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Old 11-30-2010, 10:24 AM   #1
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Art Lehner owned Art Chrome Body Shop - a thriving body shop in California. As a way to advertise his services, he decided to build a full custom roadster. He started with a '39 sedan and then began chopping, channeling, and sectioning just about eve...

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Old 11-30-2010, 10:30 AM   #2
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I think I saw that car somewhere within the last 10 years or so, but I can't place it. I have that magazine, but I'm pretty sure I saw it in person ...
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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More info on that car HERE


The car is sitting a couple of inches to high after the restoration.

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Old 11-30-2010, 11:52 AM   #4
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Why does it not surprise me that Rikster would have more details on this car? I'm glad it survived!
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Old 11-30-2010, 11:54 AM   #5
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Default Re: The Fadeaway Ford

Thanks for the link Rikster... Interesting that the restored car sits so much higher than it did originally. It also looks like it has a different seat and dash... as well as motor, obviously...
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:01 PM   #6
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I just saw it recently in a different old magazine where they pictured the dressed flathead but caption said "soon to be replaced by a 348ci Chevy". I had seen the car listed as being from Redondo Beach when pictured at some early shows. Great that it was saved and restored.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:20 PM   #7
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I am digging that car!!!! wow!!!

edit: just saw the rebuild pic and yea it would look better lowered, but I am still diggin it!

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Old 11-30-2010, 12:26 PM   #8
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Too high or not it's still a very cool build...interesting story Ryan...thanks again for posting these periodically and filling more empty little gray cells with info...
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:31 PM   #9
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Rikster, Are going to try and find this one for the GNRS also? Would be cool.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:35 PM   #10
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The article says that they replaced the original dropped axle with a stock height one and the car now runs smaller tires. I wonder why on earth they did that. It looks much better lower. I think it takes away a lot of the look sitting higher, but to each his own I guess.
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Old 11-30-2010, 12:44 PM   #11
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The article says that they replaced the original dropped axle with a stock height one and the car now runs smaller tires.
And added a Barris crest ?? WTF ?

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Old 11-30-2010, 12:45 PM   #12
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I love this car and great to see some more info on it. Are you planning on doing this to your sedan? I am sure you are not, just kiddin. Thanx for the cool topic. ~Sololobo~
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:14 PM   #13
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And PLEASE ditch the repop Fiestas.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:22 PM   #14
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And PLEASE ditch the repop Fiestas.
I agree. Those are not good.
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:25 PM   #15
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Very interesting to say the least. I never heard of this build and its quite a different animal .Judging from the pictures the restorer did a great job as to quality. Thanks for posting all the additional information..
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:27 PM   #16
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The redo doesn't do it justice.... but this pic does!!!

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Old 11-30-2010, 01:47 PM   #17
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:49 PM   #18
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I read about this car a couple years back. Left a good impression on me. Probably in R&C. Damn nice ride.
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:14 PM   #19
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I love this car and I'm glad it still exists. Goofy add-ons and changes non-withstanding!
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Old 11-30-2010, 02:44 PM   #20
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Default Re: The Fadeaway Ford

if you also notice, they restored it with the wrong caps. the original ones are stock oldsmobiles. (which look way better then the waffle ones)


also whats up with the barris tag? thats a slap in the face to the builder.
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