"FASTBACK FRANK" LIVINGSTON HAS BEEN PUTTING TOGETHER SOME of the coolest rides ever seen since the '50's.
Frank's a NorCal Hall Of Famer, and from his early days with "Satan's Angel's" to today always has some neat machines stowed away in his garage. Frank, and his wife Kathy, have been friends for many years, and they travel almost anywhere they can find a car show to visit.
Well, back around 1998, Frank's friend, Dan Pimentel, had started work on a '49 Chevy for himself, and you guessed it, it was a fastback ! Frank went to take a look at it, made claim to it, and tooled it over to Jerry Sahagan's for some mods.
After that it was sent to Darryl Hollenbeck for finishing-up the body work and spraying a neat blue & white paint job. Then, on to "master sticher" Howdy Ledbetter for a superb interior...with an unsual touch. That "unusual" concept is something I really wanted to ask Frank about !
SO, listen-up as Frank fills me in on his 1949 Chevy Fleetline: "The Crown Jewel". JK
[SPECIAL NOTE: Frank's '49 was featured in the same Sepetember, 1998 Issue of Custom Rodder as the late MANUEL ARTECHE'S '61 INVICTA...the car that I now own, and the one you see at the top left of these HOF Legends Pages. To see more of THE INVICTA and Manuel's other cars, please see The Manuel Arteche' Tribute Page, ]
(Above left: Frank and his '49 Fleetline the "Crown Jewel"; Above right: You can see how well the '54 Merc Lenses & '56 Dodge bumper work together.)
(Above left: The "Crown Jewel " at rest; Above right: Howdy Ledbetter's tonneau-rear seat cover looks...with the "crown" stitched-in. )
NOTE: These pix are from Frank Livingston's personal collection. Many thanks, Frank !
'49 CHEVY UPDATE: From the "CROWN JEWEL" to the "SCARLET HARLOT" !
IF YOU LISTEN CLOSELY IN THIS INTERVIEW, you'll hear Frank say that he sold the car, but wished he hadn't...it was a good car and one of his favorites.
ENTER DARYL SCHARR, of Carson City, Nevada...the man who bought Frank's "Crown Jewel", and decided to "make it his own" by taking the car apart and making many, many changes to it before he was finished. As you can see, it was a solid car to begin with, and having names like Frank Livingston, Darryl Hollenbeck, John Aiello, and, Howdy Ledbetter certainly added to the "positive" early build. REMEMBER: ALL four of them are Hall Of Fame Members !
BUT, Daryl did Frank, and all of those I just mentioned true justice in the way that he handled the re-build of the little '49, and you can "read all about it" in the 10th Anniversary Issue (#60, Noveember, 2013) of OL' SKOOL RODZ Magazine as shown above. Make that: you HAVE to get a 10th Anniversary copy and see for yourself !
If possible, the car is more beautiful than before...and it's one of the only times the "sequel" turned out just as good, or better, than the Original ! Pick-up a copy of OSR #60 and see Daryl's superb work & craftsmanship on his newly named "Scarlet Harlot". THEN, come back here to check-out Frank's build again...and judge for yourself !
PERSONALLY, I think BOTH are pure knockouts...either way that lil' Chevy wins ! JK