Purple Passion and Then Some
For owner Bob Chiusano, building a custom split window 1963 Chevy Corvette is not only a passion, it’s the fulfillment of a childhood dream. He explains his unique design ideas in our video interview from the 2017 Detroit Autorama. How would you customize your dream car? Share your ideas in the comments.
A Purple Puzzle Car
“I call it my puzzle car,” Bob says. “The frame is from a 1965, the 327 motor is from a 1966 and the body is from a 1963 Corvette.” He does not limit his design ideas just to American made cars. Audi models inspire the flush windows and bucket seats while the upholstery stitching pays homage to Ferrari sports cars. Even the selection of the amazing purple paint is from a European car Bob sees in California. (Does anyone else have a craving for a grape Nehi?)
Design Decisions Take Time and Trust
This Vette may be called Split Second, yet every design decision takes time to plan. “I wanted everything to look seamless and flow together on the car,” Bob recalls. Putting a great team together is key to producing a killer custom car. The folks from Eddie’s Rod & Custom in Cedar Rapids, IA gets the nod to make Bob’s ideas happen. “I love these guys! I trust them completely and they didn’t disappoint.”
Just in Time
Bob and his team cut it close getting this beautiful Corvette ready to show. “We got here just in time to queue to enter the building,” he laughs. He is not alone. Hundreds of competitors work until the last minute getting their cars award ready. “A lot of people here are proud of their cars and rightly so,” Bob says. “We are just happy to be a part of this great show.”
Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less
Building a custom car starts with the passion and the commitment to see it through. The right team can also help you realize your vision and achieve your goal. Let the team at Classic Auto Insurance protect your dream car during its renovation and beyond. We offer affordable coverage for a variety of collector and classic cars. Our knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream custom car.
Custom 1956 Chevy C3100 Truck Shines
If you observed a reddish-orange glow emanating from the floor of the 2017 Detroit Autorama, you are not alone. Upon further investigation, we discover this custom 1956 Chevy C3100 truck belonging to the proud owner, Jake Bigelow. We speak with him about the hard work that goes into it and how he feels about showing it for the first time. What is your best custom build story? Tell us in the comments.
Can’t Stop Tweaking It
This beautiful pickup’s build takes four long years. Builder Jeff Thomas and his team at J and B Custom Classics in Clio, MI just cannot let go. They continue to tweak things right up until the day before the show. “We are still working the bugs out,” Jake grins, knowing full well it is pretty close to perfect.
The Biggest Struggle – “Spending the Money!”
The truck is an amalgamation of a TCI frame, a Mustang front end and a Corvette LS1 drivetrain. Only the seat is original. “Getting the wrap-around back window in place was a challenge,” Jake says. “The first set of tires did not fit the frame so we had to buy another.” So, what is the biggest struggle of the build? “Spending the money!” (we all feel your pain!).
Sunset Orange Pearl – A Mesmerizing Color
What is Jake’s favorite thing about this pickup? “The color. I just love it.” he says. “It is Sunset Orange Pearl. It turned out great.” Chevrolet offered the color on the fourth generation Camaros. This medium orange shade with a gold sparkle effect looks a burnt reddish color from one direction and a soft Creamsicle hue from another. The result is mesmerizing, much like a tropical sunset.
The Simple Pleasures
Reflecting on his first time showing at the Detroit Autorama, Jake sums it up with a modest comment. “It is pretty nice.” You must admit a show this massive can be a little overwhelming, which is why Jake does not have to elaborate. Sometimes the simplest pleasures are all you need, like enjoying a beautiful sunset at the end of the day.
Coming Soon from Classic Auto – Project C-10
Once a truck fan, always a truck fan. At Classic Auto Insurance, we love all kinds of trucks and we are devoting the entire year to restoring a 1965 Chevy C-10. Stay tuned for video updates on Project C-10, powered by American Modern. It’ll be a classic! We also know accidents will happen so leave nothing to chance. Even before you finish your classic beauty, protect it during its restoration. Classic Auto Insurance offers affordable coverage for a variety of collector cars. Let our knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and customize a policy to meet your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com or call 888-901-1338 and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.