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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 64gtoguy, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. 64gtoguy
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    I have been after this car since the late 70's. The old guy that owned it just wouldn't let it go. He recently passed away and his wife decided to sell the car. I had no idea this was happening untill a friend of mine was talking about this car he had bought. Bummer ! well at least it didn't get too far away. Maybe I'll get another shot at it. In the meantime, I'll be watching the restoration process and helping when I can........... Most of you guys have seen these cars........ but probably you young guys haven't. It is a Kaiser Darrin. Fiberglass Body with a Willys I6 and overdrive...... A really neet car.
    A few pics.
     

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  2. love the leopard print paint effect.
     
  3. UncleJoey
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    I love the oddballs. Those were really neat cars...still are. Hope you eventually get your hands on it.
     
  4. TexasSpeed
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    That car has the doors that slide forward into the front fenders right? I can just make out the lip that seems to be just a tad bigger than the doors which makes more sense for my theory.. Pretty cool car. That thing is begging for a multi-carb Nailhead and 4-speed.

    There's some older MGs and other small European cars out at a local junkyard that I can just envision stuffed with an Olds Rocket motor with a stick.
     

  5. gretschhead
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    from Taylor

    true works of art..... along the lines of their british contemporaries.
    unfortunatly not good enough for the big market of the days
     
  6. slammed
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    Custom/Sport's car. Any idea of how many were built? Motor?
     
  7. 64gtoguy
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    Correct Speed, the doors do slide into pockets in the front fenders. I had envisioned a 215 Rockette aluminum mill under the hood,,,,,,,, although a Nailhead would be neet as well.
     
  8. 64gtoguy
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    I think something less than 600 were built. It has a Hurricane 6 cylinder motor/3spd overdrive. Same stuff used in Jeeps (I think)
     
  9. Royalshifter
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    Wait til Metalshapes sees this..................very cool.
     
  10. sad story, but true, there used to be one at Rays auto wrecking in everett. The owner Ray had it setting out in the weather and wouldn't sell it or parts off it. I looked over that thing many times till the yard closed up. I have no idea what happened to it.
     
  11. arkiehotrods
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    435 Kaiser Darrins were produced, all 1954 models.

    With overdrive they got about 30 mpg. Did 0-60 in 13 seconds, 100 mph top speed.

    Dutch Darrin was disappointed in the project, and bought about 100 leftovers from the factory, fitted them with Cadillac V8s and sold them for $4350 at his Los Angeles showroom. The Caddy-powered cars were capable of 140 mph.
     
  12. TexasSpeed
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    Caddy-powered Kaiser Darrins? Now we're talking! :cool:


    iPhone - TJJ App
     
  13. phukinartie
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    I have a nephew named Darrin He kinda looks funny like that too!
     
  14. wade k
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    Cool car worth a lot restored.
    ROD IT!!!
     
  15. Aman
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    Wow that is a cool looking little car. I'd love to see how the doors work thou. Never heard of these so thanks for the thread and would love to see some more snaps of it off the trailer and the doors open. Thanks again.
     
  16. metalshapes
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    Yeah...That is awesome. :)
     
  17. Dreddybear
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    I love that body. I've wanted one for a while thinking a cad in it would be cool, then I find out some actually had cads. Wicked.
     
  18. stude_trucks
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    That's the rustiest looking fiberglass I've ever seen. Cool car.
     
  19. Kaiser Darrin, pretty rare car. Her name is SPOT right?
     
  20. seanbelushi
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    There was a buddy of mine who had one of those here in Memphis. It sat in his garage forever, because he was "eventually gonna restore it." Don't know what happened to it, but they sure are neat cars.
     
  21. Von Rigg Fink
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    thats cool
    bummer your "friend" didnt let you know it was finally up for grabs.
    didnt he know you were after it for so long?
     
  22. 64gtoguy
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    @Fink, Actually no he didn't, I didn't talk about it much. But thats OK,,, He is a great friend, and I am glad he got it. I'll post up a pic. with the door open later.
     
  23. 64gtoguy
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    A shot with the door open, and the caps on
     

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  24. 64gtoguy
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    Sorry Bout your Nephew !! :D
     
  25. hotrodjeep
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    Great Kaiser, Just for shits here are some pics of what the engine is:

    161 Willys F-Head, IOE. Came in Willys cars and Jeep/Willys Trucks and
    Wagons, mostly 2wd here in the states. Was used more widly thru the
    Jeep/Willys line in other contries like Argentina. Great little engine, short
    stroke, high rever for the time 5500 is cooking, IMO

    Jeff
     

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  27. 64gtoguy
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    After a little over a year of hard work, chasing and making parts, the Darrin is done.
    here's a few pics. Check it out.
     

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  28. The37Kid
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    NICE! Thanks for the update! Bob
     
  29. pwschuh
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    Wow! Not gonna lie: that's quite a transformation. Congratulations to your buddy.
     
  30. Sphynx
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    Looks like Edsil and Studebaker had a baby. Man that looks awsome. It sure came a long way.
     

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