Mel Gerrard's 1950 Oldsmobile

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Most of the interior was upholstered by Carson Top Shop.
Winters Upholstering Shop upholstered the headliner, sun visors and rear compartment.

1950 Oldsmobile 88 restyled by Gil's Auto Body Works for Mel Gerrard. The car is a nice example of a mid 1950s moderately customized car. At the Ayala Brothers, the hood and deck-lid was shaved for most of its ornamentation, and an electric deck lid latch was installed. The "88" hood ornamentation was replaced by a "76" series ornamentation. Holes in hood and deck were filled with brass, and not lead. 1949 Chevrolet fender skirts were installed, before Al Ayala painted the car in a special shade of metallic maroon lacquer. Several coats of lacquer were sprayed over a base of silver-colored primer. The window moldings, steering-wheel and sections of the dash were painted in the same color. The rest of the dash and the steering column were painted in off-white lacquer. Inside, Mel's Oldsmobile was upholstered in a maroon and off-white Co-Hide plastic interior by Carson Top Shop. Front and rear seats were fit with a pleated and rolled covering. The kick panels, door panels and rear side panels were finished with the same two-tone plastic. The interior colors matched the exterior of the car. The same color scheme and materials were used for the headliner and sun visors which were done later by the Winters Upholstering Shop of Pomona. Winters did also upholster the rear compartment in off-white leatherette. Dual spotlights wrapped up the style along with wide whitewalls. The engine was kept stock, but fit with a dual exhaust system utilizing stock manifolds and 26-inch steel pack mufflers. According to Trend Book 116 Custom Cars 1955 Annual total cost of the restyling was close to $700. The work was spread over an eight month period.[2]

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Trend Book 116 Custom Cars 1955 Annual


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