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Old 02-12-2009, 11:51 AM
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Dang it. I knew that was too easy.

Brian, go ahead with the next question.

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Old 02-12-2009, 02:02 PM
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I "Geezered" it, but I was the geezer!

I rode up to the Chevy dealer on my Scwhinn Stingray to oogle one in the show room! That same dealership show room is now vacant, a victim of the poor economy.

Next question;

What famous American custom car from the sixties has a chassis from a seldom seen (in the US) french car?

I have a bonus question but I am afraid it will give away the primary question.

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If nobody has a question....I have one.

What American auto maker offered self balancing wheels in the mid-sixties? This was done by using ball bearings floating in a tube around the inside of the wheels.
Hey Trucknut, by the way, who had that self balancing wheel?

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What famous American custom car from the sixties has a chassis from a seldom seen (in the US) french car?



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After 4 minutes of google...

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Shortly after the "Strip Star" was introduced, Winfield debuted another landmark custom called the "Autorama Special", which we now know as the "Reactor." Based on a front wheel drive Citroen chassis, this wild beauty was powered by a chromed, Corvair engine and had fully independent air/oil suspension.
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Yep, you got it. At about 16 years old in the early seventies I bought a Petersons how to do body work book that had an article on Gene Winfield building the Reactor. This was the first time I had ever had seen (or even understood it could be done) a panel made from scatch. It was one of those answers to a question I didn't know I could ask, could you make a panel from scratch, is that possible? I then knew and I was even more hooked on the hole subject of hotrodding and customizing.

I didn't see the car in person until about 1999 and I was not disappointed, it is awesome and still one of my favorite cars of all time.

Gene is at the local show every year and I finally got his autograph and have it on my garage wall.

It's your turn Nightrider!

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How about that bonus question?

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Ummmm.....
Certainly known, that Mylene Farmer drove two US fullsize cars..what's a cars it was?

As I realize,that it can stop the thread...hint is video called MF Confidential....
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Hey Brian,

I saw a display at a Buick dealership in 1963 in Pontiac, Michigan. The concept was good, but it apparently didn't work out.

Buy the way, I grew up in Pontiac and my father and mother worked under John DeLorean. I remember a dinner table conversation, at my home, about how Delorean was planning to have the guys in engineering put a 389 in a Tempest and see what happens. Well......we all know what happened.

My mother bought her first GTO in 1965. It was a 389, Tri-power, four speed. The cost, with her employee discounts, was $1750.00. Mom is almost ninety today and thinks it's odd that anyone would pay what her old "goat" would be worth now.

And yes, my weekends were spent street racing on Woodward Avenue. If anyone on this site hasn't heard of Woodward Avenue, I suggest you google it.

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Ummmm.....
Certainly known, that Mylene Farmer drove two US fullsize cars..what's a cars it was?

As I realize,that it can stop the thread...hint is video called MF Confidential....
A 94ish Chrysler Lebaron and a 92ish Cad Deville.





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I thought it was LHS, not New Yorker...
I hope, watching was not boring...

Your turn!
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There are some super rare 1933 Ford Fenders that are different than the rest, what is that difference? I worked at a restoration shop in the seventies that had a set!

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stainless steel?
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Nope. I had to search a LOT to find a photo of them, and that's knowing the nickname of them but I finally did find ONE photo!

This shop I worked at, oh my God did I learn a not about 33-34 Fords (Model 40's) and there are a LOT of differences between the two, much more than the grille and hood that is for sure!

The owner had a 33 Roadster what was his first car that he bought in 1958 or so! We had all kinds of cool 1933 stuff around.

When I think of the things we had and what they were worth at the time it blows my mind. He even had a complete set of Kinmont disc brakes!

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How about that bonus question?

Brian
The one I was thinking of was it's guest appearance on "Bewitched". But in my search for a photo I was reminded it appeared in other shows as well.


I remember the episode! Funny stuff.
http://www.harpiesbizarre.com/supercar.htm

The Reactor appeared in an episode of Star Trek!



And as the Catwomans car on Batman!



If you want to see how the car was made search out a Petersen's "Basic bodywork and painting" No. 2. It is also in No.1 But I am not sure of the exact name, that was the original one I had as a kid. But this No.2 I picked up at a swap meet a few years ago. When I opened it standing out there in the sun and looked at those photos of Gene bending the aluminum over a pipe it took me back 35 years or so in a second.

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A 94ish Chrysler Lebaron and a 92ish Cad Deville.





Brian
By the way, I think I was wrong, the Cad is a 95ish rear wheel drive.

Brian

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