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History Saving Dominique - Now with (slow) build thread!

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Barn Hunter, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. Barn Hunter
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    It was sitting for well over 30 years. The guy that made it into a drag car loved green so he stripped the paint and interior. He had green diamond tufted metalflake door panels made and never installed. The seats were done in white pearl with green diamond flake inserts, but they're wasted.
     
  2. Black Panther
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    Looks like the only body mod it suffered from it magazine days are the hole in the hood for the blower and the rear wheel openings were made rounder. Incidentally..if you dress that motor with older valve covers and lets say a pair of early afb carbs...it would look like an evolution of Dominque instead of a radical change. These old customs were changed regularly back then to keep them fresh for the show circuit. I'd run the blower...it takes the car to a different level..
     
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  3. Squablow
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    Glad to see it survived so well intact and very restorable. The engine and those mag wheels are neat pieces in and of themselves but I really personally would love to see it restored back to it's magazine days with wire wheels and the solid hood.

    The waiting time would have driven me insane!
     
  4. Barn Hunter
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    The hood piece is gone but at least he had the foresight to keep the wheel cutouts. 20191125_162357 (2).jpg
     
  5. 296moon
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    This is the Monday Ive ever had!..............
     
  6. Black Panther
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    Wow!! So rare he kept the quarter panel pieces...a little fiberglass glue and she'll be just like her glory days..
     
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  7. Barn hunter,
    It’s your car,,you can do whatever you please.
    But,,,,please take it back the original custom.
    Those old pics just look like pure class,,,,there were really cool machines made back then.
    Did I see a pic from back then that had factory GM fuel injection?
    That might be cool as well ,,,,but at the minimum,,use carbs anyway.

    Tommy
     
  8. captainjunk#2
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    a very cool score nice for the car to see the light of day again
     
  9. gearheadbill
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    Love the original version. So many customs from the era were so overdone and gaudy. A lot of stylish mods, color choice etc.. to the car. Very nice!

    Plans??
     
  10. Squablow
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    Shocking that those quarter sections were still with the car, that's certainly happy news. The hood hole will be much easier to fab a repair from scratch in comparison. If you had to have one or the other, those are the pieces you want.
     
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  11. Wait....you haven't changed your avatar yet ? What the heck.....and nice save !
     
  12. traffic61
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    That is one sexy custom Vette. I am glad that you ended up with her.
     
  13. I see some similar style...just came across this today.. 70C48303-8E93-43A7-A01E-F94CE8E7C8FD.jpeg
     
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  14. SuperFleye
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    Great car and story! I look forward to follow this! Congrats on an awesome buy!
     
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  15. Mr48chev
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    Cool beans. Those wheel well pieces make it a whole lot easier to put back right.
    Normally the only thing in the heads of those "restorers" is the "it's going to be worth $$$$$$ when I am done and have it back to showroom stock. Most have no interest in the history of a custom or old car unless someone famous owned it and they can use that for bragging rights.
     
  16. manyolcars
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    It seems to be sacrilege to customise a 55, 56,or 57 chevy or a corvette but it used to be done and lots of them look good. I love the look of your car
     
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  17. manyolcars
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    Is it a Kustom or is it a racecar? I say return it to a Kustom
     
  18. Barn Hunter
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    I was born the same year that Corvettes came out. This is my first one!
     
  19. Barn Hunter
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    Thanks! Determined is putting it mildly. Even though I didn't have any history on the car I was hell bent on owning it....just a gut feeling I had.
     
  20. There are lots of stock 56 Vettes out there already.
    I am one of those Corvette guys who likes them stock. But...this car is so absolutely beautiful it would be a travesty not to restore it....to its magazine glory days.
    I hope you can see it through.
     
  21. Congrats, your feeling was just right!
    When you actually received the car it looked much better than in the pics from the ad. In those it looked like one of those Vettes that have been pulled from the woods.
    Unbelieveable that the pieces that where cut off are still with the car. How are the chances for that - like winning a jackpot maybe?
     
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  22. s55mercury66
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    I would leave it as is, save for a red and white metalflake paint job, with blue stars.
     
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  23. 2NDCHANCE
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    That Corvette is awesome. I'm bummed that there are only three pages so far. I need more. I have always dreamed of stumbling across a cool old custom. The magazine credits bring it to another level. Great find, and great persistence. Gary
     
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  24. Barn Hunter
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    Yes, I was pleasantly surprised seeing it for the first time. Thanks!
     
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  25. Barn Hunter
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    Oy!!
     
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  26. Barn Hunter
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    Thanks. There will be more coming!
     
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  27. Barn Hunter
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    Was looking around the Kustomrama site and found this in their archives. January 1963, Car Craft. Funny how the different magazines get things wrong/different. This one says 59 Lincoln bezels...also that he bought it for $85, other mags say $250....who knows? It was a good deal either way! 20191126_110403 (2).jpg
     
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  28. Have you found any pics of it as a racer? I kind of like the thought of restoring it to kustom/race status. But just kustom would be kewl also.
     
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  29. Spex84
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    Stories like this are why I'm addicted to the HAMB! Fantastic to see this car dragged out into the light again.
    With the blower poking through the hood, and slicks out back, it looks ripped from the pages of "Model Car Science" circa 1965.
    It was classy as a custom, but the "Show 'n Go" look is pretty darn cool too.
     
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  30. 40two
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    oh man, this car tenses a bow between a sports car and a custom limousine, very nice and glad, YOU saved it.
     
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