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1951 Chevrolet Fleetline - Frank Garcia

1951 Chevrolet Fleetline 2 door fastback, purchased new in Los Banos, CA at Kaljian Chevrolet by Fra ...more

nk Garcia. It's loaded with options: dual spot lights, deluxe bumper tips and grill guard; all the stainless they had to sell!! Frank had the dealer remove the engine and transmission before he ever took delivery, he then towed the car to his brothers house in Los Banos where they installed a brand new Cadillac engine mated to a new Ford three speed overdrive transmission with a special bell housing he had ordered from Los Angeles. The rear end was a stock unit with a 4:10 gear. The only external clues as to what was under the hood were the Cadillac hubcaps on the larger wheels and tires, and a gold Cadillac "V" mounted on the deck lid. Frank owned this car until 1962 when it was sold to Keyes, CA and then later to Delhi, CA where it was last seen around 1990.
We are hoping somebody will recognize this car and we can be found while Frank Garcia is still alive. Frank is the big guy standing in front of the car with his brother alongside. Under the hood is an early shot with the 2 barrel carb; as soon as Cad had a four barrel, so did Frank. This car was a legend in local street racing circles, a sleeper if ever there was one. Frank says the car was super fast but simply would not stop with those stock brakes.
If anybody knows anything about this car, please contact me at rik@rikhovingkustoms.com

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    1951 Chevy-Frank William

    Frank Williams and Miller's Body shop in Pasadena Ca. are responsible for the body work on this grea ...more

    t mild custom. The car was first a mild custom in the mid 1950's with an 1953 Chevy grille with extra teeth inside a molded 1953 Chevy grille surround. 1952 Ford headlights where molded to the front fenders which where peaked similar to the hood. At the back Frank installed 1948 Ford taillights on custom made pods. The fender skirts where extended downwards to make them level with the body. And the suspension was lowered all around. The car was painted a pastel yellow. In the later part of the 1950's Frank updated his chevy according the new Custom Car styling trends.

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    50's build '49-'51 Chevy Customs
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    Bev Morgan 1949 Chevy Convertible
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    Bill Junge 1949 Fleetline

    The car was built in 1957. Pinstripping by Ed Roth and he also added the name on the side "Galloping Groundhog"

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    Bill Uniacks 1951 Chevy
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    Bob Borst 1949 Chevy Coupe
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    Canadian 51 Chevy Coupe
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    Chuck Rogers 1950 Chevy Black Panther
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    Dave Jenkins 1950 Chevy Four door
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    Dick McArdle 1949 Chevy Coupe
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    Hector Arevalo 1950 Chevy
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    Jack Peed 1950 Chevy
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    Ken Vertrees 1951 Chevy Convertible
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    LarryLee 1952 Chevy HT

    This mild custom was an R&C magazine project. Several custom shops performed work on this car. And each shop got an How-To article about their part in the magazine.

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    Leon Welmas '51 Chevy convertible

    Gaylord Top and interior

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    Vince Ulloa 4-door Chevy

    Body work was done by Kenny's Garage in Los Angeles. Upholstery by Gaylord's Upholstery shop. Later ...more

    a set of Studebaker taillights was deeply tunneled into the extended rear fenders and the fender skirts where removed for a new look.

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