Being a custom painter for the last 25+ years kind of helped when I was taking a basic, somewhat clean ’72 El Camino that belonged to my Dad and built him a pretty wild hot rod and lied to him about the WHOLE project. It was a lot of work over a period of 4 years but it’s been fun watching the world’s oldest 15 year old have fun!
In Episode Six, the Gearheads lay a coat of color commentary over the fine art of high-end finishes with paint master Mick Jenkins, who has sprayed and finished more high-end cars than you could possibly wave a push broom at. Hear some great stories, share a few laughs, and feel free to drop a new word into your vocabulary. You’re welcome.
I was in the mini-truckin’ scene pretty heavily. I drove a convertible Isuzu pickup. Two 15’s in the bed under a hard tonneau with a “crawl through” and of course – mint green paint with peach scallops! Looking back it was a hack job, but MAN was I proud of it! Chicks loved it, cowboys hated it, so you know it was cool. I was hanging with my small circle of mini-truck friends at a show. We were kind of snickering (quietly) at a Ford Pinto that had been entered. Bone stock, horrid repaint (fresh paint, still fuming) and rainbow stickers poorly applied running from the headlight to tail light. We joked that the guy must have spent more on the $15 entry fee than the whole car. Danny sat and listened to us, never saying a word while we joked about it for several minutes like immature guys do…
Round Six’s brad takes you on a teaser tour, featuring many beautiful custom boat projects over at Billy B’s in Needles, California. Get a peek around the shop and see a bunch of powerful engines, eye-popping paint work and just general bad-assery.
I was getting all four of my hairs cut, when the owner of the barber shop told me that she and her husband were watching the latest Transformers movie and she wanted to ask me a question. She said it looked like me in some of the extras footage and told her husband she thought it was. I kinda laughed a little and told her that yes it was me.
I like looking at things from a decidedly different angle. I am often inspired to seek out the inspiration behind a trend, or a particular style. Such was the case here once again. This time, the path leads us to Bellflower, California.
A lot of people have asked me over the years how I ended up pinstriping at Cars Land, and how Disney ended up being blessed with (or stuck with, depending on who you ask) my “old pinstriping box” when it was all done, so I’ll do my best to explain.