The T Tub thread

29bowtie

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The T Tub thread
« on: April 27, 2015, 10:56:50 PM »
Thisis a very nice one. Yes, it's a T, owned by Chuck Vranas, if my memory serves me right.
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Dean Lowe

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2015, 02:25:05 AM »
The windshield and headlights kill it for me.
Roadster pick ups forever!

roger

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2015, 02:35:13 PM »
The windshield and headlights kill it for me.


I agree, you very seldom see a speedboat style windshield on a T.

roger

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2015, 02:42:38 PM »
I'll add this '26 to the mix.  I believe it was built by Richard Graves. Last seen at the LA Roadster Show in 2010.

Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2015, 03:18:14 PM »
I love the Voo Doo Doll.. one of my very favourites.
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DavyJ

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2015, 08:03:06 PM »
I've always been partial to that rootbeer color!  nice phaeton........
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29bowtie

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2015, 09:02:40 AM »
Surfs up!
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29bowtie

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2015, 09:02:56 AM »
 ;D
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29bowtie

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2015, 11:58:32 PM »
 ;)
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Dean Lowe

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2015, 01:55:33 AM »
What's the deal with the doors and the hood color?
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29bowtie

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2015, 11:44:02 PM »
I wondered that as well, since it didn't look that way in person.
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29bowtie

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2015, 01:06:14 AM »
This one always sparks a discussion.
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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2017, 04:05:13 PM »
27 Tub
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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2017, 04:31:11 PM »
Grabowski's Tub
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DavyJ

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2017, 07:50:17 PM »
Grabowski's T later made fame on TV......
The 1928 Porter used in My Mother the Car was not a production car. Real Porter cars had existed. The first was a steam automobile (Boston, Massachusetts, 1900–1901). The second car was a powerful luxury car (Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1919–1922) made from parts left over from production of Finley R Porter’s F.R.P. By the 1960s, no example of a Porter remained. A F.R.P. was owned at the time by a Mr.Bowdish of Chicago and was later acquired by William Harrah of Harrah's Casino fame in 1976. For the TV show, assistant prop man Kaye Trapp leased the producers a 1924 Ford T-tub hot rod he recently bought from his friend and its builder, Norm Grabowski. Both Grabowski and the car had earlier appeared in the B movie comedy Sex Kittens Go to College (1960).

The 1928 Porter touring car sported diamond-tufted naugahyde upholstery, oversized white tonneau cover, plush black carpeting, chrome windshield braces and half-moon hubcaps. Trapp and studio special effects man Norm Breedlove (father of land-speed-record-setter Craig Breedlove) modified the car to give it an elongated engine compartment, palladian-style brass radiator with “Porter” script, a spare tire mounted on the running board, outboard fuel tank and antique cane-clad trunk. (It was later fitted, as needed, with special effects hardware, such as an oil tank drip to simulate a smoking engine and "tear ducts" in the headlamp bezels.) Off-camera operation of electrics was by umbilical cable. The signature features gave it an anachronistic look, resembling cars of earlier eras. The power train was the rod-grade 283 cu in V8 (Chevrolet small-block) engine mated with Powerglide automatic transmission. The "Porter" was registered (as a modified Ford) in 1964 with the contemporary yellow-on-black California license plates PZR 317 evident throughout the show's run.

When series production was approved, the Grabowski rod was retained as the "hero" car, and a second — "stunt", or special effects — car was commissioned and built by celebrated car customizer George Barris, whose Barris Kustom Industries licensed it to AMT in 1965 for a model kit production.[4] The stunt car, not conventionally driveable, was equipped with apparatus to let Mother "drive herself" via a system of levers and mirrors operated by a short human driver concealed on a tractor seat below the removed rear floorboards. It had other special mechanical features, such as gimbaled headlamps.

Both cars had the dashboard-mounted radio head with flashing dial light through which Mother "talked" (though only to her son). These scenes were filmed with a stand-in; actress Ann Sothern’s voice was dubbed to the soundtrack in post-production. Generally, the hero car was used for driving shots and close-ups, and the stunt car for long shots and special effects sequences. Either was available as a stand-in in case of mechanical breakdown on set. Though made to represent one car, they can be distinguished by minor details, and actually appeared together in one episode.

The hero car is currently as of November 2015 located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and owned by Dave Bodnar.[5] The stunt car was once owned by casino giant William Harrah, who had one of the largest special-interest and antique auto collections of all time in Reno, Nevada. After Harrah's death in 1984, the auction catalogue advertised the lot as having a carnation red body with white top and created from parts of a Ford Model T, a Maxwell, a Hudson and a Chevrolet. Harrah's F.R.P. is, since 1994, at the Seal Cove Auto Museum on Mount Desert Island in Maine. As of 2012 the stunt Porter is located at the Star Cars Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.[6]
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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2017, 11:02:58 AM »
27 Tub
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jaded iconoclast

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2017, 09:52:10 PM »
I've always been kinda partial to this one.

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2017, 03:26:06 PM »
28 Tub Built by Fat Jack
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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2017, 03:47:01 PM »
28 Tub Built by Fat Jack

With a tunnel ram intake!

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2017, 03:54:31 PM »
What was once fun, Now feels like just another job.

Tom

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2017, 06:02:54 PM »
28 Tub Built by Fat Jack

With a tunnel ram intake!
On a SBF.

How well do the tunnel rams work on the street?  I really like the look, these were big in the early-mid 70's

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2017, 06:12:54 PM »
28 Tub Built by Fat Jack

With a tunnel ram intake!
On a SBF.

How well do the tunnel rams work on the street?  I really like the look, these were big in the early-mid 70's
I've never used one.I would think,tuning,gears,cam etc.There's a few guy's on here that would have some input.Duane might be using 1 on the Willys.
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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2017, 10:48:39 PM »
Ya gotta love a guy with a lift in his driveway .
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29bowtie

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #23 on: June 04, 2017, 12:46:53 AM »
Ya gotta love a guy with a lift in his driveway .
I was thinking the same thing!
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jaded iconoclast

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2017, 09:29:36 AM »
Hey bowtie, if you are interested, I might know where theres a 40's style A tub for sale. Fenderless, flathead, '35 wires ect. Not my cup of tea, but?

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2017, 10:17:07 AM »
If any of you run across some nice original "B" pillars, I'd appreciate a PM.  Thanks.  bob

5windowjim

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2017, 08:52:11 AM »
 Tunnel rams are designed for high R.P.M. (race application) on the street you might find throttle response a bit slow.  Jim

Tom

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2017, 06:01:17 PM »
Tunnel rams are designed for high R.P.M. (race application) on the street you might find throttle response a bit slow.  Jim

Jim, thanks.  I've seen them run on the street but never asked the owner.   I used to think that they'd not be straight with a teenager !

jaded iconoclast

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2017, 07:23:11 PM »
Tunnel rams are designed for high R.P.M. (race application) on the street you might find throttle response a bit slow.  Jim

Jim, thanks.  I've seen them run on the street but never asked the owner.   I used to think that they'd not be straight with a teenager !
My advice would be to follow up on your original idea, and go ahead and ask someone whos actually running one. ;)

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Re: The T Tub thread
« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2017, 01:09:27 AM »
Tub
What was once fun, Now feels like just another job.