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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. Ryan
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  2. If only I hadn't lost my time machine in that lousy crap game...

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  3. Fly'n Kolors
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    Looks like a Kenneth Howard early flame job on the track roadster.
     
  4. they are not answering thier phone
     
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  5. Rockerhead
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    Jim DuBont wrote a four page article in the early fawcett book "How to Build Hot Rods" (no. 156). The article was about how to buy a used hot rod. Most of the articles in the book were done by and/or organized by Lou Baney and Louie Senter (their picture is on the cover pulling an engine out of a T roadster). DuBont Motors ran or sponsored several cars at the Russetta lakes meets and was active in the ARC club in Russetta Timing Assn.(Baney was the RTA President then). I used a photo of Jim's entry with modified T sedan with Chet Herbert's GMC engine in one of my books. Don
     
  6. hiboy32
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    wow, that is more than I have learned of DuBont in the many years I have also been wondering. About the only thing I have to offer is the artice Pat Ganhal did in Rodders Journal years ago, which left more questions than answers.
     
  7. kaydub
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    Guess DuBont Motors was located on South Figueroa in Los Angeles. And that Jim DuBont and Chet Herbert were behind Beast II

    Not sure if this all common knowledge, just found the info in my 2 second internet search...:)

    It's on page 79 of a book named:
    Merchants of Speed: The Men who Built America's Performance Industry by Paul D. Smith

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  8. kaydub
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    Won't let me post the link....
     
  9. kaydub
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    Another pic of the roadster...

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  10. kaydub
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    Listed as DuBont Special - Beast II

    May 1952

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  11. jroberts
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    Wow! I don't think I have ever seen anything like DuBont Motors in my part of the country. In that day and age I guess the oinly place you could actually make money buying and selling customs and hot rods would be southern California. Thanks for this piece, Ryan. (Oh, and glad to have you back.)
     
  12. kaydub
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    Found on the archives on here, and listed as Jim DuBont's "Beast"

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    I must be bored, I'll stop now...


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  13. Dang!! A '34 roadster for $195 Thought I got my first one cheap at $3500...1979
     
  14. birdman1
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    originality?? has it been lost ? back when guys and gals did not have a parts book to order new custom parts from, it took originality. That is what makes us miss "the good old days". Those early customs were more of an art form than any Picasso or any other painting, it was a display of art that nothing else comes close to. the most beutifull cars of all time, and we almost missed it.
     
  15. flamingokid
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    Has somebody got that time machine invented yet?
     

  16. That is amazing! Any more pics of it out there?
     

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