Lopez used leather in a horizontal pleat for the custom bucket seats and a diagonal pleat in the door panels, which added a little bit of European feel into the concept. A combination of German square-weave carpet and leather covers the floor, and more leather is stretched over the trans tunnel and custom center console.
Drilled out gas and brake pads (that connects to a Kugel 90-degree underdash master cylinder) complement the custom three-spoke steering wheel designed by Squeeg’s and fabbed at Karas Kustoms in Mesa, Arizona. Karas Kustoms also created the gauge panel, which houses the five Classic Instrument gauges that were wired into the Haywire seven-circuit system installed at Squeeg’s.
Once the car was finished it was readied for the 2013 Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California—the show where Cole’s dad won the AMBR award two years prior. The roadster was accepted as a contender (a high honor in itself) but it did not win the grand prize. It did, however, win the Steve’s Auto Restoration award, AMBR Outstanding Paint, and AMBR Outstanding Engine—some major bling. And though built as a showpiece, it will not remain so. Both Daryl and Cole believe cars are built to be driven, and the pair can’t wait to get the shotgun roadster out on the road and just see what that Boss 429 can really do.
Owner: Daryl Wolfswinkel