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Old 02-12-2008, 09:19 AM
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Is this a decent hot rod????

I'm 24 and I've had a few old cars but nothing that I'd consider a real hot rod. I'm looking at trading my motorcycle on an old ford hot rod and was wondering what others thought of the car.

Its a 1947 Ford Sedan, no rust, recently painted, chopped 6.5 inches, door handles and moldings have been shaved, louvered hood smoothed bumpers. It has door poppers and power windows. It has a rebuilt 1981 corvette 350 bored .30 over to 355, AT which I'm assuming is a TH-350 (I'm going to look at the car today). I was told the only thing the car needs is a headliner and door panels which I figured I could fabricate pretty well.

I was just wondering everyones opinion of the car and if it would fit in well at a car show. We have a local cruising night and car show and also I'd like to take it to Turkey run in Daytona. Thanks!



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Old 02-12-2008, 09:52 AM
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looks like a nice ride, you need to look at the chassis on a lift to see how it's put together, and under the dash to see how the wiring is done, you can get a approximate value by searching the internet for similar built 46-48 sedans, and then judge how much your bike is worth! a picture may tell a thousand words, but your own eyes looking over a vehicle from top to bottom will save a million cuss words later!!
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Old 02-12-2008, 10:07 AM
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That will work just fine at the turkey run, just a thought try and get a car you like, the economic side of this hobby has a much better return when funding a hotrod that sparks your motor ....... it all cost money so try to make sure you are spending it on a machine you really like and not because it was a good deal, it is fun to mess around with these cars....
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That looks like a pretty nice ride. If you can get it reasonable and it checks out ok, the only thing left is if it is what you really want. Is it you?

I'd like the sedan...more room. Just my preference. The top's a little too chopped for my taste, but again that's me. Better check the regs though. Some areas have laws about windshield height, etc.

Gonna be getting hot there soon too.....you'll probably want to look into an AC unit for that black car. If you get it, have fun!
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Old 02-12-2008, 04:50 PM
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46-48 ford sedans

Hi,ive had 2 48 ford 2 dr ,sedans,loved them,plenty of room in the back seat.(give me a break,i was only 21 years old. ) im not a fan of chopped tops. but,if that floats your boat,go for it (if,the price is right)
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Looks like a pretty sweet ride to me. Just don't pay extra because its a "real Vette engine" unless he can prove it somehow. It looks like someone spent a lot of time and money on the body so even if it isn't a Vette engine it dosent really matter.

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It looks great ,Hopefully the engine is a souped up a little from a stock 81 vette
L81 350-cid V8, 190-hp
L82 350-cid V8, 230-hp


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And how tall are you?

Make sure you test drive it long enough to make sure it doesn't start getting really cramped in there.
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Look's very good!!!!
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Nice rod. I love a chop that is 6 inches or more.
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I think its Kool. I personally wouldn't worry about how much a car is liked at a car show, instead I would worry more about how much I like the car. Just my $.02
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First thing: sit behind the wheel and note your forward, side, and rearward visibility from a normal sitting position. Ask your self if you could see a traffic light when stopped at the hold line without leaning forward or scrunching down a bunch. Next, crank it up and take it for a spin to see how it rides and drives and check out the noise level. Remember with no door panels and head liner, it may be a bit loud but listen for rattles and exhaust resonance. It has been mentioned, but you can't cruise in Fla in the summer without air conditioning. Plan $1500 to install it (maybe $2200 if you are going to have to get a new radiator). I like the looks of the car and it would fit right in the street rod scene if you like it and can find it comfortable enough.

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