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Art & Inspiration You gotta see this! Estate Sale Purchase

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by G V Gordon, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,701

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    About a year ago a local MOPAR enthusiest was killed in a car fire. His 66 Imperial burned as well.
    Today I went to his estate sale and this followed me home.

    Chris, at one time was a window dresser and designer for Marshall Fields Dept store in Dallas and his friend Phillip told me he thought that this was from those days. A prop piece.

    Obviously influenced by mid early 60's Chrysler products it measures a little over 5' long and is fiberglass/resin type construction.

    Even my long suffering spouse thinks it's kind of neat. First thing she said was, "your'e planning on keeping that aren't you?"


    What do you think, refinish or leave original with flaking paint and cracks?


  2. satin&flake
    Joined: Oct 1, 2010
    Posts: 100


    thats bad me i whould mod it a bit and make it a pedal car for one of my 4 kids lol with flaked out paint
    nice find and sorry to hear about MR.MOPAR
  3. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,949

    from DFW USA

    Neat. It looks more like a '57 Chrysler to me... ;) Definitely late '50s Mopar inspired. I see cues from several different cars, but that horizontal bar grille is pretty distinctive.


  4. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,701

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    Sorry for the double post guys, For some reason it wont give me a delete option. Can mod maybe combine the two. Thanks.

  5. redlinetoys
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,301

    from Midwest

    Cool find. I would carefully refinish it with some interesting 50's era color to make it look original as much as possible to the era, but perhaps with some more flash. Then finish out the "chrome" and other details.

    I HATE the spray chrome, but this might be a cool place to use some of it.

    Then put it up on a loft or shelf just to stare at. Nice!
  6. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,395


    pretty cool score , i think it would look cool with some color on it
  7. HRod 50
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 760

    HRod 50

  8. Cymro
    Joined: Jul 1, 2008
    Posts: 722


    If you intend to paint it, first take a mould, replicas would make awesome pedal cars / tot rods. A source of income for car building cash perhaps.
  9. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 7,113


    That is cool. Normally I'd say leave it, but in this case, I'd paint the thing, hang it on the wall and just look at it. AFTER I pulled a mold from it...

  10. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 7,570


    Kind of has a Christine look to it. How about red?
  11. axle
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 3,890

    from Drag City

    You're joking, right ?!?!?!?!?!?!?
  12. Marcy
    Joined: Apr 6, 2004
    Posts: 1,540


    Let me know when you are ready to sell it;):)

  13. Block it out straight, finish in pastel Mopar color ( it ain't straight enough for black). Bumpers/ grille etc.w/ Alkide (sic) or whatever that chrome paint is called- do it well !)correct width whitewalls.

    Better still- for advice take it to the Plastic modellers Social group.
  14. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    paint it up, drop a baby hemi in it, stacks out the hood, and hit the streets
  15. paint it and pin stripe it.
  16. make more of 'em George! then paint that thing and stare at it ....rafters or up high like said previously....i think some retro looking refinish for sure...good score, i totally would've bought it too
  17. darkk
    Joined: Sep 2, 2010
    Posts: 456


    smooth it out, make a mold for reproduction,sell repo's and finish this one in 60's custom paint w/flake and gaudy colors.....
  18. mow too much
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 906

    mow too much

    I would paint it and if you know someone who can pin stripe;):D, that would look neat.
  19. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,399


    No signs of a manufacturer's mark on the bottom or anywhere? It would be awesome to learn some more of the history before you made any changes to it.

    I would have to agree that a tasteful restoration in a late 50's appropriate color scheme would be nice.
  20. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    RAY With

    If it was a display then it was finished to look nice so I would do as 90% are saying and finish it out and paint to desired color. It makes a great conversation piece
  21. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,656

    from ohio

    this is a weird coincidence, I just got a hold of this.
  22. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    I would mount that upside down on the ceiling of my shop without telling anyone and see the reaction when people spotted it. Detailing it out with proper correct color scheme would also be an option. Also when viewed from a distance the spray chrome might not be too bad.

  23. real cool piece would make good garage art. paint and put on a shelf let me know when its for sale?
  24. al8apex
    Joined: May 9, 2010
    Posts: 173


    that is awesome, I agree with the making molds and painting it in a 50's color, tutone perhaps ?
  25. olskoolspeed
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 474


    I'm in the minority here........I'd leave it alone. With relics like this, I prefer the "as found" look.
  26. 59KUSTOM
    Joined: Nov 16, 2007
    Posts: 912


  27. Just what i was thinkin';)
  28. norms30a
    Joined: Jul 17, 2008
    Posts: 571


    Low and slow Ramone!:cool:
  29. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,448


    Not quite from an estate sale. But when I went to a "Metal Meet" in Herkimer NY I spotted this hanging on Dutch Comstocks wall in his shop, quickly recognizing it was a 41 Willys P/U I asked if it was for sale, he said yes and now I own it. I have a full size 41 willys P/U that I'm building a tribute truck of Eddie Sanzo's A/GS P/U. The model is 1/3 scale and will be radio controled. The plane is a giant scale 1930 Stearman RC


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