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TV sit-coms of '50s-60s: b&w doesn't give many clues to car colors
Published 02/08/2018 @ 02:41:42, By Wick Humble
Though I've never attempted dioramas, I'm now modeling cars from classic '50-60s sit coms; for instance: Bud Anderson's (not the Kat) '30 Model A beater from Father Knows Best, Clarence 'Lumpy' Rutherfords classy '40 Deluxe Convert from Leave it to Beaver, and maybe the '31 Chevy roadster rod (with deuce grille and 265) from Donna Reed. I have plenty of refernces for thise three, and afew more, from DVD's of those shows; but of course they are all black & white.

I need to find some color photos, or at least color info (please) to proceed. Actually, June Cleaver mentions that da Lump's car is "that awful purple", and from the show I can tell it is lacquer, and not bad at that. The car is basically stock, but had the outside door handles shaved, and the sound track supports the rap of a true flathead set of steel-packs! James Anderson Jr.'s jalopy, on the other hand, has a very rudimentary flame job, very obviously done with a 1-in. brush and Rustoleum, it what is probably blue -- but I don't want to proceed without knowing for sure!

The diorama I plan will re: the episode where Wally Cleaver and Eddie Haskell pull a pay-back gag on Lumpy (he planted whiz-bangs on the engines of their old Chevy's) by chaining his rear axle to a tree next to the Rutherford driveway. This, of course, is ten years in advance of American Graffiti (though that was 'set' in the same year, 1962!), and likewise would have been a disaster in real life! I want to show the '40 dead in the street, the rear axle rebounded on the chain, and perhaps Buds A-bone parked on the other side of the street. Figurines: well, we will see!

Can anyone hook me up to color pics, or at least supply accurate info regarding these media cars? (For that matter, anyone know what became of them?) I began looking through the IMCDb pic files, but got discouraged; don't know if I'll live long enough to get through all of them!

Op-Ed: You know, cars were such a big part of our kid culture, back in the late, lamented day, that it is probably hard for a Gen X'er or later to even comprehend. The streets were safer (despite all the rat rodders' depictions of punks, b----es, and rumbles!) and it was what we proto-Boomer's LIVED, folks. It was analog, hands-on, and damned exciting; who needed 'Nam or drugs? Wha' hoppen?

Help out an elder scale car modeler (Class of '63; as are Wally and Eddie --Tony and Ken) so I can enjoy some non-digital nostalgia and build something kidna' historic.

Wick
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TV sit-coms of '50s-60s: b&w doesn't give many clues to car colors
Published 03/08/2018 @ 08:07:15, By topazbrad
That's sounds great. I wanna see it when you're done.
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TV sit-coms of '50s-60s: b&w doesn't give many clues to car colors
Published 03/08/2018 @ 23:28:54, By Wick Humble
Thanks for the encouragement. Any help with colors, or how to search ths site for FKB cars? I found another 'cars in shows' site, but lost it!
WH
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