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LIL JOHN'S "WHITE ROADSTER"

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Bob Kolmos,Johns best friend driving.
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Thanks again for the replys all, I've learned more about these cars in 24 hours than my previous 40 years.
This appears to be the Corno Roadster with the flatter axle and smooth hood,
I didn't know Lil' Johns car was ever Red as when owned by Jamie Musselman.
The fact that both cars have had so much re-finnish in relatively early years speaks presumably to their being DRIVEN
 
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Thanks again for the replys all, I've learned more about these cars in 24 hours than my previous 40 years.
This appears to be the Corno Roadster with the flatter axle and smooth hood,
I didn't know Lil' Johns car was ever Red as when owned by Jamie Musselman.
The fact that both cars have had so much re-finnish in relatively early years speaks presumably to their being DRIVEN
Ronn,

Yes these cars where driven across the country multiple times in the early days. Bob Kolmos told me he wouldn't be surprised if John's roadster didn't have 300K miles on it. It's obviously been rebuilt since but it still drives great. John's car was painted regency red in the early 80's when Musselman owned it then got repainted back to white after he sold it in the early 90's. I have attached a few photos, the first one is in the late 70's of both John's car (right) and Cornos car (left) Unfortunately this is the only photo I have of both of them together. It was given to me by Bob Kolmos. As you can see Cornos car is a little longer in the hood area, but both cars where white with the same wheels in the 70's. That's why there is a lot of confusion regarding both cars....a lot of folks don't realize that there where actually two cars at one time that looked like each other. The other photo is the Rod Action cover with John's car on the right and he's standing next to Corno car in the fabrication phase. These two cars traveled cross country together back then and had to be a sight to see. I remember seeing John driving his roadster down a main street in my town probably in around 1977, I was 19 and it made a huge impression on me. I made a U turn and followed him into the DMV parking lot. By the time I got there he had gone in so I stood there and drooled. Back then it was state of the art....we had never seen anything like it!
 

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You may like Lil' John's coupe thread here.http://hotrodcraft.com/theGarage/index.php?threads/lil-john-butteras-deuce.606/
We might have walked by each other that day.
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Nobody realizes the Gurney Weslake engine in John's 3 window was actually in his roadster first. He couldn't get it to run right so he pulled it and put it under the bench. Here are a few photos Bob Kolmos gave me of the roadster frame with the Weslake in it. Photos aren't that great but somethings better than nothing!
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Nobody realizes the Gurney Weslake engine in John's 3 window was actually in his roadster first. He couldn't get it to run right so he pulled it and put it under the bench. Here are a few photos Bob Kolmos gave me of the roadster frame with the Weslake in it. Photos aren't that great but somethings better than nothing! View attachment 90964 View attachment 90965
Your killing me.
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Ronn,

Yes these cars where driven across the country multiple times in the early days. Bob Kolmos told me he wouldn't be surprised if John's roadster didn't have 300K miles on it. It's obviously been rebuilt since but it still drives great. John's car was painted regency red in the early 80's when Musselman owned it then got repainted back to white after he sold it in the early 90's. I have attached a few photos, the first one is in the late 70's of both John's car (right) and Cornos car (left) Unfortunately this is the only photo I have of both of them together. It was given to me by Bob Kolmos. As you can see Cornos car is a little longer in the hood area, but both cars where white with the same wheels in the 70's. That's why there is a lot of confusion regarding both cars....a lot of folks don't realize that there where actually two cars at one time that looked like each other. The other photo is the Rod Action cover with John's car on the right and he's standing next to Corno car in the fabrication phase. These two cars traveled cross country together back then and had to be a sight to see. I remember seeing John driving his roadster down a main street in my town probably in around 1977, I was 19 and it made a huge impression on me. I made a U turn and followed him into the DMV parking lot. By the time I got there he had gone in so I stood there and drooled. Back then it was state of the art....we had never seen anything like it!
Thanks Karpo,

Really glad this thread re-ignited with so many great photos.

Being in So Cal when all this was happening must have been very impactfull. I still can't believe how productive John was. Though I realize others were involved, his T sedan, these 2 roadsters , his coupe, and I believe the track T he built for his daughter were all done to unbelieveable quality within a decade.

Though I can't believe any one could admire this roadster more than I do, I love that you have passion for it and appreciate all the information passed on.
 
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