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History A blast from my past...a one of a kind "Land Shark"

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by corndog, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. corndog
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
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    corndog
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    from Indiana

    Today I decided to change up my avatar photo(I do that often)so was going thru old car pictures I have on my computer called "past projects" and came across this picture of a unique custom I bought about 30 years ago.
    Here is the story as I remember it. I was teaching auto mechanics and the guidance counselor at the school asked me if I would be interested in a one of a kind car that was for sale by a widow friend of his. So I go check out the car and this is the one I found.
    The car had been built by a life-long auto body instructor at an area career center in Elkhart, IN. He had hand-built the car over a 10-15 year period and it was entirely welded and leaded. His widow told me he called it the "Land Shark". It was on a 39 Willys chassis, had a Studebaker V-8 with over drive. I think the front fenders and hood were late 30's Buick, the rear fenders were '48 Lincoln. It was a boat-tail roadster and the boat-tail was a 40 Ford hood turned around. I don't remember what the headlights, grill and cowl/doors were from.
    When I got it it had been sitting for a few years but a new battery, fresh gas, and brakes bled got it drive-able again. It must have had a title but I don't remember how it was listed. The picture shown here is when I took it to Auburn to sell it, my very first time ever to go to the weekend car sale at Auburn, Indiana. I ended up selling it to a guy who had been a career center student with the instructor who built the car. He took it back to Elkhart, IN and put it in the show room of his repair shop and it is still sitting there today as far as I know.
    Regrettably, this is the only picture I have of the car. That is me and my son in the background. Thought my Hamb friends would like seeing the picture in my avatar and hearing the story! C-dog Land Shark.jpg
     
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  2. 26Troadster
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    26Troadster
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    from Texas

    when you said land shark i thought you was talking about the 60 caddy custom.
     
  3. BJR
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    Now that is one UGLY car.:D
     
  4. straykatkustoms
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    Very Kool, I'd like to see more pics and info about the car.
     
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  5. Jalopy Joker
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    now this is one of those "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" rides - unique creation
     
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  6. rusty rocket
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    Wow, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Very creative for sure.
    Edit. jalopy joker and I are on the same page his post was about 20 seconds before mine.:p
     
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  7. williebill
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    I'd proudly drive the wheels off of that car.
     
  8. abe lugo
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    Cool story, I'd totally would rock that car in LA.
    More unique than a lot Hotrod belly buttons you see.
     
  9. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
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    from red oak

    Somebody go to Elkhart and take some pic`s of it. I wonder what it would look like without skirts.
     
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  10. sliceddeuce
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    Ditch the white walls and toss on some Ford wire wheels...That would be a fun car to beat around in.
     
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  11. With that narrow hood, motor access must have sucked....

    Pretty typical early '50s-era scratch build, and not the ugliest one I've seen. Looks like the workmanship was pretty decent.
     
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  12. Atwater Mike
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    Ditto on the workmanship, and not ugly by most standards...
    Motor access not necessary. Stoody V8s never needed repairs or maintenance! :rolleyes:
     
  13. corndog
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    I will go to Elkhart and take some pictures!! Its only about 8 miles away from where I live.
     
  14. Blue One
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    I’ve said it before and once again it’s fitting here.
    It’s obvious that some people are great automotive designers and others should have found a different hobby :D:D
     
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  15. RMR&C
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    I dunno.......kinda cool, kinda ugly. Not everyones "vision" is the same. Or even 20/20......
     
  16. B Bay Barn
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    I do like Jimmy Buffett's Land Shark :)
     
  17. BamaMav
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    It has/had potential.....the bug eye headlights and pointed front fenders look out of place to me. A more graceful flowing fender like a 34 Ford and a set of torpedo headlights would look more at home. Almost as ugly as a 39 Willys front end.
     
  18. stanlow69
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    Pierce Arrow.
     
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  19. 28 Ford PU
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    It's a clown car. Look at all the circus tents


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  20. Beauty is in the eye of the BEER holder. :rolleyes:

    Even though it's kinda quirky it's actually pretty cool, the car is one man's idea of a one off unique piece. HRP
     
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  21. The Shift Wizard
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    Makes it easy to find in a parking lot full of belly buttons. :rolleyes:
     
  22. firstinsteele
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    This falls in the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" . I like it.

    Ben
     
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  23. Think I saw the pickers buy it on an episode about 3 mo. ago.
    I remember the seller talking about the hood used for the boatail. It was pretty rough looking stored outside

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  24. dwollam
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    Almost positive that was a different car. Had a '42- '47 Ford pickup hood on the rear.

    Dave
     
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  25. manyolcars
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    manyolcars

    This car was built at a time when hotrods were trying to look like the sports cars that were just beginning to be sold in America.
     
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  26. Cars cool. Not my thing, but cool and probably built quite well.
    Its be neat to see it now.
     
  27. corndog
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  28. stanlow69
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  29. tb33anda3rd
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    chrome grill, a hood ornament and some running boards and i would cruise the wheels off of it.
     
  30. corndog
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    corndog
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    Stanlow69, I will see if I can get some current pictures to post.
     
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