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The following article was provided by: Robert Luczun, 20 Breen Court, Clifton, N.J. 07013 robertluczun@yahoo.com 973-341-4748. If you have any questions about the truck or would like to see it at one of your events contact Robert.

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The idea for the truck came about in 2001 when I  purchased an unrestored , original 1929 Ford Model A Closed Cab Pickup with 40 k original miles, a survivor. With  this kind of unique vehicle you just leave it  as is and enjoy it for what it is. But as an artist, I wanted to paint something, so I settled for restoring antique license plates.  As it turned out, fortune would be at my side again .  I was able to locate the truck’s mate, a 1929 Ford Model A Town Sedan Delux , also an unrestored original with 20k original miles. These two vehicles were found together sitting for over 50 years and had been owned by the same family and were parted – I got the two  SURVIVORS  back together .  But still had nothing to paint ! Going to car shows the pair would always gather a small crowd.  The Customs and Hot Rods would always steal the show. I wanted the little Model A some how to out shine them.  I purchased a 1928 Ford Model AR Roadster Pickup restoring it to 1928 standards.  When trucks left the factory and became commercial workers, the paint matched the owners business , such as COKE or the local plumber.  I could paint my little Roadster and still be true to its history.  As an airbrush artist painting custom motorcycles, helmets and race cars…but it’s the same ole’ stuff.  This time, this one is for me !  Cartoons became the most logical idea, since little kids, seniors citizens and just about everybody has their favorite and I love comics , A rolling piece of art and history!  I soon learned there was nothing out there which exhibited ALL CARTOONS.  I now had my show car that no one would even attempt to copy.  Needless to say, the research was quite a task with countless hours.

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A HISTORICAL DOCUMENTARY ON COMICS  from ” The Yellow Kid ” Oct. 18, 1896 until the present day !  Timing would have it , after repairing the steering box, removing the engine ( to replace the clutch plate ) and body work  then epoxy white primer, white base coat and two coats of clear, I was ready to start drawing.  It’s now Oct 15, 2004, I waited three days to start on the very day the first comic was ever published. I put The Yellow Kid on the back of the side mirror.  My target date was July 2005 to start showing it and its reaction. —-I  finished 90% of it on time, with over 2,000 hours of airbrush painting…not counting research  time.

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FIND NEMO & WHERE’S WALDO were  scattered over the truck for fun .. The paint is all House of Kolor Paint, Kandy Apple Colors ,clear coated ..   The truck was about FINISHED  in Jan. 07 with 2500 hours.  Not really , I kept adding all the new cartoons being released . It has become a never ending work of art, Now over 2800 hours by the end of 2010. Needless to say, WOW ! Everyone loves it …AMAZING is the word most used and thank you so much for the enjoyment it creates. A nice thing is, that it was featured in Automobile Magazine and on the cover of Car & Parts Magazine and many more . Ripley’s Believe It Or Not gave it a two page spread ! , plus : featured on the Barrett-Jackson TV Show.  Gary Bennett ( Senior Automotive Specialist ) , Quote : “ An unbelievable  piece of automotive art.  This is one of the most unique vehicles I have ever seen, and my role at Barrett-Jackson I’ve seen a number of unique vehicles in my lifetime., it is the most incredible piece of art I have ever laid my eyes on . I can’t express myself enough….it is Amazing!  You can just stand and look at a panel for hours. Absolutely a fabulous  car !  I was also honored by a museum invite “ Masters of American Comics “ and featured at the New York International Auto Show. Glennmore Gathering of Significant  Automobiles   Concours d’Elegance  awarded it a Blue Ribbon . It also travels to the Wounded Warrior Program at Fort Dix ,N.J. to create smiles in support of our troops.

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Plus acquiring donations for Wounded Warrior Warm Heart Fund , better than any other show car that just sits there .

Attracting  people of all ages with wide and varied interests, all enjoying my CAR-TOON TRUCK .  Can’t get any better than that !. Now with the US history Trailer, Wilie  Coyote’s Acme Rocket and the other history pieces I have quite an exhibit….and still adding !

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check our our www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com page) As long as it has four wheels on it I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife Katriana is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out with our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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