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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by seesko, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,779


    I have looked a bit better at the photos now.. and I agree, not the same car.
    I have edited my original post.
  2. Heres three of the same car in successive years. The first iteration, the "Little Beaver" was beautiful and I saw it in person when I was a kid. The successive alterations were sad to see.
    Apparently the car still exists . I'd love to own it and take it back to the original
    If I recall correctly these pics came from ProEnfo here on the Hamb

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    Last edited: Oct 24, 2009
  3. Strange Agent
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,879

    Strange Agent
    from Ponder, TX

    I'm almost positive this thread started out with good intentions...
  4. Dirtroad
    Joined: Jul 5, 2009
    Posts: 132

    Member Emeritus

    What wuz it before th accident???:confused::confused::eek:
  5. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,363


    Think you're mixing 2 cars together in your memory..

    Rikster,want to enlighten him?
  6. bbc 1957 gasser
    Joined: Aug 3, 2007
    Posts: 685

    bbc 1957 gasser

    another wi plate ????? must be the cheese ...:eek:

    looks like a late 90s cavaler .
  7. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,779


    Sound like this car... its alive and well... The present owner is going to restore it. But perhaps he was thinking of another car... However this one is Strange and Unusual.. so it fits the theme perfectly!




    However the turning center headlights I recognize from this 1940 Ford...


    Perhaps there where others.. but I don't remember them right now. And yes I also feel he is mixing two cars.
  8. VonXulu
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 371

    from Ventura Ca

    Rikster, Koolkemp, when I got my 41, it was merely the remnants of the original cab. It had been modified from original, stolen, parted out, then recovered and sat languishing in some bushes for over twenty years. So it's not like it was parked in some barn for 50 years untouched and unseen by the world. I was working on a 41 two door sedan at the time when my old buddy gave me the cab and the story. I thought it was unique enough to take on, but way surpassed my skill set. I used the chassis out of my 41 and the front fenders. Someone had cut a hole in the top and installed a 50 something VW rag top. I took the project to Skratch. We used a 48 caddy roof to fill the hole up, and I found a 41 four door to donate the new firewall. Skratch built the floor and we grabbed a 48 F1 bed and rear fenders. The F1 fenders looked too wide, so we opted for 49 chevy rear fenders, yet to modified. The whole thing looked too long, so the frame and bed were shortened. I got a 52 ford 8BA with a fresh rebuild from a friend. Mated it to a C4 and installed it. I had already canibalized a 79 lincoln versaille for the drivetrain, and put the 9" in the 41. I scrounged a Super Bell 4" dropped tube axle and some disc brakes for the front, and had the bones split. I gave Skratch creative liberty to do some subtle customization, I like what he has done with it so far. I came up with the idea of putting a post in the front window, and I like how it looks. As far as going back to original, it won't happen. I spoke with the son of the original builder of that truck from the Feb 57 issue of Rod and Custom. Someone had placed an add in July 03 issue of Street Rodder Pg. 18 "Has anyone seen this truck" with his contact info. We emailed each other back and forth and spoke on the phone. There are too many similarities to dismiss that the cab may have been the origial, the story, where it was built and found and customizations evidenced from some points he had told me to look for i.e. original color, custom paint color that was still found on some portions of the cab as well as holes for spotlights, which had been brazed up. He still believes his father's car is out there, so good luck to him on his quest. I have a unique custom which I love. So is it the same? Who knows and who cares! I put a bad ass custom on the road, which I believe pays homage to the Original and the Era from which it came. So if you like it, enjoy! if you don't, well. my apologies.
  9. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,779


    Thanks for the long story... A great find and save no matter if it is the original or not. But with your explination it does sound to me like it could be the same car.

    Besides that I love it...
  10. twinkletwinkle247
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 219

    from Boston, MA

    All I could say is WOW.... kind of a slow, painful WOW that seemed to last for a while. :confused:

    And then I saw the plates.... of course it is.... my new home :rolleyes: , figures.

    At least the trees and hills are beautiful because I try not to look at this stuff.... :eek:
  11. Ah, the good old days - when there were no "issues" with welding a great big metal spike to the front of your car!:D

    Reminds me of this....

  12. VonXulu
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 371

    from Ventura Ca

    Thanks Rikster, and no hood cuase I got a McCullogh 39M pancake blower for it that I'm gonna want to show off when I finish collecting all the parts to install it.
  13. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,006


    Does look a bit like a Lincoln, looks more like those whacky drawings that are in Kanters' catalogs.
  14. 1rustyhighcab
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
    Posts: 118


    think this fits in the strange and unusual catagory

  15. zombiesarebad
    Joined: Aug 29, 2009
    Posts: 206

    from Maine

    what is (was) this car? You're right that is really sad to see. How could someone do that and think they are making an improvement?

    i think the US used to be the custom capitol of the world, but in my humble opinion we've lost that title to the scandinavian countries. They seem to be practicing quite a bit more stylistic restraint than us these days.

    go to Rikster's and look under "custom cars from skandinavia" and you'll see what i mean
  16. robt500
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 432

    from Lex, KY

    So, does anyone have a scan of some of these plans? Custom fiberglass bodies on '35-'40 Ford frames or custom squaretube chassis with ford x-member... I've seen a few of those elsewhere. I like this chevy as a "sports car" custom. Strange and unusual

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  17. Fordguy78
    Joined: Apr 2, 2009
    Posts: 558


    Some of these cars on here are completely messed up. It's hard to believe these cars were someones pride and joy. Different strokes for way different folks.
  18. lanny haas
    Joined: Nov 1, 2008
    Posts: 560

    lanny haas
    from Phoenix AZ

    the first version, it used to sit on the street down from my house, all faded, full of trophys, Barris badge and all. Didnt know what it was and never talked to guy that owned it. Had Ohio plates, Back in the last 80 or early 90's than one day they moved to Calif. I saw it in Rod and Custom once still faded paint, at a GG's show.
  19. robt500
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 432

    from Lex, KY

    I got these pictures from rexrogers here on the H.A.M.B. This is a custom car designed and built by race car designer Norman Timbs in the late 40's. Currently under restoration at Custom Auto.

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  20. Rusty Karz
    Joined: Feb 11, 2005
    Posts: 299

    Rusty Karz

    The Modern Grecian has a kind of "Buck Rodgers" look to it(the one from the old movie serials)and might be perfect as the personal car of 'Ming The Merciless". What's not to like?
  21. Harry Bergeron
    Joined: Feb 10, 2009
    Posts: 345

    Harry Bergeron
    from SoCal

    Horrible, bad, ugly, monstrous, gross, I don't know if there's a word for this one, done by a professional designer as a show car for an actual car company.
    Guess what's under there:

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  22. silentpoet
    Joined: Sep 27, 2009
    Posts: 207

    from NWA

    What I don't understand is how anybody who has the skill to weld and put those panels together in that configuration actually thinks it was a good idea.
  23. SuperFleye
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 2,024

    Alliance Vendor

    Never seen that one before, the front looks kind of like a riviera...
  24. a FU-Bird.........

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  25. The story I remember on this was that is was custom built for a "B movie". Don't recall the name of the movie - anyone? The car was called the Tornado and it was restored just a few years ago at huge expense and run through one of the auctions. Its built on a '58 Fury chassis and the windshield pillars and dash give that away. Its a matter of taste and I don't mind the jet look of the rear but what were they thinking up front???

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  26. holeshot
    Joined: Sep 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,519

    from Waxahachie

    hey SEESKO...more strang than custom! i think, and i agree with GOTGAS. man some of those..WHAT? i usualy frown on coments about others cars! but what else can 1 say? o. k. ill be a gentleman about this, there absolutely gorges...NOT! call me POP...or the old FART!
  27. Del Swanson
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 709

    Del Swanson
    from Racine, WI

    This looks like something Leepu from "Bangla bangers" built!


  28. JamesMcD
    Joined: Dec 19, 2008
    Posts: 138


    If I remember correctly there's a Metropolitan under there.
  29. 59KUSTOM
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 913


    Awright! I just barfed all over my keyboard! Stop this insanity!
  30. Stop it!!! your scaring the children. :eek::D
    Funny this thread would rise during Holloween.;)

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