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History Stick City La Habra, CA early '70's

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Donut Dave, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. Donut Dave
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 287

    Donut Dave

    I remember lusting over deuce roadster, vicky, sedans, '40 coupes, mild '50 customs and T-buckets. Most of the cars were their on consignment; I think the owners name was Rabbit? I would stop by about once a month, it was like going to a car show. I would hang on the chain fence and dream of someday owning a car like these. Great memories!!
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2016
  2. No pics -- But Norm (Rabbit) Samuels is still around and sellin Hot Rods in Brea California.
    Spent some time with him last year @ the L.A. Roadster show
    :cool: :cool: :cool:
  3. Lucky Ricky
    Joined: Mar 13, 2007
    Posts: 37

    Lucky Ricky

    Man I remember that place. My dad would always stop there jus to check it out and see what they had. Brought back alot of memories:rolleyes:
  4. ramzoom
    Joined: Apr 25, 2008
    Posts: 380

    from California


    Heres a shot of our 65 Cyclone...

    My old man sold a '67 396/375 4 spd. Chevelle to Stick City around '70. The top end was so loud and screwed up from racing that he and a buddy lined the inside of the valve covers with carpet to quiet it up. It worked and Stick City bought the car:D
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  5. 31fordV860
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 869


    Does anyone remember Johnny's Speed and Chrome in Buena Park, Ca. n the seventies..??
  6. Ya mean Johnny's Chip and peel?
    Bought lotsa Junk from them.
  7. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,868


    I had a '68 Vette, 427 and 4 speed from Stick City.
  8. Johnny's went from being a Speed Shop to a VW mainly place in the mid 70's. I used to manage the Auto Haus store just up the street and they were our main competition. Hughie (the owner) was a tough competitor!

    Saw Rabbit Sunday at John Force's show.
  9. 31fordV860
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 869


    True, the stuff was crap... but at the time its all I could afford...bought some half way decent nerf bars there once...but the mil thickness on the "plated" crap was horrible..
  10. tattedfordguy
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
    Posts: 1,362


    got my first car there 64 bug
  11. battersea boys
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 593

    battersea boys
    from surrey

    I remember Johnny's got the decal somewhere...........
    how bout the service center

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    Last edited: Dec 11, 2008
  12. WCD
    Joined: Apr 15, 2008
    Posts: 1,712


    Stick City sponsored a series of cars, a couple of funnies too. The Pisano Bros Camaro and Corvair being of them. Mr. T was another hi-perf used car dealership. They too sponsored a few cars, one belonging to Steve Bovan, the other Vic Morse
  13. TerenceLaHabra
    Joined: Oct 12, 2016
    Posts: 1


    Hey that was a fun shop and I used to hang on the fence too as a kid and dream. There was a different shop that sold hot rods on Beach Blvd. Across from the Mark C. Bloom store but I forget what it was called. Oh and I worked at the Johnny's Speed & Chrome warehouse, it was awesome. A lot of cool cars came there to pick up parts so we always checked them out. The drag racing was done on Friday and Sunday nights on Phoebe Street in the industrial park area just down the road. I remember guys lined up on Friday night trying to get a tune at Johnny's before going out.
  14. Donut Dave
    Joined: Jul 9, 2007
    Posts: 287

    Donut Dave

    Here's a picture in front of the Whittier Blvd. Stick City building...

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  15. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 1,646


    Hey Guys,
    from a November 2016 post on used hot rods...

    There was a late 60's-70's lot that was similar in La Habra (So Cal) called, Stick City. It had similar cars that were not priced out of this world back then. But, today, there are shops and dealers that sell "vintage" cars and they seemed to be priced so high that most customers just go in for a car show. Maybe a lower price for those nice "vintage" cars would increase sales and keep the flame burning for some. Just my $.04 worth...

    Here is part of a post from Dec 2016...
    [​IMG]Norm "Rabbit" Samuels
    The owner back in those days was a guy that ran one of the only true hot rod, used car lots in So Cal. True American Mags, highly sought after, today… and that rear ¾ low shot makes it look like the sedan is ready for the starting line at the drags. But, it was usually going to and from all of those car shows, club picnics and hot rod events in So Cal. Miles and miles of fun, fun, fun…until “Daddy put the T-Bird away”…on the lot of course.
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  16. Dan in Pasadena
    Joined: Sep 11, 2009
    Posts: 700

    Dan in Pasadena

    I lived in Whittier my entire life until I got divorced at age 45 and moved to Pasadena. I would go to Stick City constantly just to look. I was a kid and couldnt afford anything but i wanted nearly every thing there!
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