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Top Kustom Shop Trucks of the 1950s

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The Jalopy Journal, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. The Jalopy Journal
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    The Jalopy Journal

  2. Oooh oooh this is going to be a good thread!
  3. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
    Posts: 5,681

    from howell, nj
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    To be honest, even though the Kopper Kart is classified as a "show truck", it probably had more miles on it than the real "work trucks".
    Our research showed pictures of it, i, many, many states, all across the country, going to and from shows. Often, the on-the-road pics, had some things removed (lakes pipes, TV antenna, hubcaps) and with the tonneau cover strapped down and sometimes luggage stowed on top of it!
    It was one of the few cars titled in George's name, and probably was beat up on a LOT.
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  4. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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  5. chickenshift
    Joined: Feb 14, 2010
    Posts: 359


    I always liked the "my auto upholstery" model a shop truck from the late 50's.....except for the pastel pink color. I always liked it in the black n white photos better. Killer proportions too...I will see if I can find a picture..
  6. TraditionalKustoms
    Joined: Nov 7, 2012
    Posts: 52


    Much agreed! Custom Rodder, Sept, '61 indicated that the truck had more than 40k miles. Of course the multiple times (driving) across the country contributed greatly. No trailer queen there!
  7. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
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    From the 2011 NSRA Nats....

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  8. I don't have a pic to post, but the Ayala brothers' GMC deserves mention.
  9. there is a picture of it in both it's forms, in the other thread I linked.
  10. Yes, that thread is great. Thanks, HH.
  11. Here is another pic...

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  12. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,064

    from Germany

    What about Roy Desbrow's chopped and channeled 32 pickup? At the time he worked at a muffler shop together with Duffy Livingstone, he who invented the cart.

    And also the socal plating special.

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

    from Chino, Ca

    I don't see any mention and/or photos of Joe Bailon's 55 Chevy truck in this thread or the Hitchhiker's tread.

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  14. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,199


    I like them all.Nothing cooler than a purpose built working advertisement/show vehicle.
  15. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,687


    Growing up in Tulsa (60s-70s), I remember seeing the Chuck Porter truck at shows in the area ( and occasionally on the street) with absolutely no clue about it's history. I just thought it was an unusually customized truck. It is cool to now know the story behind the truck.
  16. 1951Streamliner
    Joined: May 15, 2011
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    from Reno, NV

    This truck hits HARD


    This one is equally amazing...

  17. Jakes38
    Joined: Aug 30, 2011
    Posts: 70


    I recently checked out the Chuck Porter yellow truck at the NHRA museum in Pomona, and I gotta say, I'm in love. Its super slick and classy in person. If you live in SoCal, get to the NHRA and check it out!
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    Chuck's Shop Truck. A very cool Kustom Truck.

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