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Kartoffel 06-25-2003 08:37 PM

Brand New
Yes, I'm new, but not the point of the thread.

I'm new to rodding. Me and my father are looking to work on a car. To be perfectly honest, I know absolutely nothing. I was curious as to what all of you thought would be a good choice for a first project. I /do/ know that I want a car from the 30's to 50's time period.

Thanks in advance for any input.

HemmiGremmie 06-25-2003 09:20 PM

56 Chevy!
55's and 57's are the most sought after, leaving an opening for what I think was the best year, with plenty of info, parts, aftermarket products and lots of help. Wether your Chevy, Ford, Dodge or AMC, you must admit the 55-57 Chevies are cool. HG

4 Jaw Chuck 06-25-2003 11:50 PM

How much money ya got?


nightrain_rod 06-25-2003 11:54 PM

Yep..The money is the issue.If you're going to get something rare out of the 30's-50's time frame and it's a pretty popular rod,get ready to spend quite a few bucks to get it.Let us know your budget and we'll go from there.

Jacob Middleton

woodz428 06-26-2003 05:55 AM

From a budget and accessibilty standpoint an early Mopar is a good choice. Still readily available and inexpensive (other than a few rare models). Lot's of models of varying years. Although they're not as popular they are gaining attention and more after market parts are being produced.

Fireball 06-26-2003 08:30 AM

"Kartoffel?" Isn't that the german word for "potato?" Anyway, not the point here.

Yeah it comes down to money in large part. But also important is how willing you are to do some or all of the work yourself. Maybe you have never painted a car before or done your own upholstry but there is always a first time right?

With regard to cars I swoon over 32-34 ford roadsters, fenderless of course. I understand these cars need some special attention due to wood used in the body framing.

Tri-five chevies (55-57) are neat but common, at least where I live.

Mid to late 40's woodies are a real treat and getting to be very prized.

slomotion 06-26-2003 11:35 AM

The guys are right, money and talent available are key factors along with parts availability for your project. However in this case you really need to listen to your heart. If you bought a project because one of us recommended it, but really didn't like the car/truck, your enthusiasm will dry up pretty quick. That's when you sell a project car at a loss because of the time and parts you have invested in it.

Check with your dad, I'm sure he had a couple of "wish I hadn't sold that car" or "I had one just like that one...". Then find one that both of you like.

Working on something that you want to work on is a lot different than working on something you have to work on.

One other thing, for a first project I think I would look for a "driver" and make it the best you can. At least you'd be able to enjoy it while you're working on it. If you get a "basket case" sometimes it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Good Luck! Keep us "posted" as to what you wound up with.

Madd Syntst 06-26-2003 03:04 PM

Look in my photo album. I am currently on a project that I have $400 in so far and am having a ball. I must say that you need to narrow your focus a tad. But in the same breath, be open minded and watch to see what makes itself known to you.
Feel the force young road walker, feel the force!
Don't build your dads old car. Trust me on that one.

GT 06-26-2003 03:55 PM

I can't give you any advice that hasn't been given, but I did want to say welcome. Nothing like a good old father/son car project! Good luck!

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