Outstanding pro-built kustom with full article/photos features in 4 major magazines, including: "Rod & Custom", "Kustoms Illustrated", "Traditional Rod & Kulture" [including exclusive cover w/pin up model] and "Gears And Gals".
1st Place  winner in the GNRS [Grand National Roadster Show] in the "Early Full Custom 55-64 Class".
Built for a famous hot rod/tattoo artist, member of a famous car club, by his club brother and a prominent car builder/painter himself; a KKOA [Kustom Kemps Of America] Hall Of Fam-er.
This is a known ride on the custom scene with great show, magazine coverage, owner and builder pedigree.
Highest caliber work, done using traitional methods, e.g. minimal filler. Too much to list on this ride since virtually every inch of it has been skillfully shaped and/or modified, yet done very subtly.
I'll list some of the most incredible work, modifications and fabrications done to this ride:
- The car had its floorboards, lower quarters and rockers replaced to start with, then it had a full kustom treatment including:
- Sectioning [vertically] and moving the entire rear roofline/window forward of the trunk by about 9" for a sleeker look.
- Extending the rear fins by 2" as well as front fender peaks/tips [strakes?] by 1.5" and filling the s/s trim holes by using a 1/4" steel rod.
- Radiused and flared rear wheel wells to match the lines of front wells and front wheel wells were flared/peaked.
- Shaved gas door [fuel fill tube relocated to the trunk].
- Hood peaks with fabbed scoops/portholes.
- Multiple [dashboard/trunk-fins located] custom frenched/tunneled antennas.
- Rounded corners/gap lines, molded tailights and grill opening prior to installing the custom floating tube grill [made by Clay Melton].
- Shaved door handles [activated via hidden spot by a magnet], shaved trunk lock [activated via a handle/cable from inside].
- Custom ordered 'chrome reverse' 15" wheels [Rally America] with radial Hankook tires [205/75 r15 and 235/75 r155 tires front/rear. The only modern item [still with period narrow stripes/walls though] but does wonders for the ride unlike the bias-ply tires. You can always change to period correct bias-plies of course.
- The car was then professionally prepped and shot with a custom mix of "House Of Kolor" and "Sikkens" lacquers by Jeff Myers, a custom bodyman/painter whose talent and skill with traditional painting techniques is equaled only by very few contemporaries. There are various laquers and paint techniques utilized in this car's paint job.
The paintjob includes a difficult to perfectly execute [and Jeff is one of the very few who can and did] mix of lacquers and techniques including pearl laquers, flake [roof and interior] laquer mix and the fabulous Watson-like "fadeaways".
AFAIK the main body consists of the "House of Kolor" laquer with clear, over light purple metallic, single stage "Sikkens" base... and the fantastic 'fadeaway' job of course.
The top is white pearl with flake and the interior panels/dash is shot with the same white pearl w/flake.
Dash pinstriped by the legendary Blaine "BlaineO" Scott.
- The unique custom art graphic on the ashtray cover is by owner himself, a prominent custom artist and tattoo artist.
There is the ubiquitous 'old school' pod of [lighted] trio of gauges mounted under the dash.
- There's a modern stereo in the glove compartment, amp in trunk.
- Hidden [behind the floating tube grill] front turnsignals which are activated by switches located under the dashboard left of the steering wheel.
- All the switches [as well as the ignition key's head] changed to white teardrop lucite knobs and the steering wheel is white w/silver flake.
- The interior has been custom upholstered in pearl white Naugahyde in a classic 'tuck & roll' style, including the headliner which features a central tuck'n'roll "centerline" - and plush black carpet on the floor.
- All the 'bright work' rechromed, including both bumpers.
- The engine/transimission combo [289ci/c4 auto] as well as the 9" rear end, etc. are from a restored '67 Ford Mustang, the owner of which was remaking it into a "Bullit" clone car and updating the entire driveline into hi-perf drivetrain. HEI ignition module by Pertronix.
The engine compartment/components were purposely left stock-looking, without extra chrome/brightwork, for the pure, traditional kustom school vibe.
- A professional power brake conversion [power booster/reservoir/lines/brake proportioner] was added after purchasing the ride from the owner, as was a Vintage Air A/C system, with a 'period correct' style of underdash console/control unit.
The brakes are p/drums. Steering is non-powered to keep the car in the traditional custom vein. I'm a wheelchair bound quadriplegic and yet can easily drive it, a conversion to power steering is not needed; although of course it can easily be done if you'll find it so.
Most of the work above was performed by important/prominent Midwest based builders/customizers, these include:
- Jeff Myers of "Premier Body And Paint". Jeff is the original owner's club brother and the car's main builder. He created many of the body mods on this car and he shot the killer paint job. He's a KKOA Hall of Fame member [among his many killer builds, he was also featured on "Monster Garage" TV show series along Darryl Starbird, Gene Winfeld and Jesse James where they hammered a ride together.
- "Hooligan Hotrods" shop - numerous body mods and fabrication.
- Clay Melton - fabbed the custom tube grill.
- "Clark's Hot Rod Repair" shop - performed the chassis work.
- "American Muffler" and "Kool Rides" shops - custom exhaust and the scavenger tips.
- "Stardust Upholstery" - made/installed the beautiful pearl white Naugahyde roll & pleat upholstery.
- Jimmy Allen - wiring, etc..
- "Classic Body Works" shop/Steve Nicholson - nos glass installation.
The car's mill sounds great and period correct through the custom exhaust/ traditional 'quad' scavenger exhaust tips. It gets an incredible 20-22 mpg on a highway and the vision all around is completely open due to the '60 Fairlane's "Jetsons"- like cab/glass greenhouse design.
Despite its stunning looks and presence this car is built and meant to be a regular daily driver and it is truly a honey of a car to drive.
The ride is styled in the pure traditional look of Midwest customs from the very early '60s [think Darryl Starbird, Elden Titus, et alia]. It's characterised by a 'clean' look, noticeable rake, tube grills, chrome reverse wheels, rounded corners, the iconic 'quad' scavenger exhaust tips, multiple 'tunneled' antennas, narrow white walls/stripes, 'fade' style paintjobs, etc.
I've purchased this ride in September 2011. In early December 2011 I was hit by a tourbus on driver's side while parked in it in NYC. The car went back to Jeff/Kansas and he completely rebuilt/restored it which took over 2 years, using POR-15 on the metal panels before spraying primer and recreating the paintjob perfectly where the car was damaged. I was homebound for the next 4 years and thus lost a lot of already limited ability/strength. I can't wheelchair transfer into/out of it on my own anymore thus must sell. There's less than 200 miles on the car since the rebuild.
Due to the nature of the optic laws of physics, the photos can't show the true way this paintjob actually looks in reality, one should see the car in person for the full effect and this paint truly seems to glow from within when viewed in person.
Asking $23K or b/o.
Includes a custom fitted $450+ 'superweave' car cover [best paint protecting cover type for sun/rain/snow/dirt by CalCarCover] w/lock & cable kit.
Love the car and would never sell this ride but I'm a long term quadriplegic and can no longer transfer in/out of the car on my own. Thus I must sell both of my rides to buy something more practical for my needs.