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Harvey's Broiler Razed Illegally!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Cyclone Kevin, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. Lets not forget about seeing the Blasters there before the official opening. Still dropping by to check on things.

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  2. Gary Addcox
    Joined: Aug 28, 2009
    Posts: 2,302

    Gary Addcox

    Well, shit ! Man, that is one of the places we surely wanted to experience. I'll be happy to call the City of Downey and voice our righteous opposition to the destruction of this historical sight. I originally came online tonight to voice our concern about all the rain you guys are getting as we speak. Of course, the concern extends to all that precious tin that you and Bruce have. As for the Broiler, I really hope the person responsible gets such a huge fine that it hairlips him !
  3. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,120


    Wow. 10 years ago!!

    I will have to wear my "save Harvey's broiler" T-Shirt tomorrow!!!
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  4. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 3,963

    Cyclone Kevin
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    I'm still rolling on the ground lol re: him getting the hair lip!!!!!!
    Slap on the hand is all he got. Ain't no big deal. It only cost to the tune of 3.2 mil to bring it back and upgrade everything to 2009 building/safety and ADA standards not to mention having to dig up from one side of the street to the other & rip up a new concrete sidewalk and driveway in order to have fire sprinklers in the restaurant. Mind you,we paid for it, but the City owns it as it's under city owned sidewalk and streets.

    This all happened 10 yrs ago, the fight to save it was handled till its opening in Oct,09. I was to close this thread the day it opened, but I'm glad that it's still open.
    The restaurant is a self sustaining business. I started the cruise night that still continues on Weds. I pass it on the way to and from the foundry as I have for years, I don't stop in as my job there is completed.

    It's JKBBD's entity and they run it their way.
    I wished it a long life 3yrs ago. They had an observance of the demolition on Sunday.

    I did not attend, but did post this reminder of an American Tragedy all the way around that HAMBers rectified and make it a continuing destination.
    Visit it next time you and Joyce are in town. You'll be amazed at how cool it really is.
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  5. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
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    Cyclone Kevin
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    So I’m watching the 2019 Rose Parade and noticed the Downey Ca. Entry for the parade. Its based on “Our Broiler”!!!!
    Rods & Customs abound which is pretty telling and special as The City of Downey pitched In nearly a Mil $ in order to get it back to all of us that are part of the HAMB community, which a special thanx to Ryan allowed this icon to be viewed by many others.
    In October it will be 10 years since it reopened as a coffee shop, drive in & drive thru.
    Thank you Downey for making our save of an illegal demolition turned back into a regenerated historic icon a part of your theme for 2019.
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  6. He's wearing ear muffs because of the open pipes on the center bolt motor sbc.
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  7. studebaker eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,509

    studebaker eric
    from Diablo Ca.

    that's a Studebaker engine man
  8. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
    Posts: 583

    Jim Bouchard

    I saw that on the parade this morning and instantly thought of you Kevin!!!!

    I stop by there and support the restaurant every time I’m in the area.

    Thank you Kevin

    Sent from my iPhone using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  9. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
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    Thank you Jim, you’re the best!!!!
    I saw John at the Horseless Carriage Motor Excursion, had no idea that we lost Tom a little while back????? :(

    Hope to see you soon.
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  10. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
    Posts: 583

    Jim Bouchard

    Yeah we’re loosing a lot of the “old guard”
    Peachie Jules too,
    We ain’t getting any younger either.

    Hope to see you at the GNRS....

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  11. Not wide enough.......Ha!
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  12. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
    Posts: 1,181

    Cliff Ramsdell

    Kevin, I missed this when it went around and just took the last day or so to breeze through it.

    My hats off to you, Adriene and all the others who stepped up to stop the destruction and to the rebuild of this landmark. While I reside on the east coast and have never been there personally I admire the passion behind the work all of you put into keeping this in its current location.

    We never really appreciate institutions like these, vestiges of our past or maybe or parents past, that we grew up around and with until they close up and are torn down. We have a local hot dog joint or two that have been around since the ‘40’s and ‘50’s, One that my parents went to as teens and I did also, it’s still there today.

    I have added this to our next trip around the US as a stop to check it out, I love this stuff.

    Thanks for the great story with a very sad start and it’s good to hear the business is able to stand on its own.

    Cliff Ramsdell
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  13. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,089

    Roger O'Dell

    I stop by for a big boy , and chase it with a brownie/ice cream, hot fudge , every time I visit Juniors, and while Watson was ill I brought him to a couple of shows . But for traffic I would be there every week.
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  14. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
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    I remember Larry’s last visit, didn’t the Trident’s have a reunion cruise then????? I’m really glad that Larry and many other pioneer customizers were able to enjoy it once again.

    That made the nearly two years of constantly working on this save worth it.
    Just for a little while we were transported back to 1958 and many kool kustoms made their way back to Downey along with a few hot rods.

    Here it is nearly 10 years later and we ended up with a cool 47 Flathead powered Caddy and a 51 chopped Merc project and that would be the place to take them when the Merc is drivable, after all it is “Kustomland”!!!!!!!
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  15. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
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    Roger O'Dell

    I remember the trident reunion with Larry , not sure that was the last time.
  16. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,400


    Hey CK,

    Rolling into the New Year and that Rose Parade float from Downey was very cool. It was a hot rod in the biggest, worldwide display of the year. But, as pretty as the parade is/was, something is looming in the near future. Part of So Cal's hot rod/cruising history is in danger as well as the people living in the area.



    We have been reading about the flood plain in So Cal. With a major river (LA River) running down the middle of LA County. (including Long Beach) It is time to get ready for something happening. In the OC, there have been some mishaps with the flow of the Santa Ana River and tributaries cutting through the dense population, creating flood of historic proportions. But, in this day and age of consistent rainfalls, flooding is bound to happen. It did and will happen again.

    When we were little, the LA River, during some crazy rainfall period was flowing so fast that the water level was within two feet of the top of the concrete berm near our house. So, the city made a major “evacuate” announcement. We were so excited that the river was so close to the top and making the Long Beach Harbor/beaches look like Mud City. What did we know then, being little kids with some anxious moments.

    In reading about the Whittier Narrows Dam, a few blocks from the actual weakening dam lies the old Harvey’s Broiler (Bobs Big Boy Drive-In , about 7 miles downwind in the flood plain)

    With the week-long rainfall in So Cal just ending, it caused a ton of flooding. A new one is approaching within a couple of weeks. (give or take the weather pattern movements) Here is something else we need to be concerned about affecting the hot rod cruising scene.

    The possibility of flooding aside, the advantage of living in the old, flood plain was that centuries of top soil flow created a very fertile land. It was useful for many growing plants, dairy, farming, and an industry bloomed, until the population moved to the area. Now, the people are threatened in the same down river, flood plain.

    Happy New Year, as the trials and tribulations of the new years come and go...
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  17. Crazydaddyo
    Joined: Apr 6, 2008
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    THE SKY IS FALLING..........:rolleyes:

  18. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
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    Cyclone Kevin
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    Well it’s been 10yrs Today that we opened “Bob’s Big Boy Broiler” by saving what was left of the aforementioned in previous posts “Harvey’s Broiler” later known as “Johnie’s Broiler”.
    It took a lot to get this built, many hours of time away from “Cyclone Racing Equipment” but I still took time to fill orders and machining castings.
    Met many new friends and lost others during and after, but my focus was to make an impossible dream come true.
    The Broiler survives and other Bob’s Big Boys have come and gone. There have been 5 that have survived in So-Cal. Happy 10th Anniversary to something that I care very deeply about, “Cyclone Racing Equipment” is what I continue to focus on and maintain its period in time as part of its originator Mendel “Cook” Ledington had intended.
    I wish “my Broiler” the best in the next 10 and even though my job was completed the day it opened its doors, I’ll always have Ryan and all of My H.A.M.B. Brothers/Sisters to share this build with as I truly believe that it wouldn’t have happened if this thread and the multiple magazine coverage didn’t happen as well as literally pounding the pavement and finding a benefactor who is able to keep many of the employees hired at the time continually working at a time many were being laid off from career jobs.
    This place was built period correct both times and is for cruisers to come and enjoy.
    Thx for making it yours too.
    Sincerest thanks,
  19. Hey guys,,,,does anyone have anymore pics.
    The photobucket stuff from years ago is awful,,,I can’t see a thing.
    It would be great to see some pics and some inside ones especially.

    It is a long way from Tennessee,,,,I can’t see that far. LOL

    I think it is fantastic what you guys were able to do.
    I know it took a lot of work,,,,,getting in touch with the right people and meetings.
    Also,,,,,it took dedication and a lot of money to accomplish this.
    There are always people that are willing to give,,,,but don’t necessarily want any attention!
    Thank you to whoever put it all up,,,,everyone involved!

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  20. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
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    Thank you Tommy,
    Just Google Bob’s Big Boy Broiler, go to images and pix will come up.
    CK. 40A911EE-5E43-48F3-A5C1-0746E5BDBE17.jpeg This is what I used in part if the save by hosting ”Ghost Cruises” of all of the old haunts that people used to cruise.
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