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History James Deans "Little Bastard"

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by lockwoodkustoms, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. HotrodVon
    Joined: Mar 12, 2001
    Posts: 293


    A real 4-Cam spyder engine...

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  2. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,330


    man that 4 cam engine sounds insane , no wonder those cars were fast
  3. lockwoodkustoms
    Joined: Dec 22, 2005
    Posts: 3,910


    I guess that it was used in the movies...:D. I just thought that you guys would like to see the car .
  4. lockwoodkustoms
    Joined: Dec 22, 2005
    Posts: 3,910


    No shit really.
  5. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 6,914


    Thanks for showing us the pics. That is one of my fav kitcars.
  6. robber
    Joined: Nov 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,741

    from Colorado

    I'd love to have that car! Lucky Bastard... or is it Little Bastard.. Poor suffering Bastard? Seriously though, James Dean and the Little Bastard... 2 icons and 2 legends.
  7. Hyfire
    Joined: Jun 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,232


    They are great looking cars.

    Here's another photo of an original Spyder motor, freshly pulled from a wrecked Spyder back in the 1950's.

  8. countrysquire
    Joined: Oct 9, 2007
    Posts: 163


    Three little words: Gear Driven Camshafts.
  9. studematt
    Joined: Feb 12, 2008
    Posts: 432


    Ryan clams to have seen it. It is on another thread.
  10. Looks like real paint to me.
  11. Dan in Pasadena
    Joined: Sep 11, 2009
    Posts: 838

    Dan in Pasadena

    It IS real paint.
  12. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,609


    I noticed that too! :D
  13. Cooder2
    Joined: Jun 3, 2012
    Posts: 49

    from up yours

  14. Bib Overalls
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,064

    Bib Overalls

    I built a Beck 550 20 odd years ago. It was an amazing ride. My interests gravitated back to hot rods and it sat in my shop for many years. A couple of years ago I let it go to a new home in Georgia. My wife rode in it a couple of times. Funny story. We were living in Miami and decided to drive down to the Keys for dinner. On US 1 near Homestead we pulled up next to an 18 wheeler. My love looked over and saw her reflection in a hubcap and said "Take me home." She does not have the same sense of vulnerability in my roadster and neither do I.

    Beck 550 01 by Bib Overalls, on Flickr
  15. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,124


    I saw remains of "The Jame Dean car" at a car show at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in the very early '60s, mostly the back of it....(it was a cool show, Norm Grabowski's T was there).

    Of course there were lots of fakes and this could well have been one of them...

    This replica is really cool, must have been fun to sit in it...
  16. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,311


    Bib, had i known we would have made a deal! :D
  17. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,068

    from Central IL

    I saw one the other day while filling up at a local gas station It had dealer plates from a very high end dealer here that mostly cater to pro atheletes and other very wealthy types. It sounded very serious almost like an open header, I think it might have had a boxer engine in it.

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  18. Legendary Lars
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 534

    Legendary Lars

    I have one of these they are a lot of fun. we are rebuilding the carbs right now its wicked fast 2100CC and if your nuts you can slap a WRX suburu engine in them and scare the piss out of yourself :) but its not a HAMB friendly car, so i dont talk about it in fact I didnt make this post either. I have seend prolly 10-15 real ones in carmel/monterey over the years, they are all really awesome, but the prices of the real deal of which they only made 50 or so of them are over 1 mil and up to 4 mil for race ones with history. so.. I settled for the Replica too LOL.
  19. 32STUPRES
    Joined: Nov 9, 2008
    Posts: 363


    Here's a pic of my friend Jim Barron's "little bastard"...It's a Beck and powered by Porsche...been to the James Dean Memorial Run several times and the 2010 KKOA event in Salina, Ks. A very nice restoration done by Jim at his home shop and is driven often....only trouble I can't get in the passenger seat with the top up, so he has to lay it back until I get in! And believe me, we've needed the top up several times at Fairmont traveling early morning from Kokomo!

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    Last edited: Jun 26, 2012
  20. Bib Overalls
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,064

    Bib Overalls

    At least once a year I get an email from the buyer telling me how happy he is with it. I advertised it for sale on a 550 forum. Would have advertised it here but did not think there would be interest.

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