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Old 05-08-2013, 07:50 AM
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Dean Jeffries passes on

Here's a good article on his life: Customizing legend Dean Jeffries dies | Hemmings Blog

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Old 05-08-2013, 09:49 AM
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Dean was one of my Great idols , rest in peace Dean,,,
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I followed his exploits in all of the car rags of the day... then was honored over the years, to stand next to many many of his most famous builds!

I'll never forget one year I attended the Indy Nationals, during which a major car show was always held downtown. I didn't know it was going to be there... but will always remember when I spotted the Silloutte, at the Murat Shrine Temple show. I was in AWE! {:-)~

RIP buddy. You earned it for the inspiration you gave us!
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:48 AM
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Yep, very few meet the standard he set, what a legend.
RIP Mr. Jeffries, RIP.

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I followed his exploits in all of the car rags of the day... then was honored over the years, to stand next to many many of his most famous builds!

I'll never forget one year I attended the Indy Nationals, during which a major car show was always held downtown. I didn't know it was going to be there... but will always remember when I spotted the Silloutte, at the Murat Shrine Temple show. I was in AWE! {:-)~

RIP buddy. You earned it for the inspiration you gave us!
Dean was one of a kind and his fame is fully deserved. He was a true craftsman and had the imagination and skills to make other envious. However, I thought "Silhouette" was a Bill Cushenberry creation - so I just checked on line and found....

The Silhouette was a futuristic show car designed and built by Bill Cushenbery of Cushenbery Custom Shop. The Silhouette was the first scratch built custom car to roll out of Bill's shop. The build was based on a shortened Buick chassis, and was originally powered by a Buick engine. By 1966, the Buick engine had been replaced by a Ford 427. The wheels on the car were fully exposed, but the angular body was strictly space age in shape, and crowned by an bubble top. The Silhouette was fully operable, as Bill meant that a car should be a car, and not a piece of abstract sculpture mounted on wheels. The Silhouette was equipped by electric switches and buttons on the dash and concealed in the exterior trim to raise and lower the bubble top, open the hood and trunk, start the engine, turn on the lights, and operate the blower fans.[2]


Bill entered the Silhouette in the "Tournament of Fame" contest at the 1963 Grand National Roadster Show. The "Tournament of Frame" is a strictly professional contest only open to the top custimzers. Bill won first place in the class with the Silhouette, and he and his wife won a free trip to Europe.[2]


The Silhouette was stolen in Bakersfield, California in 1983, and has not been recovered.
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Ooops! {:-) I was searching Dean Jefferies name and a picture of it came up. Sorry to take credit away from Cushenberry.

Obviously Jeffries Was worthy of praise, despite my bad information. Sorry folks.
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