Larry Cooper

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In 1959, after Jerry "Spider the Crazy Painter" Drake had been pinstriping for about a year, Larry approached him about scalloping his mildly restyled 1954 Ford. By then, Jerry had been pinstriping for about a year and eagerly took on all the jobs he could. Larry’s dad, Lloyd, ran Cooper Body Shop in Lansing, a traditional paint and body shop, that also took on some custom bodywork. After Jerry had masked up scallops on Larry’s car, Larry applied gold and silver faded scallops on the car in his dad’s paint booth. Satisfied with the result, Larry asked his dad if he and Jerry could do custom painting on the weekends when their body shop was closed. Lloyd gave them thumbs up, as long as they cleaned up and were out of the shop by the next Monday. Larry’s Ford was the first car Jerry ever scalloped. Photo from The Jerry Drake Photo Collection.
Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura of a Lansing, Michigan. Dell's Pontiac received a scallop and panel paint job by Jerry Drake and Larry in 1960.

Larry Cooper of Lansing, Michigan. Larry's dad, Lloyd, ran a body shop in Lansing named Cooper Body Shop.

Larry Cooper's Cars

Larry Cooper's 1954 Ford

Cars Painted by Larry Cooper

Howard Tirban’s 1951 Chevrolet - "Lil’ Bitty Pretty One"
Russ Edgers' 1957 Ford Convertible
Dell Chandler's 1960 Pontiac Ventura


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