Marvin Webb

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Marwin Webb of Anaheim, California was a member of the Lancers car club. In 1946 Marvin bought a house in Anaheim. There was a little Model T garage on the property, but as this was too little to use for working on cars, he built a tin shed on the property as well. Marvin lived in the house until he passed away in 1992.[1]

Marvin was an integral part of the Orange County crew that included legends such as Dick Kraft, Stan Bertz, Clay Smith, Doug Hartlet, Chuck Potvin, Ollie Morris and many more. Lots of racecars and roadsters were built on Marvin's property, including those of his buddy Dick Kraft. In fact, Marvin built a good deal of Kraft's best-known red track nose T, later known as the Highland Plating Special. Marv could build anything from the framerails and up, but he became best known for his metal-shaping talents. Working strictly in steel and lead, he could make noses, hoods and even hand form louvers.[1]

Marvin's son Dennis used to watch his father as a kid. At age 10 he met Art Ingles, as Art came down to the Webb house to form a belly pan for one of Kraft's T's. Dennis watched him hand form the whole thing from aluminum using a leather mallet and a large piece of water pipe. This inspired Dennis to do the same, and years later he made his own bucks to reproduce the classic Kurtis midget nose and tails, like Ingles. Dennis got so good at it, that fellow metal-shaping legend Don Borth bequeathed the original "Ingles Nose" plywood buck to Dennis. Working on a recreation of the Spalding Bros' car, Pat Ganahl asked Dennis if he could use the buck to make a nose. Dennis told Pat that the buck was a wall hanger, and that he thought it would fall apart if Pat tried to use it. Pat was able to borrow it. He carefully took it apart, and duplicated the buck so he could use it for a nose on his own build.[1]



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