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I think I see a plate of some sort on the right dise of the cowl A picture of that and the dash might help. If it can't be returned to original a rodder might want it.

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Greetings,

I kinda think that forest/field finds should be left for posterity so others can enjoy a found treasure. Judging by the plant growth on the remains of the wood framing, and if you have to have it, do your think your wife would like it as a flower pot/planter? If she doesn't, and you drag it home anyway, you'll likely need plywood for the roof, 'cause it'll be your new, air-conditioned doghouse. As Dean Martin said, "Baby, it's <span style="font-style: italic">cold</span> outside".

Tom Gibson

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I'll bet it would sell. I have been looking into building a rat rod and I have looked at some worse stuff here in Missouri and gave it serious thought. Of course, I know practically anyone here couldn't care less, but that is what the fad is about, taking junk and driving it. I wouldn't tear up a good car or body to build, I would only use some junk that no one else would care to restore. Does that make sense? I guess being around in any state is better than being a China 13mm wrench. I also have spotted a body with basically the same shape but I think it's a Plymouth. It has a beautiful oval rear window hole. It has neat body lines that go up over the cowl and goes to a point. I need to post some pics of it. It was gave to me. Don't worry, you don't want it.

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Jeeze, some folks have no imgaination. Bring it home, it looks great compared to the junk I've been finding lately. Wood can be replaced, rust can be repaired, flat glass can be bought at any glass shop. Even if you part it out, you're talking $100 for the cowl and $100 a door.

Oh yeah, I agree, 1926 or 1927 Chrysler, both have similar beltlines.

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pakkrat & Pontiac 59 really make sense, especially when you look at the stuff at the latter's link. The 13mm China wrench analogy is right on target, and credit should be given when it's due. The folks that make something great from virtually nothing invest just as much sweat and dollar equity as the ones craving that (oh-so-essential, the world will stop spinning tomorrow if I don't get it) ACME Car Club Grand National Imperial Poobah Award.

You can't deny it, they usually <span style="font-weight: bold">drive</span> their cars, rather than having their people deliver them in 18 wheeled

climate-controlled conveyances, Sikorsky Helicopters or by way of Cleopatra's Barge.

The flip side to rodding is the off-with-your-head attitude of the nouveau riche who've just paid a King's Ransom at auction for, say, Boyd's Chezoom. I read in the National Enquirer that it's carried everywhere on the backs of 20 or more serfs; never touches ground. But if they still insist on being the ultimate used car Czars, and <span style="font-style: italic">really</span> want see a return on their "investment", I highly recommend the 1897 Faberge Imperial

Coronation Egg.

Lost in the Twilight Zone,

Tom Gibson

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Thanks for the kind words, master. I DO drive my car, alot! It doesn't belong on this site, really, but me and my Electra rat i built kick maximum [censored] wherever we go. I do get kickbacks from all the local chiropractors in town. Seems all the local folk have started having neck strains lately!! I registered it with Cockerill and he liked it! He's a cool dude. Save em all!! rob.

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Hmmm, "master", (is that a crack?; a token of esteem?),

No wonder the back-benders love ya...with room for five (unsuspecting) passengers, 4 trolls up on the parade boot and you (wisely) in your neck brace, that's nine referrals per ride! And just <span style="font-style: italic">why</span> , pray tell, does your Electra-Ride In Blue not belong on this site?

The next time you're in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I'll take you to Hallowed Ground, on a pilgrimage (machete optional) to this ol' tin-type I've been visiting since I was a little tyke. Don't know <span style="font-style: italic">or care</span> what it is, it's just a car in the woods at the old homeplace. Does <span style="font-style: italic">it</span> belong here or, in a Hemmings calendar?

Once again, <span style="font-style: italic">you</span> decide.

Tom Gibson

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Hot rods have a better return for less invested, really, I've seen cars that will bring at least break even money if you did the labor yourself. The same '50 Ford Woodie that's good for $30-$35K mint original, can bring twice as much as a hot rod. Not a gurantee mind you, but it can happen.

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On that note, did y'all see the B-J Roadshow on Speed Channel last night covering Charlotte AutoFair? There was a guy who bought a '39 Ford Woodie in the 70's when he was a teenager; he and his dad worked on it for years. They reluctantly sold it, the car wound up in Puerto Rico (I think), and amazingly, he was able to track it down and get it back. His wife even helped in locating it.

Sadly, his dad had died right before he picked it up at the dock, but he made it into the resto-mod that he wanted, and it was a <span style="font-style: italic">beauty</span> . He said that whenever he was at a crossroads (Mod or Resto), he felt his dad's presence and guidance; now that's a labor of love. Do you think <span style="font-style: italic">he'll</span> ever sell it again?

I wish I could have saved this (long gone, sold 20+ years ago) from behind the barn in the U.P., but I know it's somewhere today, haulin' folks or stuff or both to a show. And I know my Grandma and the guy who bought it both felt like they made a good deal.

Tom Gibson

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Yes, but I think more street/rat rod projects are started and never finished than restorations. Very often an otherwise useable body is chopped, channeled and otherwise mangled and set on a frame with an ugly SBC engine and there the project stalls. I enjoy rat rods. One of my employees drives his '32 Ford nearly every day when the weather is suitable. About half of the restoration work we do is finishing projects that were started by a well meaning soul and then abandoned. My point is, don't start these projects unless you have the time, talent and bucks to see them thru.

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The 'master was neither. Just shortening my typing requirements. And actually, it's the people on the sidewalks with the neck trouble from the young'uns trying to figure out what size the 18's are and just how many sheets of paper you can slide between the frame and road to the old fellers that just can't pin down the correct year although they remember that body style . It takes most a while to figure out it's not a real convert. This Electra in Black, (flattened urethane) was re-acquired by me 13 years removed for 100 bucks. I have, and this is very honest, $5,000 in it. Not subtracting the a/c and other not needed stuff that sold for good $ and hopefully made some other restoration one step closer. Build time, 9 months. I guess I think it doesn't fit here cause I think this is the home of the more restored original types of cars. Still like the site alot.

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My son agrees with you. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" />

If he doesn't finish paying me for it I'll have to change my signature line to read I have two antique cars. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" />

He found it and came home with a mile wide smile on his face... "Please dad, please, I'll pay you back, honest."

It's in very good condition, solid and all. Purrs like a kitten. Real good sounding engine. Someone put an alternator on it an although it works it doesn't appear as though it was done correctly. Other than that I can't find anything wrong with it. Oh, the wiper motor needs to be repaired/replaced.

Body wise it has one of those cheap paint jobs where the bumpers got painted but other than that it looks ok. The previous owner removed the original seats, front and rear, and installed Cadillac seats from a car much newer. I don't like them but my son does.

My sons happy with it and that's all that counts.

As far as paying me back goes, he'll probably never pay me for it. But right after we got it he broke his foot playing basketball and couldn't work for a couple of months. he had to move back in with me.

Foot gets better and he goes back to work. One or two days, I forget, and he was in a car wreck. They had to cut him out of the car. If the car that had hit them had been 6-12" more to the front my son would no doubt have been killed.

Six broken ribs, lacerated his liver, a kidney and a lung. He had a cut that ran from his right eye straight up his forehead. Flesh was missing. The dr's weren't gonna let me in to see him because he was so messed up and they were working on him. All they knew for sure at that time was he was hurt pretty bad. My son had regained consciousness and told them I was a vet and had seen worse so they let me in.

He was bed ridden for a month or more and only got up then out of boredom and youthful energy. He was unable to look for work for about 3 more months.

In other words, it was a rough year for him. His credits good, I know where he lives. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Geez, I'll give him that d***** Buick if he promises me he'll stay out of the hospital. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />

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Gosh,

I'm really sorry for him; my mom's only brother (there were just the 2 of 'em) lost his life in a wreck in '64, and the family never really got over it. Your son's lucky to have lived, and the '56 will go a long way to see he stays that way.

There is a <span style="font-style: italic">perfect</span> place to post your pic, if you don't mind a little ribbing. It's a thread I started before you posted your low-rider (I thought maybe the car was black...hence the new movie analogy; "Mourning Becomes Electra", with Rosalind Russell, 1947). It's called "Bowdlerized Buicks", in the BCA General Forum.

It's <span style="font-weight: bold">the</span> spot for radically-altered Buicks, and I'm sure the guys & gals would love to see it. For me, I'll stick to low-mileage originals, like my buddy Dave's '60 Invicta, shown here on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Tom Gibson

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Thanks, but no need to be sorry. He survived. The scar on his eye and forehead is barely noticeable, to me anyhow.

The kids a natural born artist. I've always encouyraged him in this area and while he was laid up he made moves in that direction and is now making money with his art work. he's not making enough to survive on but he's paying his own way in the house anyhow. So, alls well that ends well.

Laughable now but not at the time... The accident was caused when the vehicle my son was in, a small Mazda, pulled out from a stop sign in the path of an oncoming F350. It took about 3 months before my son could calm down enough to keep his mouth shut whenever someone he was riding with would pull out from a stop sign.

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I always considered myself tough and lucky. I think I'll see if I have any trophys for that and hand them to your nephew. Talk about lucky. Glad to hear he's ok.

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