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Customs Old Custom Found Looking for any History...Help!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Stoker32, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. Stoker32
    Joined: Nov 8, 2008
    Posts: 365

    from so cal

    We drug this thing out of a yard last night.

    It was originally a 51 Ford English Prefect. Best we can tell is that it started life as a 2-door sedan.

    We're guessing it was done sometime in the late 50's.

    We're hoping someone my have any old photos or recognize it from an old magazine. Last registration was 1971 and title shows an Orange County address. The previous owner died, so we got no info with it.

    IMG_0731.jpg IMG_0732.jpg IMG_0733.jpg IMG_0734.jpg IMG_0735.jpg
  2. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 29,450

    Jalopy Joker

    maybe a James Bond car
  3. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,214

    from Tampa, FL

    Were mini-customs ever a thing? Got no ideas, so no help here, sorry. Gary
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  4. I saw that when it was on ebay and was intrigued by it myself. Glad to see someone got it and it may be saved.

    What's the plan for it?

  5. What's it titled as? From the side it looks more like it started life as a TR2 or 3.
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  6. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,620


    The rear bumper shares some but not all design characteristics of the 1955 Chevy bumper.
  7. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 18,814


    Did it come from Whoville?
  8. Stoker32
    Joined: Nov 8, 2008
    Posts: 365

    from so cal

    Titled as a 51 ford. It has the prefect grille and hood. The sides were grafted on. We're guessing from a triumph. The tail lights are 56 stude.

    We just got it to fire. Sounds pretty good.
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  9. Interesting.......weird, but interesting.:D
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  10. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,480

    from California

    wasn't that in the last "Cars" movie?
  11. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    When I saw "CUSTOM" in the title, I was expecting a "real" custom, not Stuart Little's car:eek:
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2016
  12. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,791

    from Canada

    Those back fins look Daimler to me. The rest who knows.
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  13. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 16,407


    Adorable. That car took some serious effort to build and looks like it was finished to a pretty high degree at one time. The "trunk" area looks like a 53 Studebaker hood skin.
  14. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,681

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    I think it's a different fits in with the "build your own sportscar" movement. Plans for several (generally early Ford V8 based, much like bigger versions of this car) were published in the various Popular mechanics type magazines, and there were commercial plans with lists of donor parts sold in the classified ads too. These were not really related to customs, or to the sports racing rods (Manning, etc.) that were popular before hotrod and sports car people decided that they were not in the same social set. By the end of the '50's, sports cars were getting sleeker, and the hobby responded with streamlined fiberglass bodies meant to go on American frames.
    This one does, though have some custom conventions like the fins that separate it from most of the others and from the British Ford and Austin 7 based trials cars...
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  15. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,580


    Tattoos car?
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  16. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 12,008


    I appreciate the cars that were customized back in my childhood, they show creativity, something that seems to have faded badly in todays world.
    I love it !
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  17. Kiwi 4d
    Joined: Sep 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,347

    Kiwi 4d

    Looking at it I imagine it's got the thumping great 1172 cc flat head 30hp ( going down hill of course) powering it. The whole front albeit modified at the rear of the front fenders appears to be from a 49 to 53 defect.. So presume it's frame is from a Defect also. The rest is interestingly European with some flair.
  18. triman62
    Joined: Sep 2, 2013
    Posts: 276


    customHudson_03_resized.jpg customHudson_02_resized.jpg Looks like it could be a Martz inspired build to me. Charles Martz of Aurora, Missouri, who built his own custom Hudson, then wrote a book about it (“Build Your Own Custom Sports Car”) and saw his project featured in the January 1952 issue of Motor Trend.
  19. That's cute!
  20. it needs a baby daimler hemi 8
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  21. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 6,695

    Member Emeritus

    Batman has the Bat Mobile, now Robin has a car of his own.
    I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
  22. Yep, our older brothers had their way with some old cars. 102_0591.JPG
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  23. The sides bear only the slightest resemblance to a TR2/3. I'm sure they were made from sheet metal by the original builder
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
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    The matched license plates are probably worth more that the car.
  25. Okie Pete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2008
    Posts: 4,095

    Okie Pete

    Cool car glad you saved it . It has a European flare to the style . Fix it , drive it and enjoy .
  26. I like the wheels.......
  27. Lukydevl
    Joined: Feb 23, 2010
    Posts: 700

    from Arizona

    Interesting Indeed!
  28. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,967


    that rear bumper LOOKS NUTHIN' LIKE any 55 Chev bumper I have EVER seen..
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