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Projects Byers CR90 found in a NY body shop

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jfg455, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. jfg455
    Joined: Apr 22, 2011
    Posts: 171

    from NH

    IMG_20190908_114137616_HDR.jpg IMG_20190908_114245839_HDR.jpg IMG_20190908_114258885_HDR.jpg IMG_20190908_114321159.jpg IMG_20190908_114607414_HDR.jpg IMG_20190908_114618602_HDR.jpg IMG_20190908_114636415_HDR.jpg IMG_20190908_114649642_HDR.jpg I found this listed as a "Devin" which as it turns out it is not. I've already contacted Geoff Hacker and he was the one who identified it as a Byers CR90. Only thing that is a little different is the flat tail section that's very much like a cobra daytona. Just trying to see if anyone has any info on the car or any history on it. I bought it from Middletown NY where the body shop owner traded it for work on an electrician's El Camino 4-5 years. The electrician had got it as payment from a "rich guy" for doing electrical work. Time frame unknown. The chassis is a 4" tube with a Corvair front suspension. The steering box was moved to the right side to accommodate the right hand drive set up. The rear looks like maybe an early Olds rear that was shortened? it has an MGB windscreen and was set up for a SBC 4 speed. 90" wheel base. Beyond this I am not sure. I cannot find any markings or number on it but might have more luck when I can get it up in the air to look under it. Any thoughts or insight would be greatly appreciated!
  2. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,969

    from Minnesota

    Cool as the other side of the pillow. Great find,hope you get the answers you seek.
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  3. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,129


    I have no knowledge of the car but I love it and I would love to build a sports car based on one of these bodies someday. That windshield frame sure looks like an MG part.
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  4. Lucky!
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  5. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,090


    A Byers?, as in J.E. Byers Fiberglass Co.?
    With the exception of the cheesy rear wheel openings and flares that will make one great looking sports hot rod.
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  6. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,563


    That has serious potential. Here is an article on one on a MG chassis. Those bodys Devins and a couple of others were often used to rebody a sports car that was a full on race car with a wreck damaged body back in the 50's and early 60's.
    Some info including the 57 price sheet.
    I'd say you might end up doing a lot of descabbing on that chassis or building a new one unless you can see that it started as a shop built frame.
    The bodys were advertised heavily in 57 and a few years following. Home built hot rod sports car. No worries about dealing with doors either as they didn't have doors.
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  7. jfg455
    Joined: Apr 22, 2011
    Posts: 171

    from NH

    Correct although it could be a Kellison built body as they bought the molds for the SR100 and CR90 from Jim Byers. Total build numbers for the CR90 vary from 12 to 25 total between Byers and Kellison.

    I read those articles as well. They were interesting times for sure. Unless for some unlikely chance this turns out to be some rare and valuable piece of motoring history it will get a new chassis as this one is poorly made even for the era it was built in.
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  8. SR100
    Joined: Nov 26, 2013
    Posts: 940


    I've never known Geoff to be wrong about a HAMB-era fiberglass body, but if this started out as a CR90, they modified every part of it. It looks like they wanted to make this look like a 60s car. If you squint just right (alcohol helps), it looks like they were inspired by a vision of a roadster version of three different cars: Cobra Daytona coupe, Ferrari 250 GTO & Ferrari 330GT/LMB:

    CR90 as designed

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