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History What Ever Happened to..........?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by OG lil E, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. Funny you mentioned that @54delray. When I scanned that picture out of the Custom Cars by Hot Rod, I looked closely at the picture and wondered the same thing. I thought that maybe the motion effect just made it look like a Desoto grille. Now that Jim blew it up, it really does look like a Desoto grille. If it had one, I wonder why it was changed.
    Somebody that has a large collection of little books needs to find the old issue it was featured in back in '59 or so and see what grille it had in it then. E
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  2. Custom Cars September 1959. I don't think I have that issue, I will look this evening.
    If it helps anyone else, it's this issue:
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  3. Or Car Craft April 1961:

    I know I have this one. Will be this evening though before I can get to it.
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  4. Great stuff Sancho! I'm looking forward to what you find out. Most of my little books were lost in my infamous basement flood (lol). I've been replacing them whenever I can, but when you find them, they are usually pricey so it takes a long time. E
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  5. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    I am sure that I have both of those, I will look too
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  6. BrewtownPrez
    Joined: Oct 17, 2016
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    The only picture in the Sept ’59 issue of Connie’s Olds is this one. There are two more pictures that have the Olds in the back ground, one from the rear and another from the front. The upholstered trunk is visible in one. The front is barely visible behind the chopped Merc. The magazine photo isn’t sharp enough to tell for sure, but it might have a ’57 Buick grille. Doesn’t look like it had a Chevy or DeSoto back then.




  7. BrewtownPrez
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    Joined: Sep 15, 2005
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    from CW, Ohio

    I have all the classic n custom issues as well, half of mine I bought off of Dallas Ferguson and Chaplin Jack at a swap meet
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    Joined: Sep 15, 2005
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    from CW, Ohio

    It used to be my favorite magazine, now it's Kustom Illustrated, Luke does a super job with it, have all of them as well
  10. BrewtownPrez
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    Found my April '61 issue of Car Craft.

  11. 54delray
    Joined: Dec 18, 2004
    Posts: 416

    from Fremont NE

    Thanks for finding and posting the pages with the Olds. Unfortunately, not a good front shot.

    Looking closer at Jim's post, the two teeth closest to the end on the driver's side, do have that hard angle similar to the top of a 54 Chevy tooth. Maybe the camera flash just lit up the chrome in a funny way.

    So, here it is, Friday night. Nobody knows what ever happened to these beauties?
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  12. I looked at it again and agree, it appears that it is the Chevy grill.
    Unfortunately I haven't found anything recent on either one.
    @OG lil E question, did the '40 start out as a coupe? Or did you mean convertible?
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  14. Austinrod
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    from Austin

    Voted top ten custom of 1963 any history

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  15. BrewtownPrez
    Joined: Oct 17, 2016
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    The picture of Connie's Olds is scanned from Thom Taylor's book, Hot Rod & Custom Chronicle.

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  16. Rocks Rod & Custom
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
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    Rocks Rod & Custom
    from Raytown MO

    The Ed Guffey 50 Ford is in Australia

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  17. Hey Sancho, long day today. Left early and just got home a little bit ago. Saw your post and I'm not really sure if the car started out as a coupe or was a real convertible. I assumed it was a coupe.
    I decided to watch John's interview at the '85 Spectacular again to see if he ever said which it was. Never said. There weren't any clear shots of the interior windshield area or above the windows to see if it had latches or bows or not. I really looked close at the Carson top and whoever built it did a great job as it really looks like a convertible from the outside--especially from the back. So, I don't have a definite answer.
    One thing though, I don't know Ford coupes and convertibles very well, but one thing that you late 30s early 40s Ford experts might be able to help with is this. In the video you can see that the car had a split windshield. I'm including a picture I found of a Ford with a similar style windshield. I'm not sure if this was a coupe or convertible feature, but I just thought I'd throw it out there.
    Sure wish I could find a front shot of this car as it is so cool with the canted Chrysler headlights. Talk about a "What Ever Happened To..........? This one has been tough. E

    Last edited: Apr 23, 2017 at 7:56 AM
  18. Found these on Kustomrama, could this be an earlier version of it? It was an old custom....


    Not much to compare between this one and the rear shot Ed posted. Top seems consistent, as does size/shape of rear window. Note the Chrysler steering wheel.
  19. You did it again, Sancho, nice find! I think that is John Jordan's car. But, a lot of things were changed from the time these photos were taken until the '85 interview.
    In the interview there weren't any really good interior shots, and the way the sun was reflecting off of the windshield you couldn't see the Chrysler steering wheel (sharp eye by the way). John did mention that the car had a Cadillac tilt-telescopic column and steering wheel, so I think the Chrysler wheel was long gone.
    On the outside, the chrome hood trim was shaved and the hood was peaked. The front turn signals in the pictures of the red version were gone and the stock bumper bracket holes were back without a front bumper. Maybe John was planning on re-installing a front bumper.
    The one thing that makes me think this is the same car in the pictures and in the '85 video, is both versions had dual antennas frenched in the same arrangement in the same spot.
    Now, we are finally getting somewhere on this lost custom. I wonder if it's still around, and if John Jordan is still with us and still owns it. As much of a custom guy as John was, it would be nice to find out more about him. E

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