THE CALIFORNIA KID

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THE CALIFORNIA KID
« on: December 16, 2015, 12:57:12 PM »
From Wikipedia.
The California Kid is a customized 1934 Ford three-window coupé built by Pete Chapouris.

The ‘34 was on the cover of Custom Rod in November 1973, along with a similar coupé built by Jim Jacobs.It attracted the attention of television producer Howie Horowitz, who wanted it for a TV movie, “The California Kid”.

Chapouris’ selection of a classic customizing technique, contrary to the trend at the time, made it perfect for its role in the movie,
The movie would earn Chapouris’ ‘34 legendary status, and lead to numerous copies being built in decades to follow. Today, The California Kid refers more to the car than the film among rodders and customizers.

Chapouris, then a member of the Vintage Tin Hot Rod Club, customized a 1934 Ford three-window coupe in a style that, at the time, was at odds with most contemporary enthusiast thinking, and was generally considered “old-fashioned”; “resto-rodding” (a style sympathetic to the car’s original design and specification) was in vogue.

The original ‘34 was completed in black, with a classic style of flame job, and 1960s-era Halibrand wheels. The film company added dummy sidepipes, a ‘c’ channel rear bumper, and replaced the Halibrands with period-correct steel wheels and Ford hubcaps.

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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2015, 12:59:00 PM »
A few more.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2015, 01:01:29 PM »
THE CALIFORNIA KID.
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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2015, 12:44:54 AM »
My good friend Manual Reyes painted the flames on this coupe , iconic .
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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2015, 11:28:32 AM »
I like the original wheel/tire combo the best.  They're not 'period correct' but they fit the era in which the hot rod was built.

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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2015, 02:51:38 PM »
My good friend Manual Reyes painted the flames on this coupe , iconic .
He painted them twice, once before the movie and once after the movie... right?   LOL   Some of the best flames I've ever seen ;and you can't get a realistic picture of them. (Got to see them in person to REALLY appreciate them)

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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2015, 03:31:21 PM »
Here's a few:

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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2015, 06:31:07 PM »
So now I had to dig through the dvd collection and watch the movie...................Love the look of that coupe cruising!
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2016, 07:56:57 PM »
Here's a few:
Thanks for the pic's Cool.
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2016, 08:01:41 PM »
A few more.
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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2016, 09:45:25 AM »
 :) Thanks for this thread. I've been a BIG fan of this rod since the start. As you can tell from the pics...    ( taken in the 70's in Memphis)   I thought I knew a lot about the Kid but I had never noticed the license tag was different in the movie until now. One more trivia for us all. 

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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2016, 12:29:49 PM »
:) Thanks for this thread. I've been a BIG fan of this rod since the start. As you can tell from the pics...    ( taken in the 70's in Memphis)   I thought I knew a lot about the Kid but I had never noticed the license tag was different in the movie until now. One more trivia for us all.
Happy New Year & Thanks for adding to it.Those are some cool pic's.I guess I'll have to start a thread for Jake's coupe. Lol
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2016, 01:57:53 PM »
:) Thanks for this thread. I've been a BIG fan of this rod since the start. As you can tell from the pics...    ( taken in the 70's in Memphis)   I thought I knew a lot about the Kid but I had never noticed the license tag was different in the movie until now. One more trivia for us all.
Happy New Year & Thanks for adding to it.Those are some cool pic's.I guess I'll have to start a thread for Jake's coupe. Lol
Jake's would be COOL!   BUT don't forget the Superbell coupe too... that will complete the "Holy Trinity" of '34 coupes.

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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2016, 02:21:07 PM »
Here's a thread on Jim Jacobs and his hot rods:
http://hotrodcraft.com/index.php?topic=596.0

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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2016, 06:34:58 PM »
One of the guys in our club(Kelsey Martin) just did a clone for Cal, another club member.  Took these pics a few weeks ago.

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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2016, 08:14:36 AM »
One of the guys in our club(Kelsey Martin) just did a clone for Cal, another club member.  Took these pics a few weeks ago.
GOOD looking clone ! He did a nice job.

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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2016, 01:38:33 PM »
A few more.
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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2016, 10:53:49 PM »
Here's a photo of one of the guitars that manual Reyes and I did for the Fender guitar company . We did a limited number of these for their custom shop collector series . It's shown in the above photo at the NHRA  Museum.
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2016, 03:12:48 AM »
 :) Now that's one HOT guitar!

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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2016, 08:13:19 PM »
That is cool! I can't play guitar, I can't pinstripe, but I know when it sounds good and looks good! Joe
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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2016, 12:20:07 AM »
Here's a photo of one of the guitars that manual Reyes and I did for the Fender guitar company . We did a limited number of these for their custom shop collector series . It's shown in the above photo at the NHRA  Museum.

Very cool; I didn't know that you had a hand in those.

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Re: THE CALIFORNIA KID
« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2017, 02:07:49 AM »
It's Been almost 2 yrs since the last post.
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« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2017, 02:09:39 AM »
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« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2017, 02:10:19 AM »
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« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2017, 02:14:01 AM »
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« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2017, 02:14:53 AM »
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« Reply #26 on: December 23, 2017, 02:16:01 AM »
Bitchin wheels.
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« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2018, 12:48:45 AM »
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« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2018, 12:49:56 AM »
California Kid
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« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2018, 09:40:01 PM »
Before being flamed.