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1947 Ford Convertible - Dick Graese
We have figured out alot of the history of the car but we are hoping to fill in some of the mystery ...more
history of this car. The car is a 47 ford that was originally a convertible. It has been chopped, channeled, has a carson top, 47 olds grille, 58 ford quad headlights, plymouth bumpers, buick taillights, currently a 327 chev, but in the cars original custom glory it once had an olds V8 with 6 strombergs, has dummy lake pipes, real spots, cadillac tilt and telescopic, and frenched double antenna. I am sure there are more details I have left out.
This car when first customized spent it's early custom life in Colorado, and we have contacted and know the second and third owners of the car during it's customized state. We know the name of the first owner/(builder??) I believe the name is Jim Teighton (spelling?) I do not have the info in front of me at this time so I am going off of memory. The car supposedly spent some time on the west coast and we do not have any info on that part of this cars life. we would like to fill in those blanks of west coast ownership and who did the paint change etc.
The car first made an appearance in Hot Rod Magazine in July of 1963.
the car was then burgundy with gold scallops, and at this point had the olds V8 with the 6 strombergs, chrome reverse and 8 inch slicks in back.
next magazine appearance was Street Rodder April, 1976 the car still resided in Colorado but was changed to a 1974 VW green and then received the 327 chev small block, and a gold diamond tuck velour interior. the inside of the car looked like a coffin. even the inside of the carson was diamond tuck. the car now had 4-bar flipper caps with the wide whites.
Fast forward to 1982. Hot Rod put out a special "Custom Cars" issue, and the car wa on the cover and now has fender skirts, and the name "Gangreen" lettered on the skirts. if memory serves me correctly the car at this point is now in California. the car was also pictured in the December 1984 issue of Hot Rod.
If anybody can fill in some of the blanks and history that would be great.
The car has been in Minnesota for quite some time and we still know the previous Minnesota owner. We do not know who had done the color change to the copper brown color that exists on the car now. My step father Bill had the upholstery redone in an off white Leather tuck and pleat. The car still had the Gold velour interior when he purchased the car. the only other updates have been for safety, the car now has a mustang II front end and disc brakes. We have tried to maintain the original 50's custom with out detracting from the cars custom roots. Some other neat details are the Dagger handle dipstick, and a silver dollar brazed as the gas pedal.
If anybody knows the car or history please help us out, it would be appreciated. Would also like to find any old photos of this car if they exist.
There were a ton of car show trophies that belong to this car that have dissappeared over the years as well.
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