Jim Robertson's 1946 Chevrolet

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A photo of the Chevrolet after Jim and his dad got it running. It was painted in a 2-tone primer coat. It was lowered 6 inches and fit with 1965 Chevrolet Impala bucket seats and Rocket Supremes. Walt Prey's famous brushwriting work can be seen on the rear door window. Photo courtesy of Jim Robertson.
Photo courtesy of Jim Robertson.
In 1972 Jim's Stylemaster received an enamel Pearl-Candy Fadeaway paint job by Walt Prey. Photo courtesy of Jim Robertson.
The Candy-Maroon "stepping" on the hood was a result of an emergency. While Walt and the guys were removing the masking paper from the windshield, it brushed into the tacky paint. It caused enough of a mess that they had to take action. Some fast but gentle masking, "stepping" and striping brought the special panel on the hood. Jim didn't learn the whole story on that until a couple of years later. Photo courtesy of Jim Robertson.
A minor traffic incident in San Fernando brought some damage to a front fender on the Chevrolet, so that warranted another one of many trips to Walt's Studio of Style. Jim and Walt got to talking, and Walt wanted to go all-out with faded-in Candy colors on a new paint job rather than just touching up the fender. He already knew that telling Walt to "go wild" was a win-win position, so it was a deal. In the interim between the 2 coats, Jim had taken a DeLuxe cab/window trim of a junked 1941 Chevrolet 4-door sedan and installed it on the Stylemaster, thus converting it into a fake Fleetmaster. Photo courtesy of Jim Robertson.
Photo courtesy of Jim Robertson.
Photo courtesy of Jim Robertson.
Jim's Chevrolet at an indoor car show. Photo courtesy of Jim Robertson.
Photo courtesy of Jim Robertson.


1946 Chevrolet Stylemaster owned by Jim Robertson of Simi Valley, California. Jim purchased the Stylemaster in September of 1970. At the time it was serving as a combination of chicken coop and dog bed in a large backyard. After Jim and his dad got it running, it was painted in a 2-tone primer coat. It was lowered 6 inches and fit with 1965 Chevrolet Impala bucket seats and Rocket Supremes. Prior to the Stylemaster, Jim had restyled a 1961 Ford that Walt Prey had pinstriped while he worked out of Bill Carter's paint shop. When Jim started on the Stylemaster, he and Walt were well acquainted, and in early 1972 he took the Chevrolet to Walt's Studio of Style for an enamel Pearl-Candy Fadeaway paint job. A minor traffic incident in San Fernando in 1974 brought some damage to a front fender on the Chevrolet, so that warranted another one of many trips to Walt's Studio of Style. Jim and Walt got to talking, and Walt wanted to go all-out with faded-in Candy colors on a new paint job rather than just touching up the fender. He already knew that telling Walt to "go wild" was a win-win position, so it was a deal. In the interim between the 2 coats, Jim had taken a DeLuxe cab/window trim of a junked 1941 Chevrolet 4-door sedan and installed it on the Stylemaster, thus converting it into a fake Fleetmaster. The paint job was a joint effort by Walt and Don Heckman, who worked for Walt right up to the time the original Studio of Style on Woodman Ave. closed up. Walt striped "Paint by Walt & Don" on the front fender.[1]


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