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Would you want your friends to see you driving this?

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1 hour ago, Marty Roth said:
On 10/14/2019 at 10:42 AM, Paul Dobbin said:

Then again, this was my first car.  A custom build as well.

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Did you show that car to George Barris?

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Bolt pattern on wheels would tell the tale. VW ?

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It has A-frames up front. A VW is transverse torsion bars. My first thought was a '51 Ford.frame.

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On 10/17/2019 at 12:12 PM, Bloo said:

 

Can you tell us more about this? What sort of chassis and drivetrain?

The car begam life as a rear engine 1952 Renault 4CV, a 4 cylinder water cooled French car that tried to compete with the VW for the small car market and failed.  I had one at age 14 and made the famous Moon Machine Roadster out of it and repowered it with a 1962 Renault Dauphine engine,  doubling our horsepower.  I think they made them from 1947 until 1961, when it was replaced by the Dauphine.  Painted with an Electrolux vacumn clearner, after years in primer.

The Moon Machine had  antique car front fenders and some non-descript rear fenders from an antique car.  The rest was fiberglass with 34 Ford seats.  My brother and I were legends in our own minds as custom car builders.

When we sold it, within 1/2 hour the buyer called an offered it back for 1/2 price.  No Deal!   I'm sure it must now be deep in an old landfill somewhere.

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17 hours ago, Paul Dobbin said:

When we sold it, within 1/2 hour the buyer called an offered it back for 1/2 price.  No Deal!   

 

Did that really happen? If so that's hilarious!!! :D :D :D

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His wife saw it.

 

Tampa license plate ?

 

Those look like VW wheels, 4CV (army helmet) had three lug wheels.

 

Friend when young had a 4CV with a built Gordini engine. Surprised a lot of people.

 

South Florida in the 50s and 60s was full of weird and wonderful cars the very rich would buy and sell cheap when the ashtrays were full.

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8 hours ago, Lebowski said:

 

Did that really happen? If so that's hilarious!!! :D :D :D

  It really did!.   We were tempted, but realized we had probably found our one and only buyer.

   Padgett said:

   Tampa license plate ?   4D was Pinellas County was the "4", the "D" meant compact car.  Tampa was

   "3" would have been for Hillsborough County (Tampa).    We lived in Redington Beach, off the coast        of St. Petersburg.

 

  Those look like VW wheels, 4CV (army helmet) had three lug wheels.  (Not on the 1952 4CV, these were stock 

  wheels)  You might be thinking of the Citreon.  

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On 10/11/2019 at 9:57 AM, Lebowski said:

 

I would be happy if one of my friends had the money just to buy it. Not my taste but there is A LOT of hours $pent on this one

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The year before I quit drinking I cut the roof off out '62 Electra over the holiday break, drove it to the diner for coffee the next morning. Probably a mute point because I have done it a couple of times since.

 

I never could figure out these guys who cut the roof off and then weld it back on. That's insane, leave it off!

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When I clicked on this thread I thought I would open it up and see a photograph of a Prius.

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