's

i was at a show last year parked next to a 63 chevy pickup, the guy asked if i had built my car myself to which i replied yes, he then told me that he had also built his truck himself, it was on an 87 pickup chassis with a crate engine and he farmed out the bodywork, paint and upholstery so i asked him if he worked at the plant in Detroit in 1963, he answered no.

so it seems that if you contract out everything to someone else, you built the car, as opposed to just buying a completed car on craigslist.

we here are a dying breed gentlemen!!!

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john hennessy wrote:
excellent pictures!

there is still a small amount of hard core fabricators about but for the most a "car guy" is someone with a check book and car shows are full of cookie cutter 32's and 34's

i was at a show last year parked next to a 63 chevy pickup, the guy asked if i had built my car myself to which i replied yes, he then told me that he had also built his truck himself, it was on an 87 pickup chassis with a crate engine and he farmed out the bodywork, paint and upholstery so i asked him if he worked at the plant in Detroit in 1963, he answered no.

so it seems that if you contract out everything to someone else, you built the car, as opposed to just buying a completed car on craigslist.

we here are a dying breed gentlemen!!!


Thank you for the nice compliment on the photos, John.

You are correct. There are fewer and fewer real builders out there. At the same time, the ones actually designing and building their own cars are working to higher standards than in the past, and that's great to see. I spend most of my day at the show wandering around the 100-200 acres of the fairgrounds looking at what I think of as the "authentic" cars and talking to people.

To me that means the ones with unique ideas and which have largely been done by the builders themselves. You're the exception, John, but it's pretty hard to develop all the skills necessary to do everything yourself. So, I don't fault a builder who may want to pass off the paint job to a pro, or friend with that kind of expertise.

The good news is that they're still out there. You just have to look a little harder. Also, women are starting to appear as builders now. A couple of years back I met a young Hispanic woman who built a really cool, little, rat rod truck. She did everything herself. It was great to see.

My wife is an artist. Each year we visit places (galleries, museums) that serve to inspire her to reach further with her own art. This show serves as my equivalent for car building.

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Here is a nice 1941 Indian converted into a very sleek race bike IMHO.
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A restored WWII U.S. Army Harley-Davidson.
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