I have come to have a critical eye when looking at cars in car shows now. I guess I have "adulted" enough now to not get too overcome by a fancy paint job and a supercharger sticking out of an engine bay. I look at details, and when you get those right, it is almost a sure bet that the car is an excellent example of a hot rod, restored beauty, daily driver, or even a rat rod. Missing things like clean joinery, wires that aren't neatly run, or leaving the "unseen parts" undone is a sure guarantee that I'm not going to waste anymore time looking at that rig.
That said, there are always exceptions, like the 1918 Model T Ford which the owner told me he drives regularly. It wasn't restored to "show quality", but look- how many 1918 Model T Fords have you seen that are licensed drivers lately? Yeah.... So, I took the time to check that one out thoroughly.
Following are some images of cars, and more specifically, parts of cars, which I found interesting.
|1957 Desoto Sportsman 2 door hardtop.|
|Ka-chow! Chrome and fins. The 50's were known for these two characteristics when it came to cars.|
|My son and I trying to figure this one out. That's a V-8 stuffed in there.|
|How many finned drum brakes do you see these days?|
|The very rare, quite unknown Internal Combustion Droid- or.....just a really cool air intake system!|
|A cool badge on a Plymouth's dashboard reads, "Plymouth Road King".|
|1918 Ford engine block casting: "Made In USA"|
|It is a good reminder of how reliable cars are these days. Back in the early 20th Century, automobile drivers had to be mechanics as well. This was the stock tool kit for an early Hudson.|
|Dashborads and instrument clusters were decorative elements. No Navigation or Entertainment systems here!|
|Marketing: It isn't anything new, ya know?|
|More marketing- This was on an AMC Javelin SST|
|There is a reason there is a fire extinguisher near this vehicle. It's so ugly, it might burst into flames! Guess what it is and what package it has.|
|When was the last time you saw a flat head 12 cylinder motor? This is a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr.|
|Love that grill work.|
|Could make this a good Trans Iowa Level B Road vehicle!|
|My daughter geeking out on the build book for this early 40's fire truck which featured a pump built by Viking Pump in Cedar Falls Iowa.|