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Old 04-22-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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The unknown '40. I've loved this car since the very moment I picked up the December, 1957 issue of Rod & Custom Magazine. Sure, it's a wild custom that goes against most of my own sensibilities, but the personality... the essence... of this car just ...

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Old 04-22-2011, 11:14 AM   #2
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I don't know that I'm feelin' that one.

It'd be interesting to find out what became of it.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:17 AM   #3
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I don't know that I'm feelin' that one.

It'd be interesting to find out what became of it.
I don't know that I really do either... But something about it makes me want to use it as a getaway car after I knock off a liquor store.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:22 AM   #4
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Well if you did pull a heist with it, you'd better hope it's fast, because you aren't going to blend in to traffic.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:24 AM   #5
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There's just something about a '40 that's been channelled or sectioned or both that really floats my boat. I think they scream "Bad Ass!" they look like some greasey hood is going to jump out and shank ya with a rusty ol' switchblade.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:36 AM   #6
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Ryan & Greezeball, i find your comments rather interesting.
While both of you think of the car as 'bad ass' owned by a 'rebelious a-hole', I'm thinking totally the opposite. I see channeled '40 coupes or even sedans and roadsters as elegant, owned by someone creeping up on age that has a taste for European specials. I like the car. It sits just right.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:41 AM   #7
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I always assumed the Valley Custom Shop had something to do with it... But I'm not sure, nobody knows.


I like it...
with skirts... and a few other differences from the R&C cover...





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Old 04-22-2011, 11:42 AM   #8
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I've never seen those shots Rikster... Where are they from?

Not sure I like it with the skirts...
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:47 AM   #9
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April 1953 issue of Motor Life (Hop Up) magazine


Imagine it cruising around with Ed Jacques 1941 Ford (Valley Custom Shop)

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Old 04-22-2011, 11:48 AM   #10
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very cool... not seeing anything evil about it or the owner though.

damn... 1952 plates. car was only 12 years old.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:59 AM   #11
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I think in a lot of ways I am more of a subtle Hot Rod type feller as well. I always seen myself in a dark flathead powered coupe with wire wheels. But for some reason that dream keeps getting pushed back as I'm working on my red '35 which slightly reminds me of this one. It's not something I set out to build but I am having a ton of fun exploring the personality of the later half of the 50's. There's just something explosive about this era that I am submerging myself in and soaking it all up.

Much like this car I set out to have a nasty coupe but how nasty can you be with bubbly white walls and red paint. It's like a little person with a Switchblade. Sure I bet it can be "dangerous" but you just can't help but to be happy around it.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:02 PM   #12
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I like it! Ive always like things that are gaudy, but Im also a minimalist at the same time. This one fits both sides of the coin perfectly. I could see someone who looks like Robert Gordon (now, not when he was younger) crawling out of it....
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:05 PM   #13
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A lot of cool stuff is unknown....that's what makes it so cool , someone did it but not for the "Props" just because they thought it was cool....and I'm way more into it with the skirts....FTW attitude just drips off in that rendition
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:15 PM   #14
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love it, other then the grille, Jury is still out on it...
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:21 PM   #15
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I like the '39 Buick grille..in a '39 Buick. 40's are one of those bodies that just work, without doing major mods.
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:17 PM   #16
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Funny, I like it BECAUSE OF the grill!
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:00 PM   #17
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I love it with the skirts much much better!!!!! Pure class right there!!! Rik Im going to have to say it looks very Valley too! Wonder what happened....





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Old 04-22-2011, 02:29 PM   #18
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It's too low to not have a chopped top. Reminds me of the kid's game with the dice in the clear globe. You push down on the globe and it makes the dice jump. And that Buick grille would make me go back four spaces. Just wrong.
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:05 PM   #19
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It's too low to not have a chopped top. Reminds me of the kid's game with the dice in the clear globe. You push down on the globe and it makes the dice jump. And that Buick grille would make me go back four spaces. Just wrong.
Jeff, I agree on the chop, still unsure on the grill though...

the more I think about it, if it were chopped I wouldnt care what grill is in there
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I don't like the grill either...
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