Ernie Geisler's 1956 Chevrolet
Chromed Frame and Engine Block
In February of 2020 Ray Soff told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama that Ernie bought the car when it was brand new. "He took it to Monego's Auto Body. They extended the quarter panels with 1958 Buick Limited taillights. Removed the door handles, added scoops in the quarters, and a homemade grille from round lucite and chrome metal tips." As time went by, Ernie kept adding new things to the car. "He put a chrome Buick motor in it," Ray add. Ernie also chromed the a-frames and the rear end housing on the car. According to Ray, it was a show car, not a cruiser. In 1981 Harry Bradley told Ray that Pete Monego did a great job restyling the car. "The car was as nearly perfect as any car I've ever seen with lots of glorious detailing," he wrote in a letter to Ray.
Harry Bradley Redesign
In the early 1960s Ernie met Harry Bradley. Bradley drew some design proposals for a more radical iteration of the car. Ray saw the drawings, and he remembers the car going to be chopped and fitted with 1958 Lincoln headlights. "Ernie decided to do it. He had a garage on a busy street. On that street, his garage extended out where you have to bear to your left not to hit the garage. One night a drunk tan into the side of the garage. The right side got damaged. He decided to sell the car." Harry Bradley believed the accident happened about June of 1962. "I graduated from Design College (Pratt Institute in Brooklyn) and moved to Detroit where I started work at GM design staff. Many years later I heard some motorist plowed through an intersection and into the garage where this car was located, virtually totaling it."
Years ago, Ray met a guy named Bill Pelkey, who bought the car from Ernie. "He got it without the front end, and the interior was gone." Tony, a friend of Ray bought the interior. Bill rented a garage where he was going to work on the car. Then, one day the landlord sold the property, giving Bill two months to get rid of the car. "Bill took all the chrome off the motor. He sold parts off of it." When Ray met Bob, he still had the chrome manifold and chrome carbs."The floor shifter that Ernie had made in trade school, he gave to Bob Linter. Later on, he gave the shifter to Ray for his collection. According to Ray, the rest of the car went to a junkyard.
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