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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 at 9:21 AM.

  1. corndog
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,812

    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
  2. 26Troadster
    Joined: Nov 20, 2010
    Posts: 362

    from Texas

    when you said land shark i thought you was talking about the 60 caddy custom.
  3. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 4,601

    from Minnesota

    Now that is one UGLY car.:D
  4. straykatkustoms
    Joined: Oct 30, 2001
    Posts: 9,215


    Very Kool, I'd like to see more pics and info about the car.
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  5. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 20,461

    Jalopy Joker

    now this is one of those "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" rides - unique creation
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  6. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 2,894

    rusty rocket

    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
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,167


    I'd proudly drive the wheels off of that car.
  8. abe lugo
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 1,985

    abe lugo

    Cool story, I'd totally would rock that car in LA.
    More unique than a lot Hotrod belly buttons you see.
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  9. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 2,842

    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
    Joined: Aug 15, 2017
    Posts: 241


    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.
  12. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 8,569

    Atwater Mike

    Ditto on the workmanship, and not ugly by most standards...
    Motor access not necessary. Stoody V8s never needed repairs or maintenance! :rolleyes:
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  13. corndog
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,812

    from Indiana

    I will go to Elkhart and take some pictures!! Its only about 8 miles away from where I live.
  14. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 8,775

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    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
  15. RMR&C
    Joined: Dec 26, 2009
    Posts: 2,761

    from NW Montana

    I dunno.......kinda cool, kinda ugly. Not everyones "vision" is the same. Or even 20/20......
  16. B Bay Barn
    Joined: Dec 27, 2009
    Posts: 341

    B Bay Barn

    I do like Jimmy Buffett's Land Shark :)
  17. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 2,280

    from Berry, AL

    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
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 2,842

    from red oak

    Pierce Arrow.
  19. 28 Ford PU
    Joined: Jan 9, 2015
    Posts: 294

    28 Ford PU
    from Upstate NY

    It's a clown car. Look at all the circus tents

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    Last edited: Nov 9, 2018 at 7:37 AM
  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
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2018 at 11:18 AM
  21. The Shift Wizard
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
    Posts: 994

    The Shift Wizard

    Makes it easy to find in a parking lot full of belly buttons. :rolleyes:
  22. firstinsteele
    Joined: Jun 13, 2013
    Posts: 710


    This falls in the phrase "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" . I like it.


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