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Post  Carps on Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:59 pm

I've recently attended a few more events, only shot about 7,000 photos, I'll post a few when I get home and have some free time.

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Post  Giobus on Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:53 pm

Can't wait to see the pictures & hear the stories Very Happy


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Post  DaveG on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:52 pm

I'm waiting with baited breath. Looking forward to it Carps,
We've missed you,  this place has been like a Morgue.


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Post  Carps on Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:06 pm

Sooo, here's a few pics from the first stage of my recent US sojourn.

On arrival in St Louis, my good buddies Mike.....


........and Hot Rod Liz, who had driven down from Manitoba in Canadia, were there to meet me at the airport, 


…….after all the hugs and stuff, we rode back to Mike's place to prepare for the road trip to Louisville.


Since it's usually a hot and humid road-trip, especially in the confines of Mike's Chevy, he had worked very hard over the past few weeks, to install air conditioning, in order to make it more comfortable.


Of course as is always the case, when you have the tools or equipment to cover the issues that may arise, you'll usually find they are not requirered.
This turned out to be the case with Mike's new air-con, heavy rain the night before we left, suggested it may not be required until we got to Louisville............. where it's always hot and very humid.

Sooo, once the guys agreed on a route, .........


......... we wuz on the road again!


Part of the plan was that I'd ride with Liz some of the way and Mike the other part, in order to get a few good shots of both cars doing what they do best as we headed down the road.


Unfortunately, I don't fit in Liz's car with the top in place and thanx to this, it would stay there for the entire trip.


At least I got a good shot of both cars together at our usual refuelling spot, not to mention a lovely ice cream sandwich.


It was so cold and wet on the road trip, that instead of using the new aircon, we had to resort to the heater.


and it wasn't until we got to Louisville, that I managed to get some shots of the Chevy in motion,


but I did get a few gooduns of Hot Rod Liz's high mileage bucket doing what it's well known for..


On arriving in Louisville we stopped to stock up on critical supplies (read the sign), this pharmacy also had rock and roll on CD so it was one stop shopping.


At the hotel, we were greeted by our own personal security dude, a large cop, with a couple of even larger guns and a mean looking German Shepherd dog.
We slept well every night.


Once settled in, we headed to Papa John's Stadium to play our volunteer role and of course to meet up with our mutual pal Skip, who had travelled down from Boston in his 'Hemi powered '34 sedan..


All three cars have been with these guys for many many years, with Skips '34 having covered almost a million miles since it was first built on the fifties.
Liz's T has covered around 175,000 miles since it was built and Mike's Chevy which is not to far behind has dragged my sorry ass more miles than I can count over more years than I can remember.


After 'work' I set out to find another buddy, the guys were worried I may be disappointed, since in the crowd at the Nat's it can be difficult to find folks.
It was easier than they figured, as I doubt there are two bright pink and tubbed Ramble Marlins on earth, let alone on the Louisville Fairgrounds.

Since I gotta get some sleep in order to be ready for work tomorrow, that's all for now, Ill start posting event pics when I get home from the office.
Do I really have to go to work, tomorrow?
Bugger!


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Post  Giobus on Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:16 pm

Evening Pete,

Welcome back home and unfortuantly work!

Like always great pictures - not like me but that Green Chevy is my car, it just looks right.

Can't wait for the next installment.


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Post  Carps on Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:07 pm

Meanwhile out on the fairgrounds my other club, The St Louis Street Rod Association had our home tent set up.



Here's some of the club cars.

Barry's Pontiac……..





Denny's 48 coupe…..





Steve's barge…….



Frank's pick-up truck…..



Jack's 34 coupe…. which was displayed on the Rodder's Journal stand…..



George's Fairlane was displayed with the show cars in the Freedom Hall atrium……







This car normally shares garage space with the black '56 Victoria I recently posted in another thread….



George also owns this early '60s Corvette.



Eddie's shop truck………



Jim's 48 convertible.



Not sure if this is a member car or not but it was always parked with the other club cars.


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Post  Carps on Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:07 pm

This pair of sweet Chevies were at our motel, '33 on the left, '34 on the right.







Among a sea of stereotypical Willys this little sweetheart was a standout…..









Here's what Frank's Marlin looks like from the other end.



Chevrolet got the coupe right a couple of years before Henry's '40 model.



This one is the same as Aussie XT model at the other end.



Another interesting commercial model is the Chevy flower/market truck.



The sedans always seem big and not so attractive, but this late '40s Chevy coupe is pretty cool.



Likewise this Chev pickup truck.



Chev panel truck was ready for work.



And this wagon, ready for fun.


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Post  The65 on Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:19 am

Awesome looking trip. Love the Fairlane.
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Post  Giobus on Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:12 am

You have done it again Pete, great pictures.

There are some magical cars out there!


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Post  Carps on Tue Aug 20, 2013 10:30 am

You aint seen nuttin' yet Gio!

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Post  DaveG on Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:56 pm

WOW Carps
Thank you, lovin those pics. As John said the Fairlane is just gorgeous.
I reckon I could find a spot for most of those in my wishlist. 
 Keep em coming Carps.


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Post  Giobus on Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:49 pm

Bring it on Pete Very Happy


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Post  Carps on Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:58 pm

DaveG wrote:WOW As John said the Fairlane is just gorgeous.
It sure is and sounds even better.


It shares garage space with this erlier Fairlane model and others that I'll show you later.


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Post  DaveG on Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:48 pm

Carps you are just teasing me. I dont have enough room on the wishlist for all these cars.
What a car. He even keeps it in a sterile environment


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Post  Carps on Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:37 pm

That 'sterile environment' is the coolest garage on earth.  On the outside it looks just like a typical suburban house with a double garage attached at one end, on the inside there's only one wall and room to store and maintain about fifty cars however there's buggerall family living space.  Very Happy 

Meanwhile, back at the NSRA Nationals, I was shooting pics of my favourite fat fenered rides from old Uncle Henry, his '39/40 model year cars and trucks.


Many would consider this the quintessential '40 coupe.


It's a difficult job, but done right even a '40 coupe can look OK with a haircut.



How about the race car look?


This one is just straight up classy.


Or maybe you like a few more doors with your folding top?


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Post  Carps on Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:41 pm

This is what the Murricans call an 'Uncle Daniel', totally original and unmolested low mileage car, just as it left the factory.


Blue looks good on a fat rendered hump.


Lighter shade of same, works for picking' up stuff too.


I'd prefer a shade other than black to go with a wooden body.


A couple of '39 model year coupes.


Did I mention blue works well on a Tudor?


Even the normally dull shades work with the fat coupes.




and pickem up trucks too.


Black is good with any model except a woody.


Especially a deluxe coupe.


Add WWWs and it's almost perfect.


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Post  Carps on Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:44 pm

If you dislike old metal, you can always opt for brand spankin new stuff from my cuzzin Dennis.


Does a same year Mercury have equal appeal to you?


A little graphic art goes a long way on a '40.


The most popular form is fire....
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Not strictly a '39/40 model, this '38 sedan takes the artwork deal to another level.


Even green works well on a '40.


no matter if it's a lighter shade….


or a darker one.


Of course, red works for any car.


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Post  Carps on Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:49 pm

Here's a few for those who are not '40 Ford fans, the owner of this Nash Gasser is a local guy who kinda adopted us for the weekend.  
It's a bonafide old racer with all the right credentials and vintage stuff.


Early Falcon coupe was clean an powered by 289 bent eight with four speed.


Neal East rolled in late from Colorado, took him a few minutes to unfold from his little Buick powered roadster, which is filled with cool tricks.


I caught up with Neal for lunch on Saturday, he's been a big part of the scene since the beginning and has lotsa cool stories to tell.


If you own a big Packard, plan on using more time than most to get it cleaned up.


And them Willys boys were everywhere.


They come in all styles, from trad straight axle gasser…


…to modern pro mod/gas.


Rare early '40s Merc was kinda cool with all it's original accessories.


Trepanier's latest, whilst typically well detailed, left me a little flat.




Here's a look at your new front wheel drive Commodore…..


It's big….


… and flashy.



What can I say?


Later model wagons are gaining popularity for their ability to cruise with all your stuff and the family.

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Post  Giobus on Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:42 am

Wow,

We may get one or maybe two of the 39, 40 models over there thy come in the dozens!

Amazing cars Pete, sooooo jealous Sad


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Post  Carps on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:09 pm

So here we are minding our own business, when this thing cruises by!



I'm in love, so we give chase…….



The hood mascot gives me hope……..



The custom woodwork is nothing short of stunning, with the bits normally made of two parts finger jointed together, now a single piece of timber, the rear seal hidden beneath a clever lip and all the coach-bolts cleverly concealed.  



Unfortunately, it's a fresh build and definitely NOT for sale.  BUGGER!

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Post  Carps on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:10 pm

Dissappointed but happy all the same, I guess there's nothing better to do than go shopping in the huge 'vendors hall', a space that would swallow Melbourne's Exhibition Centre, Sydney's Exhibition Centre and have room left over to fit for the MCG and GABBA.  



The space is so large that vendors don't unload their trucks outside, they just drive 'em in and park.





Most of the vendor displays include at least one finished vehicle, like this cool Studebaker pickemup.



Some stick with the more 'normal' Ford products.



Others manage to come up with more unusual models, like this pearl white Compact Fairlane on a paint company display.



Of course, Deuces remain a popular choice.



Some of which are much rarer than others.



Such was the popularity of the brand, that this year could have even been called the year of the Studebaker, 



Of course it's no longer just the Fords that are repopped in metal, you could also go for a brand new Tri FiveChevy.



Or perhaps a radical '35 Ford is more to your taste.



Me? I prefer something closer to original in style, with the right stance and wheels, factory stock can look great.



Of course a big engine can help too.



Many of the display and vendor cars also featured radical paint jobs.



And then others just look cool in their simplicity.


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Post  Carps on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:10 pm

When it comes to shopping, everything old is new again.



If you can imagine or dream it, then somebody will offer it for sale.





The magazine cars are also there in droves (pun intended).





Need a new chassis? just find the one you like and roll it home.



Like something a little unusual? there's a vendor probably has it, with four wheels…….



….. or three.



Need tools?



How about polish?



Something tells me this guy isn't selling polish.



Lotsa wheel suppliers are on hand.



It's truly an amazing sight.



You name it, it's probably there somewhere.



Some of the display cars you could just wrap up and take home.



Others were a tad too funky for me.



This bad-boy was my favourite truck, an early Peterbilt, all black but highly detailed and on modern running gear with all the latest interior equipment.


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Post  Carps on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:11 pm

Without the inclusion of later models, I'd never have been able to see this super rare Plymouth wagon.







However the last word tonight, goes to the Cruising Racing And BullStuff club, for their cool jacket logo.


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Post  Carps on Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:24 pm

In the atrium of the big hall, there's a display of show cars, one each from selected builders.

This one is a restored old MOPAR hot rod.



This one a tad more radical, a modern rendition of the '34 pick up truck.



This Willys was a trad styled straight axle car with a modern drivetrain.



Thirty six Ford coupe was a bit too radical for my taste, but the workmanship was superb.



This Deuce was more like the stuff that appeals to me.



This one was pretty cool too, so why this shot rather than show the whole car?  
Dunno, I just like the picture.



This Deuce five window was one of a pair and very nicely done in the early sixties style.



Meanwhile, here's a couple of the vendor display cars I missed yesterday.
This shoebox was on the Rod & Custom magazine stand, powered with a late model OHC Ford drivetrain.



This T also on the R&C stand, reminded me of Swifty's old time ride.



Dunno what year 5, 6 or 7 this one is but it was super nice, regardless.



Do know the model year of this one, although it's a fake built around a repro steel cowl and fenders.



This one carried a similar theme as the model 40, but was not nearly as well executed.



And this one is a 1932 model I believe.


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Post  Carps on Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:25 pm

On a large paved area at the back of the big hall, the swap meet usually features a few bargains and the odd eye opener.
At $31,000 this '47 Convertible could be considered a bargain.



On the other hand, I would not consider this radical kustom a bargain at any price.



Strangely, it appeared to be quite well built.



Solid, complete and drivable, this mid thirties Hudson Terraplane, was offered for only $15,000.



This old Hot Rod was POA, which I interpret to meat 'more than it's really worth just because it is what it is'.



Eye opener of the swap meet was this '34 coupe body for the princely sum of $27,500, personally I'd want at least a chassis to go with it.



At least for a small fee there was a valid title available for it nearby.



One of the other eye openers, the Tojo up for $30,000 whilst the MOPAR was almost half that at $18,500.



The Olds wheel caps fitted neatly into my luggage.



As too did this pair, however at more than $200 each, the Caddy caps were a bunch of box more than I felt reasonable.



How about a nice running and registered  original looking 1933 Buick Vicky for just $32,000, it has a fresh 350 SBC, TH 350 trans and 9" Ford rear end.



I'm pretty sure a few of the fog lamps here also landed in my luggage.



Probably should have grabbed some of this stuff too, but my suitcase was full.



Smaller stuff like this, is easy to carry home.





This old thing was sold less that $20k before the engine cooled, the new owner spent the weekend cursing all over the grounds.



This stuff could have been used to update it and was also dirt cheap.


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