I started building hot rods/street rods when I was about 13, with a buddy about 6 month older. Looking back, our first couple of cars were downright scary. We would build one, then tear down for parts for the next car, upgrading bodies, suspensions, but mostly upgrading our skills. We learned a lot of things... I ended up with a channeled '29 Model A coupe, upgraded to an Olds J-2, that I eventually painted bright yellow, with black rolled and pleated Naugahyde. That got sold to help finance marriage and a return to college.
In college, I bought a 1956 Vette which got a '69 300 hp 350 and Muncie M-21 in the early '70s. I still have the car, running the same engine and trans. I'm currently re-doing body work, chrome - basically restifying it for the second time.
I also have a '52 Dodge Coronet Club Coupe, which I'm planning on leaving stock, as soon as I get a new paint job on it.
Also, there is a '40 Stude Champion that I'm building as a street-rod for my wife. Currently, it has a 283 and 200R4 between the rails and a lot of work left to do. I have a 350 to replace the 283, and a set of genuine Studebaker valve covers from the last couple of years of Studebaker, when they bought their engines from Chevrolet - for the disguise factor.
Last edited by marv_e56s; 10-16-2011 at 05:36 PM.