Fiberglass Friday

A subject that is not discussed too much today are the fiberglass bodied cars of the 70’s — 90’s. It seems that the heritage associated with these beautiful Hot Rods has given way to the steel bodied cars in both the new and old enthusiasts. Brookfield is the main  cause of the stigma attached to FG cars as they are priced about the same for quality bodies such as a Wescott. The model 40 Fords produced by SAR were priced out of the average builders budget and consequently were stopped being produced. I won’t dwell into a plug for the resurgence of the FG cars, but I do like them and wish that the quality ones could be produced for a lesser price and sold for a margin that would be profitable for the manufacturer. The finished product is very hard to tell from the original metal bodies especially when converted to a Hot Rod. I have owned several Wescott bodies and would still love another model 40 roadster. The bodies are so well built that they last forever, which for me at 76, is long enough. I have friends with Wescott bodies that are 30 and 40 years old and still look like new.

I recently talked to Carl and he told me he would build me a car doing the work himself as his staff had been reduced due to the lack of demand. I heard today that he is building a Phaeton body for a customer which is great news as I have been pushing the Wescott Phaeton body this year as an excellent replacement for the hard to find steel ones. The price of the new Brookville tudor Phaeton body is really out of reach of the average enthusiast — so why not try a Wescott.

In fairness to the new builders who invest serious money in their new FG Hot Rod, you will not be able to recover your cost unless you find the right person. The market is real SOFT for FG Hot Rods. You can get a good deal on a finished car if that is what you like. For me, I still prefer to build them and don’t worry about what they are worth. I enjoy the hobby as a passion not an investment.

In conclusion, if you would like to not break the bank and want a real nice Hot Rod to enjoy — you might consider a FG car. You will have to put up with the —” Is that a FG body?” But who cares!!!

Time do read the want ads for FG bodies! Merry Christmas!

Stay Tooned!

Lynn

 



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David, of Stoker’s, built his nice coupe using a FG body and it is a sure winner. He has loads of fun.

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Because of the builder, everyone knows Paul’s is a real deal but the average looker doesn’t know that or care.

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My old one, built by Steve, is still going strong after 35 years.

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I believe this one came from the Broyles auction and has been finished. My first one was around $2300 in the 80’s.

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Comparing Paul’s above to this beauty — is it or isn’t it! Another Wescott beauty from WI that is driven everywhere.

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Gary’s Phaeton been around since the early 80’s and still looks new. All original except Wescott body.

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I tried to convince my late friend Steve to buy this Brizio beauty for a low price but the FG body kept him away. Folks, this was a six figure car when Brizio built it with the best of everything.

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Don built this show stopper using a Wescott body and I still think it is a real one.

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I know the complete history of this all steel but Gibbon body roadster. Tom would love to sell it but the FG Hot Rod market is just now there with today’s buyers.

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I sold my Wescott body roadster because of health reasons and wish I still had it. All original except for Wescott body.

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Gearhead Bill built this Wescott beauty with the perfect top. Still going strong.

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Mick built his roadster while working at SO-CAL using a FG body from Australia. It sold several years ago for big money.

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Boyd built several winners using Wescott bodies. They still look like new and have been driven.

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This Hutch built 34 was a show winner and he used a Gibbon body.

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Poster car for the 75th Anniversary of the Deuce was Derick’s Wescott body highboy.

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The fit and finish is a good as any steel body car.

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My friend Dave drives the wheels off his Wescott roadster with lots of 80’s history.

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A current high end build using a JB Donaldson FG body that most people never hear of. Beautiful roadster!!

Comments 5

  1. I have a 1934 Roadster Highboy with a Model 40 / 710 Wescott Body out of the 80ties.
    Most parts and the style influence came from Brizio Street Rods.
    My wescott model 40 highboy roadster got some miles now and is still in good shape.
    It is interesting to see, that many glass body hot rods out of the 70ties to 90ties are more historic than the many new (old style) steel Body rides. Many glass Body hot rods and reproductions like Shay, Glassics ect. are older than 30 years now and they get official Classic Car Status around the world.

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  2. Lynn, If it wasn’t for FG cars then the industry wouldn’t be were it is today as they carried the torch for all those years before the steel reprops recently became available. Graeme

  3. Hi Lynn, I’m chiming in on the FG cars. I agree that the FG ones are great cars when done right. They look the same as a steel one and drive like a steel one, and are just as fun as any steel car. I have built and owned both. Anyone looking to get a great car these days should look at FG. The prices are soft so it is a buyers market. When it comes time to sell the depreciation is much less than a steel car. I have built several steel cars lately and now take a big hit on depreciation as the steel ones are not selling for that much more than a nice FG car, but cost a whole lot more to build……Ken

  4. Hey Lynn, I could not agree more. I have two FG 1932 Roadsters and love them both. I had a long conversation with Roy about this a few days ago, as you know he has three 32 FG Roadsters. I told him if you think about it even a Brookville car is not a “Real” car. My dark green Wescott roadster that Roy and I built 18 years still looks like new. I know the prices on some FG cars have dropped, but the good ones still bring good money. I think guys are missing out on a good opportunity to own a nice car because they can’t deal with FG. Take Care…Sid

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