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WOW Barn find, the Grecian, Barris

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by terrarodder, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,305

    hombres ruin

    Nut case sums it up, your hilarious .
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2011
  2. bobscogin
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,761


    Also ugly.

  3. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,793


    In the August 1953 issue of Rod 7 Custom there was a very interesting 6 page article on the Barris Shop.
    One of the photos included was of Earl Wilson's Studebaker.
    Below is a scan of this photo and the text that goes with it...

  4. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,314


    It is kinda like a blind date I had once, very interesting! ~sololobo~
  5. oh,god!
    my eyes!!!!!!!!!!
  6. yetiskustoms
    Joined: May 22, 2009
    Posts: 1,931


    agreed, total clown car. like any fad, this one was over done.

  7. desotot
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,939


    hmmm, the hubcaps are probably worth as much as the rest of the car.
  8. bonez
    Joined: Jul 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,492

    from Slow lane

    This thread is entertainin to say the least :D. I still like the car thou.
  9. Taff
    Joined: Mar 14, 2006
    Posts: 360


    Divisive, eh? Funny how customs get people like that. Especially when it’s a child if it’s time like the Grecian is.
    One of the things I adore about customs is that they are one man’s interpretation of “visual automotive perfection” and as such will always be open to debate. That Stude was a commission by someone (a Stude dealership, by the sound of it?) and as such the guy with the wallet got to have his idea of perfection built for him, by Barris. Should Barris have said to the guy “you know what, what you really want is a nice chopped mercury, same as all the other guys”. That’s really pushing the envelope.
    Maybe if Barris had belly-buttoned it and stuck to churning out Hirohata-stylee Mercs, the world would be a better place, eh?
    I get the whole "just because you can, doesn't mean you should" argument.
    I'm also a massive fan of the "why? Because I can" argument too, and I switch between supporting both sides as the mood takes me.
    Slagging each other off because we may or may not like the car is what’s truly lame about some of the posters on here.
    Do I like it? It’s not all bad, certainly seen far worse. It’s certainly a child of it’s time. Would I buy it? Probably not, but nor would I slate anyone who expressed an interest in owning/enjoying it either.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2011
  10. wsdad
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,259


    I see the front half of the star ship Enterprise in the side trim. Hmmm. Kind of gives me ideas...

    Perhaps a more subtle star ship on some sort of bubble topped, Roth-inspired creation...

  11. wsdad
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,259


    Back yard casting is a fun and inexpensive(ish) hobby. I'm sure you or your dad could pop out a few of these for your own use.

    He could also sell them on Ebay, the HAMB and a few other places. He could post pictures of all the famous cars they were found on and tell his story about how he got the mold. I think he could easily recoup any casting expenses, thereby getting free hubcaps and maybe even make a buck or two.

    Aluminum melts easily. You can go to any scrap metal recycling yard and buy it cheap. Or you could melt down random scraps that you or your friends may already have laying around.

    Have fun!
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  12. trimph1
    Joined: Dec 5, 2011
    Posts: 247



    Just looking at the fins here...I can see that there is a line(profile?) that follows where the body is through the dang fins..what were those fins made from?:eek::confused:
  13. I like the first version, there's a ton of work in that car I'd be happy to own it.
  14. sorry, i love George but this was and is one is the ugliest and non imaginative kustoms built.
  15. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    I found a barn once, that turned
    out to be owned by a Grecian...but
    there was no car inside of it! All in
    all it was quite em-Barris-ing. :D

  16. customcory
    Joined: Apr 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,832


    You really have to love early customs to appreciate this Studebaker. If your into air bags, portholes , leaving the emblems and door handles on a car and still call it custom, you ain't going to understand what this is all about.If you are worried about hurting the value of your car , wrong thread. If you pay people to work on your car, you aint going to get it. This is a car only the real custom entusiast understands. Barris is still the king . Bring it to my fucking house .Good job Rik! I got to get me some old Motor Life magazines.
  17. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    I too think it should be returned to the original version............stock Studebaker.
  18. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,793


    WELL said Cory!!!
  19. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,617

    Rusty O'Toole

    Take a good look at this car if you want to know what it takes to become a legendary artist like George Barris.

    In a long career he was never afraid to take a chance or to try something new. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. This is one of the ones that didn't.

    Failure is not the opposite of success. Failure is part of the process that leads to success.

    Or, the man that never made a mistake never made nothing.

    If you want to chicken out never try anything new, just copy what you know is popular. You may get rich. You may even make a reputation for yourself. But you will never be an artist.
  20. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
    Posts: 4,601


    Agree, the first version was not to everyone's liking, even when it was first done, but it was certainly different, well proportioned, and radical...maybe too many scoops with teeth in them, but the chop, the section, the taillights, those were well done...count me in as a vote to return it to the first Barris version.
  21. Brett Barris
    Joined: May 22, 2008
    Posts: 56

    Brett Barris

    It is pathetic to see these hateful comments about George... some screwed up people on this site..
  22. Zigged should've Zagged
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 73

    Zigged should've Zagged
    from Emmaus Pa

    Definitely not a cookie cutter
  23. Smokey2
    Joined: Jan 11, 2011
    Posts: 919


    The Greas-ian ! Yeow, a'bout Uuuuglee,
    "I'll fly away Ole' Glory, I'll Fly away, In tha' Mornin' "...........Not :cool:
  24. customcory
    Joined: Apr 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,832


    Wheres the hate coming from, go ahead and get it off your chest.
  25. terrarodder
    Joined: Sep 9, 2005
    Posts: 1,101

    from EASTERN PA

    Don't take it out on George, he just did what the customer wanted. He laughed all the way to the bank.
  26. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    The car is worth saving so that people can see that poor taste is not limited to the current generation.
  27. Kramer
    Joined: Mar 19, 2007
    Posts: 911


    X2. You have been on here long enough to know that with some people it is "my way or the highway". Sad.
  28. zenndog
    Joined: Feb 16, 2008
    Posts: 162

    from Santa Cruz





    Just one of the many articles this car was featured in...





    I think that if someone could make this car look like the black and white version of this car, and people here were watching this guy do it on the Hamb, he would be getting a lot of compliments.

    The "wings" are horrible. I also liked the rear bumperette before it was smopthed into the body

    Here are some stock pictures



    There was a great deal of work done on that car
  29. Model-A-Bomb
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 165

    from Orlando,FL

    Definitely not the most attractive custom.....
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