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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lead Sled

The name "lead sled" was given to a car with highly modified bodywork. Before the advent of modern body fillers such as Bondo, lead was used to fill in the spaces and gaps left behind when chrome and body mouldings were removed. The name "lead sled" though still applies today.
I came across this baby in the Toys R Us parking lot.

 As near as I could figure out this is a 1947 Chrysler Windsor. You can see the tack welding where the trim rings are around the headlamps and the custom eyebrows. This will be filled in with...lead? The entire top has been "chopped" with several inches removed lowering the roof. Below you can see how the suspension was modified which "slammed" the car to the ground. Look at those exhaust pipes.  They are mere inches from the pavement. One really has to be careful going in and out of driveways. Notice too the tail lights have been removed and customed into the rear bumper guards.

This car is so way beyond cool. The owner doesn't even need to finish it. It looks so awesome just like it is.
I would like to have got a side view but as you can see, parking was at a premium with all the holiday shoppers out and about.

I noticed my reflection, the trees and other cars on the deck lid so figured it qualified for
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  1. The reflection in this car is so cool John!
    Well done! ;-)

  2. It is not just beyond cool....it is super duper cool. I bet you flipped out when you saw it sitting there. Man, would I love to have seen it up close and personal. In Asheville we had a real old Packard in our garage which I lost when we split up. It was a real collector’s love of a car. No Land Rover...No Packard...just a yucky Pontiac Vibe which has to be about the most uncomfortable thing in the world. Am gonna try the cropping on Eloise...will let you know how it turns out. genie

  3. wow! must be HEAVY! pretty cool, though!

  4. I went back and cropped out E. as you suggested. Thanks so much for the help. genie

  5. God what a beast... I guess 1947 was a good year -- it was the year I was born... $19.47 was my total this morning at Safeway... And up until 1961 our family drove around in a yellow 1947 Pointiac...

  6. well I'm wondering why the owners made so many changes to it. but I love the tack welding - that is cool. the windshield seems sort of small for such a huge car. I do wish I could see the side of the car, what it looks like because I'm not sure I've ever seen one of these cars. I don't think I could drive it though- I would be totally scraping bottom and losing the mufflers because I just don't like to pay attention to things like that. I drive like Maude in that movie Harold and Maude. yep. but the last time I was pulled over it was for going too slow on the freeway. and had the sheriff run my plates he would have discovered that they were not valid. I just found that out a few days ago. I purchased a newer car, wanted to transfer the old plates, but they aren't even registered. been driving around like that for years...it's a mystery. happy weekend to you and Sinbad.

  7. These photos are spectacular! Wow--they fill my eyes, which is the greatest compliment I can give.

  8. One beast of a car! I'd have had to hung around to HEAR it start off.

  9. A wonderful "custom car" to see John... and it's great to see you always have your camera with you.

  10. Hi John ..as one of your followers above said I would have liked to hear that baby start up to see if it purred like a kitten or roared like a lion lol... ; }
    That is quite the car...I think anybody following to close won't be able to see those tailights ...might just get one big surprise if you hit that hunk of metal lol!!
    Yes sir ...she looks like quite the ride ; ]!


  11. WoWoWeee! Is that paint? Is it gold? That car sooo reminds me of Johnny B Goode for some reason! =)

  12. If that were my car, I would of parked in the north 40!
    People opening their doors, and fender benders. Maybe they were not worried because it was such a heavy piece of machine! I can well imagine what kinds of toys they were buying in the store...

  13. Great machines.A few years ago a delivery driver friend from Connecticut was out Ohio way to a remote farm making a delivery.
    The place was up for sale and the old widowed lady got talking to him about her situation.She's been widowed for about fifteen years and had saved enough to spend what time she had left in an upmarket old folks home.
    She took a liking to Jake and told him to take a look around and if he saw anything in any of the old outhouses he liked to take it because she'd been told to get rid of any junk lying around the place.
    Jake struggled to open one old barn door but when he finally managed to get inside he saw a grease covered car that made his heart leap.
    Going back to see the old woman he asked her about the car and she told him that her late husband had greased it up about ten years before his death because he wasn't able to drive anymore.Which meant it had been in that barn for twenty five years.
    Jake offered her money to buy it but she told him if he could get it started he could take it away.
    On his first day off,Jake jumped on the earliest Greyhound with his big big toolbox and a can of gas and made his way back to the Ohio countryside.
    Within two hours he had her running smoothly.
    I rode in that 56 Dodge Coronet in 1998.Jake moved to Ohio and I haven't heard from him since.I know he made regular visit's to the old lady afterwards.
    If you happen to read this Jake it'd be nice to hear from you.

  14. Good photos!
    Thank you for sharing :)

  15. I wish that were mine...I would want to drive it every where.


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