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August 7, 2016

Hudson Joe Collection Part 2

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HUDSON JOE COLLECTION Part 2

 

Hudson Joe has been collecting old Hot Rod and Custom Car photos for many year. Great material from the 40’s and 50’s. The Hudson Joe Collection Part 2.



Hudson Joe from California has a passion for old things and historic photos of Hot Rods and Custom Cars. He has been collecting these photos for many years. Finding them at estate sales, swapmeets and just finding them in the trash. In the second part of sharing Joe’s Collection we show you some more photos from the Harlan Frazier, aka Mac Frazier collection. Harlan is an old Hotrodder from Burbank, California. He had some cool Hot Rods and Custom Cars in the 1940’s and 1950’s, and he became good friend with Joe. Mac will be 90 this year (2016) and he gave his collection of photos to Joe, because he knew Joe would appreciate them much more than anybody else he knew. Harlan is still looking for more material in his collection. He keeps saying he has many more… so hopefully he will find them sooner or later. Lets take a look at some of the material Joe has shared with us this time.

CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-02Harlan owned this 1938 Ford Custom Convertible in 1941, when this photo was taken. The car was restyled in a very typical for the time way. Mild, but very classy. Ned smooth and extended hood sides which create a smaller oval shaped grille opening. ’37 DeSoto ribbed bumpers front and rear, fender skits and ripple disk flipper hubcaps and beauty rings wrapped with black wall tires.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-03Better look at the oval shaped grille. Not sure is if the hood sides were early aftermarket products, or if Harlan custom made those. The windshield and soft top remained stock height. 

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-05Harlan later owned this even milder ’40 Ford convertible. The hood and trunk were shaved, and the side trim was shortened on the hood. The car was mildly lowered and this version of the car shows he added teardrop fender skirts.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-04This photo shows the ’40 Ford with Calnevar chrome Dress-Up beauty rings and smooth moon hubcaps and no skirts on the rear fenders.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-06This is Harlan with his Mild Shoebox. He was not sure if this photo was taken at Muroc or El mirage, he went to both places regularly.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-011941 mild custom Ford converible. Dual Spotlights, DeSoto ribbed bumpers, skirts, rock shields and custom hubcaps… a cool cruiser.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-10Harlan’s brother owned this full fendered ’32 Ford Coupe.

 



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CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-14A cool sunset shot at the lake with yet another Frazier family owned Hot Rod. This time another car owned by Harlan’s brother.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-15A friend of Harlan had this great looking, and well detailed, ’29 Model A with ’32 Ford frame and grille. He owned this car right out of High School.

 


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CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-07Model A Sedan Hot Rod.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-09A very young Harlan was already interested in car… pedal cars.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-08Harlan Frazier a little older in his makeshift race car during his growing up years in Santa Monica.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-11Harlan’s brother also owned and raced some midget racers in the 1940’s.

 



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CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-22Harlan’s late 40’s BSA bike in the early 1950’s, already modified a bit to more race specs.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-18Harlan BSA bike how it looked a little later.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-19By now the bike had been modified much more and repainted pale yellow.

 


CCC-hudson-joe-colletion-p2-20Harlan loved to race his bikes.

 



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Go back to PART ONE of the Hudson Joe Photo Collection






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About the Author

Rik Hoving
Rik is the CCC editor in chief. As a custom car historian he is researching custom car history for many years. In 2004 he started the Custom Car Photo Archive that has become a place of joy for many custom car enthousiasts. Here at CCC Rik will bring you inspiring articles on the history of custom cars and builders. Like a true photo detective he will show us what's going on in all those amazing photos. He will write stories about everything you want to know in the realm of customizing. In daily life Rik is a Graphic Designer. He is married to the CCC webmaster and the father of a 10 year old son (they are both very happy with his excellent cooking skills)




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3 Comments


  1. Loving it! What is so fascinating also, are the glimpses into what must have been a thriving pre-War activity. A lot has been documented about post-War customizing, but…. Hudson Joe, you are really onto something good here.


  2. The journeys I have been on are almost extraterrestrial. I have been blessed with the friends I have met and the cars I own. This is very cool Rik and Harlan is very happy and glad that the spirit is still alive in Customs and Hotrods. Thank you again for all you do.



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