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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by oj, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Latigo
    Joined: Mar 24, 2014
    Posts: 336


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  2. billsat
    Joined: Aug 18, 2008
    Posts: 402


    It would take a full roll of paper towels to clean the glass in that beauty.
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  3. Was 196 #'s
    Joined: Dec 18, 2016
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    Was 196 #'s

    Possibly the automotive equivalent of the 'Orca-Betty'.
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  4. alwaysamopar
    Joined: Oct 2, 2015
    Posts: 49


    Funniest sh.. iv heard in a while. Thanks for the laugh. Kinda like scooters and fat girls. Their fun to ride ..just don't let your friends see ya.

    Sent from my SM-G900V using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
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  5. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,433

    frank spittle

    Most of us Social Security recipients can recall traveling in a Greyhound Scenicruiser. Six decades ago it was just a bus with a view. Today it is pure art-deco along the lines of the custom bodied classics of the 1930s. Another fine example of the 1950s masterpieces of Raymond Loewy.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2018
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  6. Nice Hearse
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  7. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 3,839


    Me too. I think we might be brothers.

    I rode one of those from Denver to Boise in 1964 with my brother and grandmother. I thought it was pretty cool then and now I wish I had the money to buy one and make it into a motor coach.
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  8. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,433

    frank spittle

    The Vista Cruiser top or Observation Car as it was originally called was designed for Pullman Railroad Coach Company in 1948 by industrial designer Brook Stevens. It didn't take long to be incorporated in cars and buses. Personally, my favorite is Loewy's Scenicruisers
  9. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 349

    jim snow

    Good stuff. Thanks for the photo. Snowman
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  10. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 3,996


    I'm going to guess that the story about the car being built for John D. Rockefeller is a tall tale considering Rockefeller senior died in 1937and his son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. died in 1960. So unless homeboy time-traveled into 1963 to buy a Caddy, that story is less than accurate., or it was built for a different Rockefeller But regardless of the backstory, the car is awesome, and clearly well-built. Big timer stuff for sure.
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  11. Deadbird
    Joined: Jul 28, 2005
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  12. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
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    The guy that owned the Caddy came to check on his cars' progress today, this is the 'station wagon' he drove this time:
    DSC00765.JPG DSC00761.JPG DSC00768.JPG DSC00762.JPG
    It was breathtaking.
  13. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 14,344

    from Michigan

  14. falconvan
    Joined: Apr 2, 2008
    Posts: 978

    from festus, Mo

    Instant car boner!
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  15. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,067


    Actually, the Caddy is not a shooting brake but the T-Bird in post #28 is. A shooting brake only has 2 passenger doors. The Caddy is still a station wagon, regardless of the wealth of the owner.
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  16. HotrodHR
    Joined: Jul 12, 2010
    Posts: 131


    The Caddy's OK, but I'm really digging that T-Bird!!!
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  17. gsnort
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 85


    The owner of these remarkable vehicles has good taste.
  18. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,653


    I should've included this pic of the headliner:
    the headliner is full length thru the back.
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  19. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 4,547


    1955 Nomad...o_O

    Last edited: Jul 13, 2018 at 6:00 AM
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  20. I can't tell if the rear hatch on the Caddy opens, the T bird opens but that is the one area that lets the car down. Don't get me wrong, the T bird is a cool car, just wish the rear hatch could have been done better.
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  21. Oh, what does he have in your shop, another wagon?
  22. raymay
    Joined: Mar 2, 2008
    Posts: 2,057


    oj, With great Wagons like the Caddy and the Packard there may be some interest in the type of car you are working on for this gentleman.
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  23. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
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    It isn't really HAMB friendly. He does have another wagon I'll try to get a pic of, a mid 60's Chrysler used by NASA during the Apollo missions. Its got all the certified NASA signage etc, the car was restored at White Post.
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  24. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
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  25. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 9,077

    from Quincy, IL

    I know it's personal opinion, but imo the '55 "Nomad" pictured above embodies almost all of what went wrong with cohesiveness and styling in favor of wretched excess in that period with Customs......

    Last edited: Jul 15, 2018 at 12:33 PM
  26. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,464


    At even the first glance, it looked to me like the vista cruiser roof is pushed down in the back. It could be an optical illusion caused by the fins sweeping upwards, but the car just doesn't look "right" to me. It's great job, but I think it would be greatly improved by raising the rear of the top an inch or two. I don't think I could make the final decision unless I saw the vehicle in person, and then from several different angles.

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