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Friday, November 22, 2013

CAL AUTOMOTIVE - A NORTH HOLLYWOOD MURDER STORY



CHERISHING OUR VALLEY              2013

Cal Automotive Inc. (vintage postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2013.  (click on image to enlarge it.)

 The following is unedited - as printed:
"8044 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, California 91605 - Phone 767-8025
INTRODUCING   This worlds nost powerful Mustang Mr. Cal Automotive, Driven by TEX COLLINGS the famous Hollywood badman. Powered by the World War II P38 and P51 Mustang - 12 Cylindrs, 1710 Cubic inch, 3500 H.P. Allison, Tex Collins, the only man that ever successfully made a Aircraft engine run in a car. No problem to go 200 MPH in 1/4 mile."

Hey there may be a real story here!
The hot rod shop called Cal Automotive Inc. in North Hollywood was bought out by a Hollywood stunt man named Tex Collins. Several internet accounts have it that Tex died as a result of being shot to death over equipment sold to a Texas client.

According to a posting on the T Busketeers blog:
http://www.tbucketeers.com/threads/what-ever-happened-to-cal-automotive.10725




"Curt Hamilton who founded Cal Automotive has a shop in Van Nuys, California on Stagg Street called Hamilton Automotive Industries. He still has the T-Bucket molds with the improved dash panel and molded one piece pick up bed body. All his bodies were hand lamenated fiberglass., cleaner and stronger than a messy chopper sprayed body. Tex Collins, who purchased Cal Automotive from Curt tried to mass produce T-Bucket bodies by selling franchiases with hastley made molds to "Mom and Pop" operations. One such operation soured and as a result Tex was shot in the back by the son of a law enforcement official and was later aquitted at trial. Tex was a part time Hollwood Western stuntman who had a fiberglass company called Ford Duplicators in North Hollywood when he purchased Cal Automotive."

There’s a little more to the story. The Tudor ended up in the hands of a sometime Hollywood stuntman named Tex Collins, an Allison fanatic who ran one in a Mustang Funny Car, plus the Lytle-built oddity seen here, The Bad Brawma Bull, which used a White 3000 truck cab and modified chassis (check the bolted-together roll bar, as with Big Al IV). Collins, who owned Cal Automotive and was, sadly, shot to death, actually made passes in this thing and got to the far end unharmed. Mike owns the Bull, too. - See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2012/01/18/rip-jim-lytle-a-power-crazed-genius/#sthash.2YjjHEf1.dpuf
There’s a little more to the story. The Tudor ended up in the hands of a sometime Hollywood stuntman named Tex Collins, an Allison fanatic who ran one in a Mustang Funny Car, plus the Lytle-built oddity seen here, The Bad Brawma Bull, which used a White 3000 truck cab and modified chassis (check the bolted-together roll bar, as with Big Al IV). Collins, who owned Cal Automotive and was, sadly, shot to death, actually made passes in this thing and got to the far end unharmed. Mike owns the Bull, too. - See more at: http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2012/01/18/rip-jim-lytle-a-power-crazed-genius/#sthash.2YjjHEf1.dpuf

1 comment:

Frank Collins said...

My name is Frank collins and Tex collins was my dad I don't know where you got this info on your site but you only got one part right the fact my dad was shot in the back by a dirt bag from the sfv not Texas. it happened in a town called Fillmore the town my mom and step dad lived in I spent a lot of time with my dad and was standing 10ft away when it happend it was over a bad deal that my stepdad had made over a rented piece of property that my stepdad not my dad had gone in with two dirt bags and they wanted to cut out my dad my was just dropping me off on a Sunday after being at his house for the weekend I was 10 years old at the time I rembember driving up and getting out and my dad walking over to say hi and all hell breaks lose the two dirt bags pulled out guns and started shooting my stepdad and my dad run to get me and got it in back then they shot at me a ten year old kid they got off because his dad was a cop . Part two my dad own two companies t.c automotive and ford duplicaters before he saved cal automotive from curt my made all the fiberglass for the Shelby mustangs and roller rockers dean Jeffreys made the t bucket molds not curt when curt sold cal automotive it was bankrupt and tex collins keep curt on and payed his bills For years curt Hamilton is a nice guy but has always felt that he never got his do. And for the molds he has they are junk the molds that we make to today are 10 times better I hope you guy the your facts correct in the future it makes for better reading know it not made up thanks