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Old 05-20-2009, 09:19 AM   #1
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Starting in 1944, Dan Post published what many consider to be the first "Custom Car" magazine titled the "Romodeler's Manual For Restyling Your Car." By 1946, Dan had published three issues and then began publishing similar books under different titl...

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Old 05-20-2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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Those old Dan Post books are cool as hell..I paid really stupid money for some of them a few years ago after a bidding war on Ebay...Some amazing stuff in there..Gave me a whole new appreciation for cutting up perfectly good cars...If you like weird shit,this will ruin you...
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:48 AM   #3
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At a farm auction in the 1980's I bought an entire 1 car garage full of books for 5 dollars. I spent the better part of the day going thru it and came out of it with 3 large boxes of 50's and 60's car magazines and custom and hot rod annuals, along with a copy of Dan Posts blue book. That book is amazing!
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:58 AM   #4
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I'd say you did well on your investment.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:02 AM   #5
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Ryan, that is the most exciting publication I have ever viewed. I went thru it quick, but will revisit and lanquish every word of that text. I didn't dream it would be so in depth and was stunned by the quanity. I am lost for proper praise for your sharing all these historical moments you bring us. I guess the best I can do is say Thanks Brother!! ~Sololobo~
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:03 AM   #6
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Damn it Acro reader at work sucks!!! I catch it when I get home.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:15 AM   #7
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Default Re: The Blue Book, 1949

Thanks Ryan for posting the copy of the book, I've tried buying it before
but always getting out bid or just too late. Just printed all 51 pages and
I'm looking forward reading it tonight.

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Old 05-20-2009, 11:45 AM   #8
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I just got a chance to skim over it, but I noticed the Thunderbolt immediately. The only time I read anything on this car was when I was a teenager. It was in a book about the history of Chrysler. They built some really wild concept/custom cars back in the '40s. I will take the opportunity to read more later.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:49 AM   #9
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WOW! Fabulous! Thank you for sharing!
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:01 PM   #10
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I always loved the Corsair.That car actually wound up on a used car lot in Chicago!
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:12 PM   #11
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wow... that's incredibly cool.

looks like the 36 ford coupe with fadeaways was a recent "field find" post here on the HAMB. I don't thinks I've ever seen but one or two of those cars before.
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:38 PM   #12
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Really enjoyable book. I had never seen this one before. Thank you!
At one point I had a couple of the books from the late fifties that were an inspiration for me, but haven't seen one in years.
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:50 PM   #13
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I went nuts trying to score copies of Dan Post stuff awhile back & thought i had lost them during my divorce but luckily i found them secure in a box just recently with a few other lost goodies. Very kool little mags..
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:50 PM   #14
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Shit man, thanks for posting that! - I've always wanted to spend more time looking at it, but I'm too cheap to buy one and too shy to fondle someone else's that I know I'm not goingta buy.
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:20 PM   #15
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Wow, thanks Boss!
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:36 PM   #16
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Help. I saved it but don't know what windows program will open it. Thanks.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:56 PM   #17
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Forgive me if this is common knowledge, but who did the illustrations? They appear (to my eyes) to be similar to those in the "Ford Speed Manual" by "California" Bill Fisher (Clymer Publications). I believe those were done by Tom Medley.

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Old 05-21-2009, 02:26 AM   #18
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Default Re: The Blue Book, 1949

Thanks Ryan, the Dan Post books are fantastic referance material for everybody who loves early custom cars.






I have several folders on the Dan Post books on my site. And once of them has some larger scas of the custom cars from this book...

Click the photo to see more.

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Old 05-21-2009, 05:00 AM   #19
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Awesome! Thanks alot for sharing this with us!!
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:39 AM   #20
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Man what a book! Someone should bind all 3 of them and sell new copys...... Hmmm, Ryan how about the HAMB branching out into books?? I'm sure the family would let you for a % of the income?

Its things like this that make me feel pretty stupid though, until I joined the HAMB I thought serious customs started in the 50s, up until a few years ago I never knew they were so seriously customizing cars in the 40s.
Once again thank you for building the HAMB Ryan, expanding my knowledge daily.
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