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Old 08-20-2003, 10:29 PM
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The newest new guy here...

Just stumbled across the site, and can't believe how I ever missed it! This is HUGE!!

In any event, Jon's PM when I signed up mentioned that I should introduce myself here, so go grab a cold one and get a comfy seat. I tend to be long-winded.

I'm currently 28, and while always having an interest in cars, never really got into hot rods until a family friend took me to a street rod show when I was 17. After that, I was hooked.

Through most of my senior year in high school, and most of college, I learned all about fabrication and design through my friend, Egon Necelis (from Carney's Point, NJ). You've probably seen some of his cars in magazines and at shows, the most radical of which was a red targa-topped 1941 Buick coupe and a Silver Rose 1949 Mercury coupe, both contemporarily designed by Charlie Smith.

Egon and his son, Iggy, taught me a lot about life, but even more about cars. Design. Proportion. Consistency. Color. Finish. It made me really appreciate good craftsmanship and quality, and instilled in me a desire to create some really cool and innovative cars. So with Egon's mentoring, I started my hot rod design hobby, and currently have hundreds of designs stored away in sketchbooks. About 8 years ago, he and I were going to embark on building a street rod like nothing else ever seen, but unfortunately, he passed away much before his time.

Since then, I have kept designing (although it has dropped off a bit in recent years), but have taught myself a lot about repairing, building, engineering, and fabricating for cars and motorcycles. I also read a lot of different automotive publications, so I have a good knowlege of cars from all sorts of different niches. This actually works out great, because it helps inspire me with my designs, and I find myself sketching designs and using different materials and components that I have yet to see in the hot rod world. I like to do it tastefully, and I hate change just for the sake of change. If it looks ugly, and the execution is poor, then don't do it.

Until recently, I was the design consultant for a small street rod shop here in Maryland, and our most recent project was a custom 1942 Chevy Panel van. We sectioned it about 18" overall, and gave it a modern, swept look. Unfortunately, it was recently destroyed when a roof caved in, so I'm not sure about it's final demise.

Sorry to write a book, but I'm happy to help anyone with whatever knowlege I can pass on, and look forward to hanging out over here more often.

BTW, I currently drive a Mazda Miata that's set up for autocross - but it's probably the only one with a SoCal Speed Shop decal on it!
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Old 08-20-2003, 10:41 PM
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Cool Welcome to Hotrodders.com

whew, you better grab two beers. save yourself a trip.

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Old 08-20-2003, 10:45 PM
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Welcome. Sounds like with your experience, we will be pickin' your brain fairly often!!
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Feel free to! I keep thinking all this useless knowlege has to be able to help someone.

BTW, thanks to the mods for deleting my accidental double-post.
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Old 08-20-2003, 11:08 PM
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Welcome HRD,

It is interesting your story as mine is similar only that I went towards designing for screen printing and not for construction.

Not much use for your kind of talent here in OZ.

Post some pics of your work I am sure we would all love to see some.

Check out my web page if you like.

Craig
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Old 08-20-2003, 11:14 PM
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Welcome aboard. This is THE PLACE TO BE whatever it is that you want to be.

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Here are a couple from a few years ago that I happened to have already scanned.

This first one is a 1939 Chevy coupe that's been modded a bit with some large-diameter wheels, a slight fender and rear end sculpting, and a pie cut through the body. I also removed the B-pillars and made it into a hardtop-style custom. Nothing too terribly radical, but was just playing around a bit.
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This second one is another concept I was playing with.

I really like the idea of light-weight cars, and when the Lotus Elise was introduced a few years ago, I got playing around with the idea of what Colin Chapman may have come up with if he'd have designed a hiboy-style roadster.

With Lotus cars being known for their wonderful handling, I wanted to push the wheels out to the corners for great balance, move the coilovers inside the body like a Formula 1 car, and channel the body over the drivetrain to give it a lower center of gravity. With as narrow as the nose would probably be, I was figuring on a powerful inline motor, such as a Vortech-powered Honda S2000 inline 4 or a BMW M3 inline 6.

Of course, the wheel diameters turned out a bit cartoony, but rest assured they'd be large, lightweight units to house bigger brakes.
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Old 08-20-2003, 11:42 PM
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Welcome to HOTRODDERS.COM, I don`t know if any one here will be using any of your designs or not, but they are good.

I build custom cars and street rods, But i`m not into the rubber band wheels and tires, or rice burners. But a lot of the younger members are. Good Luck

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Smile Welcome!

Welcome to the board!

Lots of great info, and cool guys and gals here! Always a good time!

Speaking of good times.... Enough with this one and two beer stuff...Heck, lets just tap the keg and call it a party!


uh oh... did I wake up in the yard again, minus clothing? Sorry... Hmmm... guess I can't hang in there like I used to!


Rock on...

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Old 08-21-2003, 02:05 AM
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Welcome, nice sketches. Your going to have a great time here...I can tell.
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Old 08-21-2003, 02:44 AM
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Talking Still looking!

If anybody finds my pants, please sit them over by the keg. I'll get them on my way back through!

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Old 08-21-2003, 03:18 AM
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Welcome aboard HRD. I think you'll find a bunch of great people here and your talents are a very welcome addition to the site.

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Old 08-21-2003, 10:25 AM
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Welcome, and nice designs! I like your thoughts on the suspension, I think it would make for a real clean looking front end. I wish I were better at welding....
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Old 08-21-2003, 11:25 AM
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HRD, Welcome! Lots of good info and people here... Great sketches....
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