Folks who know me know my Olde Kustom Kollection that preserves and restores old custom models done back in the day. They get put back to the way they were when new, never improved or changed. So here's the latest addition....
I have a bunch of old custom Rancheros done by modelers back in the day. I get offered more all the time, and I've sworn I won't add more to the collection unless there is something significant about them... then I saw this one on the 'bay and hit that "Buy It Now" button as a reflex action!
This is just a neatly built custom from the way back machine. It uses the elements that were in the 1962 customizing kit. It's been well preserved and had all of the mountables that are usually missing. You know, the spots and mirrors. One mirror came off in transit, and it's already glued back on.
Rear view shows the kit's custom tail lights, roll pan and bed rails. Some of the chrome pieces had worn chrome, so I hit them with a little Alclad on a brush just to give them back their color. Most interesting, the original bed cover was with the kit. I only see these when they're glued down. This one was never glued, but hung on for 50 years!
Top view shows the mirror that was knocked off in transit. It's since been glued back, the only work that was needed to put this beauty on the shelf!
Side view shows the kit's full skirts. No worries, I'm not planning on taking them off.
Interior is all black fabric, possibly velvet. I can see it better in this photo than in person so it needs a bit of vacuuming. I'll have to see if it comes apart easily with the chassis screws. Note that our original builder did a neat job detailing out the dashboard.
So why was this one attractive to me? Aside from the outstanding preservation and the right price ($19.95), it reminded me a whole lot of my recent total resto project Ranchero shown here with it. So I just needed to have it. Oh, there's always room for one more on the shelf!