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The Golden Sahara II is found!

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,083


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    The Golden Sahara II is found!


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  2. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,307

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    My thoughts:

    1. I've heard from a lot of hot rod hero types that the GS was never really lost because they've known where it was the whole time. OK.... Cool... bullshit.

    2. Man... The Golden Sierra certainly hasn't gotten any prettier through the years. It's a fantastic historical find and I'm happy for all those involved, but if I'm honest with myself - this car just isn't my thing. At all.

    3. Excited they "found" the original Kookie car too!
  3. Preferred the 1st version of the Golden Sahara but no.2 is cool as well. Great to see it see the light of day.

    With to Kookie T I hope it retains the Larry Watson paint. Just return it to the 1st Jim Street version which was the Kookie T with a new white pearl with red flames.
  4. ebfabman
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  5. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 24,004


    None of this will have any effect on any ongoing HAMB builds. Bob
    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 7,385


    4. I hope when auctioned they bring silly $$$$$$.
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  7. ebfabman
    Joined: Mar 10, 2009
    Posts: 550


    Doesn't seem likely.
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  8. I actually hope the auction stays within @Moriarity 's reach. I'd LOVE to see him become the new caretaker of this one! He would be one of maybe a handful that could give GSII a good home!
  9. philo426
    Joined: Sep 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,673


    Everyone seems like Moriarity is the best builder on the HAMB.True?
  10. WiredSpider
    Joined: Dec 29, 2012
    Posts: 457


    I,m sure Galpin motorsports will be a bidder
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  11. Maybe not “the best” but he sure has a passion for historical hot rods/customs!! He has an incredible stable...much nicer than mine will ever be! (But, That’s not too hard to beat! LOL)
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  12. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 12,795

    Staff Member

    As much as I would like to have it. I am sure it is financially out of reach for me. I even have several jars of gold murano pearl.... the one thing that confuses me about this is in my thread about the GS someone who is seemingly an insider refers to the "current owner" implying that the cars were willed to someone? I will tell you what, If I were willed those cars it is the last thing in the world I would do is sell em.....
  13. 42˚18'N 83˚09'W
    Joined: Jul 29, 2008
    Posts: 80

    42˚18'N 83˚09'W

    Not my thing either but I would bet money George volunteered to paint the gold on the Twinkie... Just sayin'
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  14. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 7,508

    dirty old man

    Typical of the excess and gadgets Barris got into trying to outdo himself. Build talent he had, his skills at metalworking unsurpassed in his day, but his skills at the actual styling, if there at all, seemed to be overcome by the need to be more and more outrageous with every car he built.
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  15. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,479

    from Buffalo NY

    I believe...that is all. That they went to his wife who is the owner maybe based on a will
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  16. I would assume they mean Jim's wife Sally. I would think she is the current owner.

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  17. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 12,438


    I too think Moriarity should end up with the Golden Sahara. I bet he already has a set of NOS-in-the-box glow in the dark tires to put on it.

    And he should restore it to version 1. Cut off those fins.
  18. If there was ever a custom built for a porn star................just say'in.
  19. Should have cleaned it at least a little up before taking the workshop pic . All those torn off strips of duct tape sure are,nt 50 years old.
  20. davidvillajr
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 541


    Pfft! Where's the illuminated tires? Worthless without them.


    Enjoy seeing the current pics, and glad I got to read some of the history that was included in the Jack Stewart Ford book.
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  21. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 5,398

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Only one step ahead of Morrota's Mystery...
  22. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 799


    Love it or hate it, the history of GS II is pretty fascinating. It had to have been pretty mind blowing with all of it's gadgetry at the time it was built.
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  23. ... and just because a TJJ Blog can never have enough video clips :) :

  24. 40two
    Joined: Feb 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,522


    my biggest wish to this crazy custom is that it will end up in a H.A.M.B.ers hands, that would make me proud! The GS is on the top of the 1950s space age phantasies in my opinion.
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  25. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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    hombres ruin

    What I don’t understand is if Jim street had these cars for all these years why let them go into the state they were found? So no one knew he had them all this time?

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  26. Why do any old customs/hotrods end up in the state they are usually found in? Because no one gave a shit about them for probably 30+ years so the owners put them away and left them to sit. Jim at least didn't leave them outside to rot away like many faced. They are both in pretty remarkable shape when you consider the condition most cars from this era are in when found. Everyone knew that he had them.
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  27. fuzzface
    Joined: Dec 7, 2006
    Posts: 1,098


    "The Golden Sierra certainly hasn't gotten any prettier through the years."

    I agree but that is what usually happens in time even sitting in a corner someplace. I just saw an old friend I had the hots for years ago. I was surprised how far downhill she looked with age. but then I am not the STUD MUFFIN I once was either except in my own mind. :)
  28. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 8,005


    This guy had style, the smarts, a beautiful wife, was no doubt very wealthy and successful.

    He also had a dream...that the GS would change the evolution of the automobile...and it did...just not the way he envisioned it. When his wild one became washed up he locked them up and that probably was a sad moment that never went away.

    The big Car companies took his ideas but perhaps without benefit to him. That surely hits below the belt a little.

    Hey perhaps he lived a good life...but the gleaming Jetson dream did not pan out the way he envisioned.

    These are my thoughts.
  29. Yes, everyone (well, anyone who cared), knew he had them this whole time. Clearly by his dedication to build it the way he did with all the beyond advanced for the time electronics, Jim was a perfectionist. This was the first car to be painted pearl. Murano pearl.....developed by Jim and those he worked with first to paint this car. The first paint job didn't last, naturally, given the limited life in the real world of such experimental paint, so it was redone, which I'm pretty sure is the paint job that's on it now (painted white of course). That being said, it's easy to imagine the second paint job not really lasting in perfect shape for too long before it started to fade, check, whatever (remember even tried and true nitro lacquer paint jobs only lasted about a year in the sun at the time). I can imagine Jim, being the perfectionist he could have been, deciding to not let the car be seen with a fading paint job, and being a man of several interests and projects, it's easy to see how it would just get further down the list of projects....and the longer it sat, the yellower it got, the more he wanted it not seen until he got around to redoing it and on the cycle goes until the next thing you know it's been 50 years. He loved the car, was proud of it and protective of it only desiring it to be seen and remembered at it's best. I can imagine he was sick to leave it behind as it is. God speed Jim and thank you for your care to save it for us....I'm sure the new owner will do it justice for you.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2018
  30. Colin HD
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
    Posts: 141

    Colin HD

    How about some HAMB 'Crowd Funding' to help GS into Marks hands?!?!

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