1952 Buick - Lyle Lake's - Blue Danube - Barris kustom

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This three-toned 1952 Buick Riviera was restyled by Barris Kustoms for Lyle Lake of Orlando, Florida. The car was called the Blue Danube because of the various shades of blue used on the car. The main body color of the car was pearlescent blue, the top was sky-blue metallic, while the bottom section was painted in an ocean blue mist. The Blue Danube was striped in white and copper by Dean Jeffries.[1]


Stock Buick Riviera side trim was used along with a straight chrome piece from midway on the door to the taillights. The top featured a three inch chop in the front and a six-inch slant back in the rear. Appleton spotlights were added to the car, the rear window was reformed and tilted forward to give the car a low slant line. In the rear, rubber wheeled roller wheels ran on ball bearings to allow the car to ride easier on bumps and dips in the road. The rear bumper came from a 1953 Oldsmobile. The bumper was cut to fit the rear fenders. The taillights came from a 1954 Mercury that were turned upside down and frenched.[1]


Third From the Sun

The Blue Danube appeared in an episode of the TV show The Twilight Zone called Third From the Sun. The episode was first aired January 8, 1960. Click here to wath the episode



Where is it Now?

While trying to locate the car, custom car collector Jack Walker contacted Lyle Lake. Lyle told Jack that the car was crushed, so in 1998 Jack decided to recreate the car instead.
Blue Danube Clones

Jack Walker's 1952 Buick Special



Magazine Features

Rod & Custom November 1957
Custom Cars March 1958
Car Craft September 1958
Trend Book 143 Restyle Your Car
Trend Book 156 Custom Cars 1958 Annual
Trend Book 197 Custom Cars 1961 Annual


http://www.kustomrama.com/index.php?title=Lyle_Lake%27s_1952_Buick

http://public.fotki.com/Rikster/11_car_photos/beautiful_custom_cars/barris-1/lyle_lake_52_buick/


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The Blue Danube
1951 Buick
Owned by Lou Schafer & Sons Formerly owned by Jack Walker


Lyle Lake moved to California from Orlando, Florida in 1956 driving his mildly customized '51 Buick Riviera hardtop. He went to work at Barris Kustom in Lynwood and eventually became shop foreman. With the help of Sam Barris, Lake's Buick was transformed into a full custom show stopper. Most casual onlookers didn't even recognize it as a Buick but thought it was another chopped '49-'51 Merc. It was so unrecognizable that George Barris got it cast in an episode of the Twilight Zone television series as a car of the future.
The beautiful lines of the top were created by chopping it 3 inches in front and 6 inches in the rear. The grille shell was formed by molding tubing to the opening as well as the hood. Bumpers made from '53 Chevy ends welded to Cadillac bullets frame the tubular grille. The headlights received shades that taper back into the fenders. In the rear the fenders were extended and the ribbed sections from two '54 Mercury taillights were spliced together and mounted upside down above the '53 Olds bumper. Modified Buick side trim separated the Sky Blue metallic, Pearl Blue, and Ocean Blue mist three tone paint highlighted by Dean Jeffries pin striping. As years went on the car was modified with a different grille, hubcaps and fender skirt removal. It was last seen in the L.A. Harbor area in the early '60s.
Jack Walker of Belton, Mo. is a custom lover of long standing who has recreated cars that have disappeared or are thought to be unobtainable. In 1997 Jack found a suitable car and tracked down Lake in Hobbs, New Mexico. With Lyle's advice, Kenny Baker chopped the top and Dick Huckans, of Sperry, Oklahoma did all the remaining bodywork and duplicated the three tone paint job. Bob Bond duplicated the original Dean Jeffries pin striping."

This recreated clone is now owned by Lou Schafer & Sons.







http://lscustomshop.com/buickbluedanube.php

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The Blue Danube Buick
by Tom Strongman
October 1st, 2011

They say you can’t go home again, but when it comes to cars, sometimes you can.

Take Jack Walker’s clone of the 1951 Blue Danube Buick. It is a near perfect re-creation of the car that was originally created by Lyle Lake, a foreman in the George Barris custom shop. Lake’s car has long since gone to the crusher, but Walker wanted to make one like it. It is now owned by Lou Schafer and Sons Classic Car Restorations and Car Posters.

Cloning famous customs is not new to Walker, 72, of Belton. More than 20 years ago he commissioned a copy of the famous Barris Hirohata Mercury. Walker’s Merc is such a faithful reproduction that it has lived a celebrity life, touring auto shows and museums.

After seeing the quality of Walker’s copy of the Hirohata Merc, Greg Sharp, curator of the National Hot Rod Association Museum in Pomona, Calif., began to bug him about making a copy of the Blue Danube Buick.

Walker declined, but he said that Sharp kept piquing his interest by sending him photographs of the original. About 15 years ago, Walker picked up a newsstand magazine of classified car ads and saw a pristine 1951 Buick Special hardtop for sale in Beloit, Kan. He and his sidekick, Sonny Rogers of Independence, drove out to see the car. It was perfect, and the project began.

When Walker called Lake to tell him that he planned to re-create the Buick that he built when he worked for Barris, Lake objected at first. He said he and his wife had dated in the original and he didn’t want anyone to copy his car. Lake’s wife, however, encouraged him to let Walker proceed, and Lake eventually agreed. He then told Walker how he chopped the car’s top, and he even sent photos.

Walker took the car to Elmer, Mo., and Kenny Baker performed the necessary roof reconstruction. Dick Huckans of Tulsa completed the rest of the bodywork.

Lake’s original car had a stock interior, but he had planned to install simple, white tuck-and-roll upholstery. So Walker followed Lake’s original plan and had Bob Sipes of Pleasant Hill, Mo., do the interior just as Lake intended.

In January, Walker’s car was chosen as one of the 75 most significant customs and it was displayed at the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, Calif. Since the original is long gone, Walker’s Blue Danube is a perfect déjà vu, and a reminder of just how beautiful Lake’s work was.
- See more at: http://tomstrongman.com/the-blue-danube-buick-of-jack-walker/

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A creator of the Blue Danube, Lyle Lake arrived from Florida in the mid 1950s and became shop foreman at Barris Kustom Autos in Lynwood, California. By that time, the gang at the shop had pretty defined roles. Sam Barris was the artist, designing the look for clients' cars and often executing it. George Barris was the front man, getting the shop's name out there.

As part of his efforts to tout the Barris name, George worked for Petersen's Trend Books, snapping pictures and writing articles on customizing techniques.

Since Lyle worked at the Barris shop, George thought it would be a good idea to use the Buick the shop was building as Lyle's personal car in an article on the cost of customizing. So, camera and invoices in hand, George and Lyle documented everything along the way.


Lyle's 1951 Buick Riviera received extensive bodywork. Lyle and the Barris crew chopped the top three inches in front and six inches in the rear ($700), laying the rear window down to match the roof angle. This created a low, lean look that was complemented by several bodyside modifications.

The crew shaved the doors and added pushbuttons ($50), installed handmade skirts ($20) and functional rear brake scoops ($55 each), and reworked the side trim using stock trim up front with straight trim running from the rear bumper to the middle of each door ($20 each).

The trim choice was a curious one because many non-Buick customs of the day utilized Buick side trim for its unique, swoopy shape. Nonetheless, it worked, especially with the paint.

The white rolled-and-pleated upholstery accented the unique interiors of the custom Blue Danube perfectly.

The face was also quite unique. Instead of a complete bumper, Lyle chose a rolled front pan flanked by two bumperettes made from 1951 Chevy parts welded to Cadillac bullets ($80). The shop cut the grille from lengths of tapered tubing ($115) and rounded the hood corners ($10 each) to match the grille opening. The nose was dechromed ($25) and a California Custom Accessories headlight shade kit ($50) was frenched in, visually extending the fenders.

Some interesting touches were incorporated into the rear as well. Lyle added frenched taillights made by splicing two 1954 Merc lenses together and installing them upside down ($65 each). The bumper was taken from a 1953 Oldsmobile ($80) and the exhaust was routed through it ($70). Finally, thanks to the $190 lowering job, rollers were needed under the rear end to ­prevent the bumper from scraping on the ground ($20).

Barris applied the three-tone blue paint scheme ($250), with the top a sky-blue metallic, the main body pearl blue, and the bottom ocean blue mist -- thus the nickname Blue Danube.

Dean Jeffries, who worked at the Barris shop at the time, added white and copper pinstriping ($20). A set of 1956 Lincoln hubcaps ($15 each) completed the look. The total bill? $2,000.

The Blue Danube earned its nickname from Sam Barris' paint scheme, which featured three distinct shades of blue.

The Blue Danube garnered a lot of attention, appearing on the cover of Trend Book 143 - Restyle Your Car. It also showed up in the March 1958 issue of Custom Cars, and in an episode of the television show The Twilight Zone.

Unable to find the original, noted custom collector Jack Walker contacted Lyle Lake and learned it had been crushed. So Jack commissioned Kenny Baker and Dick Huckins to build the clone shown here in 1998. The original may be gone, but the Barris article on the car provides us a glimpse today of the price of admission for the best in 1950s customizing.

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/blue-danube-custom-car.htm

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