In this page we will share snippets of info, and the
occasional picture of something noteworthy.
Greg Thomsen has another project
that is nearing completion in Darryl Kuhnemann's
Maroochydore workshop. This '32 (Greg is a card
carrying member of Deuces Unlimited,
so it wouldn't be any other vintage) Tudor was
rescued from the Arizona desert, and beaten into
shape by Warren Wilkie, painted in Toowoomba, then
the bits trailered to Maroochydore, where Darryl had
the chassis ready. Look for it at a run near you in
6 or 8 months. You should recognise it - it wears
the same paint colour as Greg's current
The chassis was one of
the RodTech jobs, from the short period
where that company was producing their own
chassis. The firewall is in place, just as
was the case on the Dearborn assembly line,
the first time that the body was married to
Darryl's handy mobile
gantry holds the Tudor, and the chassis is
rolled in under the heavily wrapped body.
The cloth protects the paint from the chain
block's chain, and the webbing that is
holding the body.
Darryl appears to be
saying "How hard can it be? You take a
chassis, add a body, and you have a hot
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Norm Snape has produced many fine hot rods at his
place; an important component in the last few
decades has been the assistance of his talented son,
Shane. Shane's own car is almost ready for the road
too, and it is an example of how two people can
approach the same project from a different
perspective, in that Shane's '32 3-window is the
same body style as his Dad's car, but miles apart in
appearance and style.
Shane's car in an upcoming article...
drives Shane's 3-window out of the garage,
to a round of applause, while Mal Case &
Doug Mole look
on. The car is even closer to completion as
this page is posted, so you can check it out
in person at an event near you fairly soon.
Shane Snape has picked the Rootlieb hood with
the most holes, and built the car very low
to the ground. That's Norm's black 3-window
in the background - what a great household.
4 January, '07.
has some amazing projects currently; two of them
will be finished this year - one is pictured below.
The '31 closed cab pickup features exquisite
metalwork, which has been Colin's trademark for more
than 30 years. We visited Colin's workshop again
today, and got some pictures of one of his projects.
These previews are not features, but the cars will
certainly be featured in every major publication
later this year - they are already that good.
The closed cab
pickup body, itself a masterpiece of
understated subtlety, in terms of the
modifications, sits in front of the chassis
rotisserie, where the louvered belly pan is
being completed. That's Colin & Brenda's
Mercury on the hoist, another project that
should be on the road this year.
Did we mention
that this A-bone has louvres? The aluminium
kick plates and inner door panel are hand
made, of course, and will eventually be
upholstered. This level of workmanship and
detail helps us understand why some builders
elect to leave their projects unpainted. The
roof liner is also hand formed louvred
There is a story going around that a South
Australian company is making a limited run of reproduction 427 SOHC Ford conversion
kits. The customer must supply
their own 427 FE side oiler, and the company
supplies the assembled heads, manifolds, cams etc.
It gets better - they are also planning a 429
Shotgun, as fitted to Boss 429 Mustangs. If you
have some details, let us know, and we will pass it
on. They are only about $20k, and the first 10 are
sold. The line starts on the left.
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