I’ve known Rocky for a several years now, and recently he shared some photos and history – as he knows of it – of his unrestored Glasspar G2. Rocky put pen to paper, and here’s the letter he recently sent:
Letter From Rocky Fowler: September 2011
I hope you can use these photos on your website.
I purchased my Glasspar G2 in July 2001 in Arcadia, Ohio – 15 miles from my home at an auction. All I knew was that it looked neat and had a Ford frame. I was told that the owner drove it from Iowa in the 1950’s and that the engine was a Studebaker with two four-barrel carburetors.
No engine was in the car when I bought it, but there was a Studebaker dual quad manifold at the sale. I was also told it sat for years in a flower garden. It is very solid and only the sheet metal for the floor needs replacement.
Hope you can tell me more about it.
Thoughts on Rocky’s Glasspar G2:
Interesting car here gang. It looks like it hasn’t been modified since the 1950’s. Apparently it lost its front Grill and they did a sort of “Woodill Wildfire” front nose. Looks like it would accept one of the Nash grilles that some G2’s have pretty well.
It has both doors with factory hinges so this means it’s probably a 1954-1955 car, or late 1953. The later cars typically had two doors and not one. It also has a factory dashboard – which is the case if it’s fiberglass. The windshield is original Glasspar G2 and the bumperettes are definitely what they would have done in the 50’s – the taillights too.
The 1963 plates suggest that the car was shut down just a few years after it was built (6-8 years) and somewhere along its life it may have become a racer – hence the roll bar.
All in all, it looks like a very nice foundation to start a restoration from, and Rocky is just the guy to do it.
I’ll be going thru our vintage archives and see if we can find a “match” for Rocky in one of the cars back in the 1950’s showing name, builder, history, etc. In the meantime, some of you may be able to see what you know about the car and share it with us too. I know that Rocky will appreciate your help in every way.
And Rocky…..keep us posted with your restoration as you proceed. This should be fun for all of us to watch!
Hope you enjoyed the story, and until next time…
Glass on gang…