10 Year Itch
One Couple's Take on a Limitless Platform
How long have you been working on your hot rod? Waiting for parts, waiting for a hired shop to complete their part, waiting for money, waiting for time; there’s a lot of waiting involved in building a custom car, not to mention the time it takes to actually put the pieces together. Hours upon hours go into fitting each component just right, and that’s after you either found the perfect part, or fabricated your own.
Fullsize cars of the early sixities have to be the most difficult vehicles to build. I’m not talking about physically; there’s room for any drivetrain or rolling stock you want, but what approach do you take? Out of the box, they’re already styled to the max, looking like low-orbit spaceships that never broke free of the gravitational pull. Fins, swoopy lines and rocket booster taillights make them a shoe-in for a mild kustom; nosed and decked on chrome reverses and whitewalls. On the other hand, let’s not forget about early NASCAR as a potential influence; dumped hard over 15x10 steelies with a function-over-form interior and a nasty V8 under the hood. Of course, NHRA Super Stock racing was really gaining traction (get it) in the early sixties, and the lightweight 406 Galaxies cannot be overlooked. Any of these classic looks can be twisted with modern styling cues, and advances like air suspension and large-diameter wheels can give an old body style a new lease on life.