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History Finding the Alexander Brothers' Alexandria

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by J.Ukrop, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. J.Ukrop
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  2. Ocean56
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    Oh, WOW, that will look SO cool when it's done! IF it's still out there...
     
  3. If there's a car crying out for a clone, this is the one....
     
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  4. truckjim
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    Outstanding article and the pictures are priceless! Wonderful look at how it was done. Torch welding and hand held planishing hammer really caught my eye.

    Tools and talent are an unbeatable combination. I've got the tools....:D
     
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  5. Rikster
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    Wow... Thanks for sharing these great pictures, and information. Hope you will find it.
     
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  6. I would love to see this turn up somewhere....
     
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  7. That really has some nice styling going for it!
     
  8. fleet-master
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    Great article and I too hope it gets found. on an aside...what are the two customs directly behind the Alexandria in the main photo?
     
  9. 'Mo
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    This photo is remarkable in that it also shows in-process shots of what surely must be both the "Astorian" (left center), and the "Venturian" (right center.)
     
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  10. Great writeup Joey. The Alexandria deserves to be found and completed to how the Alexander Bros. intended. Those photos are incredible, if the original can't be found I'm sure the photos would be invaluable resource to build a clone.
     
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  11. starliner62
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    I believe I am sporting a woody!!. How cool is that truck???
     
  12. catdad49
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    Joey, thanks for digging this up. This truck needs to be finished and putting it out on here could just make it happen.
     
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  13. raymay
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    Always admired people with vision and try to put some into builds like my own 56 Chevy ElCamino.
    I love the way Alexandria was turning out. Hope it gets found and someone gets to finish the great work that was started.
     

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  14. Ol Dawg
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    What neat looking truck ! Now all we need is to find it and get it finished. Turn loose the bloodhounds.
     
  15. Cshabang
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    Hope it gets found...Im really digging the Pontiac quarters..esp the bodylines into the door
     
  16. flamingokid
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    I love the Alexandria,but I'm going to be dreaming of that 56 tonight.
     
  17. Nice post man, nice post!
     
  18. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    I'd imagine someone paid a decent amount of money for it in the 60's.

    I sure as hell hope it didn't get rolled into a backyard because of someone's lack of interest only to rust to death and be unceremoneously scrapped.

    Here's hope that it is squirreled away in a garage waiting for its day.

    Imagine the Detroiter that calls on a Craigslist ad for a "customized 55 Ford", rolls out to view it and is greeted by this diamond in the rough when the garage door opens!!??
     
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  19. Do we know which of the sketches show the finished design?
    Lovely organic look to the taillights.
     
  20. Tom davison
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    Great piece. Wow! No, it did not go for a lot of money. There was a very limited market for something like that in those days.
     
  21. fryguy
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    I've always wondered if that would ever show up or if it was lost in the ether forever


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    I normally don't care for those wild customs made up from a mix-match of body panels and crazy scoops and such. But I really like the looks of what was done to that one, at least up the point of when it was sold. It flows well and is well thought out. I hope we find out what happened to it.
     
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  24. Kind of Buick ish camino in the rendering.
    Pretty cool !!
     

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  25. Woah joey! Thanks for the pictures. I bet it was incredible getting to chat about one of the great lost customs with Mike. I just hope I get to meet him and thank him for building neat cars that inspired me so much
     
  26. SakowskiMotors
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    love these stories
     
  27. OKAY
    Last known owner , town , seen?
     
  28. it's a shame more of the A Bros work didn't survive. I heard rumors that at some point we were gonna see a book on the Detroit Legends...I hope the rumors are true.
     
  29. Eric H
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    That would be great!!!
     
  30. raymay
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    Great addition to this mystery. Only part I did not like reading was the possibility that Alexadria may have been crushed. I only hope this is not true.

    Certainly the Alexander Brothers were the genius who brought this and other creations to reality. The genius behind many of the designs was Harry Bradley probably best known by many for his work as a Hotwheels designer at Mattel.
    http://www.customrodder.com/features/0207cr_1968_chevy_el_camino/viewall.html
    It also seems that before he left his job at GM, he and the Alexander Brothers worked on a design of a vehicle that was eventually called "Blind Faith" and was originally created from a 2nd generation ElCamino. It would appear that this design had some heavy influence in what later became the 3rd generation 1968 to 1972 ElCamino. It has a very similar B-pillar to the previously designed Alexandria. I always liked the look and flow of this type of design and even modified a used rear window section of a 3rd generation ElCamino on my own build.
    The pictures of Blind Faith are from the Peterson Museum collection where the final and highly modified version of this vehicle is.
     

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