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Trophy cases and awards

start to pile up!

  John had no room to display the trophies and photos he had collected over the years – They spent most of their lives in cardboard boxes in the attic.  So one day while Jeanie was gone shopping, he and a neighbor nailed them up all over his office walls.  Jeanie now refers to his office as his “Vanity Room”.     See More

Special parts aren’t from KFC 

A lighted display case contains over 75 automotive hood ornaments going back as far as 1916.  Hood ornament collecting has now become an international hobby, and John buys and sells hood ornaments all over the world.  He has seen these automotive works of art so rare that they sold for in excess of $2000.  

“With this collection I could

be on American Picker”

  This bookcase contains automotive grille emblems as old as 1914.  Remember Jack Benny talking about his old Maxwell car?  John has one of those rare emblems.  He’s now looking for a grille emblem from a car made in St. Louis, the “Moon”, for his collection.

Gold Dust ... John’s Winning 1953 Studebaker

 John Martin’s ’53 Studebaker

“Gold Dust” came from San Antonio,

Texas.  When John got it, he went berserk!

The chassis was built around a pair of custom designed Art Morrison 2”x4” rails.  It utilizes aftermarket Mustang II front components, a braced Ford 9” rear end, and a complete air suspension.  A full 8-point roll cage is included for safety.

Packing 650 Horsepower

The engine is a 490” big block Chevy John built using a block from a 1971 dump truck, a Callies crank, Manley rods, Wiseco pistons, Dart Pro 1 aluminum heads, Brodix intake, and a Barry Grant Demon 1000 CFM carburetor.  A complete Competition Cams roller rocker valve train and custom-fabricated headers help John’s engine produce 650 HP. Body mods are numerous, but they are intended to not hurt the original Raymond Lowey design which won many awards.  The top is chopped 3”.  ’57 Chrysler fins and Lee custom-designed tail light lenses change the rear appearance.  E-class Mercedes head lights and a ’70 Chevelle cowl-induction hood alter the front end.  Both bumpers have been “tucked-in” closer to the body, and another pair of front wheel well openings were used on the rear to facilitate tire changes.  Rear wheels are custom-made ET-IIIs designed to imitate John’s old funny car wheels.  The dash and console were fabricated by John and Todd Redenshek from a sketch.  AutoMeter carbon fiber gauges, an Ididit steering column, and a pair of Saturn bucket seats complement the all-leather.    John has won over 60 major awards with Gold Dust since it was completed.”

When Rockets Meant

Something on 4

Wheels

John, his brother Tom, and Todd Redenshek saw this very rare ’48 Olds 98 (not ’49) at Indy in 1996.  John said one of us should purchase this car.  Todd and John had no ready cash, so Tom elected to buy it.  Tom was between jobs at the time, but he had sufficient cash to make the purchase.  John’s job then was to convince Tom’s wife, Ann, that they weren’t all crazy.    Todd drove the Olds back to Ohio so John could start working on it.  After a period of time, Tom and Ann decided they would rather have a ’49 Caddy Tom had located, because of the tail fins.  John bought the Olds from Tom for his wife, Jeanie.  John and Todd then built the Olds to resemble a late 50s custom except for the aluminum wheels which were necessary to clear the huge disk brakes.    The Olds, Jeanie calls it “Beulah”, has a completely rebuilt 1971 455 Olds engine (about 350 HP), Turbo 400 transmission, and a Ford 9” rear end.  Beulah has power rack and pinion steering, power disc brakes, and a remotely programmable air suspension.  The interior features a ’56 Olds dash, GM tilt steering column, and power bucket seats covered in leather.  The horn button and the mag wheel centers were CNC-machined out of billet aluminum.    To obtain that sleek custom look, John and Todd chopped the top 1” in the front and 2.75” in the rear so the top would flow into the 1956 Pontiac rear bumper better.  The rear fenders were lengthened 2”, widened about 1.5” (for tire clearance), and dropped about 2” at the back.  Headlights are frenched, and the grille consists of stock ’48 Olds pieces combined with the center section of a ’49 Buick rear bumper.  ’56 Olds front wheel wells and ’57 Chevy rear wheel wells were used to match the flow of the top.  Beulah was painted a deep Purple so she could be used in Jeanie’s niece’s wedding.
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