The July Issue of PHR actually had a double header of high-end cars that spun off parts. The slick ’69 Camaro crafted by Alan Johnson featured a gorgeous handcrafted interior. It was so well received, that Alan is working to bring the door and rear quarter-panels, dashpad, center console, and sill plates to market for those wanting to class up their Camaro as well. Have you ever wished you could get some of those awesome cut down and fitted bumpers for your Camaro? Johnson plans to have those available as well (shown, below).
Another example is the ’69 Mustang from Bodie Stroud (featured on our July ’11 cover), which was hiding a 494ci Can-Am engine underhood and a completely custom full-frame chassis beneath. While most of the details will remain unique to that car, that custom chassis will actually be going into production.
For our part, we hope to see this trend gain steam. Parts spin-off won’t sully the exclusivity since you still won’t be able build clones of the original cars, but it does allow the rest of us to get a piece of those dream cars. Speaking of dream cars, they’ve never been more available.
5. New Steel Bodies
It all started with the hot rods that started it all: Model As and ’32 Fords. Fiberglass reproduction ’32 Ford roadster bodies came out back in the 1960s and developed a mild following, but it’s when As and Deuces came out in steel decades later that hot rodders really took note. It changed the hobby forever; guys ready to spend big money on the street rod of their dreams didn’t have to deal with overpriced, rusty vintage bodies.
With the ever increasing shift toward the muscle car era for high-end builders, it was only a matter of time before someone stepped up to fill the need. In 2005, Dynacorn released the very first reproduction ’69 Camaro body—a convertible naturally. Some weren’t sure if it was a smart move, after all, aren’t first-gen Camaros readily available? Sure, 42-year-old ones in mostly questionable condition. Perfectly clean cars fetch top dollar and don’t make much sense for guys who want to tear everything out to upgrade to the latest engines, chassis, and more. The rest of us were left patching hidden rust and accidents, spending thousands and burning oodles of hours along the way.
Needless to say, they set the hot rodding world on fire, and it wasn’t long before we had ’67-69 Camaro hardtops and convertibles, ’67 convertible and ’69 hardtop Firebirds, and ’70 Chevelle convertibles and hardtops for sale. Shortly thereafter Ford fans got ’67-69, and ’70 Mustang fastbacks and SportsRoofs. Hard to believe, but some of the most popular muscle car body styles ever are just an order away—and there’s more coming. Mopar fans can rejoice since Dynacorn unveiled their soon-to-be-available ‘70 Challenger hardtop at SEMA 2010, where they also hinted that ’Cudas could be in the pipe as well, since Chrysler has licensed both marques.
But it doesn’t end there; those new bodies are leading to a whole new industry: custom versions of muscle cars ready to order. The Harbinger Mustang featured in this issue is a prime example: just add your drivetrain and go racing. And remember the perfectly chopped roof and widened quarters we raved about on The Real Thing Mustang from Bodie Stroud Industries? Freshly sliced Dynacorn bodies are available for order right now on BodieStroud.com.
In the succession of perennially popular hot rods, something important was missing: the Tri-Five Chevy. And while Experi-Metal has had ’55 and ’57 convertibles available since 2007, hardtops and sedans are the ones that most hot rods are built from. One of the most iconic and loved styles of all time and the platform that introduced the world to the small-block Chevy hadn’t yet found someone willing to invest in creating complete coupe bodies. That is until this year.