Well, I bought this poor old thing. What I know so far is that it started life as a Champion, because 10Gxxxxx serial number. The 232 engine might be '53 or '54, and mounts to the crossmember with a pair of rubber cushions like later V8s are mounted, not like the real '51 Commanders did. Rear axle is out of a truck, and uses truck wheels. Found that out the hard way. It has some sort of home-made traction bars with plates mounted on the axle U-bolts, and long arms going to pivot points on the frame behind the rear spring shackles. Looks like they would control rear spring wind-up effectively? And the fact that such a thing is there makes me think the car builder did indeed race it. If the car were just for show, why add such a thing?
There are scripts on it, but they are very, very faded on the driver's side, and totally gone from the passenger side. Left front fender: 232 [cu. in.], 120 HP, both are pretty legible, the braces are my inference. Above the fender vent: "Mini-Hamster a Little Chicken Hawk" "Hamster" and "Little" are party obscured, and one could make a case for "Monster" and "Live", too. So probably the car builder was aware of Ted Harbit's reputation.
Driver's door: C/STOCK 777 is pretty clear. The initial "7" is directly below the "K" . Driver's name below the door window might be James O'Malley. All you can really see is "Jaxxx xxxLey"
Rear fender: BoJo ??? Racing Team. I could see the "Jo" half come from "James O'Malley". There was another line of text below that, but it's too obscure to even guess at.
The manual transmission has an after-market floor shift. Drive is disconnected from the rear axle, and tied up, so I'm thinking it was flat-towed some significant distance, and never put back together. Engine won't turn by hand, but clean oil shows on the dispstick. It has the WW "backdraft" carb that a '53 to '55 engine would have.
If any of this information rings a bell, or if there any good ideas for recovering "lost" painted scripts, please let me know. Car was originally maroon, painted over with a turquoise blue, with white roof, and is a two-door sedan. Still has the small Champion front brakes on it, too.
There is a title, and Chuck's daughter is going to try to get it notarized for me.