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barn find "little monster" (new york guy's help) Pic's update

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by JustplainJ, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. JustplainJ
    Joined: Apr 24, 2007
    Posts: 908


    OK, you have to look at all pages of post's on this thread because I have posted many new pic's and info as I get it.... so Just don't look at the first page of pic's and think that's it.
    it's a 50 drag car out of new york. found in the Arizona. desert after being parked for 48 years. orig. owner just died. he was a member of the rod snappers car club n.y. rust looks bad but it's only surface.

    OK, so I will relay to you guys what I can put together after speaking to his x wife and daughter.....
    John Breen from freeport long island and built this car at the age of 16- 18 and was a member of the rod snappers club in freeport . the club would hold there meetings at the local police station in an effort to keep kids from drag racing on the street. the car was featured on the Steve Allen show in may of 1959 for it's design, size and that it's appearance is representative of the hot rod cars of the day and because of it's photographic qualities. john raced the car from 58-60 at westhampton and one other raceway in New York where the car turned in it's best time on 93.2 miles an hour.
    car was also shown in Many car shows from New York, new Jersey and Connecticut
    in 1961 john bought a trailer park in Ehrenberg Arizona after doing 2 years in the service, then packed up his belongings and trailered the car to Arizona. the x wife said that he ran the car at lions 3-4 times then the car was parked where it has been ever since.
    I have the recipes for every nut, bolt and washer that he bought for the car.
    Linda said she had thrown away all the notes that people had left for the last 48 years of people wanting to buy the car.
    john had moved big boulders in front of his place with signs the read " stay off my property or I will f#@king kill you'' towards the end if you would even be by the highway he would come out with a gun!
    she said her dad woke up one day did not feel well so she took him to the va hospital where they found out he was full of cancer even in his bones, he lasted about 4 weeks after that.
    back to the car, his x wife said he had painted it with the same paint they used on cigarette machines, black with white specs in it zolatone?
    she also said that john would mention some guy named don garlits that had something to do with the car. she thought he was a nascar guy... I told her no he was a retired drag racer. she said that his name is in the paper work that came with the car but I have not found anything. I'm hoping some of the guy's that where members of the freeport rod snappers can help me fill in more of the gaps.
    as I learn more I will update you guys.

    anyone have a guess on what year and make for the hub caps?
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2011
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  2. gr8ness13
    Joined: Aug 28, 2008
    Posts: 405


    Awesome.... What a history !!!!!
  3. nico32
    Joined: Oct 30, 2008
    Posts: 717

    from fdl, wi

    Awesome find man, congrats
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,259


    When, where, how,more details please.

  5. HotGarbage
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 51

    from Texas

    Very cool, nice Nikon shots ;)
  6. That's friggin neat! With those big ass tires and fat fender front suspention it looks like a toy. Cool car congrats!!!
  7. What are your plans? Gonna restore it,or just get it running?
  8. Greaser Bob
    Joined: Mar 5, 2006
    Posts: 1,325

    Greaser Bob

  9. JustplainJ
    Joined: Apr 24, 2007
    Posts: 908


    hell, bob I don't know? this was a buy it now or loose it deal that I really cant afford right now! you wont believe the paper work that came with this thing!
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2010
  10. madpole
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 629


    cool find. its great to still have all of those articles and history with it. those have to be the tallest headlight stands i've seen. did it have a nerf bar at those holes in the back?
  11. JustplainJ
    Joined: Apr 24, 2007
    Posts: 908


    yes, they came with the car just not on it.
  12. A Little Odd
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 347

    A Little Odd

  13. landseaandair
    Joined: Feb 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,411

    from phoenix

    Wow, that's a hard one to top as far as "finds" go.
  14. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,896


    Nice find! Having all that paperwork is really special, hope a restoration is planned.
  15. James427
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 1,740


    Great story about a car with an even better story!
  16. 6X2
    Joined: Feb 18, 2007
    Posts: 114


    Sweet find...and history to boot!
  17. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,036

    1. 60s Show Rods

    thats unreal...awesome find..
  18. SlamCouver
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 2,002

    from Brazil, IL

    WOAH! is about all I have to say.. great find.
  19. Chopperman
    Joined: Sep 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,256


  20. Big Bad Dad
    Joined: Mar 27, 2009
    Posts: 317

    Big Bad Dad

    That is a GREAT find! However, I am concerned about something. What is the material covering the floor in the passenger compartment? I hope it is old carpet, but it looks a lot like the old spray on ASBESTOS construction insulation. Please be very careful if it is! :eek:

    Big Bad Dad (aka building inspector)
  21. tiredford
    Joined: Apr 6, 2009
    Posts: 519

    from Mo.

    Great find, I was wondering about that stuff on the floor also.
  22. R.Allan
    Joined: Sep 28, 2008
    Posts: 412

    from Ca

    !!!!!! wow!!! pretty sure thats what ive been dreaming about for the last 20 years. .. that is a once in a life time. i am glad a hamb-er got ahold of it. wow. freakin awesome!
  23. skunx1964
    Joined: Aug 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,455


  24. BenW455
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 416


    WOW! That is a great find!
    Joined: Apr 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,349

    from New york

    Holy shit!!!!!...Originally from my area...Thank god it went to Arizona years ago or it would've likely morphed into a 2000 lb. unrecognizable hunk of rust
  26. Scorch67
    Joined: Jun 6, 2009
    Posts: 85

    from Omaha, Ne

    They really were built all that way back then...
  27. Slim Pickens
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 3,342

    Slim Pickens

    Thanks for sharing, Nice shots and a great story. What a strange trip for this car. Nice find. Slim
  28. american opel
    Joined: Dec 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,222

    american opel
    from ohio

    man what an awsome car.the history is great!!!money is tight for everybody but i would of gave up my first born for a find like that lol.hopefully in time you can restore it to its orig.glory!!!i know if it was mine i would try to get it running and drive it the way that it is till i could come up with the money.congrats.
  29. 31whitey
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
    Posts: 2,214


    You couldn't make up something better than that.

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