Customs by Ripper
Serving NYC/LI since 1978
Custom Metal Work - 1965 Cutlass - Queenz Kustomz
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This is one of those jobs that just got completely out of hand. It is a shame I never got to finish this car, but to be honest, it just became too much of a problem. It was being done for a magazine that has since gone out of business. In fact, the owner of the car was fired from the magazine in the middle of this project, which was a blessing in disguise. He had no idea that his car was not a priority because he wasn't paying to get it done. The shop was struggling to stay afloat at the time, and the last thing needed was an albatross like this monster. The car's owner had his head in the clouds (or somewhere else) and didn't see the forest for the trees. I have learned that he tried to sell this unfinished monster on Craigslist, but got no buyers and ended up junking it.
Anyway, here is the work that was done. Up first is an artist's rendering of how the car would have looked, had it been completed.
This is how the car came in:
This is before most of the work:
Some of the metal work:
Work consisted of a 5 1/2" top chop. Power sunroof from a 99 BMW. Tilt nose made from the stock nose, with a 6" tall cowl induction scoop, fenders and hood welded together and framed out body extensions. The body was extended completely around the whole car. The only seams were the doors and the trunk. All other body seams were welded shut. All locks and handles were shaved, reverse Lambo doors were planned, but never completed. The trunk was made to open backwards (plans included a 42" LCD TV in the outside of the trunk). Headlights were from a 2007 Suburban, turned sideways. Taillights were from a 1969 Mustang. The top of the quarter panels had the body lines reversed, which you can see most clearly in the last picture. Air vents were included for the massive rear wheels and tires. There was much more planned for this car, but as I said above, it just wasn't meant to be.
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