Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Ian Roussel: Kustom Cars Lead Sleds ('54 Chev 2 dr Back from the Dead II)
Here's a real good idea of what the movie is about, and the Chevy that is getting a 2nd life
Probably everyone has heard of the Space Junkie that Ian made and displayed at the shows last year http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/10/space-junkie-by-ian-roussel-was-at-gene.html but his shop, Way Kustom Metal Works isn't a Barris come lately shop.
Ian Roussel doesn't specialize in far out customs even though he has the skill and ability to. He mostly sticks to traditional customs, and he's really damn good at them. Innovative and imaginative at at customizing a ordinary old car, as a customizer must be, it is worth watching how he takes a old car and makes a cool custom.
If you can't hang out at his shop (who can?) then watching a video of Ian cutting and chopping a rusted and overlooked 50's 2 dr Chev is a cool way to see how it doesn't take a team from Monster Garage or Overhaulin' to work on a car and have a cool hot rod or custom result from getting rid of the old suspension and fabbing in a 80's GM sub frame, designing a better looking tail light configuration, and adding a couple trick pieces to have a one of a kind custom or hot rod.
Some of the video is interviews with Brad Masterson and Gene Winfield, so you get more than just a single perspective of the custom car world. Especially interesting is Victor Cacho's collaboration with Ian that has produced a handful of cool customs, and the trick T-bird with the hinged top.. not just a convertible top ... the entire top from the taillights to the fire wall.
You might recall Victor's Auburn from last years Grand National Roadster Show http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/01/1936-auburn-roadster-of-victor-cacho-is.html
For this and similar videos about Kustom Cars: http://www.throtteltv.com/