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Old 07-20-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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Default The Valley Custom Bird



I've never met Dave Simard, but I've always admired him from afar. His wonderfully eclectic collection is only matched by his reputation for being a down-to-earth, regular ole hot rodder. In issue #2 of The Jalopy Journal, we featured his Valley Cust...

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Old 07-20-2012, 07:52 AM   #2
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I've never been a thunderchicken guy. The '57 my Dad owned proved to be hard for a 6'4'' galoot like me to fit in, but I would gladly squeeze into this masterpiece. Utterly Brilliant!
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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That car does if for me...glad to see it has been preserved.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:41 AM   #4
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It is an amazing car to see in person. I saw the car for the first time four or five years ago in a sea of '32, '33,'34 fords, willys, etc, at the Ty-rods show in Lancaster, MA. The car demanded your attention. Grace, style, and class. Still to this day, one of my favorite cars ever. Love the Merc Wagon tailights...
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:50 AM   #5
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Not much of a T-Bird guy either, but damn! Great Car!
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:55 AM   #6
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Super T-Bird with timeless look.

Dave is just a super nice guy, perhaps one of the most talanted "Hot Rod builders" ever.

Just google his name & admire his work, his work is second to no one!!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:05 AM   #7
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Best T Bird Ever.

I could listen to dave say "Cah" (Car) all day long.
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:44 AM   #8
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Beautiful cah.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:00 AM   #9
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All of the above comments times 2. I am working my Sunbeam over with hints of this car cause it is so cool (this and the Doane Spencer Sunbeam). It is one of the iconic T-birds.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:46 AM   #10
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Anything Valley Custom has always drew my attention and this bird is no exception.
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Old 07-20-2012, 10:48 AM   #11
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yup, beauty.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:00 PM   #12
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I would like to thank Chuck Vranas personally for putting us in contact with Dave to show this beauty to the hotrod and Custom masses.
A very truly beautiful cah.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:28 PM   #13
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Damn, not a big bird guy, but that is just plain damn sweet!
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:30 PM   #14
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Damnit Ryan! Just when I thought I could live with out the Jalopy Journal in print you have to go and drop contents like this on me?! this 'Bird and the couple that Doane Spencer put together are like major Hot Buttons in my DNA! Yes early birds are terribly uncomfortable to drive if your over 4' tall, but talk about glamor when your driving them! So how cool is evil glamor...
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:12 PM   #15
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I've had a thing for this car since I saw it in the TRJ (#48 or 49 also has Rex Burnett story) with Jimmy Kings '39 that Dave built. There is a good photo of it along with some of Dave's other cars in front of Dave's shop in the front of that issue. There is also that Purple '34 coupe that I would like to see more of.

Anyway, it was a real nice surprise to see the t-bird in JJ#2. And this behind the scenes video is really nice. This is a great car and I can only imagine what it must have been like driving it around Burbank.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:46 PM   #16
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right-click

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gorgeous.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:52 PM   #17
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I've always loved '55 T-birds, but this is the best one I've seen.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:10 PM   #18
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beautifull example of when cars were designed by visionarys instead of bean counters and lawyers
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:23 PM   #19
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Thanks for that. It was fun listening to Dave Simard tell that story and add to the article.
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Old 07-20-2012, 08:36 PM   #20
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I have been out to Daves place once, early in the build of my 40 pickup. I bought a truck body from him. He was a very nice guy and a gentleman. I met him again just a couple years ago at the monthly Amherst NH swap. I was surprised that he remembered me!
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