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History Obscure Shoebox

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, May 25, 2011.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,536

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,067


    Now that is a nicely done car. Looks like 55 Chevy headlight eyebrows as well. Would be neat if it was still around.
  3. One of the things I love about the little books is that you see custom touches on the old cars that you would never see today. Chrysler quarters? The 53 windshield, the grille opening made from what appears to be 2 51 Ford openings...

    Neat car...and inspiring
  4. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 17,769

    Jalopy Joker

    Wow. what a beautiful Shoebox-so much done, yet so subtle. Thanks for post. Still much to learn from the past.
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  5. Awesome, I also love '55 Packard taillights!
  6. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,881

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

    Really nice car... it's a very good balance of mild and radical. Good use of restraint.
  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 16,058

    from California

    I really like the rear view... the bulging quarters really set it off
  8. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,062


    The car makes a statement without going over the top.You're right,that's the perfect blend between creativity and restraint.
  9. JimA
    Joined: Apr 1, 2001
    Posts: 4,805


    Custom Cars magazine is GREAT! I recently found out I like it so much I have 2 complete sets- I thought I only had one! The colors on the covers and the cars inside are GREAT! I think the fact they were NEVER picked up for modern look backs like the stuff in Hot Rod and Rod & Custom make them even more special and a lost treasure.

    After decades of studying those books I decided yesterday I'm building my first kustom. These magazines will provide ther blueprint and inspiration.
  10. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 20,961


    I think the best thing about that car is that nothing looks stuck on or out of place. Tons of modifications that tend to sneak up on you a bit and don't just look like they were changed just to change something. Also no extra fru fru that doesn't need to be there like in the later show point customs.
  11. What a nicely done car. Love the rear, love the grille ('49s? Looks more like like '51s), I don't know that I've seen that done before.

    Life must've been grand when all you had to do to mix and match parts/makes/models was head over to the local wrecker and cut off what you needed.
  12. dieselc
    Joined: May 17, 2004
    Posts: 1,315

    from ohio

    I like it but it takes alot of looking at the rear to really appreciate the lines of the quarters, and work put into them.
  13. shooter54
    Joined: Apr 25, 2006
    Posts: 5,036


    Wow-Now that is well done. It's crazy that such a beautifully done car wouldn't be more well known.

    Hope someone has other pictures of the car, or knows the whereabouts.
  14. 00 MACK
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 3,646

    00 MACK

    This thing eventually got pasted with a wild panel job.
  15. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,536

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    No kidding? Have any shots of it?
  16. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 3,777

    from Central IL

    Wow I'm really diggin that!
  17. DrJ
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 9,430


    Nice find.
    Thanks for the memories, Ryan!
  18. cruiserdanb
    Joined: Dec 22, 2008
    Posts: 4


    Thanks for posting, what a fantastic car. Everything works. Love the grill, I agree the surround looks more like a '51.
  19. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 1,893

    Jonnie King
    from St. Louis


    Many thanks for posting this ! About 10 years ago I unearthed my COMPLETE original collection of Custom Cars Magazine. I've got 'em from the beginning in '57 to the last in '60. All "little pages", and Ultra Kool !

    Below is the cover for September, 1957 Vol.1 Num.1...

    Thanks again,


    Attached Files:

  20. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 3,386


    Could you be thinking about the Clarkaiser built "Utopia"?


  21. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,122

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Never criticize some one else's work, but if that's the same car, shame on them for sure. ( Wonder how they decorated their house?)
  22. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    Nice car, but the paint and *especially*
    the "twin hood scoops perched on top of
    the single hood scoop
    " treatment is a little
    bit much (even) for my tastes. I think the
    car would have looked better painted a
    single, and preferably dark color too, rather
    than the red with the fogged in white

  23. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,687


    That car would have been better looking if they had pushed the "rewind" button a few times.
  24. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,756


    Two different cars.
  25. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,756


    I was just reading the Satans Angels post by Ron Brooks, and realized that Ron had posted a scan made from a 1960 Roadster Show program. This section of the post was about the Jerry Sahagon 1951 Chevy. But the car listed above it is Lloyd C. Hammond'a Shoebox.

    And in 1960 it appears he has added quad headlights...


    There is a color photo of this car at a 1959 outdoor show in the recent The Rodder's Journal (issue #51) on page 76.

    Scanned from TRJ #51 photo from the George Kilger Collection.
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  26. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,863


    I would NEVER doubt the "Master of Kustoms" but damn if that doesn't look like the same car to me... once Liberace had his way with it!
  27. BStoltz
    Joined: Mar 30, 2009
    Posts: 121


    now that is one sweet looking custom....
  28. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,687


    CLEARLY not the same car. Even if there were no other conclusive evidence, the "Utopia" still has its split windshield in its final overdressed form, while the Hammond car has a wraparound windshield from the get-go.

    Some similarities between the two, to be sure, but no match.
  29. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 5,863


    I don't doubt you or Rik, I just see the pink Liberace version as a Kustom version of the original. Man, I hope I'm wrong! Cutting up the original would be sacrilege!

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