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Folks Of Interest RIP ... Fat Jack Robinson

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HEMI32, Oct 20, 2020.


  1. Fat Jack Robinson.JPG
    John J. Robinson Jr.
    June 22, 1943 - October 20, 2020


    RIP "Fat Jack" :( ... My condolences to @PRE48V-8, @JROTTEN, the rest of the Robinson family & Jack's friends.
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2020
  2. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
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    Jack's cars always had their own look, and were of the highest quality. His orange 46 Coupe was one for the ages ! R.I.P. Jack.
     
  3. Dang.:(
    Every car he built was low & cool and he influenced others as well.

    I especially liked the black full-fendered A roadster & orange '46 that barrel-rolled thru the lights at Fremont.
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  4. lumpy 63
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  5. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
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    302GMC
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    from Idaho

    In 1985 (I think), I was lucky enough to make the Antique National/Inliner's International Fremont meet. Jack took delivery of the newly built '40 Tudor, got in, and ran a 140 MPH pass out of the box ... You never forget something like that.
    RIP sir ...
     
  6. olscrounger
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    Sad to hear--a very talented builder and his cars always had to look. Was there at Baylands when the 46 coupe rolled--really loved his black 39 4 door convert-must have looked at pictures of it in Rodder's Journal a zillion times.
     
  7. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
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    Wow!

    disco.jpg

    This may be one of the coolest roadster I've seen on a while. It's way before it's time. That style would fit right in, now.
     
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    "Fat Jack" Robinson's Bitchin' Deuce 3wd Coupe

    Al Laprinchini's Bitchin' Deuce 3wd Coupe (built by Fat Jack Robinson)‚Äč.jpg
    The "Fat Jack" Deuce 3wd at LODI '74 (shortly after Al Laprinchini bought it)
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2020
  9. A bit off topic for the H.A.M.B. ... but a big part of "Fat Jack" Robinson's legacy:

    Cole-Cutler-vs-Fat-Jack.jpg


     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2020
  10. Dude had style. I know a bunch of us were teens in the 80s and his 46 got into a lot of our heads
     
  11. GordonC
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    RIP. Loved his cars.
     
  12. flatheadpete
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    from Burton, MI

    Well damn. That orange coupe is in my top 10 baddest cars of all time. RIP
     
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  14. Primered Forever
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    from Joplin,MO

    I was in my late teens when he was running that 46 coupe and it got me going for sure! RIP
     
  15. reagen
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
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  16. Sad news, him and Moreland hooked me hard on old cars having big motors and going real fast !
     
  17. NOTE: Chuck Hoffman's '28 Roadster (built by "Fat Jack"):

    Chuck Hoffman '28 roadster built by Fat Jack Robinson in 1978-79.jpg
    image originally posted by @modernbeat

    Chuck Hoffman '28 roadster built by Fat Jack Robinson @ Merced '79.jpg
    image by @Weasel

    Chuck Hoffman '28 roadster built by Fat Jack Robinson (Pat Ganahl archives).jpg
    image by Pat @pgan Ganahl​

    ... is still around today (now owned by Scotty Strebel) ... and pretty much unchanged since 1978:

    Scotty Strebel's 'Chuck Hoffman 1928 Roadster' (built by Fat Jack Robinson) at GG '14 WCN (1).jpg
    image by Chip @need louvers ? Quinn

    Scotty Strebel's 'Chuck Hoffman 1928 Roadster' (built by Fat Jack Robinson) at GG '14 WCN (2).jpg
    Scotty Strebel's 'Chuck Hoffman 1928 Roadster' (built by Fat Jack Robinson) at GG '14 WCN (3).jpg
    images by Thom Taylor​
     
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  18. cfmvw
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    I remember following the build of his '46... I was especially impressed with all the time he spent with hole saws to lighten the inner body panels! RIP Jack.
     
  19. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
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    Sorry to hear. I think I still have the T shirt with the orange coupe on it.
     
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  20. ...didn't the black 40 belong to Jerry Moreland?,...not Jack?
    ...here's my sketches...
    ...condolences to all...
    fri art 17 052.jpg fri art 059.jpg
     
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  21. RIP Hot Rodding Legends:

    Fat Jack, Boyd, Bauder.jpg
    "Fat Jack", Boyd, & Bob Bauder in the '70s
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2020
  22. Fat Jack made fat fenders cool and FAST! HRP
     
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  23. Lil32
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    R.I.P. from Aussies
     
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  24. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,517

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    img20200605_0007.jpg Jack's son John is a member, @JROTTEN, learned the trade very well from his Dad, has the same eye for design, just part of Jack's legacy.
     
  25. RIP Jack and thanks for the memories...
     
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  26. Condolences to the family...
     
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  27. Deuces
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    Deuces
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    from Michigan

  28. 296ardun
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  29. PRE48V-8
    Joined: Sep 23, 2006
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    PRE48V-8
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    from H.G., CA


    ....Thanks to all who have given their condolences thus far & in the days ahead for the loss of our father. Dad left us peacefully early this morning in his sleep at age 77. For the record, he was born 6-22-1943 in Long Beach, CA & passed on 10-20-2020 in Riverside, CA. We greatly appreciate the outreach from the H.A.M.B. community along with the compliments given and memories shared of our dad's accomplishments as a lifetime hot rodder/builder here on the H.A.M.B. The family will ad images, information & anecdotal references here as time passes in the spirit of accuracy or just to share with everyone.....PRE48V-8\:^|
     

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