Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Street Rod Wrap Up.

Today's post will wrap up my walk down hot rod memory lane.  This Ford is a throw back to the style of the hot rods that raced out on the dry lake beds in California during the late 30s and 40s.

Here's a shot of the cockpit.

Lake pipes.  I've heard two different stories about how this type of "cut out" exhaust got it's name.  One explanation is that the pipes were made by a company called Lake Manufacturing.  The other explanation I've heard is that this style of side exhaust was generic to and typically seen on rods which raced on the lake beds.  Maybe someone seeing this post can comment on this little mystery for me.

This "T-bucket", based on a '23 model T Ford, is another early style of street rod.

Back in high school, a friend's sister had a '56 Crown Vic like this one.

Fuzzy dice hanging from the mirror--a nostalgic touch.

Several of my high school buddies had early 50s Fords.  This is a 1950.

Some might not think of a Chevy Corvair as a hot rod, but the ones with the factory tubro-charged engines or the ones tweaked by racer Don Yenko were both quick and handled well for a rear engined car.

Here's a look at the Corvair's engine room; a working man's Porsche...

Finally, I'll leave you with a look at an iconic '57 Chevy Bel Air.  I've always been a sucker for tail fins--it must be the American in me!


  1. God bless America! My good friend had a '55 Chevy Bel Air which we used to cruise the strip with in Asbury Park back in High School

  2. Speaking of American icons, I just read that Dick Clark died today. He spun the music when some of these cars were new...

  3. Lake Pipes. Just did some quick digging. Quite likely because they were uncapped to run on the lakes, but the first, and best, were supposedly made by the Alexander Bros of Detroit, Michigan.

    More than I know ...or knew anyway.

    1. Thanks Gunnar. Alexander Bros is yet another twist in the story. I'll do a bit of google sniffing to see what pops up.

  4. And my ultimate rod wouldn't be a '57 Chevy. It would probably be a '49,'50 or '51 Merc 2-door with a chopped top, fender skirts and lakers.

    1. Ah, the proverbial Lead Sled. Very kool--just no tail fins ;)

  5. Chevrolet Bel Air gillar jag mest, den var populär i Sverige och här
    rullar många ännu de flesta säkert importerade från US.Idag har
    Georg namnsdag i Sverige den Svenska versionen utan e på slutet.
    Hälsningar !

  6. Tack för et. Visste inte att det var min namnsdag.