Ron Sweeney's 1957 Ford

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An early photo of the Ford dated July 1962. This photo comes from Von Hunter's own collection. Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
An early scalloped version of Ron's Ford.
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A second version of Ron's Ford. This photo appeared in Car Craft Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
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John's Ford was shown at the 1964 Portland Roadster Show.
A photo of the car at an indoor car show. Dated March 1964, this photo comes from Von Hunter's own album. Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
Photo courtesy of Scott Hunter, provided by William Young.
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The restored version of the Seaburst at an indoor car show. Photo from The HAMB.
Photo from The HAMB.
Photo from The HAMB.
The Seaburst at the 2013 Lonestar Round Up in Austin, Texas. Photo from The HAMB.
Photo from The HAMB.
In February of 2017 the Ford was advertised for sale on Craigslist. At the time the car was located in Gresham, Oregon, and the price was $42,500 USD. Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
Photo courtesy of Craigslist.
The car as it appeared after William Young bought it and installed new wheels. Photo by William Young.
Photo by William Young.
Photo by William Young.
Photo by William Young.

1957 Ford owned by Ron Sweeney of Gresham, Oregon. Ron found the car in a junkyard, and according to "twofosho" on the HAMB, it was originally built from a wrecked convertible.[1]


Restyled by Von Hunter

In 1962 Ron commissioned Von Hunter of Portland to restyle the car for him.[1] 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.[2]


Seaburst

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.[3]


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

In 1964 Car Craft magazine voted John's Ford one of the top ten customs of 1963.[4]


1964 Portland Roadster Show

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.[2]


Redone in the 1980s

In the 1980s the car was redone by Von Hunter. In 2008 it won the Goodguys Best Custom and Celebrity Pick. In 2009 it won "Best of Show" at the Portland Roadster Show.


Advertised for Sale in Gresham

In February of 2017 the Ford was advertised for sale on Craigslist. At the time the car was located in Gresham, Oregon, and the price was $42,500 USD. Click here to check out the Craigslist ad.[5]


Sold to William Young

William Young of Austin, Texas bought the old custom in April of 2017.


For Sale

In August of 2018 William decided to advertise the car for sale. The asking price is $44,000 USD. Get in touch with William at ylonewolf@gmail.com for more information.


Magazine Features and Appearances

Car Craft April 1963
Car Craft February 1964
Car Craft September 1964
Spotlite Book 546 Custom Fords


References



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