Jack Williams

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Jack chopping the top on Cort Elliot's 1951 Chevrolet with a hand saw. Photo from The HAMB.
Milt Goodman's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Milt was a member of the British Columbia Custom Car Association. He bought the car new in 1955, and spent the next three years restyling it. Jack helped Milt restyle the car. The build was completed in 1958.

Jack Williams of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


In 2017 Cort Elliot told Kustomrama that Jack was very selective in taking on projects; "Although young, Jack had established himself as a highly skilled craftsman in body work and precision mechanical fabrication. Having built the first Syndicate Scuderia A gas dragster, he fitted it with a fully enclosed aluminum body, after teaching himself how to form and weld aluminum panels using only gas welding equipment technology available in the late 1950s. The dragster went on to be considered by many the most beautiful dragster ever built. As Jack’s skills were highly regarded by many in the drag-racing and hot-rod field, he could be very selective in taking on any projects that he found interesting or challenging. “If no one else can do it, ask Jack if he is interested in doing it!”."[1]


Cort Elliot's 1951 Chevrolet

In 1959 Jack began restyling Cort Elliot's 1951 Chevrolet for original owner George Wozniak. Jack used a handsaw to perform much of the job. According to Cort Elliot, Jack preferred using hand saws with teeth recut and ground to cut sheet metal without any distortion so reassembly in the chopped formation could be completed, all hammer—welded, so the finished surface was “seamless’ both inside and out. "This same high level craftsmanship was shown for all other body modifications-taillights, headlights, grille, and more, along with the stepped rear frame for more clearance over the rear axle as the car rode 3 inches lower than stock. While the car was displayed at the 1962 Seattle Worlds Fair Show, the judges were quoted as saying “this car displays the finest bodywork they have ever seen”."[1]


Cars Restyled by Jack Williams

Cort Elliot's 1951 Chevrolet
Milt Goodman's 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air


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