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Just watching it on the outer reaches of Freeview its somewhere near pluto its that far out on the channel search.

Any how, I always wonder what those cars drive like as they never seem to have any actual plans and just chop lumps of and then cover the body in about 5 ton of bondo. Anyone any idea?

I know coddingtons went belly up after Boyd died.


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I don't know, but that guy was an a-hole and not well-liked in the inddustry. His cars were basicly kit cars - fiberglass replica bodies and all -- and he seemingly treated his employees like crap.

His number 2 -- forgot his name -- ended up a WCC for a day and he was just as big an arrogant ass.

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yeah right -have just seen Boyds 'first officer' in the WCC-show on an German *digital*/*sattelite* -program over here ....now I know why detective.gif

Other point, wasn't there a steady flow of man-power out of his shop. Think I've seen some of Coddingtons guys in the Foose-crew too ..?

But it does not matter which TV-group of mechanics is doing the mods -every professional body-shop specialist for historic cars would do it in the 'old fashion' handcrafted way. Not with lots of plastic filler on the body ...more with a open flame , a piece of wood and the sorcerer.gif of tin


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Any how, I always wonder what those cars drive like as they never seem to have any actual plans and just chop lumps of and then cover the body in about 5 ton of bondo. Anyone any idea?

Would guess that they have very definite plans on what they want to do to the cars.

My understanding is that 99% of the plastic filler gets sanded off. It's simply there to perfectly level the surface. I would imagine that the weight gain is negligible.

As to how they drive---that's really not the point, is it?

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I spent a delightful afternoon tooling around in what was called a T Bucket - back half of a model T Ford body, with the engine and radiator out in the open. Steering wheel was almost straight up and down, just like the original. It was... a challenge. Bags of power, instant response, very slow steering, a real snarl from the small block Chevy engine, and the 'personality' of a live front axle. Hitting a bump in the road became an adventure. Which way will it go, and how much wheel jitter will you experience?

Just don't try to turn quick at anything higher than jogging speed because it wouldn't. Terminal understeer took on a whole new meaning.

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