-- info received from Michael, the owner in Germany 9/4/12
Hello, Since July 2012 I am new owner of Glassic Car # 632. The car
was registered on 13.09.1973 and was transferred probably end of the
80s to Germany.
The previous owner restored the car mid-90s complete. The 302 cui
Mustang engine was equipped with Edelbrock aluminum heads and larger
valves, Edelbrock Performer RPM and matching intake manifold, forged
pistons and precision-balanced crankshaft and fitting dampers, Holly
4BBL digital fuel injection, Edelbrock and SuperTrapp mufflers,
Wilwood disc brakes and other parts of various new.
The motor produces about 300 hp to the test. The interior has been
completely restored and covered with leather. The dashboard is made of
wood and fitted with VDO Classic instruments. The car was repainted in
red. I think the original color was yellow. Greetings from
Germany Michael Eberhart
Car 658 -- info received from Jack Moore, the
brother of the former owner of the car -- 10/27/14
Spoke by phone with Jack Moore, a West Virginia previous owner of
car 685 (not this car - similar VIN). Jack, and his late brother
appear to be Glassic and old car enthusiasts. The brother who
had owned car 658 had sold it to a person named Smith in Oak Hill, WV.
Recently that buyer had died and left the car to his brother, who is
also a car enthusiast, but has other projects and is prepared to sell
The car is in, "project" condition as it was taken apart to be
made-over, but never completed. The brother who now has the car is named
Melvin Smith - his phone number is on the owners list.
Jack Moore, who years ago sent me hard copy photos of a number of
Glassics (his and others he spotted at shows) spoke with the current
owner and, although he has not seen the car since taken apart - he
shared this description. The front fenders have been cut off in
order to be replaced by 1932 fenders, the firewall cut out and a metal
one put in, no engine, no trans, no interior - no top, no wiring, and
the hood was cut in half and hinged. It is not clear if new and / or old
fenders are with the car now.
A 1932 grill shell may or may not be on the car now, and some work
was done to modify the frame and the front Glassic-looking treatment.
Whether the result is structurally sound is unknown, although it sounds
like the builder knew about cars.
There is no price set for this project car, but the seller is
apparently aware that it will be of limited value in its current
-- info received from Steve, the owner 1/7/11
1931 Ford Phaeton Deluxe, Just Redone. New Paint, New
Deluxe Top & Side Curtains,New American Racing Wheels & Tires, 302
V/8, New C-4 Trans, car is in excellent condition.
-- info received from Dale, the owner 3/21/06
My car was given away by a bank in Arlington Virginia as an
anniversary promotion. It was won by Robert Alden, a writer for the
Washington Post. He sold it to me with 28 miles on the odometer. A
week after purchase my wife, Janet, and I drove it to Eldorado and
Norris City Illinois (hometowns), and to a wedding in Michigan.
We also visited Larry Seyfarth, who was supervisor of engine design
for Ford Motor Co. Larry was national president of the Vintage Thunder
Club of America too. Larry knew about the Glassics, but had not seen
one. We let him drive the car, with his small daughter in the rumble
She liked the car so much that Larry soon added an original Model A
roadster to his collection. We have since driven the car to the
midwest several times, occasionally pulling a trailer. People in the
next lane yell questions out the window at interstate speeds - "What
is it, what's under the hood, how much did it cost?"
The car needs a heat shield above the muffler. My wife's lipstick
melted in her purse,on the floor above the muffler.
We also had problems with the engine overheating. That was solved
by replacing the mustang radiator with a 1960 T'Bird radiator,
mounting it vertically, for space accommodation, instead of the
horizontal way in the Birds. Vibration has also caused transmission
fluid leaks where the steel lines connect to the radiator. That was
remedied by using hose barbs with short sections of rubber hose.
-- info received from Tom, the owner 1/19/03
Car was rescued from junk dealer's yard where it has been sitting
since 1998. Engine does run, but the rest of the car is in rough
shape. eg. wires are shorted/grounded, gauges not working, etc.
Expect to have it all taken care of and on the road by late
April.(hey it is cold here) Anyone has any info on car 709, please
email me as I am interested in the history of the car..
Fast forward to
July, 2008. Fred Bonnet has had this car for a while, and has been
reporting all kinds of projects that the car has needed due to poor
repairs over the years. Below is a current report.
I reinstalled the luggage rack after
cutting off 3" and built a trunk.
of this car, including the new trunk and top appear in the
Also in the album is a
picture of what I found
after pulling the carburetor and spacer off. The spacer gasket was
evidently the wrong one as one of the "hollows"? in the intake was
full of fuel that had no-where to go.
I have indicated that with the
I have also fixed the gas tank
problem. Someone put a filler pipe made from a piece of exhaust
pipe that was much too long, preventing me from moving the gas
tank back to the proper position.
I pulled the whole mess apart, cut
the filler pipe to the proper size, got new rubber hoses and now
the gas tank no longer bangs on the rear end.
Rear end was
rubbing right against the front
of the gas tank. It is lucky that Fred found and fixed this
before - - - Kaboom!
I have completed the new
wiring, putting the fuse box on the passengers side, giving me
more room to check fuses and making the firewall look much neater.
I also installed new Autometer
gauges and a new steering wheel and I even have a working gas
After trying to trade the car for a
Phaeton so he could have more leg room by moving the seat back
further, Fred finally sold the car in Jan. 2009.
In April, 2007, the Baltimore MD owner Bob wrote:
Here are some pictures of my 1973 Glassic roadster, car # 729. It has
the 302 V8 ford & auto trans. & is titled as a 73 Glassic.
It was bought from a widow of a guy who owned it since 1978. It was
in pretty good shape only needing minor repairs & a new repaint. All
done now, The good thing about it is it has not been modified a lot &
is almost like the way it came from the factory. A nice survivor car.
I hope its good enough for your picture gallery.
Thank You & keep up the good work on your great website. -- Bob
Jack Gerbl, (owner of car # 370 AND 755 as well as a
pair of Shays) spotted this car on
CollectorCarTraderOnline in July, 2004 and did the
following detective work so that the car could be added
to the owners list. Thanks Jack!
I spoke with the man
who currently has possession of it and have the
following info for you. It is owned by a
retired Marine helecopter pilot, who is now in a
convelescent hospital. The family realizes that
he won't be able to drive it again so the want to
sell it. He is the original owner. The
man who has it is an old friend and is trying to sell
it for them. I have permission for you to put
it on the website and he will e-mail me additonal
pictures this week which I will forward to you.
Here's the info I have now. 1973 Glassic Roadster vin# 737 contact person: Tom
(619)-284-5869 home: (619) 468-3671 San Diego, CA Mileage: 22215 Yellow with black fenders and
white top For
Sale: $14,500 o.b.o. mfg.date: April 16, 1973 Hope this is helpful...Jack
On 7/6/12, one of the owners, Laurie, shared the following:
My father is 84 years old. He purchased
the car new in 1973. There are only 26,000 miles on the car. It
has been mostly in storage. Mechanically it is in excellent
condition. The body needs some cleaning up and loving care.
I always told my dad I wanted to
own the car someday and keep it in the family. I got my wish. My
husband and I are now the proud owners of #738. We are in the
process of sprucing it up and have already showed it off a bit. I
will be forwarding pictures to you.
On 7/18/09, the owner, John shared the following:
The car is totally rebuilt I bought from the original owner
with 20,000 miles on it I have modified the eng. and
transmission and body i have now 15,000 miles on the restoration. I
will send some photos shortly
I have enjoyed owning this car -- my children were in a
Christmas parade in 1980? in this car and now my grandchildren are
in the rumble seat on the 4th of July parades
The original owner was a friend of mine by the name of
George Rando who lived in Waltham MA.
On Sept 1, 2009, John sent the following:
Engine was pulled out and rebuilt at 20,000 miles it has high comp
pistons ported heads Motorsport cam high performer intake Edelbrock
750 cfm carb Mallory ignition, Holley fuel pump, Hooker block hugger
chromed headers into a 3 in. Flowmaster exhaust exiting before the
rear wheels the rear end and rear brakes are stock. It has traction
another row of cooling and a transmission cooler with an 18in spal
transmission has been rebuilt and modified that hooked up to a b&m
front brakes were replaced with power disc brakes. Has a ford
Motorsport engine dress up kit.
the gauges were replaced with VDO. I added padding to the top of the
doors. I cut out the bench seat to accept the new shifter.
I kept the stock
I removed the side lights ,the taillights, all luggage racks and
spare tires. I added Hagan led taillights and a third light and I
changed the gas filler.
tilt steering column with a billet/ leather Lecarra steering wheel
It has a black convertible roof. The car is painted in magenta pearl
-- a house of colors
paint .ARE wheels BF Goodrich tires
presently has 15,000 miles car is very reliable and a definite eye
On 4/24/06, the owner, Randy shared the following:
Bought the car on ebay from a gentleman in PA. I lost my 66 Glassic
hot rod in a whole house fire in February 2005 along with 5 other cars.
Broke my heart to lose it since I had just spent that winter cleaning it
up and adding my own custom features.
The state of NY insisted on registering it as 97 Custom since
the PA. title had it as a hot rod / kit car. I intend to put together a
package of documents and resubmit it to the state in hopes of getting a
corrected title. It has the Glassic plate on the drivers door jamb with
the number 748.
Love these cars!! Lots of fun to work on and searching down the parts
is an interesting journey each time. It has the original interior,
white, which I cleaned up to almost new condition. Like most the wiring
is a horror which I intend to rewire next winter. Changed the gauges out
to AutoMeter gauges and speedo which work fine.
Put new bumpers on (28 - 29) and new tail lamps and mounts to clean
up the bright work. Will have a new top and frame made during the year
and get rid of the original bulky one. For now I just cleaned up a bunch
of the mechanical and cosmetic stuff to enjoy this summer. Next winter
more serious changes will be made. People frown on glass cars but I
think they are terrific!!
A lot of fun to customize and drive at a fraction of the cost for a
steel one. Not to mention the fiberglass will out last the pyramids! I
very much enjoy the website and thank you for keeping it going!!
Sincerely, Randy P. Cestaro
Tom, the owner, sent this info in
July, 2004 -- I highlighted key words in red to make them easier to
find. --- Update: New Ohio owner in 2006
Just wanted to update you on the saga of my 1973 Glassic, # 766
Since I bought it a couple years ago from Classic Cars and More, at
Indianapolis. I have done a lot of rehab on the car.
First I ripped out the original tiny seats and replaced them with
Ford Escort seats. I also used the
Escort seat belts, in part. I
took out the A/C because it didn't work
and I never drove the car with the top up anyway. This also freed up
some space under the hood. I replaced the radio and hope to find a new
antenna. I took off the vacuum windshield wiper mechanism and blades
because they didn't work and they obstructed my view. The wiper fluid
pump and reservoir bag are gone because they didn't work. The
brakes were really poor. You would have to stand on the break
pedal to get the car to stop. My friend was able to get a small street
rod power booster for the master
cylinder. What an improvement! --( more on
brakes below )
Recently, the car underwent a major overhauling project. I had the same
streetrod shop do some major alterations.
The biggest and latest project was to rip out the steering column. The
steering wheel was falling apart, the turn signals didn't work, the
ignition switch was faulty, and the column itself was not anchored
properly. The column moved left and right whenever you would turn the
wheel. We were able to purchase an aftermarket
GM steering column and wheel. Apparently, no such columns are
availble for Ford products. Since the wiring done on Glassics are a
mess, we bought a GM wiring harness
for a couple hundred bucks. Every wired is clearly marked and besides it
is all brand new. It's worked great!
We took the floor gearshift,
lowered, and turned it foward so it doesn't jam into you in the leg when
you drive. We rebuilt the drum brakes and found the following.
The front brakes were from
a 1969 Ford Ranchero and the back brakes were from a 1973 Maverick V-8.
The original brakes, without the power booster, required a very long
brake pedal to give additional mechanical advantage to stop the car. It
almost touched the floor! When you had you foot on the gas, your heel
would scrape against the brake's rubber pad. After we rebuilt the
brakes: Yahoo !!, we were able to set the pedal up higher and further
Future plans include moving the gas filler to the side so I can place a
new trunk over gas tank, like your car. The original trunk and it's
suporting carrier rack look bad. I am going to rechrome a lot of parts
since they are starting to deteriorate.
Spotted 6/14/09 on Detroit Craigs list
Rare Glassic Ind. 1973 Ford Phaeton Convertible. Project Car - $7200
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Date: 2009-06-04, 10:46AM EDT
Selling for a friend. A 1973 Ford phaeton #776 made by Glassic
Industries Inc. Only 705 made .. West Palm Beach FL. This classic could
be a beauty.
It looks to have most of the parts, body is all fiberglass, under
carriage looks good, stored inside up until last week, gauges are just
hanging but looks like everything is there. Ford 289 engine ran great
15yrs ago with very low miles (under 5k he believes) Has AC, but is
kinda confused on that since the side windows are curtains.
From what I seen the seats look to be in good shape. Asking
Location: Royal Oak
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial
In July, 2011, the owner, Josh, shared the following:
This car has 14k original miles. I am the third owner, but I grew up
living next to the second owner since 1979. I basically learned to drive
in this thing.
My neighbor (who was basically like a grandfather) started letting me
drive it around a shared driveway and adjacent field when I was about 10
yrs old. I am glad to find this website to learn more about the history
of these cars and owners
When he registered on 7/3/03, the owner,
Bernie, submitted the following:
My employer purchased this car new in 73. It sat
in a garage for 6 years. It required a little
TLC....I love it. It is a real "head
When he registered in Dec. 2004, the owner,
Wayne, submitted the following:
I want to let you know I have just purchased a Glassic which had
been in storage for the past 24 years. I bought the car at the
original owners estate sale. The odometer reads 31,000. and the car
appears to be all original. Unfortunately, the engine is stuck, and
I am now attempting to free it. I look forward to discussing all
things Glassic with you and other owners. jwm
When he registered on the Annex, the owner,
Alvin, had the following comment:
I got the car from Duffy (a
dealer). If I had of known heaven was like
this, I would have shot myself in the head along time
ago, driving the car is a dream.
In June, 2011, the latest owners,
Bob & Patti, shared the following:
This Glassic was purchased new by the singer James Brown, Jr.,
put up for bail bond in 1975, and sold in 1980. We are the 4th
titled owner of this car
In Oct, 2013, Rob, said that he had just gotten this car from
his step-father. I asked him how long the car had been "in the family"
He (Rob's step father) actually
bought in in Florida-- he thinks around 30 years ago -- and had it
shipped to Vancouver bc (British Columbia,
Canada). It only has 19 thousand miles on it and I just
replaced the original tires so I could drive it home. It has been
sitting for five years in a old shed. I put in a new battery and it
fired up. What a fun car to drive. It will remain in my family for years
A friend of the owner reported on 4/8/09:
I have been asked to list this car for sale by a friend. This was
his father's car . He had purchased it 4/3/02 with 15,863 miles and
drove it only 397 miles to shows, parades, holidays in good weather,
and around town at Christmas while dressed as Santa Claus, much to
the delight of the children and townspeople. The front wing windows
have a yellowish green rose etched in the glass.
The car has been garage kept and is in very good shape, with only
a few issues.It just had a tune up early 09. The black paint is
crazed on the fenders, and there is crazing around the gas filler
cap on the back. It is scheduled to be listed on Ebay on thursday
April 8,2009 for 10 days.
In researching the Ford, I came across this site. Perhaps a
member would be interested in purchasing it before it goes on Ebay.
It certainly is an awesome little car.
Thanks, C Wood
(Car is titled as
a 1974, but the numbering places it among the 1973's)
As of Feb. 20, 2013, I got the following update from the
The Glassic is going to be given to an organization my daughter
runs in Columbus, Texas and raffled off with some of the funds to be
used for a scholarship for one of the girl barrel racers. The raffle
tickets are $10 a ticket.
The car is presently in the repair shop for some minor engine work as
I have kept the car in Alvin Texas and it has been used for parades etc.
Time for the car to move on. The original owner of the car was Dr.
Robert Crouch ( a cardiologist and my partner who died in the late 80s
or early 90s). I have had the car since.
Thought it would be of interest and my cell is the best way to get in
touch with me. The work number on the owners list is still good
but seldom answered. Anyone interested in the raffle tickets can contact
my daughter, Melanie Hux Woytek, at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Limited number of tickets being sold.
When he registered on 7/31/08, the owner,
Bob, shared the following:
The original owner of this car was Dr. Robert Crouch who is now
deceased. I bought the car from his wife from the estate. His wife has
passed away now as well. The car was originally acquired by Dr. Crouch
in Houston and then kept at his place in Kerrville, Tx. Once I bought
the car I moved it to Horseshoe Bay, Tx and now back to Houston. It has
25,000 miles on it. Excellent shape and chromed valve covers and air
filter cover. Engine painted original blue for mustang.
Received info that the car was for sale
for $18,000 on 2/8/08. Here is what Roy said:
I WOULD LIKE TO SELL THE CAR FOR $18,000 THE CAR IS IN
VERY GOOD SHAPE A LOT OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE ON IT THE PAINT IS CUSTOM
,HAS GHOST FLAME ON FRONT FENDERS BLACK METALLIC PAINT WOODED DASH
CUSTOM SEATS. WIRE WHEELS -- (the car is
Info received from the owner, Roy, on 10/10/04
I bought the car in Santa Rosa, California From a ww-2 vet. who
flew planes off the carrier Enterprise. He got sick and couldn't
work on the car any more. It had about six different colors of yellow
and black paint on it .
I towed it home and stripped the car down and sanded it to
paint. I paid a body man to paint it . It was the worst job I had seen .
This guy does this for a living.-- I sanded it all down again and
painted the car myself. The body is yellow and the fenders and running
boards are black metallic with ghost flames on the front fenders.
I replaced the seats with Racecraft seats, put a wooded dash,
replaced the gages, added wood to the running boards and back above the
fuel tank. I added wire wheels and bigger tires, dual exhaust -- I
re-arched the springs, and added a leaf (the springs were too weak
I have gone to car shows around the area and won a few ,but it is
hard to do, because about half the cars are in my class .I drive the car
to the shows and around town some. I have put about 7,000 miles on it.
Drives like a jeep. I like your web site. Useful information
NOTE - Several updates from the owner appear
here. The latest one is at the end, with comments and pics of some of
his upgrades to the car.
In March, 2003, Rick, the owner wrote
I am having some changes made to Phaeton #913.
backed into a gate and put a crack in the rear fender. Since I
was going to have it fixed anyway, I decided to bob the rear
fenders about 3", remove the front fender wells, and remove
all the white rubber strips on the running boards. I have been
reading about a couple people who have had trouble with foot
I am 6'1' and can hardly step on the brake without crunching
my left foot. With me it is the width of the foot well,
not the length. I am having the left side of the foot well box
cut out and widened 2-3'. Right now my left foot has to
sit on the dimmer switch all the time.
There also has been mention of people interested in moving
the battery. Since the pictures of my car were taken, I have
removed the hood sides, which made the battery look really bad.
I made a new battery holder out of angle iron from an old bed,
and bolted it directly to the firewall, as high up as possible,
directly above where it originally sat.
The battery box it fastened directly to the firewall with
fender washers spreading the load. I used a battery with side
connections, not top, and they face forward for easy access.
This also allows raising the battery up a little higher. With
the hood sides removed, the bottom of the battery hardly
shows. It cleans up the engine compartment a lot. I also
cleaned up the wiring and put an electronic voltage regulator
I may have to sell the car eventually, because I have a hot rod '55 T-bird
that is coming home soon. It has a Chevy 305 and 700R4 trans. I am
hot rodding it because it was a bare shell, and buying all the
missing parts would be more than it is worth. Anyway, after driving
it a while, I will have to decide which one to keep, as I have too
many cars. I guess we will wait and see.
I am a car nut. I also have a '56 Ford Vickie, a '22 Model
T, a late Mustang convert, and a Jeep; in addition to my pickup,
and the wife's mini van.
My problem is the wife. Once I get a car, she never wants me to
part with it. Tough, eh?
Add to that the complete house remodel under way, and the daughter
and two kids moving in, and my life is a little hectic.
I will get some pictures and send them when the car comes back
The Annexmaster has
highlighted the interesting parts of Rick's comments.
Ol' 913 is nearing completion at the glass shop. The guy who was
working on it got a whole line of Edison bucket trucks to work on, and
put it on the back burner for a while. I told him no problemo, no
rush at all. Well, he got so busy he asked if his brother could work
on it, and flat bedded it about 20 miles away where his brother works
on Corvette body work. It came back the other day, painted and ready
to go exterior wise. It looks great. I was concerned they might
flatten out the crown on the front fenders where the wheel wells were,
but it is fine. They did it right, cutting the wheel well out, then
cutting a piece to fill the hole, then using mat and glass to contour
The rear fender bob looks good too, about 3 or 4" taken out. They cut
off the bottom edge, sectioned the fender, and glassed in the bottom
edge so the original edge contour remains...good job.
For the foot wells they simply cut out the side of the inside bucket,
and are in process of attaching the extension right to the inside of
the outside body shell. There is a brace for the windshield in the
way, which has to be reworked. We will get at least 3" more space
for my feet.
Now that it is back, I am going to try to get some pics of the
footwell work before it is finished. Then I will try to figure out
how to send them to you. If I figure out the pics, I can write up a
brief synopsis of the work if it will be of help to anyone.
It turned out so good, I wish I had moved the gas fill while I had the
chance. I still want to put the trunk there.
Oh, yeah. All the white Pep Boys rubber strips have been removed
also. I will run the running boards bare for a while, then if they
get scratched, I will get some universal running board material and
cover them so they look original.
The hood sides are removed, the battery moved, wiring cleaned up, and
the car is looking pretty good.
I see you are definitely moving, and have your car for sale. Good
luck. I hope this means there will be a west coast Glassic reunion.
I still don't know which car I will sell yet. The T-bird, now
affectionately known as 'Ratbird', is running now, but the brakes are
giving me fits. I cannot drive it till they are safe. I did drive it
about 10 miles very carefully to my car club picnic. My belt got
caught on the bare seat springs and I could not get out of the car
till I removed my belt. I am sure they were laughing with me, and not
at me. Rick
In July, 2012, Rick, the owner wrote
In one shot of the rear wheel area you can see how the fender is
widened about two inches
Photo here -
In a shot of a front fender you can see how the wheel wells
(spare tire wells)
Photo here -
Several shots of the front area show the real Model A grill, which
was shortened about four inches to fit. If the side panels are
wanted, you will need to grind them down a bit. Please notice that
the front end seems 'tighter' with the new grill. This is because I
always thought the hood looked like it was going uphill, and cut the
new shell to lower it about and inch. I think it cleans up the front
One of the photos here -
A shot of the rear fender shows that it was bobbed about 3". This
was done by cutting off the bottom lip, shortening the fender and
reattaching the lip. Note that a real Model A tail light lens and
bezel fits the original light can.
Photo here -
If you look at the right side view of the motor area you can barely
see the bottom of the new battery placement. I made an angle iron
battery tray and mounted it to the firewall using large fender
washers. It is very solid.
Photo here -
The running board and rear hump trim is removed. I cannot decide
whether to use line-X or rubber stairway material on the running
board. The stairway stuff comes in a 3' wide roll at Orchard Supply,
and looks pretty sturdy. I could not find anywhere that sells
running board material by the foot.
Photo here -
The color is maroon, but shows in pictures as red with the sun on
As of the end of July, 2012
the car is for sale. To see the Photo album page with all of the pics of
Information received 8/21/12 - when the car was for sale.
In Oct. 2012, the owner reported the car sold. New owner unknown.
1974 Glassic Phaeton 10. #943P
This Glassic is a one family owned vehicle since
it was purchased new from the factory in Palm Beach Feb. 15, 1974.
Comes with factory invoice and all paperwork,
pics. of factory brochures, etc.
Everything is original on the car except for a
new radiator, carpet, tires and had power brakes installed. Has had
good maintenance, coolant flushes, oil changes and tune ups.
It has a 302 V8 with automatic transmission and
has around 15,000 actual miles.
Condition of the car would be considered good for
the age of the vehicle.
It is currently listed under our son Scott
******* end of sale info received in
When he registered this car on 5/8/04, Scott
My grandpa bought this car brand new from the
factory in 1973 and drove it back up here to
Michigan. The car was only driven every once and a
while for about 6 years, then it was thrown in a
garage under a bunch of junk. My dad and I are
currently restoring it. We just got the engine
running yesterday and drove it home to clean it up.
The car only has 4018 miles on it since new!
NOTE - Technical subjects from the
owner of this car can be found here.
The following info was
received 9/2004 from Ray, the owner.
I saw the ad on Friday afternoon on
http://cars.com -- called the owner. His dad purchase it
new. Dad passed in 1999. The car has not been registered since 1990. I
made a verbal offer on car. Packed up my tow dolly and headed from
Sacramento to Culver City to examine and possible bring home. Towed it
back to Sacramento with no problems. The car has 29,000 miles on it and
is a one owner.
The car seems to run fine. I hope to make a daily driver out of
it. I also was thinking of making a street rod of it but may leave it
original. The original California title says year built being 1974 but
date first sold being 1976. I am going to try to keep the original title
for show and tell purposes. I love the website and will be visiting it
more soon as we try to give some much needed TLC to a car that has been
basically stored for 14 years. The good thing is that it was stored
inside and in sunny California.
What is interesting is the Calif pink slip. it has the year model as
74, but it indicates "date first sold' was 1976, I wonder if it took two
years for them to sell the car.
I am going to try to convince DMV to let me keep the pink for historical
The car was represented to me as 'perfect' except small paint chips on
bottom of rear fenders. Upon driving the 350 miles to LA I find that
the passenger fender has had some sort of major damage but can be fixed.
It needs tons of detail work. fortunately, I know how to clean and
polish aluminum and stainless. I will replace the radiator with a new
four row, looks like the alternator or regulator will need to be
replaced. But it does drive well.
I am acquainted with the car hobby, I have a 27 track T that I am
finishing, a 29 fiberglass full fendered with 302 I built in 98. a 31
steel coupe with 3 inch chopped top, a 30 Murray body town sedan that
was rodded in 60's.
and another 12 or so collector cars.
I plan on either cosmetic restoration to this Glassic and then selling
my 29, or selling the Glassic after getting it back on the road and
looking good again.
The car is number 982, It was first sold to Barry J. Burns of Culver
The California Title says the date first sold was Jan 22, 76. the title
was issued 12/07/76. the first California registration expired Jan 14,
Along with the car I got a four page brochure advertising "Great
Motorcars by Replicar". The photos of the cars show the vehicles having
the VW turn signals on front and vw tail lights.
I can only guess that this 74 was a holdover and that when Barry went to
Florida to take delivery in Jan 76 that he was given one of the new
There is a service station lube sticker on the driver door, it says oil
was changed and car lubed in Jan, 1985, then it had 29,252 miles on it.
Today the odometer reads 29,865. It has been driven less than 700 miles
in 19 years. Well that is gonna change quickly.
After Barry passed away his two sons were going to put the car back in
service. However, the smog inspection station and DMV were giving them
too much trouble, after spending almost a thousand dollars on it they
gave up and put it back in storage. Now the California law has changed
and hopefully I will not have to smog it. Something about there not
being a timing indicator on the motor.
This morning I took the radiator out and bought a new four row. That
should keep it cool. later today a new water pump, all new hoses, belts
and complete tune-up. By Friday it will have 2004 tags and be cruising
the streets of Sac, On Saturday nite it will be at the local classic car
In March, 2012, the new owner, Howard wrote:
Don, Great site & glad to be part of family. CA DMV really
messed up title and shows as Special construction so trying to get it
back to a 74 Glassic so I can register in Nevada. Order of business over
time is front tires, clean up engine area, raise rear(1-2in), electric
wipers, top, pexiglass windows, HEI ign, your cowl light mod, paint
(dark blue metalic) although friends like vintage look it now has, maybe
a Model A rack & trunk and front disc brakes
Thanks for your response on the Glassic
information. As per your request, the left door jam
sticker says Glassic #1055. The
previous owner said the car was built in 1976.
Looking at the engine number it relates to a 1973.
Unlike most Glassics pictured on your website, the side
engine panels have six rolls of louvers running vertical
to the ground. Also, the car has engine turned
aluminum dash with VDO gauges, 6 cd changer in the dash,
and heater. The engine is a 302 automatic with
three and a quarter gears and tilt wheel. I hope
this helps you on your information for our particular
From an email sent 8/2002
UNKNOWN serial number -- I'm not sure of the serial #
I thinks mines a 1973. It didn't have a top when I bought
it so I had to make a top and being I was going for a
Hotrod I didn't care for the original Phaeton Tops
rounding at the back so I improvised. I have buckets out
of a Sunbird in it and made a dash out of Cherry because
there was only a tach on a fiberglass board. I rewired
with an EZ wiring kit and put a dual exhaust system with
aluminzed pipe and turbo mufflers. I put a edlebrock
performer and 650 Holley street avenger. It had old mags
on it so I changed to American Smoothies with moons. I
took the air off it and had to replace the radiator with
a new Mustang 3 core that fit perfect. I want to change
the brakes to Power disc but I'm not sure what I have
now. I also will be changing the rear shocks in the next
month before the summer. The car was originally red but
the fellow I bought it off of painted it black.I built
the top frame out of a luggage rack from a Dodge Caravan
a friend had sitting around. We used 3/4" plumbing
T's and built the frame. I brought it to a local shop
that stitched a custom top for it. It's faily light and
comes off in one piece. I reenforced the sides and front
with1 1/2" aluminum angle I got at home DEPOT. We
riveted the T's with steel poprivets and the thing holds
up at 80 mph on he highway no problem. -- Scrapbook 2