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History Dean Jeffries

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

  1. I had to keep checking back hoping it wasn't true. I'm sad to hear that it is. We are losing hot rodding legends daily, big and small. I didn't know Mr. Jeffries personally, but he had a profound affect on my life/career. God speed.
  2. I always will remember the photo of him and the Early Ford (Merc?)Convertible.
    R.I.P. Dean Jeffries, you were one of a kind and a straight up guy.
  3. i really was hoping the other posts were wrong we're losing way too many RIP mr jefferies
  4. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,672

    frank spittle

    This is one of his best minor Customs but least known. It is not even in his book. I met him at Amelia Island a few years ago when I owned it. He was a class act and very talented craftsman.

    R.I.P Dean Jeffries.

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  5. Kool66
    Joined: Aug 3, 2010
    Posts: 230

    from Dearborn

    Another great custom car guy goes to that big body shop up yonder! I never met him in person but enjoyed his many kool creations over the years.I bought his book a couple years back and was glad to see the record set straight on the Monkeemobile while he was still with us.Godspeed Dean.
  6. fca2572
    Joined: May 20, 2007
    Posts: 129

    from Texas

  7. jivin jer
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
    Posts: 3,104

    jivin jer

    One of the Kustom car Monsters in my life. Godspeed.
  8. I have always been fascinated by the strange but very cool pinstriping and little images he did way back when. There were a few good pictures of some of it in the Barris Kustom Techniques of the 50's Volume 4.

    His stuff was way out there like Von Dutch. He really was an artist, and was definitely one of the custom pioneers. I had hoped to meet him someday. Maybe in the next life.

    Truly a great loss. Vaya con Dios Mr. Jeffries..........E
  9. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Sad. He'll be missed. RIP

    So, now there's no one to deny Barris built all those cars.
  10. Karrera
    Joined: Jan 19, 2008
    Posts: 175


    I was proud to call Dean a friend - we consulted over the years as I worked on restoring his Porsche and I got to visit him in his shop a few times when business trips took me to California. I remember building a Mantaray model as a kid and then seeing the Kyote dune buggy on the cover of Hot VW's magazine in 1968. I thought it was the best looking dune buggy of its time. I was in awe of what he had created when I first saw the Mantaray in person.

    Dean was a great story teller but a very humble man - one of the true greats in his field and he will be sorely missed by his legion of fans and friends around the world. My wife and I offer our condolences to his son Kevin and his family in this difficult time.

    I can only imagine Dean Jeffries, Dick Dean and Carroll Shelby getting together for a bull session after a trio of lives well lived. Godspeed Dean - you'll be missed by a whole lot of us.



  11. v194
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
    Posts: 112

    from The South

    A super nice guy and a friend to many. Unpretentious and a real talent in many mediums. Proud to call him a friend and to own one of his cars. God speed my friend.
  12. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,434

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Dean has been in my top 5 hotrodder from way back,RIP your super work will be with rodder forever.
  13. Gator
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 4,016


    Got to meet him last year at he Detroit Autorama. Talked to me and a buddy like we were old friends - great sense of humor.
  14. R.I.P. Dean - God Speed Brother

    Another great that will be missed sorely, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. May his legacy live on through his great creations and wisdom gained by those that knew him well.
  15. zep058
    Joined: Jan 9, 2007
    Posts: 599


    Sad news for sure. RIP Mr Jeffries
  16. fredmotorco
    Joined: Apr 4, 2010
    Posts: 27


    R.I.P. sad to see another legend go.

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  17. socalmerc
    Joined: Feb 24, 2008
    Posts: 475

    from socal

    can some one post when and where his funeral will be. i would like to try to make it
  18. My condolences to his family and friends. Sounds like a hell of a guy.

    Standing in front of the Mantaray at the Petersen was a highlight of a trip to the US back in '07. I'll never forget that.
  19. deucemac
    Joined: Aug 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,148


    I was over at a good friend's garage today preparing the body of my roadster for him to paint. He walked into the garage with a terrible look on his face and said "well we just lost a good one." and shook his head . My friend is Dick "Peep" Jackson and he and Dean have been friends since junior high school. I only knew Dean slightly and am sad to hear of his death, but the grief Dick expressed tells me just how great Dean was. He indeed is and will be missed very much. A unique and extremely talented man even among the greats. I've enclosed a picture from the GNRS hall of fame lunch this past January with Dean and Dick. God speed Dean.

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  20. radio_king
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 398


    R.I.P Dean Jeffries.Legend lives on.
  21. What a shame... RIP Mr Jeffries.
  22. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,447


    Although I never saw him in person, I heard his name a lot growing up in the 60's and 70's and it was always associated with something cool.

    R.I.P Dean...
  23. 34andy
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 128

    from WA

    RIP Mr. Jeffries... Another legend gone but not forgotten.
  24. 32STUPRES
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 360


    RIP Mr. Dean....he was great friends of Bill Akin of Nashville who is very knowledgeable about the four cam Ford Indy engine that Dean used in his GT40 car. Bill and I visited his shop in 2010 and he treated me as if I'd known him for years...Just a great down-to-earth guy that will be greatly missed....Joe

    Loved his "picture" of George Barris

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    Last edited: May 8, 2013
  25. Checkerwagon
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 449


    Many thanks to you, for all that you did.

    All the best,
    Cleveland OH
  26. EliteS&C
    Joined: Feb 3, 2013
    Posts: 112


    R.I.P. Mr. Jeffries. A true legend of customized vehicles! Thoughts & prayers for his friends & family.
  27. buikwag
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
    Posts: 472

    1. Buick Nailheads

  28. R. I. P. Dean Jeffries

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