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Old 08-31-2005, 09:00 PM   #1
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Lets do a thread on Les Cove Auto Body in Hillside N.J. Les built some Kick ass cars like the Fabian Continental 48 Chevy,Don Antonellis 53 Merc,a chopped and sectioned 51 Merc now restored by Manny Bastio of Clark N.J.
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Old 08-31-2005, 09:11 PM   #2
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The Don Antonelli Merc...

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Old 08-31-2005, 09:13 PM   #3
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The Frenz rules. He should move here and and head a revolution to take over the KKOA . Ill soon email some pics of Bastios 51 Merc.
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Old 08-31-2005, 09:15 PM   #4
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I used to have pics of Antonellis Merc after he totalled it.
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Old 08-31-2005, 09:30 PM   #5
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The Frenz rules. He should move here and and head a revolution to take over the KKOA ...

YES !!! And the first thing I'll do is to ban those pink shirts...ahh,shit,those are the West Coast Customs...

Let'em come.
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Old 09-01-2005, 06:50 AM   #6
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Don't forget the "Fordillac" the Jimmy Nolan owned, with the 39 Buick grill, and filled trunk lid, and Donn Lowe restored for Craighton _____. Was at the Leadsled in Holland, MI.
I worked with Jerry Cove, the grandson of the founder, and son of the last great Cove. He worked at Paszik's for a short time, didnt' have any talent for the sort of work that made his grandfather famous.
The son, Les Jr., I believe, also was into custom work, though not as proficient as his dad. You could see the transition of the grandfather's work on Manny's Merc, to the son's. Big drop in quality, though it was still pretty good work. Jr. also had chopped a first gen Camaro, and a 60's GTO in his time.
There was also a 52-3 Ford running around for a while with the same rolled door tops as Manny's Merc, seemed as if Cove could have built that. The shop is still in the same location, same name, but new management. Do they even know how famous the shop was, way back when????????
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Don't forget the "Fordillac" the Jimmy Nolan owned, with the 39 Buick grill, and filled trunk lid, and Donn Lowe restored for Craighton
This one?








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Old 09-01-2005, 07:09 AM   #8
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Yep. How about Marv Silverstiens car?
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Old 09-01-2005, 07:24 AM   #10
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Wow, Mark, I pass that shop all the time and I didn't really know much about it. Don Antonelli was the name of my little league coach. Son perhaps? If so think the son has a chiropractic practice on Morris ave here in town. Worthless info, but kin of the Merc.
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Yes, that's the car...but it being from Philly makes me wonder if Cove even built it??????
Chris, Don Antonelli ran a tile and carpet business, and was still doing it, out of Elizabeth, up to a few years ago. Perhaps a son? Don would be in his 60's now.
Yo, Anthony, you going to Lead East, or what? Need my 51 truck lettered, if the POS makes it there!
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The Don Antonelli Merc...

Any more pix of this? Awesome car
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Old 09-01-2005, 03:44 PM   #13
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Yeah Don (if Jr) would probably be mid to late 30s now.
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Old 09-01-2005, 05:55 PM   #14
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Yeah Don (if Jr) would probably be mid to late 30s now.
I dont think the 39 was done by Cove. Antonellis car was in Rodding and Restyling before and after the chop.
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YES !!! And the first thing I'll do is to ban those pink shirts...ahh,shit,those are the West Coast Customs...

Let'em come.
fuck it, I vote that you take them BOTH over!
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Any more pix of this? Awesome car
Lost Angel posted these once on here...





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fuck it, I vote that you take them BOTH over!
Okay,second on the agenda,no more Doo-Wop in Paso.
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Old 09-01-2005, 09:08 PM   #17
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Hey Frenz ,How could you say something bad about doowop when posting a pic of a sleazy ass east coast car like that. Antonelli was probably listening to ''I was wrong " by the Charmers on the Timely record label when that pic was taken!!!
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Hey Frenz ,How could you say something bad about doowop when posting a pic of a sleazy ass east coast car like that. Antonelli was probably listening to ''I was wrong " by the Charmers on the Timely record label when that pic was taken!!!
Yeah,Antonelli probably did so but I don't...I wanna hear some bad-to-the-bone 50's Rockabilly and some boppin' Blues...now seriously,let's see some pics of the cars !

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Old 09-01-2005, 10:35 PM   #19
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Okay,I will let Mr. 00MACK do the talking...that's one mean machine.I like it.Never saw a sectioned and hardtopped 4-door Merc before...cool !





The first pic makes me wanna wipe off my monitor...
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Old 09-01-2005, 10:41 PM   #20
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[QUOTE=TheFrenZ]Okay,I will let Mr. 00MACK do the talking...that's one mean machine.I like it.Never saw a sectioned and hardtopped 4-door Merc before...cool !


This chopped and sectioned merc was discovered in a garage in Linden N.J. as shown in the first pic in 1986.It was stored there with the 39 shown above which was owbned by JimmyNolan after it came to Jersey from Philly. Manny Bastio was the man that found it and he talked his buddy into taking it to Cove in 57. For 1 reason or another the car was never finished until Manny got done with it in 90. Our own chopolds had a hand in the custom work on the front. Does anyone have pics of the Fabian Continental 48 Chevy.

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More out of 00MACK's treasure chest...



You have to show us more...
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Old 09-01-2005, 10:58 PM   #22
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This 56 88 was done by Cove for a chick in Maryland named Marlene Jacobs and was featured on the very first issue of Customs Illustrated.
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Old 09-02-2005, 06:24 AM   #23
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Frenz=good taste in customs, bad taste in music.
DooWop rules!
I've got some shots of the Fabian Continental. I was planning to do a simpler rendition of it's scallops on my Chevy. Try to digem up this weekend.
High School Confidential meets Fabian Continental
East meets West style.

\Guess you're doing Cook's Party, Anthony. That sucks, you're almost as much a part of that scene as Terry, The Fonze, the Golden Gup, and Chris!
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Old 09-02-2005, 07:46 AM   #24
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chopolds,I said no more Doo Wop in Paso,not no more Doo Wop at all... please find those pics ! Thanks.
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If there's no DooWop in Paso.......
I AIN'T GOIN!

Not that I've been there at all.

I hear Axle is a big fan.
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More pics of Manny Bastio's chopped and sectioned 4-door Full Kustom Merc...









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Old 09-19-2005, 11:03 PM   #27
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best part is those pics just above that the frenz posted represent the 2nd time that garage door has been opened in a long time the 1st time was to show me the car hahahahaahaha

now i think im gonna cry
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I think that Manny's merc may be a rare case where the section actually adds to the mystique of the car. it stays in proportion, and the chop is just the right amount. I also like the fact that it doesn't hide that it's a 4 door. It is what it is, and it's a beauty.

Also, if anyone cares, notice the Road Lords plaque. Bob Nitti, the co-owner/co-restorer of Barris's Aztek, is a long time friend of Manny's and also a club member if I'm not mistaken. Back me up on this 00Mack
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You're right, Joe, but Bob Nitti was also one of the FOUNDING members of the Kustom Knights. So was Barry Mazza, co-owner of the Aztec, builder of the Bettencourt copy, and restorer of the Barris 40 Buick. One of the driving forces behind the second most important custom car club in NJ. (The Renegades are #1!!!!!!!!!)
You can do a big write up on all the great cars in the Kustom Knights. Lots of stuff to pick from there!
As for the Road Lords, how 'bout Rebel John!
A legend!
Almost as famous, and great as the legendary Fonzie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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You're right, Joe, but Bob Nitti was also one of the FOUNDING members of the Kustom Knights. So was Barry Mazza, co-owner of the Aztec, builder of the Bettencourt copy, and restorer of the Barris 40 Buick. One of the driving forces behind the second most important custom car club in NJ. (The Renegades are #1!!!!!!!!!)
You can do a big write up on all the great cars in the Kustom Knights. Lots of stuff to pick from there!
As for the Road Lords, how 'bout Rebel John!
A legend!
Almost as famous, and great as the legendary Fonzie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

that sectioned blue 4 door merc is on ebay right now
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The Frenz rules. He should move here and and head a revolution to take over the KKOA . Ill soon email some pics of Bastios 51 Merc.
I vote that the Frenz and double-aught mack take over both the KOA and the KKOA and give some leadership to the custom movement for the next century...

Seriously, thanks to both of you for all the custom posts lately... you are both a treasure trove of info.

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I vote that the Frenz and double-aught mack take over both the KOA and the KKOA and give some leadership to the custom movement for the next century...

Seriously, thanks to both of you for all the custom posts lately... you are both a treasure trove of info.

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anthony cant take over the kkoa he still needs someone to shake it for him when hes done lol
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chopolds posted this pic into the other thread and I thought it would be nice to include it in here 'cause it really is a great one...

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how'd I miss this?
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Great topic guys ! I learned a lot !

Very cool cars ! keep them comin'... kustoms rules !
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Hurrah - A Custom Thread Revival!

I realized that nobody had posted pics of the Fabian Continental.
Here is the cover and story from Custom Craft magazine April 1960.
I remember seeing photos of the car in an earlier (and less gorpy) version.
I'll have to dig for those.

More pics can be found in the Andy Southard & Tony Thacker book,
Custom Cars of the 1950s (Andy did the striping)
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Hurrah - A Custom Thread Revival!

I realized that nobody had posted pics of the Fabian Continental.
Here is the cover and story from Custom Craft magazine April 1960.
I remember seeing photos of the car in an earlier (and less gorpy) version.
I'll have to dig for those.

More pics can be found in the Andy Southard & Tony Thacker book,
Custom Cars of the 1950s (Andy did the striping)
Here 'tis:
That car is near completion to its original configuration exept for the awesome chopped top done in 1970 . Gary Disco is the man making it happen.
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I used to have pics of Antonellis Merc after he totalled it.

From the Barry Mazza Photo Collection

Auch!!!



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From the Barry Mazza Photo Collection

Auch!!!



I guess that was the end of that. What happened?
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Hey Teddy P.....talk!
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Old 10-14-2006, 02:26 AM   #41
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Greetings from Long Branch,N.J..Americas first seashore resort.
Back in the late 50's early sixties I had the pleasure of meeting guys like Jerry Cove,Johnny Paszik,when he had his green 54 Merc,Billy Nemecek,with his first Candy Girl 55 Chevies and many more on the old Al Hayward car show circuit....in fact Al helped me out in an emergency when the I.S.C.A'S George Stone was serving our country and couidn't judge our Long Branch Armory show....Al came down the shore and judged the show....even New Yorks Bob Calandra with his T-Bucket and his dad went home happy.
I will never forget how excited i got when Jerry Cove's chopped blue GTO turned onto Ocean Avenue and pulled up to the Armory on a hot summer afternoon for,at that time, a 3 day Fri-Sat-Sunday indoor car show.
The old National Guard Armory is gone now....its a high dollar beach club....but 13 years ago with the idea of bringing rods and customs back to the city and with the help of Terry Browning,and John Lampmann and at the beginning the Haulin Gent's car club assisting I started the Cruise to the Jersey Shore Car Show at the boardwalk.
Over the years we've had some individuals from the city try to tell us how to run and change the show....butt out...thanks to car guys like you we are regaining control.
Kind of went off a bit....back to Cove Kustoms....00MACK thanks for posting the original query...brought back a lot of memories.
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Just a quick reply to uncleo...your efforts are appreciated. From a show spectator's point of view, JSCS is a neat, laid-back show with plenty of great cars year after year.

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Hey Lee ,which 51 merc do you have?
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hi guys i,m just looking at all the great things mark and anthony posted les did some great complete cars but he also did a lot of small jobs for guys like nose and deck a 55 chevy for guy from irvington i rember see manny merc in the shop when it was cut in half wow i would ride my bike there every time i could to see it and yes mark the RENEGADES OF N.J. are #1 mark how about a thread with the cars from the club i know we all love to see some of them old cars agian i,m still new to this as i get better i have some old pictures i like post hank,s stu with the ford roof, his chop 58 plym ,my 57 chevy convt ,
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Great idea Teddy! I'd love to see a thread of Renegades cars. The sister car to Johnny's Merc is still in Metuchen, and it's a clean machine! I forget the fellas name, but he pulled into the Metuchen cruise last summer, and when i complimented him on the car he kinda shook it off until i pointed out the 55 Chevy headlights. Then we started talking and realized we knew a bunch of the same guys. Cool stuff.
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yes joe his name is frankie p he and john show at a lot of shows in the late 50,s there were 2 more merc,s in union that were on the same a black one and a orange and white one i think spike did them too but after johns but so many guys were in the renegades from the fonz to mark [chopolds] its a old mostly kustoms club with great cars people and history i think a lot of guys would get a kick out of
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Old 10-15-2006, 06:07 PM   #47
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Hey, I'm out here listening!
I haven't checked in this weekend, til now...we had a top choppin' party...Ken's 54 Plymouth! Been VERY busy, will post pics on it later.
Yeah, I'll have to run though my archives and do a post about the old Renegades...1st charter NJ club in KKOA. ALL the Kustom guys wanted to be Renegades in the early 80's til the upstart Kustom Knights were formed.
I've got lots of pics!
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Hey Zerk thanks for the positive comments on the oceanfront show....greatly appreciated....its #13 this coming June....and like you said its an easy going family type thing with free entertainment and a show where the car people get a chance to mingle with the spectators and the other owners and friends and at the same time enjoy a day at the shore....by the boardwalk and the beach....see you at the show....or maybe West End cruise night.
00MACK,thanks again for the original post.
Right now my 51 merc is stock....gonna try to start working on it over the winter....if I need help I certanly know who and where to ask.
Besides the few local guys that I knew that were into rods and customs it was the Union- Essex-Middlesex county guys that I met and made friends with in the 50'S and early 60,s that really got me going.
Couldn't drive yet when my dad took my brother and I and our buddy Cliff who had a 50 merc to Boro Motors on 27 in Metuchen to a SLO POKES of Avenel show.
To my surprise dad knew one of the guys in the show....George D'esposito with his 40 Buick....so I got to know Des and the rest of the Haulin Gents....and I was like a kid in candyland.
Who can forget Leo Barnaby's '60 button tufted merc.
In the rain outside of the building when were leaving there was a candy green 55 chevy from New York that made the cover of Car Speed and Style or Custom Rodder....in the rain....couldn.t believe it
out in the pouring rain....but thats what you did... as they used to say"used and abused'daily.
Thanks again for that original thread ....Bring on the RENEGADES.
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Old 10-16-2006, 05:45 AM   #49
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Sorry guys I know Leo's merc was '59 ...Must be getting sleepy from doing the overnight at RAT RADIO
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Since weve ben talking about historically signifigant mercs lately...............
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:02 PM   #51
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I dig that 4 door Merc ! Talk to me guys! Gimmie info !
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:12 PM   #52
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I dig that 4 door Merc ! Talk to me guys! Gimmie info !

hey axle,,,,im pretty sure that 4 door merc is for sale,,,,,,,
nice section job,,huh?
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I think Manny has it at one of those consignment places.Im sure the exposure might be reason enough fo them to wanna bring it out.
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I think Manny has it at one of those consignment places.Im sure the exposure might be reason enough fo them to wanna bring it out.
anthony,,you are right,,,it was on ebay several times,, and now one of those consignment places has it,,really surprised it hasn't sold yet,,,,a TON of work done to that car,,,i cant remember how much he wanted,,but i remember thinking it was pretty reasonable for all the work that was done
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Old 10-30-2008, 07:29 PM   #55
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anthony,,you are right,,,it was on ebay several times,, and now one of those consignment places has it,,really surprised it hasn't sold yet,,,,a TON of work done to that car,,,i cant remember how much he wanted,,but i remember thinking it was pretty reasonable for all the work that was done
He wanted telephone numbers at first, but now I think he's down in the 30s. 34K I think it is. So much history in that car but the consignment place doesn't push it. They had it advertised as a streetrod for some time.
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Future CLassics in Lakewood is the consignment dealer, IIRC.
Kinda shady dudes, but this is ONE car that is the real deal.
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:21 AM   #57
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Future CLassics in Lakewood is the consignment dealer, IIRC.
Kinda shady dudes, but this is ONE car that is the real deal.

Here is the LINK to the site where it is listed.

So nice...



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Old 10-31-2008, 06:40 AM   #58
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thinkin about it now... that has to definatly be one of my favorite mercs. The best thing is that it is pretty radical, but its still really tasteful. I love the tail light treatment...
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Old 10-31-2008, 06:41 AM   #59
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actually the whole rear of the car, bumper and everything is pretty awesome.
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:36 AM   #60
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FWIW I think Les Cove is finally gone. Sold it to someone way back when but my last trip up from Killside back to Union I didn't even notice the sign. I have to go back that way today, I'll keep an eye out.
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