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Featured Etiquette of the Survivor

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by J.Ukrop, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. theHIGHLANDER
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    Daayuum George! Don't sugar coat it, we're all big kids here...;)

    Hey bud, you're over thinking the spirit a bit. Perhaps what you've observed now and then (not all that often, truth be told) is that 'thing' that's a 40 grit ideal to me as well. Somebody drags a hacked up hot rod from a barn, probably built by Mr. Lumpdick's misfit cousin who didn't know squat back then. Has an old lic plate on it from 1958 and whomever discovered it hears the angels begin to sing, a holy beam of sunlight breaks through a cloud of barn dust and dried pidgeon shit, dreams of 6 figure ebay bidding begin because it's truly the REAL DEAL vintage rod. Headlights don't match, the fuel block is held on the frame with mechanic's wire, steering parts were cut down and welded by the farmer up the road. But hot-damn-holy-pancakes!! THIS IS HOW IT WAS REALLY DONE!! WOOOHOOO!!!.
    The uncovered holy grail gets plastered all over the 'net and dozens like him swoon over this treasure from the past. "I'd drive just like it is! Don't even wash it!" We've all seen em, entertained ourselves with the clueless replies and verbal diarrhea, felt that 40 grit toilet tissue that follows it. Yet at the end of the tunnel is a true bright light. We just as seldom get to share in real discoveries that make us wish it was us, make us feel genuinely warm n fuzzy, tugs at sincere memories from our youth, even can teach us techniques and parts availability. We always have to take the bad with the good. Thankfully the bad is pretty rare sometimes, and within these pages way more rare than the good ones that just keep showing up. We get to participate in the preservation etiquette that this topic is about if it's one from our part of the world. Something we knew of or took pictures at a show. Lacking Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine we simply have to wait our turn for the next good one to come along.
    See George, it ain't all bad, right?
     
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  2. falcongeorge
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    No, meant it pretty much the way I wrote it, thought about it carefully, looked it over, edited here and there, made sure it was pretty clear before I posted it. I don't really see any rancor in what I said, and I don't really feel any about the subject anymore, did when I was younger, but I am long since past it. But I guess it helps "blunt the edge" of whats being said to read anger in where there isn't any. I feel I have actually summed up the "survivor" issue pretty accurately. And no, its not "all bad" I don't really see that my observations characterize it that way. Your mileage may vary...

    EDIT: Maybe look at post #28 as well, it elaborates a bit on the theme of my first post.
     
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  3. falcongeorge
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    Heres a story that illustrates the point I made in post #28 perfectly, the inspiring story of the Dennis DeBenidictus steel T bucket. Large colour photos in Hot Rod magazine on two separate occasions, cumulating in a two page spread in Hot Rod in 1969. So three appearances in hot Rod, several high profile show wins, photos in one of Andy Southards books, a well known, iconic, late sixties T-bucket.
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    @steel rebel recently discovered the cars current whereabouts, it is being parted out and converted into an Ivo clone. From what I understand, it was pretty much intact when the current owner got it. Of course, most HAMBers will give this a big thumbs up, because the Ivo car fits the current fashion better than the DeBenidictus car, and lord only knows, if theres one thing the world needs more of, its Ivo clones.
     
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  4. 49ratfink
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    I don't see nothing but ugly there...
     
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  5. theHIGHLANDER
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    Well you can't expect me to pass a chance to bust yer balls a little, can ya? ;):D:D:D I may have waxed on some too, a little at your expense but nuthin serious or personal.
     
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  6. falcongeorge
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    I rest my case...
     
  7. 49ratfink
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    to clarify, the Edsel, not the T. the T is bad ass. and even more bad asser cuz it looks like it is at Oakland.:)
     
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  8. Mr48chev
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    That is pretty well my exact feelings on the subject. I might take it around one season for show and tell in the as found shape while I dug through the old magazines and rattled brains that new the rig so I got it right when it was restored to as originally showed condition.

    A couple of years ago I passed on a Model A roadster that a guy up the road had for sale simply because it had too much history connected to the guy who had owned it for years and had painted the whole thing with a mural paint job. The paint was old and checked and I think it was a somewhat old paint job the first time I saw the car in the late 70's I just didn't want to be the guy who had stripped the paint off _______________'s old car and catch crap from some of the local guys who know the car.

    What I can't see is letting a pretty nifty old custom rot into the ground in the name of "keeping it original" when the top is half rotted off, the seats are mostly rotted away and what is left of the paint is flaking off in the name of preserving the original work. That just doesn't fly with me.
     
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  9. Baumi
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    This Edsel timecapsule is a perfect example that not every custom back then was pretty. It´s still cool as hell none the less. Maybe it´s the bitter-sweetness that I dig about it. But I know I´m square.hahahaha
     
  10. This is the struggle that I have with my '40 stake truck. While it has a very insignificant "history" to most, it does have a significant history to me, as it's been in my family, and part of my growing up since the mid '70's. Yeah, I adjusted it's stance and gave it some pinstripes and some twice pipes, but I am trying to walk the fine line between preservation and modification.
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    The day I picked it up from my great-aunt Betty Jo
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    The day that American National Insurance had it in the studio for a photo shoot for their marketing department materials.
     
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  12. KKrod
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    I am crazy about nice hot rod survivors and hot rod and custom history. In my opinion owning one and paying for one is another matter. Decisions are largely based on economics. How much are you willing to pay for that history. Both in dollars and in loss of functionality.
     
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  13. Jeff Norwell
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    Not a Custom..but I saw this in Cleveland.. super interesting and an insight how some guys built back in the day... but.if you restored it. would you destroy it?... I sit on the fence on that...guess it depends how far you take it.
    The current owner was a very nice guy to speak with.

    Really neat car.

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  14. Moriarity
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    This car is a perfect example (to me) of a car that needs restoration. Missing paint, flat tires rust etc do not a hot rod make. with that said the resto needs to be done in such a fashion that it is not "modernized" in any way. I can see showing it in as found condition just so people can see it but restore it so people can also see how cool it was when it was new....awesome car by the way
     
  15. BINGO! I absolutely agree.
     
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  16. tb33anda3rd
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    yes it needs a restoration. the problem would be fixing what has to be fixed. as mentioned the paint would have to be repaired, but where do you stop the repair. the top needs to be fixed but how do you do it so it blends with the rest of the unrestored car? would this be a candidate for some fake aging/patina to get the new paint and top to look like it belonged? maybe? but then it's fake and it isn't original and THAT whole argument starts........
    man that car is cool and i wished i owned it.......hmmmmm let's see, a half a gallon of hondurace maroon, towel city pie crusts, 3 carb kits, oil and filter, call the upholsterer, clean the fuel tank out, fresh battery...................hmmmmm
     
  17. falcongeorge
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    Bingo, I would restore it exactly as it was, and IIRC, this car was in Car Craft in the early sixties. And Yes, I LOVE it.
     
  18. falcongeorge
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    This is thing that will get me, guys will go out and purposely buy survivor hot rods, all the while PLANNING to make them unrecognizable. Its like they want the "cred" of having a survivor but don't give a rats ass about preserving our history.
    Its not like there isn't any raw material out there without butchering a survivor into your own mis-guided, distorted version of a "traditional hot rod", Hell I have nine projects cars, and have found dozens more that were both affordable and pretty exciting, and I see some of them sit in the classifieds here literally for months at a time. Sometimes I really have to remind myself that enough is enough, and I probably wont even finish what I have before I die.
     
  19. DDDenny
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    And American Graffiti deuce coupes.
     
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  20. rgdavid
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    Restore or not but have a thought that most owners wether dead or alive would be very happy that theie cars go on living in any form, perhaps even, they would of been happy that their cars were running about or even thrashed (as they were made for) and had better engines,axles, breaks, more power......the cry of the hotrodder
     
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  21. J.Ukrop
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    Funny that you mentioned this car because I was thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to including a shot of it as an asides at the end of this article. Great minds think alike? With any luck, you guys will be seeing more of this one in the not-so-distant future...
     
  22. Torchie
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    Love the Roadster as well and the fact that it was documented in a magazine would help to be able to take it back to the way that it used to be. A car like this deserves a full on restoration to what it was when built. It would still show how things were done way back when. Leaving it this way is akin to finding the Sam Barris Buick out in the field but not restoring it because that's the way you found it.
    JMHO
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  23. j3harleys
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    I think I parked next to you at Austin last year. I had that copper colored 54 Ford. Loved your car.
     
  24. hdman6465
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    I think Moriarty has pretty much hit the nail on the head as far as restoration back to the way it was, but I feel if the car is to be used, safety standards need to be brought up to date. I don't mean disc brakes,etc.,but good welds, no copper brake lines, leaking fuel lines,and other items need to be brought up to date. Someone getting hurt is not worth being cool!
     
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  25. RainierHooker
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    Here's a picture that sums up the debate...

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    What you are looking at here is the firewall of my "survivor" drag car, after removing the copper hydraulic lines and the two 1952 Ford master cylinders. It's a no-shit racecar that was put together with equal parts stick-welder, drill, and hammer. 50+ years in a shed didn't do any favors on the corrosion front.

    So, what am I to do? I dunno what the "right" answer is, but I'm going to clean up any surface rust and repair the most egregious sheetmetal sins. Then, repaint to blend with the original black. Finally, I'll replace the master cylinders with new parts, and re-plumb the whole car with modern cunifer tubing.

    Will it be exactly all original? No.
    Will it be safe? Yes.
    Will it be perfect? Well, it'll probably be a notch or two better than it was in the "good ol' days"
     
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  26. El Jefe
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    Some have to be left alone and some have to be brought back to their glory. The Tom Orren "Waco Kid" Roadster has been left alone. Has only had brake work and carburetor work since it was extracted almost 20 years ago.
    barn.jpg 1998 in the barn Waco Flatty.jpg 1998 seeing the light of day Bonneville 2006 012.jpg 2006 Bonneville
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    2016 Colorado Hot Rod Hill Climb
     
  27. falcongeorge
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    Rainerhooker, can I see a pic of the pedals?
     
  28. RainierHooker
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    image.jpeg

    Not a great pic, and I haven't cleaned it up under the dash yet, but here you go.

    Looks like they took the entire hanging pedal assembly from a 1952-54 Ford and tied it in between the firewall plate, where the master cylinders are mounted, and the column drop. A tab is welded onto the brake pedal arm for the pushrod to space out the cylinders.

    It's not very pretty, and the welds are definitely not for aesthetics, but it is fairly inventive and certainly very, very stout.
     
  29. El Jefe
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    The 1941 Mercury customized by and owned by Vince Subias for almost 50 years was restored to its glory days as it sat back in 1950. Sometimes I think it just depends on the car itself and what it is asking for. Below is the Subias Merc back around 1951 or 52 VinceSubias41MercOldPhoto00TRJ1-vi.jpg 20170320_234216.jpg
    This is the same car in its transition before its restoration by Dave Conrad in St Louis in about the year 2000
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    And here it is now in its present state today pretty much spot on as it sat when finished almost 70 years ago as a quintessential early custom Merc Sign0004.JPG Black Beauty0001.JPG
     
  30. El Jefe
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    Here a shot of the yin and the yang together. One restored survivor ( but restored exactly as built back in the day) and one survivor left completely alone.........you decide. I love em both !!! Orren & Subias0001.JPG
     
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