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Old 02-18-2009, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default The Polynesian

I'm sure at some point we've had a thread on the H.A.M.B. that thoroughly covered the Polynesian. The Valley Custom built '50 Olds is a legend similar in status to the Hirohata Merc, Kopper Kart, Inman Chrysler, etc... Put simply, it's a car that is ...

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Old 02-18-2009, 10:27 AM   #2
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It is a nice simple car,,very clean for what it is,nothing to far out or over the top,, I like it
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:34 AM   #3
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Beautiful car. The grille/bumper treatment is my favorite of any custom, and it could not possibly be more simple. It is Valley Customs' finest work, and that is saying something.

Speaking of custom '50 Oldsmobiles, ever take a look at Ray Goulart's Olds?
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:42 AM   #4
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The Polynesian is a great custom. It was restored nearby to me and debuted in a special customs class at the Glenmoor Gathering, a local concours, back in 2005. Here is the thread I did about the show with pictures of the Polynesian:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...ring&showall=1

Last I heard the car was for sale if anyone is interested.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:23 AM   #5
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I always felt that that "bumper" was too heavy to use as a "grill". My eyes keep pushing it down closer to the ground. Otherwise, a beautiful custom.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:23 AM   #6
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One of my all time favorites. Always a big fan of Valley Customs, the sectioned shoeboxes they turned out (see example) always got my attention.

The Polynesian is a perfect example of the "less is more" school. Simple, understated elegance.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:09 PM   #7
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Another great execution from 'Valley Custom' although, I always think the roof looks a bit too thick. They did a high percentage of beautifully designed and fabricated customs that, as you say, have stood the test of time.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:12 PM   #8
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They turned out some beautiful stuff
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:17 PM   #9
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Ive always liked that car, its nice a simple.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:19 PM   #10
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For the most part customs follow a proven form that resembles a slow liquid like shape taking form from the pavement and inching out. It seems that everyone was striving for the same shape but on their own terms and with individual details to separate them.

The Polynesian (and other sectioned cars) deviates from this design. To me is takes cues from Art Deco styled locomotives because of it's induced speed like look put into it's design. They (sectioned cars) always stop people in their tracks (and most don't know why) but this car in car particular is special. Everything meticulously thought out from the grille opening and bumper that dissects it the the sections seats that prove the car was thought of as a whole and not just one certain aspect. It definitely grows on you if not at first but with time. Section jobs can really hurt a car if they are not proportionately done with relation to the rest and this is the ambassador for them all. Beautiful and timeless I will always have a spot for this one in my heart. Love it.

The rear tail light trim always makes me think of Vegetable Steamers which is a side note but it's really the thing that sticks in my head when I think about this car. Funny Right?
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:28 PM   #11
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"The rear tail light trim always makes me think of Vegetable Steamers which is a side note but it's really the thing that sticks in my head when I think about this car. Funny Right?"

It's a funny thing that pretty much the only thing I never really liked about this car were the tailights. JeffreyJames analogy to a vegetable steamer must have been the reason, as I wasn't much for veggies back then. Sub-conciously I must have made the connection to the cursed veggies and that is why I don't like the tailights! Otherwise, this car is just spot-on perfect. And, now that I really have learned to love veggies, the tailights have taken on a new glow (pun intended) so they, too, look a-okay.

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Old 02-18-2009, 12:33 PM   #12
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I have never been a fan of the front end of this car. I find the front bumper to heavy & the grille opening reminds be of a large mouth bass.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:35 PM   #13
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I am probably one of the few but I never really cared for the Valley Custom cars. Incredibly built but I always found them top heavy and thought that the pronounced rooflines took away from an otherwise sleek design acomplished by sectioning.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:37 PM   #14
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The Polynesian, IMO, blows the Hirohata Merc outta the water.....
It's the perfect blend of modifications and restraint.
One of my favorites for sure.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:58 PM   #15
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its a sexy car for sure, its definatly hard to section a car and keep the proportions looking good, and i always used to put down all sectioned cars... but the more you look at a car like the polynesian, the more you can appreciate its form... at least for me anyway!
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:59 PM   #16
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what a bitchin car, Ive always like it.
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:12 PM   #17
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I have to agree with oldandcrusty this car drives me nuts. I cringe when I open magazines and see that headlight/tailight trim also I think it has been sectioned way to much!! Even though valley customs was known for that!! Trying to match the sleek lines of those big 3 drawings.. I still have to give them respect for going out of the box on this one!!
The car does have some nice features and some of there other cars where absolutely stunning too!!





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"The rear tail light trim always makes me think of Vegetable Steamers which is a side note but it's really the thing that sticks in my head when I think about this car. Funny Right?"

It's a funny thing that pretty much the only thing I never really liked about this car were the tailights. JeffreyJames analogy to a vegetable steamer must have been the reason, as I wasn't much for veggies back then. Sub-conciously I must have made the connection to the cursed veggies and that is why I don't like the tailights! Otherwise, this car is just spot-on perfect. And, now that I really have learned to love veggies, the tailights have taken on a new glow (pun intended) so they, too, look a-okay.

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Old 02-18-2009, 03:13 PM   #18
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I can remember a few people concerning LA Roadster Jack Stewart and Polynesian Jack Stewart say that they were not the same guy?

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Old 02-18-2009, 03:26 PM   #19
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I remember reading a big write-up on this car, in an old car mag, many years ago. It covered the entire build. Seems like it may have been spread out over several issues. It was very detailed coverage on the sectioning, etc.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:29 PM   #20
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This thread is timely and I apologise if I am hijacking it. John Ballard of Anderson, Indiana, the builder of the Polynesian II (the clone of the Polynesian) just passed away on the 6th of Feburary. He was 71 years old. The clone is not exactly the right color because John was working from photographs only. He never saw the real car (at least while they were building it). John also owned the 41 Willy's that won "Best Engineered" at the 1971 Street Rod Nationals. At the time of his passing he still owned the Willy's, although it was torn apart for a number of years.
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