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Old 12-31-2008, 10:57 AM
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Has anyone heard about Downs opening back up? Or just a rumor I'm hearing?

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I heard on .... I think Streetrodders.com that Jamie Downs was going to buy back the company ????????. Unknown for sure if its a real deal or not. I have one of their '32 Victoria bodies, pretty nice glass work but the wood working leaves a LOT to be desired. The headliner bows looks like a beaver chewed them out. I think they want $10,500 for them now!!!!

Now if I was looking for a '32 3 window or roadster body I would definitely pass on them and buy one from N&N fiberglass....very nice and the price is right.
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I heard on .... I think Streetrodders.com that Jamie Downs was going to buy back the company ????????. Unknown for sure if its a real deal or not. I have one of their '32 Victoria bodies, pretty nice glass work but the wood working leaves a LOT to be desired. The headliner bows looks like a beaver chewed them out. I think they want $10,500 for them now!!!!

Now if I was looking for a '32 3 window or roadster body I would definitely pass on them and buy one from N&N fiberglass....very nice and the price is right.
Dave---- How's the progress on the Vicky comin????
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I stopped at his shop back in Sept. when I was in Kalamazoo for the NSRA show. He was up and running, different shop name, doing more industrial stuff than hot rod stuff.

He said it would be a while, if ever, that he'd get back into the street rod end of things. The people that bought him out screwed over lots of people and parts suppliers, including Jamie. He was still trying to get the molds back from Legends, or whoever/whatever the name was that bought him out.
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:19 AM
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Do you recall the shop name?
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:33 AM
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Downs

Just found Downs web site, Now called Downs Idustries. Says family owned again, He must of bought back. Good news for me anyway
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I think it's pretty tough for a firm to survive just building street rod bodies. They have to have income from other sources like industrial. The DuPont site I worked at had numerous fiberglass tanks to handle acids and such. They had a firm come out on a regular basis to repair the tanks and the fiberglass lined ditch from the tanks to a neutralizing facility, so there is a market for good fiberglass work.

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Street rods alone will not make enough to feed the family in my experience..So in order to make it I have had to do other things to make a living..There is a company called Eagle fiberglass products in British Columbia, Canada that is making some decent bodies and they are using Alston and American stamping for their chassis..I saw them last weekend and they seemed to be reasonable on their stuff..They also do boats and a lot of other glass parts..

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I think it's pretty tough for a firm to survive just building street rod bodies. They have to have income from other sources like industrial. .....

Vince
I'll remember that.... I've only been building street rod grilles FULL TIME for 9 years (21 years total including the time that my father owned the business).

Glad to know I need to do "industrial" stuff as well...

Dan Baker, owner
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