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STEVE SCOTT ,A.KA . [ UNCERTAIN T ]

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All but the last one, Rob. Barber Shop car is by Joe Ballion. 

 

 

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On ‎4‎/‎25‎/‎2018 at 8:35 PM, Scott Colmer said:

I am pretty sure the Hard Hat Hauler was a Harry Bradley design.

 

Yeah, it was.  It was an MPC kit first.  The full-size one was just built at Barris' shop.  

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On April 23, 2018 at 11:33 PM, Mr mopar said:

The car has to be one of the ugliest show rod made .

 

On April 25, 2018 at 12:54 PM, Jantrix said:

 

I gotta agree. George Barris really is the king of ugly customs. 

I agree, the Uncertain T and the Bath Tub Buggy are ugly. The only thing George Barris did that I liked was converting the Ford Futura into the Batmobile..

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I have never been a fan of the "show" cars or theme cars but for some reason I like the Uncertain T.

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I'm not much of a "showrod" man myself but I also like the Uncertain T...don't know why.

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On 4/28/2018 at 3:42 PM, slusher said:

 

I agree, the Uncertain T and the Bath Tub Buggy are ugly. The only thing George Barris did that I liked was converting the Ford Futura into the Batmobile..

Yeah, and most of THAT was already designed by Ford for the Motorama in the 50s. He even tried to "ugly" that up but couldn't. 

His brother Sam had an eye for good design. George just took the credit when other builders did good work.

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Call me stupid if you like but I put in for one copy of the kit at $25.00. I've spent or lost more and gotten less many times in the past. If he's successful and I get one, great. If not well, I'm not out that much and it was gone so long ago that I'll never miss the $$ anyway. 

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On ‎4‎/‎30‎/‎2018 at 3:02 PM, Oldcarfan27 said:

His brother Sam had an eye for good design. George just took the credit when other builders did good work.

I've said this before, since George is dead we'll never know the answer to this BUT, I've heard many comments about how ugly some of the stuff George did was. Has anyone, besides me, ever considered just how much of the work that George did that's considered ugly was done that way because the customer, PAYING THE BILL, was standing over George saying, "I want it this way or else." A lot of his stuff was unattractive but look when he had a chance to create or embellish on his own, we got the Batmobile, THE Batmobile, the only Batmobile that matters. Sure it was an embellishment of the Futura but still...it's beautiful, made more so by the alterations to Bat-ify it. We'll never know just how much of each creation was Barris and how much was a customer with bad taste. George is still King of the Customizers and I miss him to this day. I wish I could have met the man.

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Thank you. He was in business that long for a reason. He did quality work. Quality work does not mean beautiful work. If someone wants an ugly car...hey, the bills gotta get paid. I mean gee, Andy Di Dia bragged about spending $150k on his rolling turd. Whatever floats his boat.

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44 minutes ago, 1st 700 Quad said:

I've said this before, since George is dead we'll never know the answer to this BUT, I've heard many comments about how ugly some of the stuff George did was. Has anyone, besides me, ever considered just how much of the work that George did that's considered ugly was done that way because the customer, PAYING THE BILL, was standing over George saying, "I want it this way or else." A lot of his stuff was unattractive but look when he had a chance to create or embellish on his own, we got the Batmobile, THE Batmobile, the only Batmobile that matters. Sure it was an embellishment of the Futura but still...it's beautiful, made more so by the alterations to Bat-ify it. We'll never know just how much of each creation was Barris and how much was a customer with bad taste. George is still King of the Customizers and I miss him to this day. I wish I could have met the man.

You have to see his creativity as a collective whole to be able to judge. Especially the stuff he claimed entirely as his own.

Then compare the cars Sam Barris did in his all too brief career. Including one of the first - if not THE FIRST 49 Mercs chopped in So. Cal and the Hirohata Merc, and you'll see who had an eye for design.

The fact that George took credit for other builders is legendary. Dean Jefferies,  Larry Watson,  Bill Hines and probably many more. He was known to buy pre-built customs, change some trim, paint it and then show it as his own creation. It's the one thing that always irked me about his business ethics.

Case in point, compare the 66 Batmobile that he gets credit for building and compare it with the Lincoln Futura that it was based on and you'll see 90% of it is Ford's "better idea" the rest is just the gingerbread he added to it. The original Batmobile is the best Batmobile though. 

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On 4/28/2018 at 6:42 PM, slusher said:

 

I agree, the Uncertain T and the Bath Tub Buggy are ugly. The only thing George Barris did that I liked was converting the Ford Futura into the Batmobile..

Lincoln Futura, not a Ford Futura (which was a Falcon HT).

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Posted (edited)

You be the judge...

Sam Barris 

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And George Barris' work

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And who can forget?

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Let's just say George was the promoter, Sam was the craftsman. 

Although, Geo. Did have some inspired designs...

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Some of that is changing fashion.  The custom scene went from "less is more" to "more is more" to "too much isn't nearly enough", though the kindest thing you can say about the Modern Grecian is that it probably took a lot of work to make it look that way.

However, let's check out this Ferarri Barris had built for his own use:

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The outside's not bad, and I think he actually managed to improve the front. I like the colour, though it could do without the stripe.

Now the interior...

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Again, I could live without the stripes, but does this strike anyone else as really sloppy work for someone who called himself King of the Customizers?

Now this....

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This is just nasty.  I know it's from the early days of dashboard electronices, but you would think he'd be able to scrounge up some lights and switches that didn't look like he scrounged them from Radio Shack.

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2 hours ago, Richard Bartrop said:

Now the interior...

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Again, I could live without the stripes, but does this strike anyone else as really sloppy work for someone who called himself King of the Customizers?

Now this....

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This is just nasty.  I know it's from the early days of dashboard electronices, but you would think he'd be able to scrounge up some lights and switches that didn't look like he scrounged them from Radio Shack.

Speaking of nasty Barris interiors...

Farrah's Foxy Vette.

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Edited by Oldcarfan27

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Here's the original Monkeemobile and it's designer/builder Dean Jefferies. 

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And George trying to take the credit

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Thankfully the TV show gave Dean the proper credit. 

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Also, Here's a blog written about Barris' integrity. 

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.yahoo.com/amphtml/news/master-fabricator-wherein-george-barris-takes-credit-everything-150734830.html?source=images

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R&C articles on the restoration of the Hirohata Merc detailing just what sort of "craftsmanship" was underneath those sleek curves http://public.fotki.com/Rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/barris-1/hirohata_mercury-1/hirohata-merc-rc-ar/hirohata-r-c-89-12.html#media

Another Barris custom, and what it was made of https://www.customcarchronicle.com/cc-builders/barris-kustom-shop/inside-a-barris-kustom/

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On 5/23/2018 at 7:39 PM, Richard Bartrop said:

However, let's check out this Ferarri Barris had built for his own use:

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The outside's not bad, and I think he actually managed to improve the front. I like the colour, though it could do without the stripe.

Now the interior...

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Again, I could live without the stripes, but does this strike anyone else as really sloppy work for someone who called himself King of the Customizers?

Now this....

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This is just nasty.  I know it's from the early days of dashboard electronices, but you would think he'd be able to scrounge up some lights and switches that didn't look like he scrounged them from Radio Shack.

Speaker boxes and Radio Shack electronics - in a Ferrari.

Just Tacky!

I'm surprised he didn't use Cragar SS Wheels on it too. The stripes on the seats make it look like a promotion for a pizza delivery joint.

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I'd buy a plastic kit of the Uncertain T, although I built a resin version last year....

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From the want ads in the August '67 issue of Hot Rod, via The Jalopy Journal.

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I just found an Uncertain T frame in my stash.

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Another one I've never understood the appeal of? The Uncertain T. 

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I always liked it. I can't really explain why. If it was ever made available as a kit ( it won't ) I would most likely buy it. I know there is or used to be a resin one but the cost was more than I was/am willing to pay.

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Posted (edited)

Now where did that come from ?:D

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23 minutes ago, Greg Myers said:

Now where did that come from ?:D

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Just when I thought the Original couldn't get any uglier.

You've proven me wrong

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