1948 Chevy Coupe

 

1948 CHEVY COUPE

 

This 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster Coupe was originally built by Glenn Patrick in 1985. In 2008 Glenn sold it to a new owner who had it repainted, stripped and added his personal style to the car.


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This 1948 Chevy Stylemaster Coupe was Customized by Glenn “The Cat” Patrick in Beavercreek, Ohio back in 1985. Glenn had been inspired by the Barris built Chevy that was created for the 1958 black and white movie High School Confidential starring Mamie Van Doren. When Glenn was a young kid he had seen a picture of two identical ’46-48 Chevy turned 3-window coupes parked in front of the old Barris Shop. That image had stayed with him all his life, and when he came across a very nice 1948 Chevy Coupe in the early 1980’s he decided he would create his tribute Custom based on the old Barris Car. More on the original version of this 1948 Chevy can be found in this Custom Car Chronicle Article.

In 1985 Glenn Patrick built his version of the Barris Restyled High School Confidential Coupe based on a 1948 Chevy.
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To get the right shape of the top Glenn chopped it around 5 inches in the front and one inch more in the back for the perfect profile. The door post were stretched and the rear quarter windows were filled in. The rear of the roof was angled forward and re contoured. The rear window cut down in the new forward position till it looked right compared to the side windows. Since the old glass was tempered and could not be cut Glenn found suitable glass on an old Ford Granada windshield which he cut down to fit. The rear fenders were molded to the body, like Barris did in the old days. All door handles and trim was removed for the smooth look and the “too Busy” 48 Chevy grille was replaced with a cleaner looking ’46 Chevy unit. Glenn added tear drop shaped 1940 Ford fender skirts, frenched the headlights and created custom molded in surrounds for 1950 Pontiac taillights. Glenn also shaved the stock Chevy bumpers and added ’49 Chevy license guards to both bumpers.

Glenn enjoyed the car for several decades, he drove the Chevy all over the East Coast and showed it at many local and not so local shows. Wherever the car went it left a big impact on young and old. The old remembering the style of Custom from the 1950’s and the young falling in love with the sinister look of the super low classic looking Custom. Around 2007 Glenn decided it was time to let the car go. The car was listed for sale online and in 2008 Jim Eckard heard about this nice ‚Äô48 Chevy for sale. Jim had recently sold his ‚Äô32 coupe and was looking for something more Custom. Jim ended up buying the car and after sitting in his garage for some time he started updating the car to make it his.



Rear 3/4 view photo from the Street Rodder Magazine article shows the stunning lines on his Custom 1948 Chevy Three Window Coupe.
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The photos for the Street Rodder article were taken shortly after the second owner, Jim Eckard had finished adding his personal touches. The car is still very recognizable as the Glenn “the Cat” Patrick “The Villain” Chevy Custom.
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The ’85 paint dark maroon paint job had seen better days so Jim took it over to Arthur‚Äôs Auto Body and Frame in Phoenix to have them repaint the car in a non-metallic maroon that matched the original paint Glenn Patrick had used. This way the Dash did not have to be repainted, which was important since George Barris had signed the glove box (on the inside) back in 1995, and it would have been a shame to cover that up in new paint. Chavos Pinstriping, also from from Phoenix was asked to highlight every body line and panel with cream and red colored striping. The hood was “decorated” with “stick-on” oval portholes. The interior of the car done in marine off white Naugahyde looked still very good, so it was just cleaned up, but otherwise left alone. The carpets however had been worn down over the years, so those were redone using the originals as pattern by Hot Rod Interiors in Peoria, Arizona.

 



The non metallic maroon paint was done in 2012 and looks absolutely stunning.
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The car can be seen here with some air added to the rear suspension.
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When Glenn originally built the car he wanted to create a smooth cruiser that he could drive anywhere. So the chassis was updated with a ’74 Nova front clip and an ’80 Olds Cutlass rear suspension system. For the rear Glenn added air shocks for more comfortable high way cruising. The car is outfitted with Steel wheels (15×6) with Coker BFGoodrich white wall tires (215/70-15 and 235/75-15) and the original Sombrero Hubcaps Glenn had installed were replaced with ’57 Cadillac hubcaps with custom centers. Jim also had a special set of custom 1959 Cadillac taillights made that were set into the molded in surrounds that Glenn had created in 1985.

Auto & Truck Specialists in Glendale, Arizona, installed a 350ci Chevy V8, which was installed in front of a smoothed firewall and outfitted with a COMP Cams camshaft, a Moroso aluminum water pump, early Corvette valve covers, an Edelbrock manifold, and twin Edelbrock carbs. A TH350 trans was also bolted up, which is fitted with a Hughes 2700 stall converter.



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The pinstriping done on the car in 2012 gives the Chevy a very much mid 1950’s look, when heavy contrasting striping was the big hit.
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Jim enjoyed his personalized ’48 Chevy for several years, and showed it at many shows where it gathered a fair share of awards. Most of the shows Jim went to were in the¬†greater Phoenix metro area, but in 2013 he also took it to the prestigious Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona California. Here the Chevy placed 3rd in the “Early Customs” class at the 64th Annual Grand National Roadster Show, 2nd place went to the legendary builder John D’Agostino that year. Very exclusive company to say the least.

Other awards include the ‚ÄúSteele the Show‚ÄĚ award at the 2015 Goodguys Nationals, Street Rodder Top 100 in 2012, Goodguys Fall Nationals ‚ÄúAward of Excellence‚ÄĚ in 2012, Goodguys Top 100 at the 2012 Spring Nationals, Goodguys Southwest Nationals ‚ÄúCool Custom‚ÄĚ in 2011, and the Memory Lane award at the Goodguys Nationals 2008.

After having enjoyed the car for some time Jim decided he wanted to have a Hot Rod again and sold the Chevy to the current owner Steve Montgomery from Phoenix, Arizona. Since Steve owned the car he has driven the car around Phoenix, and took it to several local car shows where the car still draws huge crowds. Since the new engine was installed in 2008 the car has driven 6500 carefree miles. But in late 2017 Steve decided it is time for a new caretaker of this Custom 1948 Chevy 3-window Coupe, and sold it to a new owner in California in March 2018.

The interior is equipped with working heat, A/C, and a more modern stereo system with cassette player. The dash still has the stock gauges, with some extra instruments mounted below. Interior features all work correctly, including the clock. 54k miles are shown on the odometer.
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The split front bench folds forward to reach the fully upholstered rear compartment. Complete interior is upholstered in authentic late 50’s early 50’s style off white tuck & roll Naugahyde with maroon piping.
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The rear bench and view of the modified rear window with Ford Granada windshield section for glass.
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The interior was done in 1985 and still looks very good today.
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Seating view in the Chevy. The color coordinated 1948 Chevy steering wheel has an hand painted start on the custom bullet center. The striping and the ornaments were added in 2012.
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The original 1948 Chevy Clock is still working. The Kustoms of America crest was added to the car after 1994.
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In 1995 George Barris signed the inside of the glove box door. The signature is still there today.
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The ’46-48 Chevy rear always looks beautiful with molded in fenders and smoothed trunk, but on this Chevy the filled in rear 3/4 windows and super low chopped top profile makes it totally slippery.
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No matter what angle you look at this ’48 Chevy Custom, it always looks super nice, but the low, rear 3/4 view is my personal favorite view.
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The 15×6″ steel wheels are fitted with 1957 Cadillac wheel covers with star painted Custom Bullet Center, and Coker BF Goodrich wide whitewall tires.
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The trunk of the Chevy is upholstered as nice as the rest of the interior. With new carpets done in 2012. The inside of the deck lid is done in off-white tuck & roll. The air compressor can be reached from an door behind the top basket.
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Power comes from a 350ci Chevy V8 backed by a TH350 automatic transmission. Modifications include an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold, dual four-barrel carburetors, a COMP Cams camshaft, Hughes 2700 stall converter, and a shift kit. A set of aluminum valve covers from an early Corvette is fitted, and the recessed portions are color matched to the body.
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The dummy Appleton S-112 Spotlights are decorated with cream colored stars outlined in maroon striping. The portholes on the hood were added by the second owner, they are the “stick on” kind, taped to the hood.
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The original 1950 Pontiac taillights added in 1985 were replaced with sunken 1959 Cadillac taillights. The taillights have additional cream colored striping added in 2012.
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Working cowl vent is still in place for the more traditional look, even though the cars interior is now climate controled with a more modern AC unit.
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Smoothed bumper up front with the 1946 Chevy grille for a cleaner, look that the stock 1948 Chevy unit. The top bar was dechromed and painted body color on the remake in 2012.
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The rear bumper also had its bolts welded to the bumpers and smoothed before re-plated. The license plate is protected with an 1949 Chevy guard, classic Custom touch. The smoothed deck-lid was pin striped in 2012 for the second owner.
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In 1985 the frame was modified with the addition of a 1974 Nova front clip and the rear suspension from a 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Air shocks were installed at the rear for smoother freeway cruising.
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Four page feature article of the ’48 Chevy in the June 2013 Street Rodder Magazine.
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Hand painted sign done in 2012 will be included with the car.
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Photos showing the chopped top under construction in Glenn Patrick’s garage back in 1985. These and many more are included with the car.
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Cats 48 Chevy

 

CATS 48 CHEVY

 

Unexpectedly bumping into my Dream Custom Car on my first American Custom Car show during my 1994 USA trip



It was the early 1990’s, I was in my early 20’s living in Amsterdam the Netherlands. I had been very passionated about Custom Cars for about a decade and while it had been¬†tough¬†to find anything Custom Car related in the early years,¬†¬†things had been changed for the last few years. The Custom Car revival from the 1980’s had made it possible for me to find more and more material in the Netherlands. A few books had been published and an book store in Amsterdam carried several Custom Car related magazines. I had taken subscriptions to some magazines including Rod & Customs and loved avery Custom Car related feature in the magazine. I absorbed as much as I could and slowly the¬†historic path of the¬†Custom Car started to visualize in my head. You have to understand that¬†all the 1950’s and 60’s magazines that you can buy now were not available for me at that time. Also there was no internet for the common people yet, so no google search to find any pictures or info on historic Customs.

I was very much into scale model car building and had¬†started to get involved with an Tennessee based aftermarket company named Altered States. I started to create Custom Car related aftermarket parts for the 1/25 scale model car kits. Patterns of special hubcaps, taillights, side trim’s and even complete customized bodies that I would send off to the US so they could be cast in resin and sold on the US market. The owner of the company Chuck Mier and I had become good friends over time, communicating with mailed letters and sometimes on the phone (Long distance phone calls still cost a fortune back then).


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Around 1993-94 I decided it was time for me to visit the US for the very first time, visit my friend Chuck and go to a Knoxville model car show to show some of my model cars, and to help promote my Custom Car model car parts. In the summer of 1995 I flew out to Memphis Tenn. stepped out of the plane and was¬†surrounded by this hot damped humid blanket. I had never experienced this kind of weather, hot and humid… wow. I was picked up¬†by some local Memphis model car friends and the next day we drove to Knoxville where they¬†dropped me off at my friends place¬†first, and later we went to the model car show that would be held the next day.¬†It was really fantastic to finally meet Chuck and to go to my first ever big model car show. The trip¬†was a great succes already and ¬†the four weeks in total would get only better. After the show Chuck took me on many rod trips showing me all kinds of fun stuff in Tenn. Chuck knew a lot of places where they had old cars in the fields which we all checked out. On one of our trips we went to¬†Pigeon Forge, a rather touristic place. On our way there we noticed a few nice Hot Rods and Custom Cars. One of the cars I recognized from the magazines, it was¬†BRS (Butch Rod Shop) from Dayton Ohio, they had this orange 1938 Dodge¬†panel delivery shop truck. They were stopping for gas at the same station we just had some gas as well. We got out of the car and asked why they were in town and what all the other cars were doing and if there was some kind of meet or show going on in the coming weekend.

CCC-brs-orange-38-dodge-panelThe BRS, Butch Rod Shop 1938 Dodge panel truck that we came across at the gas-station, and who would tell us about the next day Custom Car show. If we had not bumped into these guys we might have never found out about the show at all. I took these two photos of the BRS Shop truck at the hosting hotel parking lot.
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Turned out there was a first annual KKOA Custom Car show organized in Pigeon Forge that weekend. Chuck had looked for car events to visit during my stay, and had not found anything interesting in the magazines. So this Custom Car show came as a complete surprise. We later heard they had not done a very good job on the communication and promotion of this first show. But apparently something had been written about it in a east coast custom car club newsletter, so fortunately for us quite a few custom car owners knew about the show. We asked for directions and even thought the show was going to be started until the next day, we decided to take a look anyway. WOW.. this was going to be my first ever US Custom Car show… I was very excited.

We found the locations, and as expected, nothing going on other than some officials and venders setting up. We drove off and cruised the main street in Pigeon Forge… when I all of the sudden saw something absolutely beautiful from the corner of my eye… it was just a split second, before my view was blocked off my a van we were just passing. I told Chuck to see if he could make a U-Turn as quick as possible since I thought I had seen an absolutely gorgeous Custom Car parked down one of the side roads. I think its a Chevy I had seen in an “recent” Rod & Custom Magazine. Oh boy if that is that car I think it is… After a while Chuck was able to turned the car and we drove back… I was on the tip of my seat, my head against the headliner to make sure I¬†would not miss it on our way back. And there it was… The dark maroon teardrop shaped Custom sitting 200 or so yards from our street.

CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-RC-01The photo of the 1948 Chevy I fell in love with published in the Dec 1993 issue of Rod & Custom Magazine.
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We drove up to the car and the closer we got… the more sure I was that my eyes had not deceived me, this was that stunning looking 1948 Chevy from the Rod & Custom Magazine. When I had received the December 1993 issue of Rod & Custom Magazine there was one photo inside that had jumped out to me. On page 20 there was a black and white photo of Glenn “The Cat” Patrick’s 1948 Chevy photographed at the NSRA Nats in Columbus, Ohio. And the car was absolutely stunning. Everything I could see in that small photo was absolutely perfect in my eyes. Custom Car Perfection…. and now I was going to be able to actually walk all around this car, check it out in detail and from every angle. And take photos of it… Oh boy!

I had studied that one R&C photo of Glenn’s Chevy for a long time, everything on that car was just so right in my eyes. The perfect amount of chop, the filling of the rear quarter windows, the use of the cleaner ’46 Chevy grille, frenched headlights, perfect stance and Cadillac Sombrero hubcaps on wide white wall tires. I had never even thought about the possibility of seeing that car in person.



Glenn Patrick 1948 Chevy

When we came closer to the car it was cruising slowly to a parking spot close to section of town where a pick-up show was taking place that day. Glenn and a friend wanted to go and check out that show and were looking for a suitable parking spot where his Chevy could be parked and be seen by the people. Chuck parked his car close by and we got out, to go check out the Chevy.¬†Of course I took my trusted 35 mm Minolta camera with me, but first I walked around the car, and stepped back and around it again to look at it from every angle. It was just so perfectly shaped. In the meantime Chuck started to talk to Glenn,¬†asking him about the Chevy… and soon I would join. Chuck introduced me to Glenn as his friend and business partner all the way from the Netherlands.

CCC-barris-high-school-conf-chevies-02Barris created two identical 1948 Chevy coupe customs for the High School Confidential movie. Filled quarter windows and a chopped top are similar to what Glenn did later, but the grilles on the Barris cars are different and so is the lack of white wall tires. Remember that these were movie cars, build in a matter of weeks and seen only in motion. One of the two cars was destroyed in the movie when it was rolled over in a race scene. The car was actually to heavy to roll over and was eventually dropped from a crane. The second car survived and is still around today.
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On of the first thing Glenn mentioned about¬†the car was that an 1948 Chevy Coupe, but that he had added the ’46 Chevy grille since he thought it looked much better. And how he¬†was inspired by the¬†High School Confidential¬†Barris Kustoms created movie cars. He had seen the movie back in the 1950’s when it came out, and that car had had a¬†lasting impact on him. Decades after he had seen the movie he came across a ’48 Chevy coupe and the plan came up to create his personal interpretation of the High School¬†Confidential¬†Chevy. Back then¬†I had no idea how the original movie car looked like. Remember this was 1994, and the Barris Technique Books and the other Barris history books had yet to be published.¬†Later in 1994 when I was able to get a copy of the Barris Kustoms of the 1950’s book I first saw the two movie cars Glenn had based his Chevy on. I like Glenn’s version better.


CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-10When we drove up to the place where I had seen that wonderful car from the corner of my eyes I found the Chevy I thought it was cruising slowly to find a parking spot. Seeing this car actually in person, and hovering slowly on the streets was absolutely magical.
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-04Chuck checking out Glenn backing up into the parking spot. This was the first time I noticed the skull graphic on the fender skirt, I had never spotted that in the R&C photo. Not a fan of that, but the graphics were very popular in the early 1990’s. Glen spend a lot of time working on the door frame and getting it all to flow right and removed the factory stock indents.¬†
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Glenn had some magazines that showed some photos of the one original barris Chevies that had survived the movie shoot. He had studied all the lines on the car very carefully before he turned his 5-window coupe into the three window coupe by filling in the rear quarter windows. I think he succeeded very well in creating the perfect shaped heavy chop that gives the car a great, slight cartoonish feel. Glenn also decided to mold in the rear fenders for a more original Barris Custom look. The movie cars never had the rear fenders molded in. There was no need for that, since details like that would not show up on the movie screen. Glenn also smoothed the trunk, but left the chrome plated exterior hinges in place. A set of teardrop skirts match the shape of the rear fenders and the shape of the top. The two piece original hood was welded to a single unit, peaked in the center and relieved of all the emblems and trim for the ultimate smooth look.


CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-01After Glenn had parked the car we could take all the time we had to check it out. I was amazed how good it looked from every angle. Especially the filled in quarter windows made the car looks so streamlined and special.
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-16I was amazed how good it looked from every angle. Especially the filled in quarter windows made the car looks so streamlined and special.
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Glenn did not like the grille set up on the movie cars very much, and also did not care for the over the top design of the stock 1948 Chevy. So he decided to back date the car with an more elegant 1946 Chevy grille. He lowered the suspension and added the correct size white wall tires and dressed the red painted wheels up with a set of Cadillac Sombrero hubcaps. The car was not sitting very low, with a very slight rearward drop which gave the car that wonderful hovering look¬†it was was driven. Glenn bought a paint of Kustom Kraft dummy spotlights that were created by Bill Layman¬†and are based on the shape of the Appleton S-112 spotlights that were popular in the 1940’s and early to mid 1950’s. The only difference is that these Spotlights have no interior handles and are therefor none-working. One everything was done Glenn painted the car in a wonderful shade of maroon.


CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-02It was one of the first cars, perhaps even the first car with correct shaped Spotlights. I had heard about the Appleton spotlights before, and seen them in photos, but never on a real car. Later I found out Glenn had used a set of Kustom Kraft dummy Spotlights. But those had the same shape as the Appleton S-112’s.¬†
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-03The shaved trunk, molded in rear fenders and molded Pontiac taillights with added blue dots looked so fine then, and still does today. Glenn used the ever popular ’49 Chevy license plate cover on a smoothed 48 Chevy bumper and large diameter exhaust tips.
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-09Glenn’s Chevy also introduced me for the very first time to the perfect wheel tire combination for an late 1940’s early 1950’s styled Custom. It was like looking at art on a museum wall to me.
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Show day

The day of the show we returned early to Pigeon Forge and it was really spectacular.¬†Quite a few very nice¬†Customs¬†had already showed¬†up¬†early, and new cars arrived all the time. I could not believe the beauty on all these cars. We spend the whole day at the event, checking out the cars, talking to the owners, and making new friends.¬†¬†But for me the one that made the biggest impression and inspired me the most was Glenn’s 1948 Chevy. For me it represented everything I feel how a real Custom Car should look back then. My taste in Customs has changed, perhaps grown a little over the years, but overall I still think that Glenn’s Chevy is an extremely good looking custom, and I’m very pleased to have been able to see this car in person, be able to walk around it and talk to Glenn about his vision and how he created the car.

CCC-pigeon-forge-show-1994-rikChuck took this photo of me wondering around at the Pigeon Forge Custom Car show in 1994…
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-13Glenn and a friend cruising around at the car show location. I cannot remember for sure, but I think the car might have had air shocks on the rear, but this was way before air-ride!
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-05Glenn had a skull theme going for the car, with the skull painted on the fender skirts, one on the tall shifter inside his otherwise period styled and great looking interior.
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-06The interior was done in an off white tuck & roll with dark red piping and dark red carpets. Another skull was placed on the package shel at the show.
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-07The dash and steering wheel are stock 1948 Chevy, but nicely restored and cleaned up. Glenn added some modern components including AC and stereo and some extra gauges below the dash.
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-12Glenn added beautiful subtile round taillight openings to the molded rear fenders to house a set of blue-dot 1950 Pontiac taillights.
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-15The only thing I noticed back in 1994 that I did not care about was the fact that the stainless windshield frame is missing. 
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CCC-cats-48-chevy-glenn-patrick-11 Cats 48 parked at the host hotel parking place low angle photo gives us a good look at the molded in and reshaped headlights and welded and peaked hood.
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After having had some health issued Glenn decided in 2008 Glenn to let go of the car. The Chevy was bought by¬†Jim Eckard from¬†Glendale, Arizona¬†who¬†did a complete overhaul and added his own personal touches to the car. I had seen some photos online and to me the real simple beauty¬†of the car is¬†now all gone. The new owner added a lot of “Bling” as in 57 Cadillac hubcaps with painted bullets, ’59 Cadillac taillights, and a lot of totally out of place pin striping. Basically the cars beautiful lines are still all there, but¬†now hidden by an overload of dress up. I did not want to show any photos of the car’s current state here since it takes away from the great impact it had on me in the early 1990’s. But if you want to see the car in its current state¬†and read about the current owners ideas about the car then you can check out the Street Rodder Magazine ARTICLE¬†on the Chevy on the Hot Rod magazine website.

I saw the car again in person in 2011 when it was at the Grand National Roadster show. But I was disappointed by all the added “bling” by the then current owner. I did not even take a photo of the car at the show. The car that made such an great impact on me in 1994 with its pure and simple lines was gone for me… In 2018 after the car had passed hands one more time the current owner has the car back For Sale again, and hopefully a next caretaker will bring the car back to the original “The Cats” 48 Style. To me Glenn “The Cat” Patrick had created the perfect 36-48 Chevy coupe.



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