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    Kustom '58 Impala

    Here's some more photos of my late brother Marc's kustom '58 Impala. Imported from the US by him as a stock '58, Marc did virtually all the work on this himself. The only thing I can think of that he didn't do was the chroming. As you can probably guess, he was inspired by the '58 in American Graffiti. It was finished I guess in the early/mid-90's and featured in Street Machine and a few books too. Marc sold it on before he moved permanently to the US. The car is now owned by someone in Australia and is being 'restored' back to the way Marc had it.






























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    Pffft...I got nothing for that, stunning

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    stunning !

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAYS CLASSICS.COM View Post
    stunning !
    I see you're in San Carlos. My brother ended up setting up a workshop in San Francisco called Crown Customs Speed Shop. I don't know if you ever heard of it or dropped by there? The workshop is no more since a fire a couple of years back and then my brother's passing earlier this year, but he turned out some fantastic restorations and custom work. Unfortunately the website is no more but if I can find some photos of some of the cars he worked on I'll post them up.

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    And here's how it ended up before he sold it.....






    The red paint started to go off / crack / glaze / whatever you want to call it, so Marc went the other route and made it look mean in matt black

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    The trick paint made the car IMO.
    I have to admit, I would walk right past that at a car show in Matt black.


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    I spent a fair bit of time with Marc when he was building this and have very happy memories of cruising round London’s North Circular with him when he finally got it on the road.
    What stands out looking at the finished car was that Marc did not build it in a workshop. All the work was done out in the road, or on the front garden as he didn’t have a suitable garage.


    I remember because it was parked outside all the time it got vandalised on a number of occasions. Once every panel was keyed just days after it was freshly painted.
    I think it had a lot of paint because of the vandalism. – Maybe that, (and living outside), might be the reasons the paint went off?
    Be great to see it again once restored to its full glory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougarv8 View Post
    The trick paint made the car IMO.
    I have to admit, I would walk right past that at a car show in Matt black.


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    To be fair, his plan was to get it re-done properly in the original colour scheme, the matt black was only temporary. But then he decided to move to the US so it never happened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Japchris View Post
    I spent a fair bit of time with Marc when he was building this and have very happy memories of cruising round London’s North Circular with him when he finally got it on the road.
    What stands out looking at the finished car was that Marc did not build it in a workshop. All the work was done out in the road, or on the front garden as he didn’t have a suitable garage.


    I remember because it was parked outside all the time it got vandalised on a number of occasions. Once every panel was keyed just days after it was freshly painted.
    I think it had a lot of paint because of the vandalism. – Maybe that, (and living outside), might be the reasons the paint went off?
    Be great to see it again once restored to its full glory.
    Great photos Chris, thanks a lot. That was my Dad's '58 Roadmaster and his custom Mk 2 Jag in the background

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    What a stunner when Marc had finished it. I've had a few hundred Yanks now and never had a '58 Impala, one of my dream cars.

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