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Young guy builds 1st car from junkyard parts, with a story

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  • Member since
    June, 2013
  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Young guy builds 1st car from junkyard parts, with a story
Posted by Johnt on Friday, February 10, 2017 4:07 PM

I'm going to do this build from a junkyard box I found in our attic 22 years ago. Also doing a story to make it a little different.

Our builder is on his summer break after his junior year of high school in the late 40's. He's been into cars as long as he can remember. he ran a paper route for a few years and has been putting money away for quite awhile. He just got his permit and landed a job pumping gas at the local station. The station owner has been letting him do some work on cars when he isn't pumping gas.

The owner told him he can work on his car when he's off as long as it dosen't interfear with the shops business. All thats left now is to find a car.

He goes to a junkyard that the station deals with and looks around. He sees two in his price range.

he'd like to do this one because it's been rodded up and chopped, with a V-8, but it's missing a lot of parts.

He sees this newer Ford (maybe a 32, I don't know for sure) with a lot more pieces for the same price.

He decides this will be the one he buys.

  • Member since
    June, 2012
  • From: Podunkville USA
Posted by gloozalot on Saturday, February 11, 2017 3:38 PM

Johnt, I like your story to go with this build.  The way it is playing out, it reminds me of one of those old William Campbell Gault or Henry Gregor Felson Hot rod novels I read in 6th grade.   I read one that started out much like your story but to save me I can not remember the title or who wrote it.   I love this project/story line combination and i will be watching this one.  You have my attention.

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Monday, February 13, 2017 2:57 PM

gloozalot

Johnt, I like your story to go with this build.  The way it is playing out, it reminds me of one of those old William Campbell Gault or Henry Gregor Felson Hot rod novels I read in 6th grade.   I read one that started out much like your story but to save me I can not remember the title or who wrote it.   I love this project/story line combination and i will be watching this one.  You have my attention.

 

Thanks, I forgot about those books. I use to buy them at book fairs years ago.

Our hero's been busy. He has the chassis done.

He's made his choice for the head and tail lights.

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Posted by mini man on Monday, February 13, 2017 3:43 PM

Great story John,cant wait to see the 4 banger he scores!Yes

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

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Posted by bugs-one on Monday, February 13, 2017 4:48 PM
Really cool idea, diggin' the story.
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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:39 AM

Our builder is excited, the junk yard got the motor in, and did a test run. She sounds goo. They tell him he can get whenever he can to check it out. I don't need to say he went right over with the parts he didn't use.

They take him over to hear the motor, and he's very happy and buys it on the spot.

The best part is he has money left so he can make the motor look nice. He feels that the motor is the center piece of any car.

Thanks for the comments, this has been a little different build for me, and a lot of fun.

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Friday, February 17, 2017 1:32 PM

He test fitted the motor and it fit like a glove. He painted it up and is waiting for it to dry so he can finish.

He's so close now,he can taste the chili dogs and shakes at the drive up diner. tomorrow will be a big day.

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Posted by mini man on Friday, February 17, 2017 4:13 PM

Nice story,makes me think of a 2.3 litre turbo  4 pot by the blue oval that is crying out for a rod conversion!

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...

Nigel.

 

U.K.

  • Member since
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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:38 PM

Glad you liked it miniman.

He finished the car in time to make the drive in diner Saturday. His friends were impressed because they thought he was making the build up.

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:45 PM
KWT
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  • From: Middle TN
Posted by KWT on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:15 PM

Saw this and followed along on both forums. Really good job! And bonus points for the story.

Time well wasted, is not time wasted - John Lennon

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 1:44 PM

KWT

Saw this and followed along on both forums. Really good job! And bonus points for the story.

 

Thanks, it was a lot of fun.

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  • From: Podunkville USA
Posted by gloozalot on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 5:14 PM

I agree with KWT.  Double bonus points for this and having fun.  Hope the owner can find that V-8 before he meets up with Bud Crayne.  Felsen could write another novel with this idea.

To Err is human, to blame it on someone else shows management potential.  

 

 

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  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Sunday, February 26, 2017 10:58 AM

gloozalot

I agree with KWT.  Double bonus points for this and having fun.  Hope the owner can find that V-8 before he meets up with Bud Crayne.  Felsen could write another novel with this idea.

 

Thank you.

 

  • Member since
    July, 2016
  • From: Podunk, Illinois
Posted by smhardesty on Monday, February 27, 2017 3:06 PM

You had me at the point of a kid pumping gas at the local station and getting to work on his rod during the off hours. Brought a little tear to my eye!

Steve

On the bench - Right now, a mess.

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  • From: Wisconsin
Posted by jwrass14 on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:38 AM

Refreshing Story of days gone by..... Thanks John for the effort of sharing your creativity...Many of us lived this story!

Great build as well.

Thank You Sir....

Jimmy "RASS"

"I Have Flying Monkey's And I'm Not Afraid To Use Them"

  • Member since
    June, 2013
  • From: Sugarloaf, PA
Posted by Johnt on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:45 PM

Thanks. While I'm younger that our car builder, I still grew up in an era when a kid into cars would do anything to work around cars. Old time gas stations were a great way learn about cars from the ground up. These days kids work in a place that dosen't do repairs, but has a store instead, so they learn how to be a clerk.

Some one on Facebook posted a picture of an old hot rod parked in front of an old ice cream shop. they asked people to post what they saw in the picture. Mostly all of the comments were were that it was an old car parked in front of an old shop. I said that I saw a way of life that is dead, and great is our loss because of it

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 8:24 PM

Great build. Wish I could find parts like these in my local wrecking yard!

 

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