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History Dean Jeffries

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, May 7, 2013.

  1. Jeem
    Joined: Sep 12, 2002
    Posts: 5,886

    Alliance Vendor

    Man was a DO-er! RIP Dean Jeffries.
  2. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,653

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    Renaissance Man.
  3. hotrod fozzie
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 175

    hotrod fozzie

    God speed dean !! You will be missed!
  4. 24 Dodge
    Joined: May 2, 2010
    Posts: 733

    24 Dodge

    A Great Man For All Seasons. 24 Dodge
  5. So glad I got to talk with him at Autorama last year and have him sign my book. Be told a hilarious story and I left smiling. So sad we are losing so many great people from this hobby we all enjoy. Hopefully his works will live on for years to come. RIP Dean
  6. Jimmy B
    Joined: May 4, 2004
    Posts: 5,935

    Jimmy B

    Sad day, R.I.P. Dean :(

    To me Mantaray is the ultimate 60s Hot Rod and the pinnacle of the 60s asymmetrical show rods.
  7. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,517

    from California

    I had the pleasure of meeting Dean and he signed his book for me. Super guy. RIP
    Joined: Dec 7, 2004
    Posts: 333


    Godspeed Mr Jeffries.
  9. 460stang
    Joined: Sep 19, 2010
    Posts: 44


    RIP Dean Jeffries
  10. R. I. P. Dean Jeffries
  11. Yea....We can only imagine, what that Hot Rod shop in the sky is looking like lately, with all that talent...WOW:rolleyes:
  12. Bdamfino
    Joined: Jan 27, 2006
    Posts: 400

    from Hamlet, NC

    Wow. The Monkeemobile, his GT40 Roadster, his wild flamed sedan, not to mention stunt work he did like the truck jump in Honky Tonk Freeway in which he broke his back. A true renaissance man if there ever was. Godspeed, Mr. Jeffries.
  13. One of my all time heros. Sad day

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  14. sylvian
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 1,042

    Member Emeritus
    from Burbank

    Dean & Rosalee were two of the nicest and most interesting people around. I hope now they will be together again. RIP





  15. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    RIP Dean. Gods Rod Custom & speed shoppe is going to be an awesome place.
  16. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,612

    from SUGAR CITY

    A true legend and this world miss him dearly. I take comfort knowing he's been united with his dear wife and both are at peace.

    Met him at the 2012 Autorama. One of the nicest guys in the world and wasn't too big for a hug.

    Blurry but still a treasure of mine...


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  17. I'll never forget seeing the Mantaray in person.

    R | P
  18. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,550


    Extraordinary talent, filled a niche that few others could....yes, he will be missed.
  19. LSGUN
    Joined: May 26, 2007
    Posts: 1,337

    from TX

    I've always admired his work, cherish these guys while they're still around.
    Last edited: May 8, 2013
  20. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 1,084


    I spent some time talking with him at the same show. A very gracious gentleman. RIP.
  21. Fogger
    Joined: Aug 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,636


    Back in the '50s Dean had a shop on Sunset Blvd just west of Van Ness in Hollywood. My friends and I would ride our bikes up from Echo Park and watch him work his magic. One of my buddies asked him if he would paint the hull of a junior high school wood shop boat project and he agreed. He painted it candy apple red and named it Lucky Lady. My old friend still has the boat and it's a prized possession. Dean was a great and talented craftsman and also took time to help kids develop an interest in the automotive hobby. RIP
  22. Chris Casny
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,874

    Chris Casny

  23. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,756


    I've still got that issue of Hot Rod with the Mantaray on the cover, thought it was one of the neatest builds at the time. Finally got to see it at the Petersen and drove buy his shop the next day, sure wish I'd stopped in. RIP Dean.
  24. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 4,138

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    Wow, sad news indeed!!!!
    Adriene & I called Dean up a couple of months back to invite him to The Legends of Kustoms Kruise Nite that we put on monthly. He was in high spirits and was looking toward to it. One of the last things he said was "do something that no one else has done" . I said like rebuilding the headquarters of Kustoms in Downeyland.
    He giggled. Spent 45 mins with him on the line, just talking cars and the future.
    Very optimistic guy.

    I was lucky enough to have dinner with both he & Rose, his lovely bride nearly 13 yrs ago at the The Petersen when we did the Cars of the Stars show. Again a most memorable nite!
    My favorite memory is when my brother,sister & I had our dad stop at his shop so we could see the Monkeemobile up close. When we were looking it over, me being all of 4 yrs old and could not see over the doors felt these hands grab me and place behind the wheel. Low and behold it was dean himself who put me behind the wheel. 13 yrs later I'd find myself behind the wheel of that car although it was at the Sheraton Universals parking structure getting ready to be auctioned off by Barris.��
    Godspeed Dean, now you're with Ros√© again and you have so many new ideas to implement while we take a while to catch up again��.
    Last edited: May 7, 2013
  25. Keith Dean
    Joined: Jul 14, 2008
    Posts: 17

    Keith Dean
    from Hemet, Ca.

    Dean was a friend and a mentor. I'm glad my father and I had a chance to work with him. He had more business sence then anyone I knew. Got alot of untold stories of that man. God speed, Deaner
  26. Tnomoldw
    Joined: Dec 5, 2012
    Posts: 1,563


    R.I.P. Dean Jeffries
  27. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,808

    from NJ

    A true loss to our hobby, Dean will be sorely missed.

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  28. Evel
    Joined: Jun 25, 2002
    Posts: 9,038

    1. 60s Show Rods

    A true legend and friend... He will be missed..

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  29. hot rod wille
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 695

    hot rod wille

    I met Dean at a commercial shoot a few years ago--they used our cars for a Bell Atlantic commercial. We got to talk for a couple of hours--so much history and knowledge.He still remembered me when I would see him at events---what a guy!!!

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  30. Hot Rod Bob
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,146

    Hot Rod Bob
    from T-ville Ky

    R.I.P. Mr. Jeffries.

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