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Old 11-13-2012, 08:10 AM
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I think that whole part about who built it is total and complete BS. I am NOT one of those guys who look down on someone who didn't build the car, they are either a car lover or not, and it has nothing what so ever to do with if they built it or not. And in that regard, when I look at someone elses car, it doesn't make a whole lot of difference if it's glass or not, or repro metal or not, the over all impression I get of the car as I look at it from across the street THAT is what moves me.

As far as glass being easier, again, I don't buy that. I have done both and I have to say they both take a boat load of time and skills to make nice. They are totally different materials so the job is totally different, but both take a boat load of time and skills, they are just different skills.

But for me personally, not anyone else, for me personally I like the history of a steel car. Now when it's like my truck where there aren't two panels on the whole thing that came from the same truck (well actually the front fenders have known each other from birth, but that's it) it's easy to say there is no history. But when those parts are exactly as the original ones it still works, it's like they all came together. The fact that they came from different sources is quickly forgotten.

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Old 11-13-2012, 08:38 AM
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come on. history.. really.. most cars on a show field.. are pieces of many donors.. and/or new parts..
I don't care if an owner build it or not either.. but the fact if they drive it or not..
I'd rather see a 1979 t/a with 150k on it than the low mile 234 miles since new car.. as it wasn't enjoyed..
my SS has a history, sold in n.c. and I bought it in maine. oh and it's stock. mighty boring..
the truck was a farm truck. fixed up for a guys son before I got it.. history of haul'n hay,
very few cars have a history worth a darn and those are one owner or one family cars.. (at least to me) my SS came from dale earnhardt chevy in newton n.c. no one really cares that thats the chevy store that sold it.. I'll bet as soon as I change out the engine , I'll get haters..
most of this history you speak off is,, car got old, needed fixing, was parked in barn and forgot about for 40-60 years.. thats the story of most cars as they age.. only that group of owners kept everything as they remembered the depression.. unlike today that they'd junk a car for scrap money before parking it in a barn.. one has to remember that these old cars at one time where just that old worn out junkers.. parked because it was nickle'n and dime'n the owner to death..
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:52 PM
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There's a big difference between buying a new steel body and finding an old neglected body and bringing it back to life ! Its the same with buying a fiberglass replica and bringing old steel back from the dead!

new glass Kit cars are easy and only need minor repairs on flaws from the molds! That's why they sell kit glass body's! (their easy) Unless your making your own molds for parts I also do that! Its easy to assemble the good glass kits, the cheep ones are poor quality and need additional work like bracing, thickening in areas, filling of pits and blemishes etc! The hardest thing to do on glass kit body's and parts is Knowledge knowing the difference between laminating resin and standard resin , mixing for different dry times( cold or hot mix), cloth or fiber! and sanding that darned glass it itches for days in the damnedest places! I like working on Glass cars And I find it much easier to form a wing or fender flares or fins on a glass car, then making custom additions on steel cars out of steel !

My post before was meant to give that impression I wasn't cutting down glass! I own a glass! I think at a show Glass should be in a different class then old steel though! I always have and I always will !

The arguments are silly each has its points but to argue that they are both equal skill levels pertaining to body's fenders hoods etc is really unrealistic! I use glass on steel while doing some customizing but have never used steel on glass except for the molds or shapes (I also use cardboard, duct tape, chicken wire, wood, and foam) and then Glass them!!!

My opinions arn't every ones and Im not trying to change anyone's! It impressions of 50 years of owning and building both personally and in my business!

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:47 PM
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As far as them being both difficult I have only done a few fiberglass cars, then a ton of motorhome fiberglass work. Fiberglass box flares, Sixties Shelby's, Corvettes, etc. But on the cars, with modifying stuff or correcting poorly made parts (an Auburn Kit car) it would have been easier in my opinion to do it in metal. But maybe it's more because I hate working the itchy fiberglass.

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Okay I see! And to determine whether or not this is a kit where should I look? When I am in town I will examine the car closer to see if I can find anything.

Thanks for the info!
What's the title say, have you looked at that?

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I can go on line and for 25k buy a steel body ready to go.. brookfield roadsters(iirc) among others..
most that OWN these steel cars. you know the oem steel ones didn' build it.. so steel being harder or easier to work with is moot...
both have there place.. sadly.. the car hobby is full of high than to. types.. in every segment..
most on here would laugh at almost all imports.. the rod guys don't like the muscle guys.. the muscle guys don't like the new muscle guys..
it's somewhat sad... and all you got to do is go to a show and walk around and overhear people talking.. I really thing some go just to pick apart everyone car on the field..
FYI: It's Brookville Roadster. I used to live in Brookville Ohio. Neat place, like walking into a time machine. Brookville Roadster

OEM vs repro. I guess it depends on your perspective. I never cared about oem vs reproduced bodies (steel or glass) until I got my '69 Camaro which is an all steel numbers matching original survivor. When Dynacorn started importing new camaro bodies, and guys started cutting rusted scrap oem cowl's up and building a "new" Camaro around a VIN tag it chapped my *****. It hurts the value of my vehicle and its just plain dishonest.
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OEM vs repro. I guess it depends on your perspective. I never cared about oem vs reproduced bodies (steel or glass) until I got my '69 Camaro which is an all steel numbers matching original survivor. When Dynacorn started importing new camaro bodies, and guys started cutting rusted scrap oem cowl's up and building a "new" Camaro around a VIN tag it chapped my *****. It hurts the value of my vehicle and its just plain dishonest.[/QUOTE]

Same with glass guys buying up titles so they didn't have to title it as New or pass inspection for an assembled title!!!

"Hey, what year is your "T"? "Oh its a 2010

I had a 34 coupe and was beat in COBO by the first glass replica I ever saw personally on the street or at a show !! I admit if it was steel he would have beat me hands down!!!! But I actually chopped mine his came in the kit already chopped! That stuck in my craw all these years!!


So Im kind of biased Jester
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:15 PM
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I, myself have no problem with someone building/owning a fiberglass car
But the coupe in question does ... NOT ... look anything like a 33/34 Ford. The oldest part on it is most likely 10 or 15 years old.

It is a KIT ... body from one source, engine from another ... and so on.
I do not see the first REAL Ford part of any kind on it.

A 33/34 Ford coupe looks similar to this



or without fenders ...

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