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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cliff bryan, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. cliff bryan
    Joined: Nov 18, 2005
    Posts: 198

    cliff bryan

    any of you hamber ever purchased the glass roadster body and or frame from zipper motors...this product appeals to me and I'm curious if anyone has any comments about their product. thanks cliff bryan:confused:
  2. Terry
    Joined: Jul 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,825


    I built one one. It is the only glass car I've ever dealt with so I can't compare it to others, but this was a very nice piece. Everything fit as easy as insert tab A into tab B. The frame and suspension was all first rate.

    And they are GREAT people to talk to and deal with. We drove up and picked it up. they took the time to really talk to us, show us around, and answer any questions.

    If your wanting one, I say move forward without any worries!
  3. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,293

    Member Emeritus

    zipper is a great guy and a real craftsman! every thing is top notch.
  4. gearheadbill
    Joined: Oct 11, 2002
    Posts: 1,313


    I've got one...still unfinished. Xcellent workmanship, great body blah blah. Darryl's a hoot.

  5. pan-dragger
    Joined: Sep 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,187


    a friend of mine has 2 of them 1 on the road. they are very nice, right out the box.
  6. AnimalAin
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 3,417


    Excellent craftsmanship, top-notch people. He thinks a lot about how to make sure the product is right and consistent.
  7. lakesmod
    Joined: May 27, 2002
    Posts: 458


    I bought one of his Lakes Modified bodys back a few years ago. I was so happy with it I orderd another one last year.
    Called him up in Aug 06, he said there is a 6 month wait,I said it's worth it and gave him $1000 deposit.
    6 months go by and I call him for a shipping date and he says another 2 months.OK,it's worth it.Another 2 months go by and I call again,another 2 months.
    10 months is two much so I ask for my deposit back. After 2-3 calls I get a check for $850.

    This is just what happend to me.


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  8. hotcargo
    Joined: Nov 9, 2005
    Posts: 307


    you know the original car that was built for Brian Brennan, red and scalloped , is in Australia and owned by Tex Smith , its his Australian summer ride
  9. Terry
    Joined: Jul 3, 2002
    Posts: 1,825


    And from what I hear Brian got Tex's tractor.
  10. Bought one of his frames 4 yrs ago...project still unfinished ..bought a body from someone else(supposedly same molds as Zipp's)..guess what?? ...I've kicked myself over & over for not buying Zippers body ....I've now got way more in fixin' the body I bought than what Zipp's cost ready to go...Frame was great ,but I ended up using nothing but the side rails ,frt x-member,suspension points....changed all the rest to fit my engine/trans far as time goes,seems like I waited almost 6 mos. for my frame...Seems Zipp took off for Australia to buy some really old bikes and left the help to fill orders....He can be sorta gruff on the phone,but Rosalee is really nice....bottom line,he is a great craftsman..
  11. donavon
    Joined: May 22, 2009
    Posts: 1


    I worked at zipper motors for almost 7 years and have the first lakes modified i love the car and put almost 11,000 miles on it last year it is a great car
  12. scottybaccus
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,109


    HaHa, Bill, I shoulda taken yours a few years ago. I'd be done by now!

    I had more than one conversation with Daryl Zip when I was shopping. He is a real nice guy and I would spend with him in a moment. He told me about his time designing for Revell models. He has an eye, no doubt.
  13. I believe Darryl is out of the car hobby, and is making high end guitars or some thing like that.

    Darryl sold his business a while ago to the Palmers in Farmington, Utah.

    They bought all the chassis stuff and body molds and are doing well.

    From what I understand they are still putting out the same quality as before.

    Try Zipper Motors 552 South 1025 west Farmington, Utah 84025 Tel. (801)-699-6478

  14. It has had some front chassis/suspension repair work.
  15. It broke? Or was it just for rego?
  16. I can look it up but, but basically it was fatigue cracks in the front crossmember chassis rail area. The specifics were covered in ASR.
  17. Ahh, that sparks a memory. I sort of (Vaguely) remember reading the article about Tex's car. I have the mag stashed away somewhere I will have to look it up.
  18. denis4x4
    Joined: Apr 23, 2005
    Posts: 3,783

    from Colorado

    Zipp is making banjos now! I have the second one and to the best of my knowledge, the only one with banger power. FNG Donavon (see post above) worked on the car. I've had it 10 years and I have zero complaints.

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  19. Capitan Insano
    Joined: Apr 29, 2007
    Posts: 289

    Capitan Insano

    Zipper makes a good product and a nice guy. Good old Grand Junction, CO
  20. firerod
    Joined: Jan 20, 2008
    Posts: 558

    from Colorado

    My dad has a Zipper car and loves it. Daryl built one heck of a car. Also welcome Donavon, you helped with my old man's car and he has said great things about you and your talents.
    Last edited: May 23, 2009
  21. fc ute
    Joined: Mar 7, 2001
    Posts: 166

    fc ute

    it is now owned by a guy over here in the west, i saw it run 13,s at the last nostalgia drags
  22. Rags To Richs
    Joined: Dec 19, 2007
    Posts: 390

    Rags To Richs

    Im very seriously thinking about building a Zipper Lakester.... How about some photos... Did anyone of the guys in the this post put together some build and finished photo of their projects....

    Also considering setting up a Group on Yahoo for Zipper Lakester builders...

    Hope to hear back .......

    My Zipper Roadster Photo Collection Roadster/?albumview=slideshow
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2009
  23. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,227

    Deuce Daddy Don

    YEP, 'ol Darell loves his "Bluegrass" tunes!!---Haven't talked with him for quite a few years now.---------Don
  24. Steves32
    Joined: Aug 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,280

    from So Cal

    Every time I go to the LA Roadster show, I come home wanting one.

    Either one of these will do me fine. I'll make room.


  25. A few pictures of my Zipper based roadster that should be on the road this June (2010). It has been a real joy to build this track theme hot rod using a period of around 1939 California as the target focus. If you decide to build one, I'm sure you won't regret it!!!!

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    Last edited: Mar 21, 2010
  26. Rags To Richs
    Joined: Dec 19, 2007
    Posts: 390

    Rags To Richs

    OOOPS..... Ron sure looks like your photos didnt attach.... How about another try...


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