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1940 Pontiac - Street Rod Years

 

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My 1940 Pontiac Coupe Street Rod was a $50 junkyard car when I first obtained it in June of 1967.  I was only 14 when I embarked on this project.

By the end of my Sophomore year in High School (1969) the car was running & driveable.  Complete w/Chevy V-8 & primer paint.

This photo taken in the Tipp City Mum Festival parade in October 1970 shows the car is now painted, and looking good!

January 1972, my first trophy at Carl Casper's Custom Auto Show at Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio.

On the front straight of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 1973 during the Indy Idlers Rod Run.  2nd paint job now sports a flag on the hood.

Cincy Street Rods show, 1973.  2 pictures taken in this same spot appeared in the Jan. 1974 issue of Rod Action Magazine.

After 30,000 miles in 5 years, it's time for a 3rd re-paint in 1975.  Fat fenders are stone magnets, so to drive AND maintain show quality, frequent re-paints were needed.

Who needs a paint booth?  With quick dry thinner and lots of color sanding/buffing, flawless paint could be had in the driveway!

Street Rod Associates members Terry Thomas, Marvin Booher, and Jim Miller help paint my barn in 1978.  Alcohol was probably involved!

Sometime around 1980, the car was painted for the 4th and final time.  Color was changed from blue to maroon, and then the car sat idle throughout the 80's.

All of these photos showing the maroon paint were taken just before I sold the car in 1995. The lighting is poor, but look at the reflections of the trees in the large view of this photo.  You can see my reflection in the rear fender.

There was a time I thought I'd always have this car, but when it left I was tired of it and happy to see it go to a new home.  Now, just like everyone had told me through the years, I wish I had kept it!

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