Ancient Dirt-Track Racer Would Make a Great Daily Driver

Your path to upward mobility!
Your path to upward mobility!

Do you find tha people just don’t take you seriously enough? Be it in traffic or at the office, they just see you as a total pushover? Need to convince those around you that you’re not to be trifled with, but afraid that showing up dressed as a member of GWAR or getting a face tattoo might hurt your long-term career chances? Have we got the vehicle for you!
You’re looking at a 1930 or 32 Model A body on a ’49 Chevy 3/4-ton frame powered by a Buick 401 running through a three-speed manual and ’52 Chevy 3/4-ton rearend (probably a mongo Eaton?). Needless to say, it has a presence.
Ok, the paint's a little faded now...
Ok, the paint's a little faded now…

The good news is, it’s old enough that you can get away with damn-near anything when it comes to lights or smog or fenders or whatever. The bad news is, you’re going to have re-do all of the above as it’s been sitting since 1969. Still, some sanding, tack in a sheetmetal floor and a luggage rack on the back (why not?), maybe an overdrive unit for highway cruising (and more gear-grinding goodness) and you’re good to go!
eBay via kustomrama

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  1. citroen67 Avatar

    I kinda like it.
    The only problem I have with the whole "patina" craze, is that it has caught on way to late. I have been rockin' out with rusty pieces of shit since I was about twenty…and all I ever got was mean looks, but fast forward eleven years and I would be a friggin God!

  2. Alff Avatar

    This thing puts the PAH! in Patina.

  3. P161911 Avatar

    I don't know about a daily driver to work, but if I was retired and traveling around in one of those big fancy motorhomes, this would be the perfect vehicle to tow behind it to run around town in. What I am I saying, if I had it I would drive it to work every day I could. It looks like it has less rust than my Imperial did. The ad says RUNS DRIVES BRAKES, the tires hold air, looks good to go to me.

  4. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    I bet if that engine ran again, it would make a delightful noise. Assuming it wasn't detonated and parked.

    1. P161911 Avatar

      According to the way I read the ebay ad it DOES RUN! This is one that is just crying out for a video ad.

      1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

        Yes! Please internet, deposit video here.

  5. CptSevere Avatar

    Ever since I saw cars like this being raced at the Danbury 1/4 mile track in CT as a kid, I have craved a heap like this. Man, I would get this thing up and running and yeah, drive it around. We get away with this kind of thing in Arizona. Yeah, three quarter ton rear end and front axle, count the lugnuts. This beast would, under my direction, get sideways on the dirt roads surrounding my town, get photographed by the tourists, and get dirty (and secretly envious) looks from the cops. I'd keep the towbar, it just makes the thing look evil. You bet I'd drive it to work, and also to Tucson, with good plates and bulletproof insurance. Scare the ricers but good.

    1. joshuman Avatar

      It sounds like you should buy it. Let me know so I can come down and take pictures.

  6. engineerd Avatar

    It's a poor man's Se7en! And like a Se7en, it should be a daily driver, at least for 3 seasons. Spring is kind of rainy and there's no mudflaps.

  7. joshuman Avatar

    Has anyone else noticed that the windscreen is just a screen? That is badass.