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Tom

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You'd think that billet was of the devil if you look at some web sites. To ignore billet is to ignore a significant era of history in hot rodding, an era which saw the greatest increase and greatest amount of participation in the history of hot rodding.

John Buttera set the trend. We already have a thread for his white roadster: http://hotrodcraft.com/theGarage/index.php?threads/lil-johns-white-roadster.612/

Here are a few pics from my files. Feel free to add your own favorites!

The first pic you'd quite possibly state that it is NOT truly billet, which I agree is debatable. But it was built during that era, and is one of my favorite deuce 3-windows of all time, as it influenced me more than any other deuce at the time.
BOYD TOM VOEGLE & BOB BAUDER WITH NICK'S 3W.jpg

Another deuce 3-window
BLACK DEUCE WITH BOYD'S WHEELS (2).jpg
 
#3
The red 32 car I’m doing a clean up on is an older build from the billet era. When detailing the engine I thought of changing the valve covers over to just some classic finned ones but the AC and alternator brackets have the same ball milled pattern. After thinking it over I just decided that this car is what it is and if I could live with them everyone else can too. Some will bash it but who cares.

Love it or hate it that era made Hot Rodding a popular and noble hobby to the general public. Until then it was tolerated at best.

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