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Old 01-21-2011, 08:34 AM   #1
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Default The Dick Fowler Coupe



In the late 1990's, Axle Idzardi and his brother Marky discovered a mysterious coupe peaking out of an open neighborhood garage. It was a 1938 Ford coupe that had been chopped, smoothed, and lowered in a style that reflected the late 1940's. The brot...

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Old 01-21-2011, 08:44 AM   #2
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Beautiful.thanks for posting.There are some 38-40 coupes that look good chopped.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:53 AM   #3
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Grate story,... I love it when History is preserved,... and the story dosen't die off with the original owner / Builder,.... Good Stuff Boss !
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:54 AM   #4
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Very cool car and story so far. Can't wait to see what else surfaces.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:56 AM   #5
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It's amazing the talent that arose out of Compton, Southgate, Bell, Lynwood Etc..at that time. I remember seeing customs every once in a while, while visiting our Grandmother in Compton as a kid, the mystique and bad ass quality they displayed even back then. I never thought once that my parents would point them out to me while driving down Atlantic Blvd. " Oh look Son at that odd automobile". They kept to them selves as we pulled along side one at a stop light. I stared at the guys driving with their heads tucked under the chop....hoodlum, rebel, wolf.....yeah!
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:58 AM   #6
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So can we expect to see it at the GNRS in the then and now display???
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:27 AM   #7
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Beautiful car. Im a BIG fan of the 38 deluxe 39 standard front sheetmetal. But that backard grill with the original light/fender is killer. Im not too big on the sealed beam conversions though.....Proportions are killer. Looks like its at a good home, cant wait to see it finished.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:41 AM   #8
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The collective talent in that area was amazing...can't wait to see it completed.

My buddy had a similiar occurance...while driving a truck for a materials yard he happened to spot a little deuce pickup on blocks in an old dilapidated barn that looked like the next strong wind would cause it to implode.
For years he tried to get pry it from the then owners hands....finally after about 5 years (during this whole time he never told anybody about it) the owner agreed to sell it and a price was agreed upon.
He took it home piece by piece and slowly put it back together...when he finally took it out for a maiden voyage he stopped by his friend's shop and his friend and another buddy both at the same time exclaimed they had seen that car before...mind you it definitely (and still does) show some serious patina and the wooden bed and bed sides are in need of repair but the thing is just killer looking.
Anyways after about an hour or two his friend Lyle drags out an old hot rod book by Ganahl or one of the other hot rod journalists (I will find out for sure which book and try to get pictures) and there it is sitting in front of Roth's shop in the late 50's in it's original form all bright and shiny.
Someday when life starts treating him a better he plans on taking it back to it's original state as seen in the book...in the meantime he drives the wheels off that sucker.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:54 AM   #9
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I love that car.....
Old customs are the best....
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:00 AM   #10
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good stuff, thanks
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:28 AM   #11
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I have always loved this car ever since I first saw it in the Barris Technique book. And I'm really happy I will be able to check it out in person in less than a week!.

Small Correction on the photo captions.

The photo of the car in dark paint with the dark background is not the Custom Cars 101 book, but rather the Dan Post California Custom Car Photo Album book from 1947









And the photo below is from the Custom Cars Trend book 101.. and not the Dan Post book.

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Old 01-21-2011, 11:01 AM   #12
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I have always loved this car ever since I first saw it in the Barris Technique book. And I'm really happy I will be able to check it out in person in less than a week!.

Small Correction on the photo captions.

The photo of the car in dark paint with the dark background is not the Custom Cars 101 book, but rather the Dan Post California Custom Car Photo Album book from 1947









And the photo below is from the Custom Cars Trend book 101.. and not the Dan Post book.

Great story...and I need to find this book. It looks great.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:33 AM   #13
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Axle’s folks gave him a call… They were at a garage sale and bought an old custom
My folks go to garage sales and bring home I Heart Niagara Falls salt and pepper shakers. Sheesh.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:42 AM   #14
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Damm, that is just too kewl!
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:50 AM   #15
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Great story. I hope they have enough room at the show for all the cars that keep coming out of the woodwork.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:54 AM   #16
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Another custom saved. This car has some good care takers now.

Cool pics Rikster.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:58 AM   #17
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Awesome car, great story.

Of course, what else would you expect when Ryan posts?
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:03 AM   #18
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I love that story
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:06 AM   #19
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saweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:10 AM   #20
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Damm....
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