Back when I got into customs, all those classic cars that inspired me had them: Spotlights. Nowadays, some love them, and some don't. I'm fine with that, but it's hard to deny they once were an important ingredient of the original custom car formula.
I recently got my hands on a pair of appleton S-522. They are not perfect, some careful restoration will be necessary to make them the way they are supposed to look. Piece by piece, I am gathering all the parts for the car I've been building in my mind since I was fourteen years old. Almost done collecting now, time to build.
Here is the Larry Ernst Chevrolet. With spotlights, of course.
As I browsed through some old magazines I found this article in the march 1956 issue of Car Craft. Quite a cool treatment for a '47 Ford sedan, if I may say so. The Oldsmobile grille is a classic, and the Fiesta hub caps are excellent for any car from that era, so is the '49 Chevy license plate guard.
The choice of tail lights intrigues me, they look amazingly good on this type of car. The text says they are from a 1939 Packard, but I am not completely convinced. From the pictures I have seen of '39 Packards, they used a tail light with a similar shape, but it appears to be smaller in size and with a flatter lens.
...and a question on the HAMB solved it: 1941 Packard
If I had a nickel for everyone telling me "how hard it is to make a chop look right on a '41 business coupe"(often said with a tone that suggests it shouldn't be done at all), I'd have enough cash to get me one of those tasty In-N-Out cheeseburgers, cooked animal style, with fries. That's a lot of nickels!
What if Jesse Lopez brought a business coupe to the Barris Bros. (or the Ayalas! that would have been even cooler), and asked for it to be chopped somewhat like Jack Stewart's coupe, would I have to use my own money at In-N-Out? I guess so.
The use of "I" above may suggest that I will chop a '41 biz coupe. No. It's in safe hands.
The Hammers Car Club arranges a show late in the summer at irregular intervals. The last one was three years ago, the first one was two years prior to that one. It is not widely advertised, mostly by word of mouth, and this is one of those shows where the phrase "Quality over quantity" suits perfectly. If Sweden ever gets exotic, then this is the place. Through the farmlands on a road that gets narrower by the mile, it's held on a small country fairground, surrounded by woods, lying next to a lake.
I didn't get to stay long this year, next time I will camp out.
Just a note: As I have a flickr account, I wasn't aware of the limitations set on non-members. However, it costs nothing to join with no further obligations, you get to see full size images, and will be able to download them to your own computer.
Back in the day the steering wheel of choice for customs was either the '49-'51 Merc accessory/Monterey wheel, or the '49-'50 Crestliner/Ford accessory wheel. The latter was used in the Eddie Dye roadster, the Tom Pollard roadster, the "Snooky" Janich '41, the Calori coupe, more recently in the '36 three-window coupe of Jon Fisher, and both the '40 and '49 Fords by Lee Pratt. Thought it would be cool if I could have one for my next car.
So, I sold some stuff I had lying around on that global marketplace, found this wheel for about the same amount of money. So far, it cost me no more in real money than what I've paid in import duties and tax.
With a little luck I may have found a way to fix that busted horn ring. Any other tips and suggestions? Please, shoot me a message.