Now this guy is far from an outlaw i’d wager to say, but that damn t bucket is a reckless driving charge waiting to happen. The man in this pic while by today’s standards seems pretty conservative is probably a bit of a hell raiser……how could you now driving this thing right? High revving small block, straight pipes exiting at onlookers, spoked wheels with little room for rubber and 8″ slicks out back mounted on chrome Cragars. And that flame job probably had mother’s holding their children tight.
I have a special place in my heart for T buckets with motorcycle wheels up front. This is basically a raked out chopper in Hot Rod form and I bet it’s have the same impact on children as a pack of choppers rolling past him/her on the highway. It seems illegal no matter which way you slice it…..I mean, how can this thing drive on the streets amongst the bland vehicles that are the majority? The real question is how come there are not more? Go out and build one!!!
Could you imagine pulling up to the guy in the convertible BMW while he’s with his trophy wife while waiting at a stop light , knowing she’s wondering why her husband is so “soft”. You keep focused on what’s a head only glancing over to give he a wink before blasting off with your pipes sounding off eight at a time. That alone is worth the price of building one.
Once in a while you run across something on the internet that totally blows you away and leaves you pouring over and over what sits before you. It seems like it’s always when you’re not looking for anything in particular and then BAM! It’s smashes you in the head like a brick. This is almost always true when someone finds old images of Dry lakes or Bonneville racing from a relative’s past. And that’s the case with Pahl Morlang’s grandson Patrick who stumbled upon these images while going through a trunk with his Grandmother.
These images especially the one above are just about as cool as it gets and offer us a look into what the heyday of hot rodding really looked like either from a couple hundred yards out from the racing line or up close and personal.
Please enjoy these images and if you have any information on them or recognize anything please contact Patrick HERE! It’s not often people open up an archive like this for us all to enjoy so I am super appreciative to share these with Patrick’s permission.
Wednesday I hope to share some of the early sports car photos he supplied as well.
Being around hot rods and customs these days you’re almost guaranteed to know someone with a “shop truck”. Well back in 1954 it wasn’t a generic term for a truck with a name painted on the side. Nope, they actually had trucks that did work for businesses and sometimes, just sometimes they were made into hot rods like Don Hentzell’s 1927 Ford “T” RPU.
The truck sported 1929 Ford fenders and running boards with the rear frame kicked up to get it down out back. A 1939 Ford gave up it’s front suspension after splitting the wishbone and making way for the 1953 Dodge Red Ram Hemi to get squeezed in above it. That engine, equipped with a Offy intake, Strombergs, Mallory ignition and a ’39 Ford trans filled with 25 tooth Lincoln gears and a 10″ clutch was good enough to run 100mph at the drags. Wheels as you can expect were custom made by Western Wheel out of 15″ rims with a custom offset center mounted inside.
Interior was done in black pleats with yellow tops. One thing that should be noted is the very subtle blisters that were added on the hood later on. There’s a lot of ways to go about that, however this is amongst the best.
So how much would you enjoy delivering goods if you got to drive this? Yeah me too.
I go thru spurts of being obsessed with European spurts and race cars every so often. I love and appreciate them, but sometimes I get lost thinking about non stop. Well it’s one of those spells right now and I’m just pouring over the details if for no other reason to compare and contrast to American Hot Rods of course. Well this video above is of 1957 Ferrari 625 TRC which is definitely in the untouchable territory. There are a lot of details we can incorporate into our cars that’ll work without being to “theme-y” but if for nothing else bask in the rays of sunshine that engine makes as it whips over the hills.
Found this on the HAMB late last night. Thought it was worth of sharing. The film showcases family footage of the 444 “Little Giant” during the summer of 1963 going across the Bonneville Speedway at over 200mph. Pay attention to the background, that’s my favorite part of these old films. What cars do you recognize, which one do you wish you could see more of and what was the average person driving?
Alright I have slacked hard on these Model T Tuesdays and while I have a ton of excuses, I’m not going to give you any. Instead, I’m just going to speak truth, and that truth is BH (also known as HACKMAN on the HAMB) built a Model T coupe and did it right. It’s one of those cars that I’ve eyeballed late at night trying to figure out what I can trade him so that I settle the urge I have for a big fat Chrysler engine in a wee little Model T coupe.
Starting off with a 1927 T coupe body, he channeled it 4″ and cut 10″ out of the top. Stuck that on top of a boxed Model A frame and custom square tube kick-up out back to get the car’s foundation right. Then a ’40 Ford front suspension and a parallel leaf rear mated to 9″. Ford 16″ disk type wheels and firestone bias plys round out the suspension and really set the tone for the entire car. Think about it, if BH would have went with 15″ steel wheels and some other tire combo it would have been a completely different car right?
The engine is a 331 Chrysler Hemi with some upgrades from Hot Heads including the intake and water pump conversion. There’s a solid lifter Isky cam providing the “thumpity thump thump” and the exhaust is courtesy of GEAR DRIVE HEADERS in the form of mild steel lake headers. Transmission is an A833OD out of a van and mated to a ’57 Dodge pickup bell.
I love T coupes. They look so good with heavy chops and the right stance. When you stuff a big engine in there, like a Hemi or a Rocket they take on cartoonish characteristics which just adds up to a really fun time. There’s nothing rare or elusive about this car. It’s something you can definitely build if you searched for the parts and gave yourself a couple years time to put together. The place where most miss the mark is the restraint and in the parts them self. Go forth and build…..a Model T hot rod.
Last November we decided that we were going to push ourselves to build the ’33 Coupe we have for the 2013 Race Of Gentlemen. That would give us a little under a year to get it running. Well life gets in the way and only about 4 weeks ago did real progress start getting made. We’ve got so much work ahead of us in the next 5 months it’s not even funny but we’re committed and we’re chipping away at it as time allows. Right now our short deadline includes having a rolling Chassis by June 1st which is definitely doable. After that, the body goes to Damon at Moonlight Metal for a serious rechop which is sure to blow people away.
Anyhow, we’re hoping to get back on track and start updating this site, and you all as new things pop up. Stay tuned, until then sit back and watch this once again….
I don’t know about you but I’m always stoked to see new films about Hot Rods & Customs come out from people that are as passionate about them as us. Just feels more natural when it’s someone that knows these old cars doing the filming, am I right? Well it’s about that time again for Thee Mad Fabricators Society to put out another, and instead of just one they did two new films for us to kick back and watch. The one I posted above is number seven in the continued series of shenanigans including some of the coolest cars ‘Merica’ has to offer.
Sugar City will be carrying these as soon as they’re out, until then watch the teaser over and over and over……
I stumbled upon this while taking a break from work last night and it almost ruined my night. There I was trying to finish up some jobs I have and now I couldn’t concentrate because I was thinking about this film, the cars that raced and the tracks that made them famous. There are more episodes coming up so stay tuned!
What were you doing when your were 19? Where was your head at that time and what were you working on? I can tell you I sure as hell wasn’t thinking about building a car from scratch like Richard Bosley was in 1952. See Richard was a avid reader of Road & Track and through some articles that they published in the early 50′s, and the advent of fortified reenforced plastics such as fiberglass he was able to take his idea of creating a car from concept to creation in the period of 3 years. I should note that Richard had no previous experience other then what he read in those articles on coach building so it only makes the story even better.
Obviously the car is inspired from European sports cars of the time and the Ferrari-esq egg crate grille shell is just taste of that. The frame made of 4″ 16 gauge mild steel welded to a ’50 Ford front cross member. The wheel bases stretches 102″ (2″ smaller then a Model A for reference) and the track width is 58″ & 60 front and back respectively. Total height of the car is 48″ with total length being 168″. The rear suspension features a C model Jaguar with coil springs which hangs the 1948 Mercury rear banjo axle.
What engine? Well any self respecting sport car enthusiast would choose something light, high revving and nimble but Richard Bosley went outside the box and chose a 1952 Chrysler Hemi with a now rare Cunningham intake. He hooked that engine up to a 5 speed (yeah 5 pseed back in 55!) and built a 55 gallon fuel tank out back so he could really take advantage of it during endurance races. Wheels were Halibrand’s and brakes were 12″ Bendix units and it’s top speed was somewhere around 160mph. The body was entirely formed by Richard using fiberglass and painted by a nearby shop in Painesville, OH. This was a serious car built by a young man with determination and drive to compete in his creation. However when Road & Track featured the car August of 1955, Richard noted that the car was for sale. He wanted to continue one with his ambition to build these Bosley’s for people that wanted the best out of an automobile which were built in low quantities.
I’ve wanted to feature this car here for a while and I’ve taken by the car ever since I seen the small blurb about it in TRJ some years ago. Here’s a sports car with the essence of a hot rod running through it’s veins. The DIY attitude that young Richard had reflects a lot of the same ideals that Sugar City has.
Don’t like what you’re seeing? Make it yourself. Can’t afford it? Make it yourself. Inspired by others? Make your own using that inspiration. It’s just a really cool car with big Torqy Chrysler engine at the heart. What more could one want???
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