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Technical metal bubble skirts question

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by barfers, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. barfers
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    I have a super old pair of metal bubble skirts I picked up years ago from a guy claiming the fit shoebox fords, they are very long start right after the door all the way back to rear bumper. I have had them stored for years, and trying it liquidate a few items to get my car to the next stage.
    considering selling wondering if anyone know what a fair asking price should be?
    ps will try to put a pick and get exact measuremnt later this evening
    thanks the looking
     
  2. 19Fordy
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    A photo is worth a 1000 wistful words.
     
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  3. Torchie
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    Sounds like a set of "Inkster" skirts to me.
    Any one around Detroit back in the day will know what I'm talking about.
    Torchie.
     
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  5. Eric H
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    Strait out of Inkster!
     
  6. barfers
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    They are 68" long definitely have some age on them no dents 20140923_202911.jpeg
     
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    Inside
     

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  8. barfers
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    Looks to have original silver or primer 20140923_202533.jpg
     
  9. barfers
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    Other one is great shape as well no dents or bends someone primer ed this one at some point 20140923_202610.jpeg
     
  10. barfers
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  11. I don't know that you're going to get more info with no markings on them or particular history. They look to be well made, don't know if they're Jimmy Jones skirts or not. Bubble skirts in general are pretty subjective, you either like them or you don't. Those ones look fairly old, original and in great shape, I'd think they're worth some decent money.
     
  12. barfers
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    thanks big a
     
  13. barfers
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    very cool,,, ethyl that's badass
     
  14. barfers
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    thanks again, any idea on a good asking price fellas?
     
  15. 49ratfink
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    those skirts always remind me of a diaper with a full load.:confused:
     
  16. barfers
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    hahhaah
     
  17. I think Foxcraft made some too once they became popular. I have a set that I bought presumably fit for a 49-51 Merc, but they are probably shoebox...not tall enough for a Merc. :( Those look like a pretty nice set. Not sure if the original Jimmy Jones skirts had a gasket crimped into the lip on the back side, but mine do and appear "manufactured" as opposed to "crafted" by hand. Not that any of that tells you anything about how much they are worth, but there you go. LOL


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  18. raprap
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    In the 50's, we called those "Cruiser Skirts". They were huge and still are.
     
  19. barfers
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    thanks dr. dave
     
  20. flathead4d
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    Those look exactly like the ones I have on my 50. I bought them in 1955. They are not Jimmy Jones but are after market sold by most of the local hot rod shops back then. They are steel and I have been offered in excess of $400 for them. They are not for sale.
     
  21. barfers
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    very cool , your 50 looks great my friend!
     
  22. barfers
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    I am considering cash offers or trades on the skirts. Just have them taking up space. Thanks
     
  23. Can you tell me how tall they are?
     
  24. barfers
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    14 1/4" at the widest
     
  25. Shucks, too short to fit my Merc. :(


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  26. eaglebeak
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    They were not known as "cruiser skirts".
    Cruiser skirts are the ones that came off Mercury Turnpike "Cruisers".
    They were also long but did not have the "bubble".
     
  27. 57belair
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    Eaglebeak is right cruiser skirts were definately flat and
    had no "rainbow" at the bottom.
    Jimmy would say "how much bubble and how much
    rainbow you want" He was a character!
     
  28. 57belair
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    Barfers, you may be interested to know that from all appearances,
    you do seem to have a real pair of Jimmy Jones skirts.
    Especially looking at the "inside" picture they have all the trademark
    features that he used in the center brace and swing arm.
    Also all the bends and folds are correct.
    No one else seemed able to get a nice rounded rainbow in the
    center of the wheel.
     
  29. barfers
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    wow cool, I thought so after reading up
    thank you
     

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