Don and Milly Lokey's 1927 Ford
1927 Ford Model T Roadster Pick Up owned by Don and Milly Lokey of Fresno, California. The car was shown as the "T Plus II." Lokey fabricated a custom frame to mount the body on. A modified 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283 CI V8 engine was rebuilt and connected to a Lincoln transmission and an early Ford "banjo" rear end. Lokey had the entire chassis chrome-plated, and then painted the truck and installed custom Naugahyde upholstery. He then entered it in the Oakland Roadster Show that same year and came home with the All-American sweepstakes for T Roadsters award.
Reworked by Barris
With a taste of winning, Don decided to use the truck to launch a campaign to come back and win the top honors at Oakland: America's Most Beautiful Roadster Award. After a few conversations with George Barris, Don delivered his roadster pickup to Barris Kustoms in Lynwood, California. Since the car was already in complete show-quality condition, Barris could concentrate on restyling the body, reimagining the interior, and updating the wheel and tire choice, as well as designing a whole new overall look. He designed and crafted a radically different grille surround and headlight treatment wrapped around a brass 1915 Ford Model T radiator shell, complementing air scoop and restyled body with molded rear fenders. Handmade taillights inspired by the truck's nose treatment and an interior freshened with White Pearl of Essence wrapped up the project. It made the April 1965 cover of Rod & Custom Magazine.
Sold to Blackie
Lokey retired the T from the show circuit and stored it for 30-plus years before Blackie Gejeian bought the car and vowed to keep it in its 1966 show-winning livery. The car would go on to see the Lincoln 3-speed and banjo rear swapped for an automatic transmission and chrome Ford 9-inch rear end, but it has otherwise been kept true to its Barris version.
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