Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Street Rod Nationals South

Hot rods, the muscle cars from the 60s and 70s. These kinds of cars were appreciated by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth with his classic cartoon illustrations of hot rods piloted by monsters.
Amplify’d from www.knoxnews.com
Jack Smith, top, and his assistant Tim Harrill work on the wheels of a 1937 Ford Roadster on Monday at Jack’s Restorations in Knoxville. Smith, whose shop is on Tennessee Avenue in Lonsdale, restores primarily cars made from the 1930s to the ’50s and says business is good.
As many as 15,000 attendees and more than 2,000 vehicle exhibitors gathered at Chilhowee Park over the weekend for the 37th annual National Street Rod Association's Street Rod Nationals South.
The biggest difference between the older classics and the '60s muscle cars that also are very popular to restore is that parts are still relatively available for the '60s- and '70s-era cars.
Parts for the cars that are more than 50 years old often have to be fabricated or scavenged from yard sales and junkyards, Smith said.
Typical "from the ground up" restorations for show cars will cost from $75,000 to $100,000, he said.
Show-quality restorations usually involve replacing or reconditioning just about every part of the vehicle. It's not unusual to invest more in the restoration than the vehicle might reasonably sell for. Such vehicles are for collectors only, he said.
"These are the people who have a lot of money," Smith said.
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