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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by straykatkustoms, Oct 6, 2014.

  1. Jalopy Joker
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  3. Here's the original Zeppelin. Art Himsl owns it and is the one that built it to it's current state. All the fab work was done at Jim Howe welding in Concord CA. Howdy Ledbetter did the interior, and of course Art Himsl painted it.
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    The first time I saw the Cool 50 was at Andy's picnic in Castro Valley at Crow Canyon park, maybe late 70's, and it was in primer. It was then painted Maroon. It's final and current paint is the candy red and silver. The interior is silver leather, or Naugahyde. Richard Zocchi had it built, showed it for awhile, sold it to show promoter Bill Larivee, Sr. in the ’80s. It's back in the Zocchi family again. Richard passed away a few years ago.
    https://www.hotrod.com/articles/richard-zocchi-1950-mercury-cool-50-40-years-later/
    https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/eastbaytimes/obituary.aspx?n=richard-louis-zocchi&pid=182225896
     
  5. Here's pictures of it in primer. I couldn't find any of it maroon. These pictures are of the car at Andy's picnic. Since it wasn't a pre 48 car it wasn't allowed inside.
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  6. Couple nice Kustom FAB9C549-1FDA-4B89-B3A1-5A8A53467EE5.jpeg 23CB6452-53CE-485B-A65C-79D907139ADB.jpeg haulers...
     
  7. wicarnut
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    I'm thinking this was a Funeral/Flower car, they were kustom built for hauling the flowers to cemeteries, High buck funeral homes had them I was told. A Hot Rodder modified it to his taste/vision. Years back I had a business associate that had a 60 Cadillac Flower car, remember first time I saw it, WOW an El Camino Caddy, it was beautiful, black, restored to perfection, he searched for years to find one as he wanted something different, the only one I've ever seen in person. Like many of my friends/associates he has passed, no idea what happened to car.
     
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    Mo, it appeared twice in the Street Rodder Merc Issue. I`ll look and see if I can find another pic of it from my collection of magazines. Scan0877.jpg Scan0876.jpg
     
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    Dennis McPhail did this kool poster...
     
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    "PLEASE DON'T TOUCH"

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  12. He did three of them and they are all cool.
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  13. 'Mo
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    That does it, stanlow69!
    I now see that the car also lacked the defining hood scoops.
    While it was already a nice looking Merc, it clearly was not the standout that it is today!
    Thanks for posting. I'm sure others will find it interesting.
     
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    Almost looks like it’s going for this look
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    Going to have to get them. It's a very kool Kustom tribute
     
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    I`ve seen all but 3 of these cars.
     
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    Travis Miller took the kool pics of Geno Walker with Lead Poison. He is one step closer to Starbirds. (22 year project)

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  18. Oh wow! I didn't know Geno's truck has made it to paint. Last I saw it was when he had it in bare metal at the Stray Kat.
     
  19. 'Mo
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    100% right, Austinrod. James Lynch's Stude has been a lifetime favorite., and did indeed heavily influence the car.
     
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    Do you know if Jim’s stude is still around ?


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    The car is said to still exist, although I don't know in what condition.
    (With its red velvet button-tuck, and chromed up Six, I that hope that it's been pampered!)
     
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    James Patterson's HUGE Swiss-bodied 1937 Cadillac V-16.

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  28. straykatkustoms
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    Kool picture. My kind of roadster, I'd chop the windshield a couple of inches throw on a top and drive the wheels off of it..
     
  29. 'Mo
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    Chop it! Got to love it! LOL!
     
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