Bob Bissell's Street Scene
Coachwork by Coppick
Named "Street Scene," Bob's roadster was built on a 1939 Ford frame. It featured a hand-formed steel body by Roy O. Coppick. Power came from a modified Oldsmobile engine, and it featured racing-type suspension and hydraulic brakes.
Hanover Rod and Kustom Klub Car Shows
In November of 1960 Bob displayed "Street Scene" at the first Hanover Rod and Kustom Klub' annual rod and custom car show. Approximately 1,500 persons and 30 cars attended the show. Bob wan the "Sports Car" class at the show with the roadster. In 1961 Bob displayed the car at the same show, taking home a first in the "Special Hand Made Cars" class.
Sold to the UK and Restored
Bob's roadster was eventually sold to the UK, where it ended up in John Calp's possession. John is an antique dealer, and around 1992 - 1993 he commissioned Craig Holland to restore the car for him. At the time John had a shop in Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, and he lived in the small village of Tuxford. In 2018 Craig told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that John gave him a rusty old car to restore; " I think the car came to John as a debt he was owed around 1990." It sat in his garage for two years. "The chap was a friend of my late father in law. He told him I restored cars, so he eventually turned up on my doorstep. The engine looked brand new with roller rockers and a new magneto ignition. The shell was very rusty and no paint on it at all, but the metal was about 2mm thick so I just sanded it all back. It took three weeks to get it back to good metalwork. I primed and painted the car with cellulose paint as he didn't want modern paint on it." Craig then spent 3 days buffing it back up. "The bonnet wouldn't fit as the carburetor was too tall, so I had to make the scoop taller. I think the carb was a Holly with an Offenhauser manifold. We didn't have an alternative, so that's why it was altered. The grill was brass and most of the other fittings were chrome on brass. I had a little bit of wiring to sort out but most of it was ok. I put oil in the engine, fitted the Magneto, put in fresh fuel and new fuel pump under the fuel tank, and bingo, it fired up!" The car came to Craig with bolt-on wire wheels. He liked the look, but John swapped to the steelies after the restoration. "I did have a drive when I got it running," Craig told Kustomrama. "It had a 3-speed manual gearbox. It was quite powerful for an old car. Not sure, but I think it was a 350 chevy engine. The interior was then fitted. Lots of white leather and leatherette." Craig believes John sold the car about 12 months later.
The new owner repainted the car dark blue before he reupholstered it in brown and installed aluminum wheels. This gave the old custom a more European sports car look.
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