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Posted December 11, 2015 - 12:09 AM

No idea or details on the mechanicals of it:

 

http://minneapolis.c...5354786259.html

 

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Posted December 11, 2015 - 01:14 AM

Now that is nice! I would probably use it as my daily driver lol. 


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Posted December 11, 2015 - 06:10 AM

Most of them were built from old cars....they had kits for the Ford Model Ts etc


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Posted December 11, 2015 - 06:50 AM

00l0l_d1ZAWsQeIA0_600x450.jpg This is more my price range!


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Posted December 11, 2015 - 06:55 AM

That is neat. It would be fun to putter around on.
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Posted December 11, 2015 - 07:40 AM

Well, that's lots nicer than any REAL Doodle-bug ever was in the old days. Real nice wood, shiny chrome, nice paint and upholstery, nope, just a neat little Hot Rod, not a real d-bug in my book.


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Posted December 11, 2015 - 07:56 AM

Someone put a lot of time into that. It is nice. I prefer the rough and ugly look myself

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Posted December 11, 2015 - 08:01 AM

The only Doodle Bug I remember was a small 2 wheel motor scooter.  dad bought my older brother one to ride 2 miles to and from Hi School.  got it at Western Auto Store.  Had small, like 8" tires, totally enclosed motor with a long cushion seat.  Would run pretty good too.  This would have been back in the early 40's.


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Posted December 11, 2015 - 08:16 AM

That's you, Cat! It's even a Chevy. I'm surprised you haven't bought  it yet.


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Posted December 11, 2015 - 08:50 AM

That's you, Cat! It's even a Chevy. I'm surprised you haven't bought  it yet.


I'll put it on my wish list in the mod lounge. Of course, I will have to erase some stuff in my column. It seems someone just keeps writing down 'catnip' repeatedly. It happens late at night or early a.m., so I'm thinking Alan or Kenny.
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Posted December 11, 2015 - 09:03 AM

I'll put it on my wish list in the mod lounge. Of course, I will have to erase some stuff in my column. It seems someone just keeps writing down 'catnip' repeatedly. It happens late at night or early a.m., so I'm thinking Alan or Kenny.

I think your sleep walking and doing it yourself!


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Posted December 11, 2015 - 09:07 AM

My neighbor had a '29 Chevy doodle bug that looked similar to the one in the pic you posted Karl. His farm house had no electricity or running water, and no updates to the house or property were made since the late 1800's. He was very old when I was a kid and he kept to himself for the most part. He would drive the doodle bug a half mile down the road with a big wagon built with cedar poles and an old car axle. The engine had no valve cover on it, and he would stop in front of my Dad's garage to squirt the rockers with an old oil can. We knew he would be passing by the garage again with a full load of hay on the wagon sometime after dark. When we did hear the doodle bug coming back up the road, we would hide behind an old stone wall where he couldn't see us as he drove by at about 4 mph. After he passed by, we would run out and jump up on the wagon full of hay and get a free hay ride. I'm sure he knew we were there, but as kids, we were afraid of him. As we grew older, we got to know old Earl. He still didn't talk much, but at least we got to know him a bit before he passed away.
Earl taught my Dad how to hunt and trap when my Dad was a kid. He took my Dad out deer hunting one day, and my dad wondered why Earl was hanging some old tin cans from some branches with string. The cans had a bunch of holes poked in them and we're full of salt. When my Dad asked Earl what he was doing, Earl said " you put a worm on the hook when you go fishin', don't ya? " Earl spent a lot of time in the woods hunting and trapping. He would travel a good distance to the Adirondacks to trap in his 1929-30 Chevy rack body truck. He made many things that he used including snowshoes. He had a subscription to Fur Fish & Game, and would loan a few to my Dad, but would tell him to return them, and he would loan him a few more. Earl left the farm to a close friend when he passed. This friend helped Earl around the farm as Earl was not able to handle the work himself. When I was in my late teens, this fiend of Earls knew me well and asked me if I could help him out to ready the place for him to move into. I said that I would be glad to. Many things were not wanted by the new owner since he had no use for them. I saw the stack of old Fur Fish & Game magazines that my Dad had read many years ago, and the new owner said that I could have them, along with a pair of old snowshoes made by Earl. When I showed the magazines to my Dad, he said that they brought back a lot of memories as he thumbed through them. So that's the memories I have of the only doodle bug around that was used regularly. We were lucky to grow up when what was expected from one another was mutually understood, and the word correct never followed the word politically. Here are those snowshoes made by our old friend Earl.

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Posted December 11, 2015 - 11:14 AM

I would drive that everywhere! Very cool.



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Posted December 11, 2015 - 11:44 AM

 Here are those snowshoes made by our old friend Earl.

 

 Impressive hand work. Once the last of those guys are gone there will be no replacing them. 


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Posted December 11, 2015 - 11:58 AM

EB White wrote a story "Death of the Model T" complaining about lack of ground clearance in the "modern" cars of the 40s i think.

 

Where i live (not far from eb white's old house) is a garage at the edge of town, once in a while they have an old doodle bug out front. since it is usually different i figure they still fix them for customers.


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