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The Local Survivor

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,704

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Ryan submitted a new blog post:

    The Local Survivor

    Continue reading the Original Blog Post
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  2. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,704

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    I'll start... This is the Alfred A. Berton 1932 Cabriolet. And while it is on the east coast now and was originally built by an east coaster, the car was actually original to Texas... and rumors have it that Al illegally raced the shit out of the thing all over central Texas before taking the car back to his home in Connecticut.

    I've been enamored with this car for years.


  3. FastLivin
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 36


    Damn that's sweet!
  4. Glad to have it in Connecticut!
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  5. Jeremy Jalopies
    Joined: Jul 28, 2014
    Posts: 120

    Jeremy Jalopies

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  6. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 2,467


    What strikes me most about this one is how absolutely 'right' the top is. So many times it's a fine line between bulbous or wedge-y. Makes or breaks the initial impression. When it's right, damn, that's a winner.
  7. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 18,286

    Jalopy Joker

    that '32 is very well done - the talent and skills that it took to build back in the day are amazing. pics are of a survivor the Bud Crackbon '52 Oakland Roadster Show Winner restored in Nor Cal DSCN5492.JPG DSCN5486 (1).JPG DSCN5495.JPG
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  8. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 6,999

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    You beat me to it, slowmotion. The top on that car is perfect.
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  9. alfin32
    Joined: Jun 20, 2006
    Posts: 968

    from Essex, Ma.

    Did Dave Simard sell that to someone in Ct?
  10. gonzo
    Joined: Dec 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,301


    What exactly constitutes a "survivor" in your opinion? Any traditional styled hot rod or custom built XX number of years ago? My 40 was built in the late seventies with a 59 Buick 401.

  11. Andrew Mccann
    Joined: Aug 2, 2016
    Posts: 217

    Andrew Mccann
    from Bristol UK

    That '32 is incredible. The mood of the photo I think enhances it even more

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  12. Here is my 39 standard. I found it about 40 miles from my house. still has original paint and was driven up until 77 when electrical issues crept up and it was parked. Story goes that it had its flathead pulled and the 283 put in it in the mid 60's. The 283 was tied to an adapter of unknown make to mate it to the factory 3 speed. It still has a parking decal for a local skiing location in the back window, and parking passes from the 60's and 70's to get onto Fort Lee. It had the craziest exhaust i have ever seen. It was all made out of threaded aluminum tubing with cast iron station pipe adapters welded into the sides of rams horn manifolds. I have yet to find anyone around here that remembers it. should have it back on the road this summer. 39 tudor.jpg
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    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
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  14. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 1,218


    Must have been a plumber!
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  15. Schwanke Engines
    Joined: Jun 12, 2014
    Posts: 667

    Schwanke Engines

    That Chevy is Crazy sweet, Just remove the Fenders and it is a total keeper.
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  17. flatheadtommy
    Joined: Oct 21, 2013
    Posts: 757


    Ryan, I was the one that found and bought this car after being stored away for over 50 years. I sold it to Dave Simard ,who is in the process of restoring it. Now I could be wrong but I always thought it was a west coast car. having been born there and later turned into a hot rod there . Al Burton bought this car when he was discharged from the service in Texas, He then drove it home to New England where it stayed the rest of its life.
  18. flatheadtommy
    Joined: Oct 21, 2013
    Posts: 757


    I bought it in North Andover, Ma. and I believe Simard still owns it today.
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  19. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 9,815

    from Tampa, FL

    Ditto-ski. Gary
  20. ... This is Lew Wolff's '32 Roadster that he built almost 60 years ago in a garage a couple of blocks away from me ... It's a '63 Detroit Autorama winner ... and still wears the same candy paint job today ...
    ... You can check out it's history here:'s_1932_Ford

    Lew-wolff-1932-ford2.jpg 005.JPG 006.JPG 008.JPG
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  21. Curt R
    Joined: Sep 7, 2004
    Posts: 730

    Curt R

    color picture, 1956.
    b/w picture, 1961. I had just finished washing the Merc. Skirts were off, so I could wash out the built up snow in the rear wheel wells. Was my daily driver.
    color picture. Merc found in Wisconsin, 2007. Still there in 2016. I asked, not for sale. 5-28-2007-46.jpg chpdmerc4.jpg 5-28-2007-36.jpg
  22. steel3window
    Joined: Jun 3, 2009
    Posts: 152


    I am fortunate enough to have a 1935 coupe that I have researched the history back to 1958. Nearly all of it's hot rodded life has been within an hour from me, so I guess that passes for local... P7050038.JPG

    If you want to know the story, click the tag here;

    Or in my signature to read how I got it, and how I have dug up it's history.

    Also, thanks Ryan for this post, it has kicked me in the rear to get back on finding out more about the car.
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  23. tywester1955
    Joined: Jun 21, 2013
    Posts: 17


    Here is my dad's and my 1932 3-window. Bought in 1953 by Frank Session from Atlanta. Original v8 motor and trans still in the car. Until Frank got it home and put in a '51 rocket 88 and 1941 juice brakes. Before joining the Air Force Frank drag raced the car against Buckshot Morris in his '32 olds powered roadster. Which turned out to be the first recorded drag races in Georgia on dirt drag strip. Once receiving orders to be stationed in Geneva NY Frank drove the 32 up the east coast. On weekends Frank was able to take the car into Manhattan and also able to take it around the track at Watkins Glen after the '54 Grand prix. Then was relocated to Colorado in '55 where he drove the car out there with a couple impromptu drag races along the way. In 1956 Frank drove car back to Atlanta and drove the car around until 1961 when he parked it in his garage. The 32 sat dormant until 2012. Today the car is just as Frank had it in 1953 besides a '37 flathead. Primer paint from '53, all original body and frame never patched, and original interior. Last picture is me and Frank hanging out talking about the adventures of the good old days. IMG_20160613_204937204.jpg IMG_20160820_203700986.jpg IMG_20160613_203911046.jpg IMG_20160820_203606572.jpg
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  24. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 2,441


    :DHi Ryan.Thanks for a great thread.Some sweet looking rides here.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  25. 283john
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 604


    '67 being "The Summer of Love". It was parked because everybody was busy with their other 'rods'.
  26. think that's my dad's old stovebolt sister has tha damn picture's........
  27. Rocky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 13,659

    Classified Editor

    My 34 in my avatar[now it's a 33] was an old local dirt racer before I got it. Don't know how successful it was ...
    34larrycane.jpg 34larrycane1.jpg
  28. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 2,597

    51 mercules

    Here's my survivor. It was owned by Phil Sauers. The body was restyled by Dean Jeffries and striped by Von Dutch. There was a one page feature in Car Craft July 1957. I found it on e-bay in San Diego 2008 in a storage facility where it was stored since the late 60's.

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  29. flatheadtommy
    Joined: Oct 21, 2013
    Posts: 757


    The Fran Bannister roadster. I found this historic New England car in pieces. It now is fully restored and owned by Larry Hook from Rhode Island IMG_0223.JPG

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