The cleanliness continues outside the car, with a perfectly straight body, covered in a very slick two-tone paintjob. Justin Keller at Keller Rod and Custom is responsible for the bodywork and paint, and did an excellent job with the fiberglass body. Several rounds of primer and block-sanding resulted in straight panels, while hours of tedious work made for flawless panel gaps. The hood is a Rootlieb V-Belt design, which features a custom bead that comes to a point in the center of the hood. The hood reveal offered a great place to split the paint colors, so Keller masked it off and applied Mercedes Silver and straight-up mixing black to the body. Red pinstripes match the interior, as well as the engine accents.

If you haven’t already figured it out, Kevin is all about the details, and he paid extra close attention to the interior, since that’s where he plans to spend the most time. Jamie Crook from Finish Line Interiors handled the stitchwork, but Kevin had the daunting task of making all of these cool details work together. The seats are from a ’65 Mustang, and they’re covered in red vinyl with inserts from a ’57 Chevy, which offers a great contrast in materials, texture, and color. The dash is a standard ’32 Ford, but it features a limited-edition Fender insert available for a short time from SO-CAL Speed Shop. Classic Instruments gauges, including a column-mounted tachometer, offer more traditional style inside the cockpit. The steering wheel is a Lecarra ’40 Ford and it mounts to an ididit column.

In September 2012, Kevin put the finishing touches on the car, again, with help from friends. During that time, he was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which kept him from fully enjoying the newly finished car. Within the car’s first few appearances, it took home a STREET RODDER Top 100 pick from Shades of the Past, and several other awards, which speaks volumes of the build and certainly kept Kevin’s spirits up.

At the time of the photo shoot, Kevin was on the road to recovery, as his body responded well to the treatments. Thankfully, he is now in remission, and this awesome Deuce is waiting for him in the garage anytime he wants to slide behind the wheel.

Just the Facts

Year: 1932

Make: Ford

Model: Vicky

Owner: Kevin King

State: Georgia