Last licensed in 1958, this teal green convertible from Flint’s finest comes with obligatory thin paint, surface rust and a salt free, East Coast survivor back story. It then gets treated to the standard “Derelict” formula retaining the garage find cosmetics with state of the art mechanicals and all the latest creature comforts.
The front seat now incorporates a custom center console with cup holders and a USB port. The seats are upholstered in wine colored, non UV stable, Moore and Giles leather, chosen specifically so it will age quickly and catch up with patina’d exterior. Wilton wool carpet and Haartz canvas top add high end textures to existing weathered surfaces.
Ward talks extensively regarding the role of computer technology that went into this build. CNC, 3-D scanning, CAD/CAM all factored heavily in bringing the project together and claims certain aspects of project wouldn’t have been possible even just few years ago. The coolest example of said tech is combining a dull, OEM GM engine cover with “Fireball” script and Buick badge. Ward’s team created it by scanning cover and incorporating digitized graphics from GM’s archives to achieve period perfect look. Who’d a thunk it would take all that tech to retain old school cool?
Article courtesy of Rod Authority, written by Dave Cruickshank.