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History Ray Giovannoni's '36 Ford

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, Jul 16, 2009.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,703

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

  2. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,758


    I have always loved the looks of that car a lot.

    Lets hope there will be some very good news on this one soon!!!
  3. My all time favorite custom.
  4. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,273

    from Buffalo NY

    Always interested in things 36 Ford. Hope to see this one again.

    Are those running boards shortened?
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  5. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,075


    One of my favorite's also....
    I guess "something" has been found.... so even if its not this car.... seems it should be very interesting in any case!

  6. Perfect custom, history, and a mystery, the only thing missing is....."the rest of the story".
  7. It looks like Ray wasn't just another guy from DC with a custom. I found this with a quick Google search.

    Giovannoni Cams was the first speed shop in Washington, D.C.. The shop was started by the famous cam grinder Ray Giovannoni. Giovannoni Cams was located at 633 Maine Avenue, S.W, Washington, D.C

    Attached Files:

  8. Great looking Custom.
    I would be surprised if that Custom didn't survive. It is amazing how many of these early customs (& hot rods) show up, look at the post not to long ago with the Jimmy Summers built '36 3w sitting in a pasture.
  9. SuperFleye
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,994

    Alliance Vendor

    It would have been really great if this car returned to the scene! I really dig this car and its story!!
  10. HomemadeHardtop57
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
    Posts: 3,881


    Spence Murray did a similar one in the 70's that was the feature build car in one of the old mags..might of been Rod and Custom. Looks very similar to the Giovannoni one. My friend Carl has owned it for about 20 years and has only taken it out of his garage maybe three times. I should try to get some pics to post. In fact Rodders Journal did a story on it recently and said that they wonder how it looks today
    Anyhow..this is a really cool roadster.

  11. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 815


    Great looking car! That top is beautiful, the chop and profile are just perfect; wonder if it was done in D.C. or is a genuine Carson top? I'm not wild about the Packard-style grill, it's hard to improve on the original '36 grill ('cept maybe simplify it some).
  12. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,588

    from SUGAR CITY

    Dream car. One of the best.
  13. Van Dutch
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 248

    Van Dutch

    Ryan, you tease.

    Can't wait to hear more about a semi famous east coast rod.
  14. silverdome
    Joined: Aug 23, 2007
    Posts: 452


    I second that except to say BIG TEASE.

    Let's hope it turns up so that we can learn more about it.
  15. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,703

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    In this case fellas - I'm not the tease. I'd say more if I knew more.
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 7,022


    I like the Grille. 41-42 Packard Clipper. If I had to be picky I'd say it coulda went up into the hood but some have done that already and it would take away it's unique personality. I know the reason it's lower because of the available hgt to work with and really would take two grilles to do that. The rest of the car is just drop dead sexy for a 36 custom. Thanks Ryan even though I too think it's a tease. Then again where else would you ask if more info was wanted?
  17. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,252


    That one BAD fuckin' car..........

    Always been these cars run a little hot, engine and driver's compartment, with the solid hood sides?
  18. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,273

    from Buffalo NY

    I have my fathers old Hot Rod annual with a copy of the build up of that car, nice article showing all the work they did...
  19. Damn is it found or not ????????????????????
  20. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,075


    whats the date of this? and whats on the cover?

  21. gr8ness13
    Joined: Aug 28, 2008
    Posts: 405


    Beautiful Classic......
  22. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,273

    from Buffalo NY

    Early 70's the car was still in primer on the cover
  23. bonesy
    Joined: Aug 14, 2005
    Posts: 2,973


    I love it.

    The top is right on - the stance is even better.
  24. KIRK!
    Joined: Feb 20, 2002
    Posts: 12,034


    Yeah, it's OK......for one of the coolest cars of all time!
  25. Flying Tiger
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 479

    Flying Tiger
    from Japan

    Wow, that's a great looking custom. Pretty much the perfect '36.
  26. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,076


    I'm in love with all of it,maybe just a little lukewarm on the grille.
  27. 38zephyr
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 622


  28. L.A.-Bar
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 114

    from Lforida

    About fifty years ago there was a story floating around the D.C. area that the metal work on the Giovannoni car was done by the ambiguous Ed Unger, a then-retired area metal man who's talent was legendary. Anyone reading this and even barely recognizes the Unger name surely is older than dirt.
    Joined: Mar 20, 2008
    Posts: 296


    I called my buddy ,who has a much better memory than mine to see what he remembered about this car. Only a couple of things. The trip to Cal was to get the Carson top installed. Ray Unger ,from around the Silver Spring, Bethesda area of MD did the body work. I think he is still alive. Sometime around 74-80 heard the car was in a trailer park in Jessup,MD across the street from the State Police barracks.My buddy looked but didn't find it.True about Ray having one of the first speed shops in D.C. I think he moved to Fla. to open the cam business. In the late 50's everyone in the mid -atlantic were running his cams. Even Garlits for a while. I heard his son has a resteruant in Alexandria,VA don't know what the name is. If i run into any of the local ancients I'll see what they remember.
  30. hiboy32
    Joined: Nov 7, 2001
    Posts: 2,745

    from Omaha, NE

    thanks for posting the pics and the little info that everyone has on this gorgeous 36.

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