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

  1. This one I just don't get. While the workmanship looks like it's first-rate, what's the point? The builder grafted a near-stock '55 front end to a also near-stock '57 rear half. With the exception of the 'Vette grill, where's the 'custom'? OK, I'll grant that the Carson top is 'custom' but needed after they took the sedan roof off (note there's no side glass and the windshield is a 'flipped' sedan piece). More that anything else it looks like a factory styling exercise that didn't pass muster...
     
  2. stanlow69
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    I talked to the owner that day. The windshield is actually the rear window out of that car.
     
  3. Colin HD
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    Looks like it could well be the Kopper Kart.
    Although the bed & body aren't carrying the same line through!
    The return below the tailgate is different!
    The 'big window' is missing!
    The gap between the bed rails & fenders is too big!

    Second thoughts, don't think it's the Kopper Kart.
     
  4. That's even worse; rear window glass is tempered, not safety glass. Get a thrown rock and the glass will be in your face...
     
  5. It was reported that the original was parted out. There is no knowing if things were modified after the fact but there are a lot of discrepancies from the original.
     
  6. chrisp
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    In France we had tempered glass as windshield up to the 70's because st Gobain (world n°1 glass manufacturer and at the time sole provider of car glass manufactured in France) didn't want to pay royalties. So to me it's not that dangerous and I know the feeling of a rock through such a windshield and the years of cleaning afterward.
     
  7. 'Mo
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    I had read that the bed was salvaged. Looking at the tonneau cover, I am inclined to believe that this is, indeed, where it came to rest. Perhaps more, as well.
     
  8. Its hard to tell from the picture if it's the bed or not. The Tonneau definitely looks right but it is hard to see if the bump out between the bed rail and the Stude pans is there. I think it might be but hard to say for sure. Definitley not the cab. Nothing is right on it.
     
  9. 'Mo
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    Good point. Also, the wheel arch to body line height is different.

    Here is the original post, if anyone cares to investigate the claims further.
    (Scroll to bottom):http://www.rickwilsoncustomcarart.com/page-11.html
     
  10. Might have been one of the clones being built before the current one was built maybe Mark knows about these pictures? @chopolds
     
  11. 'Mo
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  12. ray
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    replacement laminated rear glass has been available for many collector cars for many years now.
     
  13. Are you sure? The DOT requires that rear window glass be tempered for safety reasons, and has since at least the '50s if not earlier.
     
  14. ray
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    i know laminated replacement glass is available. i doubt the DOT would be too thrilled with much of what i do with most of my cars.
     
  15. straykatkustoms
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  18. 'Mo
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  19. straykatkustoms
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    Thanks Mo for posting the link... Looks like a kool article.
     
  20. chopolds
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    The one big show (Cleveland OH) I did not attend with the Kooper Kart clone, was the one where Vic Collins met with the son of the last owner of the original Kart. ( so what I know is second hand, from Vic and Ron) He brought pictures of a very sad, disassembled, cut up Kopper Kart. These pics were published in Rodders Journal. Barry Mazza also had some pics from a fellow that worked on the Kart when Paul Blasdell owned it. They cut the truck up a bit, were installing a Caddy motor in it go racing. The roof was cut up, due to rot under the vinyl upholstery on it. The son remembered the bed being taken to use as a trailer, but he was never able to track it down afterwards, so it may not have actually been used. These pics are ones Barry and Vic had, so we should assume they are the last pics of this great truck before being scrapped.
     
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  21. 'Mo
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    Thanks for the confirmation, chopolds. It's good to know for sure.
    Such a significant piece of Kustom history!
     
  22. Thanks Mark! I figured you would know.

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  23. Last edited: Sep 24, 2019
  24. Seems Lanny and Ron both had some bad luck with their 56 Chevy customs.

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  26. loner2
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    This is my first post on the HAMB and this thread, I hope these aren't repost. P4100047-vi.jpg 1956ChevyRodPowelPhoto-vi.jpg thumbnail_b1a16794b371f5ffdac02f8ef5bad643.jpg
     
  27. o_OMy ride again. 50 Plymouth
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  28. stanlow69
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    This car + 2019-09-24_200346.jpg has been posted in the past with no additional information.
     

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