Its still hanging on the wall.. But I get more and more parts for it, the only big thing I need now is a set of panhead engine cases. Anyone out there got a set under a workbench they dont need?? If so email me at: email@example.com
I also looking for a chrome cam cover 53-54 panhead. I have to figure out what kind of saddle I want. cobra seat maybe? I have to make the damn sissybar first then I might know...
Here is the man , the myth -the legend: Ingemar Becker and his panhead chopper named White Trash. Picture is taken in 1974. Check out the moulded frame and the king &queen seat! Love it. Becker, do you know if your old pan is still alive?
All text and pictures are stolen from my pal Sondre, the owner of this beautyful car.
Sondre and his brother Kjetil is running the well known Kustom/Hotrod website Kustomrama.
A must do, check out: WWW.KUSTOMRAMA.COM
This 1949 Chevrolet Business Coupe restyled by Barris Kustoms for Tom Carroll of Culver City, California. Barris Kustom Automobiles shaved the hood, and fit the car with a 1954 Pontiac grille bar. In the rear all of the ornamentation was removed from the deck lid, only the deck lid lock was kept. The door handles were shaved, and replaced by push-buttons and solenoids. Push-buttons were only installed inside the car, one on the passenger side, and two on the driver side. The job was done somewhere between 1953 and 1961 while Barris Kustoms were still located at their Lynwood, California shop. Before or after the car was restyled by Barris Kustoms the car was also fit with a 1950 Oldsmobile windshield and dual spotlights. The interior was upholstered in white vinyl. The seats were rolled and pleated, and the door and kicking panels were upholstered in plain white vinyl. The headliner and carpets were also custom upholstered. The window moldings and glove box compartment door were chrome plated.
In order to lower the car, 2.5 inch lowering blocks were installed in the rear. The stock 216 inline 6 engine was hopped up featuring a Offenhauser three carburetor manifold, Offenhauser valve cover, Mallory ignition, and Fenton headers. The carburetors were chrome plated.
When Sondre Kvipt bought the car in October 2009 he was told that the car was driven until 1959. In 1959 the engine blew up, and the car was put in storage. Around 2003 the car was pulled out of storage, and sold to a new owner. The car swapped hand a couple of times and ended up in Sweden in September 2009. By then the stock engine had been swapped for a bigger 235 inline 6 engine. The car had never been fully installed in the car, according to the owner Sondre bought the car from, the car hadn't been driven under own power since 1959. Before the car was put in storage, it was painted black. The paint job seems to have been done in a hurry, and paint chips are constantly falling of the car. The car is purple under the black paint. It is purple overspray on the relays connected to the solenoids for the doors, so the car must have been resprayed purple after it was shaved for door handles by Barris Kustoms.
Sondre is currently researching the story of this car, so if you know anything about its past, feel free to mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
My good old friend Ronnie has this awsome 1940 Mercury coupe. He can ofcourse not do like most people do and build it as a Matranga Mercury.
He´s gonna convert it to a Convertible with a carson top. Inspired by a Mercury Sam Barris once built. Ronnie has very good connections in the US and A, and found a windowframe and part of the cowl to convert his coupe. He also found the reinforcement for the floor and frame from the same wrecked convertible. This man works fast. He spent a few nights after work and cut of the roof and fitted the windowframe and chopped it 3 inches aswell. This project will be fun as hell to follow. I will get more pics during the process.
Built in 1937 by Sandy Belond and raced on the SoCal dry lakes until 1942 at which time it ran what is argueably the fastest speed ever by a pre-war hot rod roadster 125.854 mph with a high compression, 4 carb engine running on 58% Methanol 20% Nitro 20% Gas 2% castro oil.
Finally after a long search I found an old cromed homebuilt topclamp from a original tripple tree for a VL springer. I had a set of cromed flanders risers that fit pretty good! Now I need to find some cool old cromed handlebar for my chopper!
I was looking around in my garage today, I dont think I will need 3 VL springers. one might be up for sale soon. Let me know if you are interested.