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History Jack Nethercutt's 1952 Oldsmobile

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 16,052

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,136

    frank spittle

    I don't remember ever seeing it. Great looking Kustom.
  3. 41hemi
    Joined: Jul 2, 2007
    Posts: 783


    I agree it looks chopped more than 4 inches however the hardtops were a little lower in the roofline to begin with so maybe that fact helps to create the "chopped more" illusion.
  4. HellRaiser
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,240

    from Podunk, NE

    My 52 sure doesn't look like that!!!!!

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  5. A.D.D.
    Joined: Dec 9, 2011
    Posts: 188

    from PacNW

    There is a feature on it over at Kustomrama. "Jack bought the Oldsmobile in 1953. He was 16 years old at the time, and he drove his brand new Oldsmobile straight from the Oldsmobile dealer to Barris Kustoms".

    A side note: Jack appears to be the son of J.B. Nethercutt. Anyone that knows of the "Nethercutt" collection probably knows who that is!

  6. Groovybaby6
    Joined: Dec 29, 2008
    Posts: 719

    from Denver

    That's in one of the Barris books, George said Jack was 16 when he brought them the car for kustomizing. Where is that car now?
  7. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
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  8. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 5,933

    from DFW USA

    It is true. I bet he still has pictures of it.

  9. xderelict
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 2,385


    Wow, that back glass set is perfect.
  10. Magnus
    Joined: Apr 30, 2006
    Posts: 897

    from Sweden

  11. that thing is boss, hope they find it...
  12. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,136

    frank spittle

    Thanks for the links. More great information on the Nethercutt family.
  13. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 2,984


    Beautiful classic Custom.
    Nethercutt collection... and here I was thinking that I'd collected some good old stuff over the years.
  14. mgbtc
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
    Posts: 113


    What a beautiful Olds! And anytime anyone has the time to visit the Nethercutt museum, it is well worth the day to see all of the ''fine working art" as they call it.
  15. cleatus
    Joined: Mar 1, 2002
    Posts: 2,278

    from Sacramento

    in 2006 TRJ sent out my favorite poster - The old parking lot custom car show scene that was colorized by Rik. Nethercutt's olds is in that photo (along with the Hirohata Merc and Jesse Lopez Ford) The heavy chop really stands out in the crowd.
  16. Rusk
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,944


    May be 4" vertically. Great car.
  17. Beautiful car. I like the fiesta caps better than wires.
  18. craftscustoms
    Joined: Mar 16, 2005
    Posts: 219


    Some people measure chops differently. One way is the amount of metal removed from the windshield posts, a linear measurement if you will. The other way is the amount that the top of the windshield is lowered. With the angle of the windshield, the amount of metal removed is greater than the amount of drop. My 51 mercury was chopped 3", but 3 7/8" was actually removed from the windshield posts. To get a 4" chop on that car I bet they took 5" out of the posts.
  19. not all 52 OLDSMOBILES look the same customized thats for sure :rolleyes:

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    "The Parking Lot Scene" (Rodder's Journal Poster #10)

    NOTE: The original B&W photograph was taken May 15, 1954 at the "Custom and Hot Rod Show" held at the
    Thrifty's Drug Store parking lot in Los Angeles, CA ... The B&W image was colorized by Rik Hoving for TRJ #33.
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  21. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 8,309


    I remember seeing it in the '54 Motor Trend issue, and also saw it on the street one day in Brentwood, CA, while riding the school bus. I knew immediately whose car it was.

    And yes, I also wrote that I saw the Dan Landon Chevy from the school bus. I was "into it" deeply enough at that point that I didn't miss much.
  22. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,773


    Absolutely beautiful!
  23. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 2,338

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    " San Jose Rod and Wheelers member Lenny Macchiarella claims he saw the car advertised for sale in the Auto Trader in 2000. It was still located in El Cajon, and it had been painted white. Lenny tried to buy it, but it was already sold."

    El Cajon is a suburb of San Diego. I've never seen or heard of the car around town, though I wonder if it is mothballed away in a San Diego area garage?

    Nethercutt must have a healthy bounty on the car.
    Might have to do a clone build.
  24. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 11,566

    from Surrey BC

    Funny, my dad was big into the CCCA I was just thinking "Jack Nethercutt, man I think my dad knows that guy". Now I know why it sounded so familiar.
  25. HotRodMetal
    Joined: Apr 13, 2007
    Posts: 167

    from USA

    He does have a bounty on that car without a doubt.

    I remember him talking about it at lunch a few years ago. If someone does manage to find it, leave a message with his secretary at

    Happy Hunting!
  26. cosmic12
    Joined: Oct 16, 2011
    Posts: 399


    Can you imagine, Have your coffee in the morning, opening a paper and seeing this add?

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  27. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 18,721


    What a great looking custom that while chopped and with serious front end mods is still unmistakably Oldsmobile.

    It's great to see the color shots that show that the car was not satin black as it appears to be in the black and white photos too.
  28. this is the most beautiful thing ive ever seen! the only thing that makes these famous kustoms kooler is that they all went to the same shows, and really just were around each other a lot. this sure beats the hell out of the musclecar, restoration, and rice rocket-filled cruise ins nowadays.

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