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Old 02-12-2013, 10:10 AM
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Yep, but it doesn't look that good now. Between just being different as now it's sectioned too.




But it is in pretty bad shape as it's been sitting outside for 15 years. I'll have a lot of clean up before I can even get to working on it.



I have my teenage dream engine for it.



I can't wait to drive it! Back in December I saw and chatted with the guy I bought it from in 1973.

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I'm not understanding something about your truck,,, I thought it was already chopped..
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Chopped AND sectioned is even better!!! :-)
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I didn't have the money to buy an four post lift (remember, there're weren't the cheap buggers you can buy today, they were very expensive then) So I bought the pieces the car is sitting on from a gas station that closed, they are off of an in ground single post lift. I then made the rest. The long ramps were so you could get a very low car up for alignment.


The metal Flake deuce was on the front cover of Street Rodder Mag April 73 when it was in Hawaii with the Waikiki skyline behind it, long before I knew it existed. Sad thing is he pulled it apart and never got it back together. He is in a rest home now and it's still in a garage.








Before.


After


Before.



After in Rodders Journal #32. This is my fathers truck that I drove in highschool, I was so happy to see my brother able to "restore" it and keep it. I didn't do much of the work as seen in the mag, I had closed my shop and was working for someone and gave up any side work projects like that, just don't have the time anymore. I did some of the work where I was working but we were too booked to take in the whole project. My brother just couldn't wait he brought it to a "friend's" shop and the guy not only raked him over the coals on cost he did a horrible job and my brother actually gets ticked off every time he looks at it.


I did a lot of custom work at the onset of the mini truck craze. It was a lot of fun.





Before the mini truck craze was the VW craze, did TONS of work on those cars. Chopped tops, suicide doors, filled about a million side moulding holes. filled so many exhaust cutouts and front horn grilles and park lamp holes I had metal templates hanging on the wall.











My son (now 30) working hard.
Before.


After



What would become my sister-in-laws summer daily driver still to this day.


I did a number of bikes, restoring vintage ones and even making some "hot rods" out of vintage 26" bikes with modern braking and gears and such.


Before.


After


I had a lot of fun.





When I think back now of course all the hard times working until 1 am to get something done so I could pay the rent and stuff like that is largely forgotten. It was some real good times I am awefully glad I was a part of. The building the shop was in a older industrial building. This shot was taken from a little Cessna 150 owned and flown by a guy that worked in the muffler shop next to me. This guy by the way is a MASTER at detail and quality. He is an airline pilot now and does a car once in a while at his house, STUNNING detail, and he rebuilt his home with the same detail. We all know how a house is pretty far off the kind of perfection you see in a show car, this guys house is damn close to what you see in that show car, it is wild with perfection.


The building was managed by a woman who retired when they knocked the building down, she was 93 and had worked for this family as her only job since she was 17! They didn't let anyone come in the building that would be competition to any tenants. So there was no BS, a muffler shop, a body shop, a European auto specialist, my brothers mechanical shop, a machine shop, a camper repair, a transmission shop, and a printer. It was a darn cool place, it is all gone, the entire property including the lot behind and in front of the shop is now covered in apartments.

I sure have some great memories that is for sure. And yes I was an "Import specialist" doing a lot of Japanese collision repair, didn't think those photos would be of interest so I didn't post them. Wish I had some of a few of them though. Did a 71 510 Datsun with a SSS motor and added box flares, it was a very cool little hot rod.

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nice blast from the past! I like that bike you guys did...no,not the pink bicycle.
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I'm not understanding something about your truck,,, I thought it was already chopped..
I replaced the cab when I started the rebuild in 95'. The cab I chopped in 1974 had a big hole in the floor where the 401 nailhead sat, it had a flat firewall (no recess needed if there is on engine there right?) the roof skin had two gallons of bondo on it from when at 16 I didn't know how to hammer weld across the skin. It had no seat riser, it had a bunch of problems and I wanted to start fresh. I had a super nice cab available to me for only $150 so I sold the old cab and started fresh.

I actually now regret that a little but this will be a lot easier.

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Chopped AND sectioned is even better!!! :-)
It's a mild section at only 2.5 inches so it doesn't looks stomped by a giant. I wanted a look kinda like GM should have done.

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Maybe not radical by 1960s standards... but I am thrilled to see something being built that is "CUSTOM"!

Too many so-called custom cars today are very uninteresting. Boring colors like silver and gray... no restyling... not graphics to individualize them... just no imagination!

For me, most car shows look like a used car lot... not rods and customs at all. {:-(
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As I progress this one may just look like that used car to you. It's basically going to be a styling exercise by GM in 1953, that is the theme.

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Somehow I doubt that! Besides... G.M. built some really neat show cars (styling exercises) in the early fifties! :-)
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Somehow I doubt that! Besides... G.M. built some really neat show cars (styling exercises) in the early fifties! :-)


Yes they did, I am a huge Motorama fan and that is exactly what I am after.

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It's a mild section at only 2.5 inches so it doesn't looks stomped by a giant. I wanted a look kinda like GM should have done.

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I hope you do a build thread,, We would love to see it coming together..
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I hope you do a build thread,, We would love to see it coming together..
I have posted a bunch of photos on the sectioning before. Some of them are here. Sectioning - Autobodystore But yes I will be doing that.

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I have posted a bunch of photos on the sectioning before. Some of them are here. Sectioning - Autobodystore But yes I will be doing that.

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Great.. I'm looking forward to seeing some of YOUR work...
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Great.. I'm looking forward to seeing some of YOUR work...
Thanks for the laugh. You can be such a crack up.

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Thanks for the laugh. You can be such a crack up.

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I guess you took that the wrong way again...

But I'm glade I could give you a laugh...
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