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Old 12-26-2009, 07:42 AM   #1
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Default Jay Johnston's Shoebox



I first saw Jay Johnston's shoebox in Andy Southard's "Customs of the 1950's" book and as the owner of a shoebox Ford at the time, I freaked out. Sure, it's a pretty extravagant custom and I typically don't go for such cars, but this one is different...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:04 AM   #2
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I love the louvered skirts and the upholstry in the trunk! Cool car.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:22 AM   #3
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Good to see Jay's car getting some public attention, It sure is a great looking car. Loved it since late seventies when I got my copy of mentioned CC. What happend to it? Got repainted in some kind of blueish color, I believe. But then it dissapeared.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:42 AM   #4
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I first saw it in CC when as an early teen in the 70's, starting to get into ods and Customs and started collecting vintage car magazines. Always dug the car and though it seemed to be chopped a bit too much, that roof somehow "made it all work". The flow of the roof C pillar into the Olds side trim was sweet.
IIRC, it hailed from the Desert area of Socal (Windfields territory nowadays).
Always wondered if it survived. Would be a great car to restore/show up at a run with!!!

Ryan; We need to find you a better copy of that CC issue.
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:21 AM   #5
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Love the old car magazines, just to look back in time to see how thay did it.
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Old 12-26-2009, 10:32 AM   #6
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I wonder if the designers of the Volvo P1800 got their inspiration for the rear fender/tail light treatment from this car?
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:36 AM   #7
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Jay did some of the work on Watsons Grapevine, and was at this years Winfield & Watson show
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:07 PM   #8
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Bill Bowmen did some work on the car too, he also built my dads car 51 chevy the Gator, the gold one, we are fixing it now after a crash .
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Old 12-26-2009, 02:26 PM   #9
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one of my pet peeves is messed up "hardtopped" cars. that one looks to have been a hardtop or vert from the getgo with a sedan top. ?? or am I still tweaking from too many Christmas cookies?

either way it looks good.
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:08 PM   #10
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RYAN...thank's for sharing, NAA i've never seen it. but i truely love that old custom! but i must say there was an even finner one at the car show in fort worth this year. and he's a H.A.M.B. member...POP.
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:52 PM   #11
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" rubberized horsehair" ?? Where can I buy that?
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Old 12-26-2009, 05:03 PM   #12
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" rubberized horsehair" ?? Where can I buy that?

you got to find a rubberized horse. I'd check with Gumby, I think he knows one.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:13 PM   #13
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Very cool.. Jay is a very good friend of mine.. I took him to Winfield and Watsons show this year.. It was the first time Jay and Larry had seen eachother in almost 50 years. He had a ball. Even started talking about another build.

Just for bragging rights here... I have Jay's copies (original photos) from the CarCraft shoot.
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:40 PM   #14
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Wow nice magazine. That smell of old paper. Nice and musty!!!! Thanks for posting that. I have some old hot rod ones i will have to pull out. If i can only remember where i put them. Knuck from indiana.
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Old 12-27-2009, 12:57 AM   #15
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I like how the trim lines up with top as great breaking/transition for the paint... Great trick and flow.. Hope that makes sense!!!!
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:03 AM   #16
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Just for bragging rights here... I have Jay's copies (original photos) from the CarCraft shoot.

I bet that if you can brag about the fact that you own the originals... you also can share them with us here.... Now that would be really cool!!!

Here are two photo's of the Shoebox that I Kololrized for the Rodder's Journal.

The first one is in the two tone purple color and the second one - a section from the Parking Lot Custom Car Show photo - in the better known color combination.
I have always liked this car a lot... although the top looked a bit strange






And two great color photos from Pat Ganahl's excellent TRJ article on Custom Cars...



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Old 12-27-2009, 01:25 AM   #17
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The roof is really strange looking, beautiful interior though.
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Old 12-27-2009, 02:05 AM   #18
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I bet that if you can brag about the fact that you own the originals... you also can share them with us here.... Now that would be really cool!!!

Here are two photo's of the Shoebox that I Kololrized for the Rodder's Journal.

The first one is in the two tone purple color and the second one - a section from the Parking Lot Custom Car Show photo - in the better known color combination.
I have always liked this car a lot... although the top looked a bit strange






And two great color photos from Pat Ganahl's excellent TRJ article on Custom Cars...




How did you color those photos like that? They look great. I especially like the second one.
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Old 12-27-2009, 05:49 AM   #19
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Louvered skirts break up the flow of this beauty .
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Old 12-27-2009, 05:03 PM   #20
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The roof is really strange looking, beautiful interior though.
It looks like the top on a convertible with all the windows closed out on the freeway.
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