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Old 11-17-2010, 07:04 AM   #1
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Johnny Joyo's grandpa, Peter Thomas, is what most would call a renaissance man. He volunteered into the US Army in 1943, fought at Normandy, went on to fight at the Battle of the Bulge, and is an all around American hero as a result. It doesn't end t...

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Old 11-17-2010, 09:30 AM   #2
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Wow, I did not realize until I took a second look that the taillights were lowered down the fenders. Great looking shoebox. I wish I could be helpful and add information, but, alas I have none. Thanks for sharing this.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:34 AM   #3
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Looks pretty good for a D-Day vet...
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:16 AM   #4
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cool shoebox.....and one of the best narration voices ever, i love forensic files....
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:21 AM   #5
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Thanks for your service & being part of the greatest generation.
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:41 AM   #6
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Sure is a very clean looking little Ford. I can't tell if I've seen it somewhere before.

It may be that it just looks like so many of the ones from the little pages. I say that not as a slight, but as a compliment to a car that is right on the money with its mild customizing.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:39 AM   #7
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I'll keep an eye out for any Barris photos of it.. Joyo's Grandpa is a RULER. no doubt!
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:40 AM   #8
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Very clean and well thought out. I don't remember seeing the taillight treatment before but it works well.
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Old 11-17-2010, 01:13 PM   #9
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The tail lights Seem familiar to me too.. But they made me think I saw the same treatment on some other car I can't put my finger on.. Hmm.. Rik?
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Old 11-17-2010, 03:03 PM   #10
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I bet he captured my late Grandfather at Normandy ! great story ! My hat is off to him ! A true American hero for sure !
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:28 PM   #11
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Thanks for your service & being part of the greatest generation.
Allow me to second that. Can't put it any better.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:40 PM   #12
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That's a cool shoebox! Thanks for your service.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:28 PM   #13
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Wow, never thought I'd see "Grumps" on TJJ! My Grandfather is my Hero. 86 years old and still works hard doing what he loves every single day. I'll try to get the name of the customizer in CA who worked on that car in the 50s. The upholstery was done in Tijuana. The owner lived in Port Arthur, TX and was part of a car club that was around there in the early 50's. Anyone know the name of a car club that was around there at that time?
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:34 PM   #14
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candy apple red?
merc grill suround
desoto grill parts ,teeth, lites
rounded hood corners larger than most
frenched olds?headlites
door handles removed
lowered taillites including reveal
vicky side chrome trim?
spotlite
olds wheel covers
custom int. by?
lowered prolly by flippen front spindles , rear blocks

heck dint they all look like this ?
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:36 PM   #15
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Era perfect and love the interior. Grandpa's are a godsend of knowledge of an era gone by and anytime they talk man do I listen. Cool Gramps you got there JohnJoyo.
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Old 11-17-2010, 08:36 PM   #16
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Thank you for your service..
shoe boxes rule!
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:00 PM   #17
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Thats the look that I dreamed of in 1962 with my high school '51 shoebox and thats exactly what I going for today with my '51.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:30 PM   #18
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Mr. Thomas is a hero! "fought at Normandy, went on to fight at the Battle of the Bulge." What a man! Veterans rule.

The car looks cool. From the front, the car looks a little like Weesner's shoebox.
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wicked city was the name of the car club.
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