Jim Delaney

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Jim Delaney of Springfield, Illinois. Jim was a member of the Knucklebusters of Springfield car club. In 1953 Jim had a Ford Model A coupe. In 2015 he told Kustomrama that his car would go down as a "rat rod" today, but he was so proud of it; "I chopped and channeled it in my back yard, installed a flathead V8 and raced anyone I could..on the street. Beat most of them, too!"[1]

Through the Knucklebusters, Jim became friend with body man Bob Maisenbacher. The two became friends when Jim asked him to weld the top on his Model A Ford coupe back on after he had chopped it in 1953; "After that he "apprenticed" me while he did a number of custom and restoration jobs, among them was Mandy Holder's 1951 Mercury, a 1909 Brush, and a 1934 Ford coupe with a LaSalle hood and grille. Later he hired me as a body man until I decided to go to college."[1]

Jim worked for Wally Troy at Wally's Garage for a short time; "At the time he was quite fixated on Jaguars. His shop was behind their restaurant, “Wally and Janet’s,” where Bob Maisenbacher and I often ate lunch when we were working at Springfield Welding."[1]


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