The Early Rodders, July 10, 2010


Wait, wasn’t the 10th over a week ago, you ask? It was indeed. We’re not paid to be timely. Besides, this here International Harvester Woodie Wagon Leviathan is worth the wait. More after the jump.

The International Harvester is basically a 1950s IH bus equipped with a divorced transfer case and front axle. This example is one of fewer than 10.


Keeping with the woodie theme is this older rod that almost looks like it was fashioned from an upside down boat. From what we can tell, “Rilely Racing” refers to George Riley’s side draft carbs (Google him) and likely an OHV cylinder head on that old Ford 4-pot.


The Henry J was a roughly the Toyota Yaris of its day, making this drag monster roughly equivalent to a Yaris with a blown Tundra V8 dropped in. The rear tires account for more than 50% of width of the car.


This CLK DTM is a regular attendee. He’s got a CA DMV “one trip” transfer permit from last year that’s getting some mileage. The owner was kind enough to let Jeff in on many of the car’s details. The bottom line? It’s impossibly rare and expensive.


Pantera for sale! This early model looks great with the tiny chrome bumpers (as opposed to the later plastic nosecone). Fifty grand is a lot of money, but it’d be money well spent.


It’s tough to make out, but the back of this van was sporting some incredible wrap-around seating and padded walls. If you were born some time in the late 70s, this van (or one like it) might’ve had something to do with it.


This late 1940s (’48 or ’49, we guess) Ford was simultaneously the most complete, but roughest vehicle ever. At this point the interior looks like it’s made from jerky. Eight hundred thousand Hooniverse Points for driving it down.


Some day in the semi-distant future black wheels and flat black paint will look as dated as the neon and billet attrocities of the early to mid ’90s. But for now, this Nova’s got me weak in the knees.


My already weakened knees gave out as I approached this Galaxie. 427c.i. (which is really a 425), 4-speed and a nicely worn-in coat of black paint add up for a near-perfect car.


This Studebaker sports two very large Turbonetics hair driers, a large Chevy motor, an electronically controlled automatic and an IRS setup with inboard brakes. Both the interior and exterior are heavily customized. I sort of assumed something built to this level of insanity and detail would’ve been featured in a magazine, but a few minutes of Googling revealed nothing. It’s gotta be quite the ride, right up until the (probably) 700R4/4L60E or Jag rearend pukes their guts out as a result of 700 twin-turbo big block horsepower.


For 2010, Alfa Romeo is celebrating their 100th anniversary (birthday?). Anyway, this older Superleggera is likely on its way to or from a major event. Also likely priceless.


I can imagine this 57 Chevy going head to head with the ’48 (ish) Ford out on Foothill Blvd back when Sylmar was all olive groves.  Both would’ve been hand-me-downs from the parents or bought for 50 bucks from the back lot of Earl’s Automotive. The ’57 would go on to park on the upper deck in ’83, where it appears to have sat until last Saturday.


As always, be sure to hit up the flickr set, or the slideshow below. Also, for action from the Irvine Cars and Coffee check out

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  1. sumtingwong1 Avatar

    Agreed. I seem to recall seeing a brief glimpse of it when discovery channel covered him.

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