Got a Newsletter from the Hall crew yesterday
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'We had a nice surprise the other day. A new owner came in looking for parts for his late 1971 Pantera. A very well known person in the automotive industry, Chip Foose. He spent all morning looking for parts and ideas for his new project. It is his own personal car and will hopefully be at the SEMA show in Las Vegas later this year. I asked him if was ok to let people know about the project and if he had pictures of the car in progress. Check Twitter or Instagram to follow Chip Foose online.'

Now I just googled it so here is a link to facebook page (see pushbutton door conversion)


https://www.facebook.com/chipfoose


https://twitter.com/chipfoose

https://instagram.com/chipfooseofficial/

Let's see where he is taking this Smiler
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As purchased.



Stripping it...



Laid bare...



Blocking out the body...



Getting a coat of primer...



So far so good; no obscene body mods. He usually shaves the door handles on everything he builds, so it will be interesting to see if he maintains the Pantera's door handles.

He probably saw Jay Leno's Pantera and decided he had to have one too!
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So far so good; no obscene body mods. He usually shaves the door handles on everything he builds, so it will be interesting to see if he maintains the Pantera's door handles.

I saw a photo somewhere that looks like he's converting it to a "Push Button"
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Originally posted by dvil:
Very interesting.
I would like to know where he got parts for converting the doors to pushbuttons.
Is it an original Pushbutton Pcar?


I heard he cut them off of an original Mangusta he has out back?
Makes perfect sense Bravo they're only good as parts cars ...Mark
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Originally posted by PanteraDoug:
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Originally posted by dvil:
Very interesting.
I would like to know where he got parts for converting the doors to pushbuttons.
Is it an original Pushbutton Pcar?


I heard he cut them off of an original Mangusta he has out back?


I know a guy who works at Foose Design. He said that they are Mangusta parts, but they were not cut from a real goose Sympathy Apparently Mangusta push buttons are cheaper than Pantera push buttons. Confused
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I know a guy who works at Foose Design. He said that they are Mangusta parts, but they were not cut from a real goose Apparently Mangusta push buttons are cheaper than Pantera push buttons.


Something in my dim memory banks seem to tell me those push buttons were taken from a fairly common Italian marque of the era, I believe Fiat.

Larry
I think markers are for wussies!!

Also door handles. But that's just me and Tom Tjaarda: Some original sketches of the Pantera I saw some time ago didn't show either. Maybe that's why at the Concorso Italiano in 2002 (or 2003?) Tom voted Zonkey "Best Engineered"

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Unfortunately this isn't Facebook. If it were, I'd give Zonkey a thumbs up. I like the car sans the side markers. But the missing door handles, although perhaps impractical, is just icing on the cake. I have a foot in an era when "cleaning" the body trim up like that was considered "bitchen". I've told Richard in person his car is gorgeous. Still true today. Hope all is well Richard.

Some were put-off by other recent custom Panteras. From what I've observed Chip's car will be as equally tasteful as Richard's. But either way Chip has my welcome and support in this community.
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Originally posted by rbarkley671:
I think markers are for wussies!!

Also door handles. But that's just me and Tom Tjaarda: Some original sketches of the Pantera I saw some time ago didn't show either. Maybe that's why at the Concorso Italiano in 2002 (or 2003?) Tom voted Zonkey "Best Engineered"


Agreed! A very clean look as Tom Tjaarda intended. I followed your restoration many, many years ago on the email forum. Your Pantera is a masterpiece!

Enjoy in good health.
George, Panther, thanks for the kind words, wind in my sails so to speak. I'll be starting a new thread on Zonkey's 3rd incarnation "real soon". As some may remember he got rear-ended 5 or so years ago and hasn't been on the road since. I'm aiming for a late summer resurrection. Wish me luck!

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