Lost Hot Rods: Remarkable Stories of How They Were Found by Pat Ganah

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Lost Hot Rods is a 192 pages hardcover book by Pat Ganahl. In Lost Hot Rods, he attempts to answer the questions about whatever happened to those great cars. He's not talking about vintage tin sitting in the desert or woods, or old cars parked in farm fields. Nearly all of the vintage rods and customs featured in this book were found in urban or suburban garages where they were parked years ago, maybe to save, perhaps torn apart for a rebuild, or in many cases they are projects that were started years ago and just never finished. The condition of such finds ranges from musty piles of parts, to dusty and cobwebbed originals, to pristine, still-show-quality beauties. The book also show cars that have been located by others, either as-is or now in beautiful restored condition. Either way, the book tells the process of finding such vehicles, giving many tips on how you can find them, too. The isn't a book about seeking these cars for profit. What's more important, and fun, is the search itself. If, when you find such a long-lost rod or custom, it turns out that it is available and you can afford to acquire it and put it back on the road and enjoy it, so much the better. But just finding them; finally answering that "Whatever happened to...?" question is the main goal. In most cases the book show vintage photos of the car in its heyday, along with where and how it looks today. But what makes this venture doubly fun, and what separates this book from others, is that Pat is not just looking for old cars or even collector cars hidden away. Finding a vintage Corvette, or Porsche, or even a gennie Model A or Model T stashed in a garage or barn is cool. But hot rods and custom cars are very different--literally. Each one is unique. So each of these cars has its own unique story, it's own personal history, which makes Lost Hot Rods a special collection of stories as well as “Then” and “Now” images.

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Contents and Featured Cars

Joe Cruces' 1921 Ford Model T Coupe - Tall T
Alan Kahan's 1924 Ford Model T Coupe
Uncertain T
Bo Jones' 1926 Ford Model T
John Buttera's 1926 Ford Model T Sedan
Dean Lowe's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup
Duane Helms' 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Ed Roth's 1929 Ford Model A Pickup - Old Pro
Tom Morris' 1929 Ford
Tom Pollard's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Bob Marchese's 1932 Ford Three-Window Coupe
George Sein's 1932 Ford
Phil Kendrick's 1932 Ford Sedan - Super Prune
Russel DeSalvo's 1932 Ford
Joe Haska's 1934 Ford Five-Window Coupe
Pierson Brothers' 1936 Ford Coupe
Doug Cook's 1937 Chevrolet
Glen Hooker's 1939 Mercury
Bill Cushenbery's 1940 Ford - The El Matador
Jimmy Summers' 1940 Mercury
Chuck Porter's 1949 Ford Pickup
Louie Bettancourt's 1949 Mercury
Sam Barris' 1950 Buick Sedanette
Spencer Murray's 1950 Chevrolet Pickup - The Rod & Custom Magazine’s Dream Truck
LeRoy Goulart's 1950 Ford
Joe Perez' 1951 Ford
Joe Tocchini's 1951 Ford Victoria - The Mystery
Gil Ayala's 1951 GMC Truck
Otto Rhodes' 1953 Ford F-100 - The Mountain Pearl
The El Capitola
Gil Ayala's 1955 Ford Thunderbird
Ron Aguirre's 1956 Chevrolet Corvette - The X-Sonic
Lee Wells' 1956 Lincoln
Johnny Taylor's 1958 Ford - Royal Coach
The Barber Car
The Silhouette


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