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Old 05-15-2007, 08:37 PM
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Build an old Speedster? Hmmmm....

My boss said that I should build an old Ford racer instead of a T Bucket. "Make it different." At first I laughed at the pic he showed me. Then, the gears started turning. I'm still going to use a '23 body, but it sure got me to thinking. Has anyone seen this done?
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Building a speedster is a great experience. My friend and I just built one over the winter and have driven it to a few local cruises where it gets lots of comments.

The first thing you need to realize is that you will use almost none of the body you have. Note the difference in the fenders and running boards, for one thing. But if you have a running Model T, you have most of what you need to make it into a speedster.

Get a catalog from:

http://www.rootlieb.com/html_files/m...t_spd_kit.html

and look at their speedster kit. Lots of good information there.

Have you ever driven a Model T? It's completely unlike driving any other car. The speedster is a 1919 and when I drive down the road followed by David in his 1910 Depot Hack we create quite a stir.

Good luck with whatever you build. I know you'll have fun.
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Those old speedsters are cool..nothing says that you can't use some modern pieces if you wish and maintain the style..Do a google image search for those..

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Poli Form fiberglass makes a 1919 speedster body out of fiberglass.


You'd better be real friendly with your passenger though.
That car is owned by Don Shreve.

http://www.poli-form.com/index.html

(I quit working there in 1997 and I will gain nothing by showing this.)

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Fred,

Make it your NEXT car....the bucket NEEDS you !!!


Hmmmmm - next car.... now ya got me thinking (but I for sure don't want my lady seeing this note )

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Fred,

Make it your NEXT car....the bucket NEEDS you !!!


Hmmmmm - next car.... now ya got me thinking (but I for sure don't want my lady seeing this note )

Dave
LOL Yea, the T is my dream car, but a Speedster would be a fun project for the future. It would definately be "Dare to be different!"
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:56 PM
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The HAMB is full of people who have speedsters and speedster-like creations. I think I have a PDF file somewhere with plans for a speedster body if Im not mistaken, I'll check later. They're actually becoming very much in style again with this whole nostalgia craze in the past few years. There was a slick gold one with red leather interior in a rodding magazine about a year back, I'll see if I can find a pic online. The "T" that I have sort of in the works is gonna be a blend of speedster and hot rod T-bucket.


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A good friend is building one right now. It is mostly model A running gear. It will have a 28-29 radiator and shell. The cowl is the top and sides from 28-29 and handmade. He hand made the bodywork and used some old late 30s hood for a rear desck. It is coming along nicely. He is running the A engine with a Brumfield head, Weber downdraft, split headers, 283 chevy intake vakves and some serious porting. It has a Ford SROD tranny from a pickup and an open driveline conversion on the stock A rear end. Since he is retired and runs a Model A repair shop, he has very little money into it at this point. I imagine with the new tires and rebuilt engine he will have under 3 grand into it.
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A good friend is building one right now. It is mostly model A running gear. It will have a 28-29 radiator and shell. The cowl is the top and sides from 28-29 and handmade. He hand made the bodywork and used some old late 30s hood for a rear desck. It is coming along nicely. He is running the A engine with a Brumfield head, Weber downdraft, split headers, 283 chevy intake vakves and some serious porting. It has a Ford SROD tranny from a pickup and an open driveline conversion on the stock A rear end. Since he is retired and runs a Model A repair shop, he has very little money into it at this point. I imagine with the new tires and rebuilt engine he will have under 3 grand into it.
That's what I'm talking about! Sounds like a crowd drawer.
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Mikey, that car is just so friggin cool is isn't funny. I have always thought of building something like that. I saw something similar at Harrahs auto museum in Reno NV once that just lit my fire. It was a factory made car, don't remember the name. But it was a factory "Hot rod" basically. It had such a wicked look to it, menacing look to it! And the darn thing was 75 years or so old.

Bare bones baby, that was hot rodding in the twenties and thirdies.

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Ok, I found the file with the "plans" I thought I had. Its a very old Modern Mechanics and Invention magazine article (perhaps 50's, 60's, 70's?). The article offers a big set of blueprints of the same plans for $1 so it cant be recent Heres an excerpt

"Here is a strong yet easy to build racing body that will make that old model T into a fast road bug or dirt track speedster. Allthough designed specifially for the model T frame, this design is flexible enough to be readily adpated to fit the frame of any car."

If you want you can shoot me your email address via PM and I'll zap the file over. Its not very detailed but it gives you a general idea. Attached is a snapshot of the file.

To get the "speedster" look I am using a '40 Ford hood where the turtle deck/bed would be and thereby making it a "boat-tail". Its got the perfect shape and I think it'll look interesting. I have a 267 ci. SBC for engine right now but Im hoping to find a mopar flathead 6 and then run all 6 pipes out one side of the hood



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Old 05-17-2007, 09:06 PM
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By the way, heres and old Model T hot-rod. Salt flats circa 1949 (if I remember correctly).


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There is a guy here in Portland that builds t styled track roadsters,, he builds the kits and uses a speedway body, his name is Marty Strode,, they actually have a class for them at the local speedway,, drive them to the track,, race them, and drive them home,, if they are still in one piece that is,, I'll see if I can find his web site,, He is the one that built the monster , fire breathing, car eating, machine that puts on shows at alot of the monster truck shows,, it picks up a car puts it in his jaws and rips it apart,, I can't remember what they call it,,
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Man, Bad Rat knows both the guy that built the wicked woody AND the guy that built the wicked car-eating machine!!!!
Must have a prominent circle of friends


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Man, Bad Rat knows both the guy that built the wicked woody AND the guy that built the wicked car-eating machine!!!!
Must have a prominent circle of friends


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Well I don't know about the circle of friends,,Mike,, but there sure are some weird folks live in these parts,, ever heard of sasquash?? BIGFOOT??? I have a neighbor lady that looks just like him [or maybe sasquash is a female] aint never meet IT Bill
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