February 10, 2018 at 12:57 #56887
Steve Stanford Designs shared this on his Facebook.
So great to see more progress on this Barris Kustom Shop created Custom.Really looking forward to see this one back on the streets again.
“It’s one thing to read the history in old books and magazines. But it’s quite another thing to see an historical artifact in real life right in front of you. That you can touch it and soak up all that is special about it.
This custom ’40 Ford is the famed Tom Hocker owned, and Barris Brothers constructed Car Craft cover car from the ’50s ‘little custom book’ era. For custom car historians, a find like this is significant in that this is one more car not lost to the ravages of time. It will be saved for future generations to enjoy.
That dashing fellow on the right in the photos is my very good friend John Canepa. John will paint the Hocker Coupe and finish up various details and help put this car back to it’s former glory. You’ve seen John’s custom ’58 Chevy pickup in various Coker Tire ads and at the shows. Light metallic green, low on whitewalls and custom caps and a bitchin’ handmade tube grille. John knows his custom car history, and when the opportunity arose to help resurrect this icon, he didn’t hesitate.
John will keep me posted on his progress, which will be easy: He’s only a few minutes away. Being a forever custom car enthusiast, this project is really special to me. A good friend, a famous Barris custom….. It doesn’t get any better. More on this project as it develops.”
Enjoy the beauty of Customizing+1February 10, 2018 at 15:40 #56890TorchieParticipant
Please keep us updated on the progress.
Torchie0February 10, 2018 at 22:34 #56900bob tindaleParticipant
Great news. This has always been one of my favourite Kustom 40’s [the Barris blue versions]. Even like the quad headlites.0February 12, 2018 at 23:17 #56927
So cool! John will do an excellent job for sure 🙂0March 7, 2018 at 22:03 #57211
John Canepa who is handling this part of the restoration shared a few more photos of the Tom Hocker Ford in bare metal.
Original Barris crest.
Enjoy the beauty of Customizing0March 8, 2018 at 08:33 #57220
Some more detail pictures from John Canepa.
Enjoy the beauty of Customizing0March 8, 2018 at 08:35 #57221March 8, 2018 at 08:37 #57222March 8, 2018 at 19:19 #57228TorchieParticipant
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Thanks for the updates. Keep them coming!!
Torchie0March 8, 2018 at 23:05 #57232
Amazing car…it’s in good hands!
Do you happen to have any closeup shots of the Barris metalwork on the inside of the chop or the backside of the garnish moldings? 😀0March 9, 2018 at 18:34 #57239Daemon LöfmanParticipant
wow . really nice work there. impressive!0March 13, 2018 at 20:18 #57346April 12, 2018 at 10:06 #58048
while doing research on recreating the hubcaps on the Tom Hocker 1940 Ford John Canepa came across an interesting photo showing the Hocker Ford with a set of Lakes Pipes installed. After discovering the photo he went out to the car and sure there was the hole in the front fender that had been patched and welded shut. Looks like the pipes were not on the car for a long time. So far this is the only photo they appear on the car.
More progress photos coming soon…
Later the pipes were removed, but hole is still in the front fender, and mounting bolts on the running board.
The welded shut hole seen from the inside of the front fender.
Enjoy the beauty of Customizing0April 12, 2018 at 18:20 #58075
So neat to see evidence of old kustom work 🙂0April 12, 2018 at 20:25 #58078Dave (a.k.a. rodncustomdreams)Participant
Ever evolving.. True to the “life” of an old custom.. Love the archival aspect of the hobby!
Jus' creepin' along..0
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