Monday, 10 December 2012
...and, as is so often the way with project cars, it was broken up in 1968. In '71, the remains found their way to a man by the name of Albert Garcia in lieu of a debt, and it remained untouched in his garage for nearly forty years. When he died in 2007, his wife tried to sell the parts but, at the $1500 she advertised it for, no-one believed it would be a genuine '32 so nobody bit. It wasn't until a while later when she advertised the other parts cluttering up the garage that somebody came to view a Datsun 240Z engine, spotted the '32 in the corner, and excitedly told New Metal Kustomz' Paul Shaughnessy about it.
What Paul ended up buying in 2007 was a portion of the frame, the original rear wheels, a few interior panels, and some random other bits and bobs. It took much investigation, calling in favours and tapping up old hot rod hands across the jungle telegraph to learn about the history of Sylvester, and start building something to complement its rich history. This is a tricky area, of course, as a rebuild of this nature will always be judged against previous iterations. Thankfully, however, this is New Metal Kustomz' bread-and-butter - and as you can see, they've built what is almost certainly one of the most beautiful hot rods you've ever seen.
You can read the full story here at Hot Rod Magazine.
Posted by juice at 13:30