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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by johnc451, Dec 13, 2021.

  1. johnc451
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    This old custom was in the corral at the Rhinebeck show in 2019 and generated a lot of interest. It did not sell just then but has been stored locally since then. A friend of mine just bought it and is giving it a thorough evaluation. It is sectioned and shortened and shows quality work way back when. He has paperwork showing a title transfer in 1958 from an owner in the Westchester County ,NY area to one in central Connecticut. We would love to find some history on it, like who did the work, when it was done, how did it look in its prime, was it a driver or just for show, did it get modified all at once or was it a work in progress over time, and anything else interesting you can describe. Pictures of it prior to 2015 would be greatly appreciated! My interest in it is helping out a friend and trying to see it preserved in a happier state than what you see. I have a lead on two owners from late '58 to early '60 but would love to cross reference with someone with more information before I make cold calls and possibly bother the wrong folks or annoy anyone. You can PM me here instead of using up HAMB space or email me at:
    johnc451@optonline.net. If you prefer conversation, 845-266-5304. Thank-You John 65410955792__8387A316-A747-4854-9A54-F4F22EE31954.jpg 65410948493__FA1A1DE1-4A70-4718-98AE-19C646464E5C (1).jpg IMG_7596 (2).jpg IMG_7598 (1).jpg
     
  2. Bandit Billy
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    I have nothing to add other than my dry cleaning bill, but I doubt that is going to come out. Wow!
     
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  3. Squablow
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    I have no history to share, but I like the car, it really had a lot of work done and is really different. Well worthy of some repair and preservation efforts.
     
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  4. Dedsoto
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    from Australia
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  5. BUMP for John!
    Anybody know anything else?
     
  6. redo32
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    That would be sweet with a chopped lifted off top. Like and early, early Tbird
     
  7. stanlow69
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    Seems I saw a pic of it in the back of a magazine as Reader`s Rides? From the mid 50`s to the early 60`s. Was from New York? You can come by and go thru my collection of magazines. I`ll start you out with 500 issues. A car design like that, you won`t forget. Seems like I saw it with in the last year. Might be a wild goose chase.
     
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  8. stanlow69
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    I know this isn`t it. But thought you`d like to see it. March 1953 Motor T IMG_20211231_0001.jpg rend.
     
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  9. johnc451
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    Beautiful! The amount of effort to get those results is staggering! Thank you!
     
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  10. johnc451
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    The more I look at the pictures the more I can see similar proportions- especially in the top area
     
  11. 1934coupe
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    John I can't add to the query about the car but get in touch with the Westchester Street Rods they are on FB. A lot of old timers and photographers in that club.

    Pat
     
  12. johnc451
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    Thanks for the suggestion Pat.
     
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  13. squirrel
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    It's an interesting car...rather ugly, but he tried. Maybe if they had photoshop back then, it would have turned out differently? Or if he'd taken the time to take some pictures first, cut them up and move the pieces around like paper dolls, and see how it would look?

    It would be nice to have a few large, clear pictures of it, including a side view, so we can figure out just what was done to make it.
     
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  14. The time he spent on this saved a 57 Chevy from becoming a "shorty".... lol
     
  15. RmK57
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    I can see similarities between this and a Mercedes Gullwing or at least some European influence.
     
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  17. hotdamn
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    this thing is super cool
     
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  18. 27 Tall T
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    from Butler Pa.

    The new owner has some cool plans for it.
     
  19. 38mag
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    A couple pictures of "Shorty" at the Detroit Autorama basement and some history the present owner has found. shorty at detroit 2.jpg shorty at detroit 2.jpg Shorty's history.jpg
     

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