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Features The Lee Pratt Thrash

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Ryan, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. NumbNutz
    Joined: Mar 11, 2009
    Posts: 319


    Sooo Koool! I'm really excited about going now. Thanks Ryan
  2. VoodooTwin
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 3,455

    from Noo Yawk

    As it looked not too long ago.....

  3. wheels1950
    Joined: Jun 13, 2001
    Posts: 550

    from PA. USA

    When I hear Lee Pratt's name I think of this car and remember Terry Cook owned it for awhile.

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  4. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    Why was this story posted?? It's bad enough I still regret selling my 55 Nomad back in the early 80s but then to read this story makes me feel like crying. Damn
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  5. bob-o
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 313


    Seriously! Soooooooo stoked to see this in a couple of weeks!
  6. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,911

    need louvers ?

    Me too! I remember a small article in the back of Street Rodder about '79 or so about putting the subframe under it, and I think that was the first time I had ever heard of that being done.
  7. Church
    Joined: Nov 15, 2002
    Posts: 2,816

    from South Bay

    Can't tell you how happy I am to read this. Probably my favorite nomad ever.... and Lee is such an awesome guy. Can't wait to see the car in person. Go Lee GO!!!!!
  8. Turbo442
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 702


    This is awesome. I love the picture of all the tools as much as the car itself. It's neat to see him with the old drill and lathe that have probably both been a part of so many builds.
  9. fatkoop
    Joined: Nov 17, 2009
    Posts: 712


    I wish more guys would run Skylark wires like Lee Pratt. They look SO good on so many cars. His builds are some of the best ever.
  10. Richard Glymph was in Austin a couple of weeks ago helping Lee out with some painting and cut and buff work. I have some pictures but they are color shots so in keeping with Ryan's theme, I won't post them here. You'll just have to wait and see. :)
  11. ynottayblock
    Joined: Dec 23, 2005
    Posts: 1,954


    Nice! Im glad he found the original and is restoring it back to its former glory.

    One question though, what happened to the abandoned clone?
  12. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,661


    Gonna be SCHWEEEEET!
  13. I've seen the TRJ pics(color), and is it ever sweet! Don't leave out Tom Davison's efforts in the paint--according to TRJ, Tom did the flames originally, and again this time. Vernon McKeon is doing the interior( one heck of a trim guy)...Even super cool HAMBer Reggie is tweaking the engine. This is just a great story of a great car, with some of the neatest guys you'd ever meet laying their hands on it. I was going to GNRS, but had to cancel :(....and I'm sad I'm gonna miss seeing this thing in person.
  14. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 7,589

    from Nebraska

    TRJ sent out an email with a few color shots, which I'm sure can be found on their website if anyone is really curious :)

    Looking forward to seeing this wagon next week!

  15. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,431

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    In keeping with Ryan's "blackout" of color details, here's a shot of Lee mixing the main color!!

  16. I can almost smell the lacquer........:p

    You guys killed it, Tom. Looks a foot deep in the pics(which you shot so well, btw) :cool:
  17. Rice n Beans Garage
    Joined: Dec 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,480

    Rice n Beans Garage

    Hope he found a four-track for it
  18. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,431

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    That's hilarious (and so true).
  19. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,431

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    Earl Schieb, I didn't see the TRJ newsletter, but for the record, Lee designed and taped the flames originally in November 1967 and also in November of 2013.

    In '67, Lee knew what he wanted, we collaborated on how to accomplish that, then I did all the spraying and blending. So, this past November, Richard was there ahead of me, helped Lee prep the car and went back to Baltimore. Richard and Lee did a phenomenal job on the prep. Richard also assisted with the flake and lace on the top.

    I was in Austin to assist and to help Lee remember how we did it in '67 (example..did the flames have a metal flake pinstripe?…we don't know, but we talked about doing that in '67 and we did do it in '13). Lee did all the spraying and blending this time around. Then Richard came back and brought Brandon along to help sand and polish the clear

    Here's a shot I took of the original top. Yes, that's what cracked, laced and cleared 47 year old Metalflake looks like and yes, those black spots are holes rusted all the way through!

    Last edited: Jan 17, 2014
  20. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,431

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    Please finish your '57 Ford, Jeff! Hahaha
  21. JeffreyJames
    Joined: Jun 13, 2007
    Posts: 16,599

    from SUGAR CITY

    Shit, I'm a couple days late on this. This rules this rules this rules!!! This will be my most anticipated car to see at GNRS for sure. I think this might be one of the coolest cars ever built!!!!!!

    So rad!
  22. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,967

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Kapow! ha ha ha

    I am trying Tom.. I am trying.
    I have seen the 55 Lee is doing and he is like a Mad Scientist.
    I very much anticipated to see Lee and the 55 at GNRS.
    Lee has the Midas touch.

    But I love his 32 so much….cause it's just so right.
  23. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,797

    from California

    Sucker punch...way to go Tom Davison.
  24. 193257
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 325


    When I talked to Lee last year at the roundup and he was telling me about finding the original upholstery and planning on using it. Hope that is still true. Yes he has to love his cars to go through the punishment the has gone through for this build. I commend him. Proves that he's a true gearhead. Lee!!! the old mad is looking good man. Rick
  25. 57MoreDoor
    Joined: Jun 12, 2010
    Posts: 110

    from CC,TX

    What kind of hydraulic system is that? Airplane? And where can I get one?! And learn more about them.

  26. That's funny! :rolleyes::)
  27. Ryan has posted a few colour teaser pictures/videos on instagram and it looks tasty!!
  28. BLAKE
    Joined: Aug 10, 2002
    Posts: 2,770


    It lives… and it rules.


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  29. BLAKE
    Joined: Aug 10, 2002
    Posts: 2,770


    It lives… and it rules.

  30. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,057

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    My attorney deleted the above posts because he felt he was breaking the "black and white only" law. However, I like to live dangerously... So, I undeleted them.

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