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Old 08-08-2011, 10:43 AM
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I think it all depends on when you purchased the Street Beast - in the beginning build stages where you would find any construction problems, mid stage (buying a half-finished car that the previous owner abandoned because he was either sick of it, or couldn't get parts promised by Street Beast), or buying a completed car that has most of the bugs worked out already. We purchased our '34 completed, and there's still things that I will change if we keep the car, but overall, in my opinion, it's not a bad "kit car" and structurally very solid, so I'm pretty satisfied with the end product. Having said that, I can certainly understand the pure frustration some people have had to endure while dealing with Street Beast or it's affiliates while trying to complete their cars. Likewise, as some have mentioned, in some cases, the quality of the product left something to be desired, especially in the fit and finish and frame construction. So, like belly buttons and opinions, everybody has one, and I think the flow of information, especially about this particular car in question, helps everyone get to where they want to be with this car.

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just to chime in, I bought an unfinished 34 cabriolet street beast around Aug 1st.. i bought a 39 chevy un-finished on ebay cheap, and when i got there he had the 34 kit.. so i bought both. Ive done pleanty of hot-rod stuff mainly 70-up muscle cars and this is my first "kit" it's not that bad from what i can tell, it's been coming together nicely though Ive had to do some fabricating here and there, it's a project and they all need fab work.. lol... i'll start posting pics as i get them... i really want another chevelle or camaro so this may be only temporary but i've always liked the cabriolet look! I think finished i'll be in this car fairly cheap and double my money if i sell it... so it's now just fun buying cool parts! dakota digital, fab-9, 4wd, ididit column, just fun I tell you!.. and YES the manual is pretty useless...
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Side Question: What do u call it?

Just a side question, when someone asks you "What is it?" or "What year is it?", what do you say?

I know, on my original '34 Ford Tudor, I can honestly say, "It's a '34 Ford."

But, with a street beast, built in 2001, with a '85 Mustang 5.0 underpinning, registered as a 2001 Replica Ford, what do you say? "It's a 2001 Mustang?", "It's kit car?", or, "It's a 'glass '34 Ford?" or something else... Also, how do you honestly classify it when entering a car show?

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Old 08-21-2011, 06:52 AM
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Just a side question, when someone asks you "What is it?" or "What year is it?", what do you say?

I know, on my original '34 Ford Tudor, I can honestly say, "It's a '34 Ford."

But, with a street beast, built in 2001, with a '85 Mustang 5.0 underpinning, registered as a 2001 Replica Ford, what do you say? "It's a 2001 Mustang?", "It's kit car?", or, "It's a 'glass '34 Ford?" or something else... Also, how do you honestly classify it when entering a car show?

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Why does that matter?......Sounds to me you are just trying to instigate an argument here.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:30 AM
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Just a side question, when someone asks you "What is it?" or "What year is it?", what do you say?

I know, on my original '34 Ford Tudor, I can honestly say, "It's a '34 Ford."

But, with a street beast, built in 2001, with a '85 Mustang 5.0 underpinning, registered as a 2001 Replica Ford, what do you say? "It's a 2001 Mustang?", "It's kit car?", or, "It's a 'glass '34 Ford?" or something else... Also, how do you honestly classify it when entering a car show?

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Depends on the person doing the asking. A little old man/lady - a 'kit' car. Someone who might 'know', a SB '34 replica would work. Then there are variations of those themes. Anything but "It's ONLY a Street Beast".
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:42 AM
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Depends on the person doing the asking. A little old man/lady - a 'kit' car. Someone who might 'know', a SB '34 replica would work. Then there are variations of those themes. Anything but "It's ONLY a Street Beast".
Same as anyone else would answer it's a, you fill in the blank 34 Ford. If they go farther with it tell them. If it's not made by Henry IMHO they are all really kit cars. Just some way better than others. I call mine a 33, because I have a 33 grille in it.

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Just a side question, when someone asks you "What is it?" or "What year is it?", what do you say?

I know, on my original '34 Ford Tudor, I can honestly say, "It's a '34 Ford."

But, with a street beast, built in 2001, with a '85 Mustang 5.0 underpinning, registered as a 2001 Replica Ford, what do you say? "It's a 2001 Mustang?", "It's kit car?", or, "It's a 'glass '34 Ford?" or something else... Also, how do you honestly classify it when entering a car show?

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Bart in FL

Im assuming you are a "purist" then and not a "hotrodder"... because with most hot rods they are pieced together modified cars... mustang II suspension, GM drive-train, fiberglass here/there, etc... my personal opinion is i'd rather have the "look" of the bodies made in the past with the convenience, comfort, handling and reliability of todays cars.... I think you are just trying to start an argument, maybe you should post that posting on club cobra, or any of the sites that are mainly kit cars.. My prefrence is a "hotrod" 34 over your "original" 34...
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Im assuming you are a "purist" then and not a "hotrodder"... because with most hot rods they are pieced together modified cars... mustang II suspension, GM drive-train, fiberglass here/there, etc... my personal opinion is i'd rather have the "look" of the bodies made in the past with the convenience, comfort, handling and reliability of todays cars.... I think you are just trying to start an argument, maybe you should post that posting on club cobra, or any of the sites that are mainly kit cars.. My prefrence is a "hotrod" 34 over your "original" 34...
Hey I'm a "purist" right. When I said if it's not made by Henry, I meant the body. And does this look like an "original 33. I think Poncho's right you are trying to stir the pot.

Just put this in the back of your mind, on this forum we don't really care what you drive, if you have a interest in cars great.

You could have said Street Rod 34, but then, now I'm stirring the pot.

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I think we all can at least agree that the manual is/was pretty much useless.
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Why does that matter?......Sounds to me you are just trying to instigate an argument here.
NO! not trying to get into an argument ~ seriously asking! I tend to be VERY straight forward about things... 60 years of experience with life... and it's always stumped me when someone asked that question about the car. All my others are actual year models ('34 Ford Tudor, 63 Ford Galaxie, 77 'Vette, 72 VW Beetle, '91 911, etc.) To me the 34 replica Ford is just as nice, drives like any other '34 Ford Hot Rod, but I just want to know how to HONESTLY represent it, in a way that is easily understood.. LABELS are nice!

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NO! not trying to get into an argument ~ seriously asking! I tend to be VERY straight forward about things... 60 years of experience with life... and it's always stumped me when someone asked that question about the car. All my others are actual year models ('34 Ford Tudor, 63 Ford Galaxie, 77 'Vette, 72 VW Beetle, '91 911, etc.) To me the 34 replica Ford is just as nice, drives like any other '34 Ford Hot Rod, but I just want to know how to HONESTLY represent it, in a way that is easily understood.. LABELS are nice!

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Well at Btt50's car show in MN., one of the largest if not the largest car show in the country, on the entry form you just write 34 ford. It makes no difference if it steel or a reproduction of one. If you have one, that's how you should present it, if people ask more tell them. It's not a crime to drive a glass car, maybe at some shows, but then if they were that selective,I wouldn't go in the first place.

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I think we all can at least agree that the manual is/was pretty much useless.
Hey where you been? putting in some long ones on the car? How about some pictures.

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Most car shows have a "modified" class, which would suit most '34 glass-bodied street rods, and any vehicle that is heavily modified. I refer to my Street Beast as a 1934 Ford fiberglass bodied replica. Anyone who knows antiques and classics could tell immediately if someone was attempting to pass a Beast off as the real thing. Call it what you want, it's still a pretty cool ride once you get it to where you want it.
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Most car shows have a "modified" class, which would suit most '34 glass-bodied street rods, and any vehicle that is heavily modified. I refer to my Street Beast as a 1934 Ford fiberglass bodied replica. Anyone who knows antiques and classics could tell immediately if someone was attempting to pass a Beast off as the real thing. Call it what you want, it's still a pretty cool ride once you get it to where you want it.
We are talking 2 different kind of shows You are talking a one day show with a few hundred cars. A show that has classes.

I'm talking a show that goes on for 3 days and has 12,000 cars, no classes no trophies, 300 vendors, I don't even know how many hundreds of swappers. The people running the show don't care what you are driving as long as it is 64 and older and or looks like a car in that time period, no trucks or bikes, with or without engines.
They don't ask what it's made of, so I don't do the extra writing. Simple.

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I don't think it matters one way or the other as long as you bill a replica as what it is.... a replica. Be it steel, fiberglass or papermache. My Deuce is a glass car and if someone asks that's about the first thing I tell them. When it comes right down to it, the only place it would make any difference is in a judged show where there was a distinction made between stock and modified. Anyone who would try to pass off a glass car as a "stock" vehicle (unless it's a Corvette or some other stock glass bodied car) should be booted from the show anyway. In non judged shows it doesn't matter. The NSRA (may they rest in piece) makes no distinction between steel or glass... but it does pay to be honest, so if its a reproduction or replica then the owner should say so if asked.

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