Ron Sweeney's 1957 Ford
Restyled by Von Hunter
In 1962 Ron commissioned Von Hunter of Portland to restyle the car for him. The front end of the car was reshaped and fitted with frenched quad headlights, a rolled pan, and a special grille, made from stainless steel linoleum trim. The rear quarters were extended, and the fins were hand-shaped. The taillights were Pontiac lenses that Von Hunter set into frenched 1957 Buick front bumper guards. A rolled pan was also installed in the rear, along with a hand-formed grille. According to Car Craft Magazine, a 1958 Ford roof was chopped 2 1/2 inches before Von Hunter welded it to the car. All panels were filled before the car was dressed up with side trim from a 1955 Ford. The doors were shaved for handles, and the corners were rounded, before they were electrically operated. The hood corners were rounded as well.
The build was completed in 1962 and the car was named "Seaburst," after it's "Hunter Special" paint job of Blue-Green Metalflake and matching Blue-Green and White Naugahyde interior. The carpets were matching Blue-Green as well.
Sold to John Rudisill
"twofosho" on the HAMB saw the car in his High School Parking lot sometime in late 1963 or early 1964. By then Ron had traded it straight across for his buddy John Rudisill's red 1962 Chevrolet 409 Impala. John came from Portland, Oregon. "twofosho" remembers John sliding the rear quarter windows in. He asked why the windows slid in instead of roll up, and he explained that it was because it was originally built from a wrecked convertible.
Car Craft 10 Best Customs of 1963
March 5-8, 1964 John's Ford was shown at the 8th annual Portland Roadster Show. According to the souvenir program from the show, this version featured a Candy Apple Turquoise paint job. According to Car Craft Magazine the top was chopped 2 1/2 inches. In the souvenir program it is listed as a 3 inch chop.
Redone in the 1980s
Advertised for Sale in Gresham
Sold to William Young
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