Venus #2

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The Kovars: Another Venus Found!

Dewitt Gorman had told me that the manufacturing rights had been sold to a Mr. Eddie Kovar. So just as I did to find DeWitt and Rod Gorman, I sent out a letter to all Kovars in the phone book. I soon got a phone call from Jack Kovar, one of Eddie’s sons, and he himself had a Venus up in a barn in Bellville, TX, not but about an hour’s drive from Houston! We spent a lot of time on the phone going over his “treasure trove” archive of Venus documents and letters.

In June of 2005, I finally got an opportunity to see the “Bellville” Venus and to meet the Kovar brothers Jack, Gary and their wives. They are a great bunch of folks and were very hospitable. Jack and I first went through some of the pictures and documents in his possession. There was far too much of it to delve in at that particular time, so Jack was gracious enough to let me take the entire box for me to scan into my computer.

Jack bought his Venus around 1965, having seen it advertised in an AutoTrader magazine. The body seemed to be in great shape, and it had the later-model grille insert. The engine and tranny were missing, but I could tell it was a Ford shoebox frame with a few modifications. Different motor mounts had been installed as well as a rear transmission cross-member. It was clear that the last engine had been something other than a Ford flathead…more than likely a Chevy short-block. The windshield was apparently a wrap-around style, and I don’t recall seeing the windshield pillars.

I was very envious of his original hood; it hadn’t been modified like mine had been. There is a chance that Jack will let me borrow his hood so that I can make a mold from it. Then I can make an exact and correct duplicate hood rather than spending a great deal of time and money on re-shaping mine down. When I get to starting the body work, I may take him up on the gracious offer. At the very least, I can use it as a guide.

(Final Chapter Here) The Kovars: Another Venus Found!

Dewitt Gorman had told me that the manufacturing rights had been sold to a Mr. Eddie Kovar. So just as I did to find DeWitt and Rod Gorman, I sent out a letter to all Kovars in the phone book. I soon got a phone call from Jack Kovar, one of Eddie’s sons, and he himself had a Venus not far from Houston! We spent a lot of time on the phone discussing the “treasure trove” archives of Venus documents and letters in his possession.

In June of 2005, I finally got an opportunity to see his Venus and to meet the Kovar brothers Jack and Gary, and their wives. They are a great bunch of folks and were very hospitable. Jack and I first went through some of the pictures and documents in his possession. There was far too much of it to delve in at that particular time, so Jack was gracious enough to let me take the entire box for me to scan into my computer.

Jack bought his Venus around 1965, having seen it advertised in an AutoTrader magazine. The body seemed to be in great shape, and it had the later-model grille insert. The engine and tranny were missing, but I could tell it was a Ford shoebox frame with a few modifications. Different motor mounts had been installed as well as a rear transmission cross-member. It was clear that the last engine had been something other than a Ford flathead…more than likely a Chevy short-block. The windshield on his car was broken, but obviously a wrap-around style, and I don’t recall seeing the windshield pillars. Click on the thumbnail images below for a larger picture. Admittedly, these photos aren’t very good as the car was in a dark barn and I didn’t have adequate lighting instruments with me. I hope to take better pictures on my next trip.

 

If you recall the photo taken sometime after Hurricane Carla (repeated below), you will note that it had a different style of tail lights. Thanks to the guys on the H.A.M.B., they have been identified as 1955 Dodge Coronet or Royal tail lights. Also, this car had a Continental kit. After a subsequent trip to Jack Kovar, and better photos, you can see that his Venus has a “shaved” area at the center rear bumper area, and three holes where some sort of wheel bracket may have mounted. I do not recall seeing the rear bumper itself (something I need to ask Jack about). But I have come to the conclusion that these are the same car. I believe my Dad finally sold it around 1979; it went through 2 different owners, and finally ended up in Jack’s possession after he bought it from an ad in an Auto Trader magazine in 1985.
I wish I had a better shot of this car as I can see some fabric on this car. Was this a tarp or was it possibly remnants of a folding top? If this car ever had a fabric top, there would be snaps across the top of the windshield trim. A close examination of the trim piece reveals no snaps, nor are there any holes in the body where a frame would have mounted. So no, I don’t believe Jack’s car ever had a top. As you can see, the car had been painted with gray primer. Also, the spacing of the Dodge tail lights is identical.

 

 

I was very envious of his original hood; it hadn’t been modified like mine had been. Jack was gracious enough to let me borrow his hood for a was very envious of his original hood; it hadn’t been modified like mine had been. There is a chance that Jack will let me borrow his hood so that I can make a mold from it. Then I can make an exact and correct duplicate hood rather than spending a great deal of time and money on re-shaping mine down. When I get to starting the body work, I may take him up on the gracious offer. At the very least, I can use it as a guide.

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