View Full Version : Remembering Moonglow...


hotrod54chevy
08-27-2005, 02:56 AM
well,probably everyone on this board remembers the custom 54 chevy by Duane Steck...it was personally my 1st and favorite custom i got drooling after years ago..i was going back through past posts looking for a thread on the glass that's recommended for chop-tops and i kept finding references to Moonglow..who knew that such a relatively MILD custom could still inspire so many of us today?there are also too many people who dont know that the poor thing was crushed,or they dont know what kinda rear window went in her,or the fact that Larry Watson did the 1st pinstriping on her!!well,over the years i've gathered some cool facts/pictures of her,and SOMEWHERE i found a scrapbook of the build.so i'm gonna post it here,for all those who care.if this is a repost,i'm sorry,i just figured that some people would dig seeing this if they havent already.if it has been covered before,i apologize and just ignore me...i'll have to post em on photobucket...too big to just post..hope this works
creepy

http://photobucket.com/Moonglow54

Redneck Smooth
08-27-2005, 03:07 AM
It says I need to signin from that post, but I'd like to see more pics of this custom. I heard the rear window was plexi, is that correct?

low springs
08-27-2005, 03:20 AM
yup, need a password.

Pyro
08-27-2005, 04:47 AM
No, what he needs to do is go in the accessability options under his username and change it to allow visitors, i had the same problem

UnIOnViLLEHauNT
08-27-2005, 09:11 AM
booh this is beat...

00 MACK
08-27-2005, 09:32 AM
booh this is beat...
The best article Ive ever read in a magazine pertaining to custom cars was Pat Ganahls about Tony Feils Charlie Brewer built Moonglow clone in the Rodders Journal.

ray
08-27-2005, 10:40 AM
what's this scrapbook you mentioned? you mean you have THE scrapbook?

like said above, you need to make your album public. or give us the password so we can hijack it and post obscene stuff.

hotrod54chevy
08-27-2005, 06:58 PM
what's this scrapbook you mentioned? you mean you have THE scrapbook?

no,i dont have THE scrapbook,but it's an article that has pages from the scrapbook (which was illustrated by Steck) i think i fixed it to make it public so now if you guys click the link you can see the pix..sorry about the trouble..this was a 5 AM on a slow crappy computer post...
creepy

UnIOnViLLEHauNT
08-27-2005, 09:01 PM
yay very unbeat now!!! awesome pics. btw there was a moonglow clone @ lead east 03 i believe...really nice car, i had a few too many though, dont remember all the details. dont know if its the one anthony is talking about.

00 MACK
08-27-2005, 09:04 PM
yay very unbeat now!!! awesome pics. btw there was a moonglow clone @ lead east 03 i believe...really nice car, i had a few too many though, dont remember all the details. dont know if its the one anthony is talking about.
yep!

TheFrenZ
08-27-2005, 10:31 PM
Thanks for sharing this.The Moonglow Chevy is really a nice one and I wouldn't call it a mild Custom.Body mods are extensive.The car might be "mild" in appearance though.From what I know the rear glass was plexi.It simply is a well done '54 Chevy.Here's another pic with none other than Duane Steck himself...

http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/9717/moonglow1nt.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

50Fraud
08-28-2005, 01:04 AM
Thanks for doing this; it's interesting to review the car's several iterations. It's interesting that Duane was apparently indecisive at times; one of the pictures shows it pre-chop, pre-paint, with hooded headlights. Later pictures show it chopped and painted white with frenched Ford headlight rings (no hoods now), and still later ones show it in blue with hoods again.

I agree that it was nicest in its white version. What a shame it got squashed!

Rikster
08-28-2005, 01:38 AM
Great...

thank you for posting.

http://images7.fotki.com/v152/photos/2/223020/2166673/P1160101-vi.jpg

willowbilly3
08-28-2005, 04:14 AM
I think leaving the Belair trim on was a wise decision. I like it. Why did it get crushed?

hotrod54chevy
08-28-2005, 11:26 PM
The Moonglow Chevy is really a nice one and I wouldn't call it a mild Custom.Body mods are extensive.

well,the version that captured MY heart was the one that was on the cover of Car Craft..basically stock with a chop and shaved doors with fins added..the later versions i guess you could say more "radical"...personally,i think Duane was just a whore to whatever was big in customizing at the time..scallops,flake,etc..i figure if he'd kept it awhile longer he woulda stuck a big block in there with slicks!oh well..if you'd read the article on my page,it said that Duane and his brother burned their hands on the rear window taking it from the oven to the car,so i'm guessing it was plexi,seeing as how everyone LOVED plexi back then (it's all over that issue) and it's funny that in the how-to-chop article it says to add a strip of steel between the deck and the package tray to make up for the front of the roof bein moved forward..but if you look at side-shots of Moonglow,you'll see that they just angled the plexi funny and didnt make up the difference! still awesome,though..why was she crushed? cuz she was traded and then stripped and someone who didnt appreciate her let her go...personally,they'd have to crush ME to get my car,but that's me..anyone else notice that EVERY time the car was stripped down to primer they used a different color primer for where the handles went?like they JUST shaved the handles off,even though it was done 4 or 5 paint jobs ago...glad to see how many people appreciate this thread..i thought i was just postin my personal favorite car :P as for seein clones,i've seen so many,i've lost count!i got some pix of those but was too lazy to add them to my photobucket pix..i might add them later,though,if anyone wants to see em
creepy

TheFrenZ
09-11-2005, 10:12 PM
Well,the version that captured MY heart was the one that was on the cover of Car Craft...

I found another pic of the early version and just wanted to include it in here...

http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/20/moonglowchevythefrenz9em.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

UnIOnViLLEHauNT
09-11-2005, 11:05 PM
I think leaving the Belair trim on was a wise decision. I like it. Why did it get crushed?

from what little i know about the car, steck traded the car for a sports car of some sort, getting out of the kustom scene, and the car ended up in bad hands.

punkabilly1306
12-31-2006, 10:15 AM
bringing this thread back to life cause it rocks and so does the moonglow

David Totten
12-31-2006, 07:05 PM
When I was 14/15 years old I used to help detail the Moonglow for car shows ,Steve Steck Duanes younger brother was one of my best friends. I lived with the steck family for a couple years. The back glass was plexy glass. Dont think Duane was a (Whore) to style He was a very talented artist he designed the Glow and did a lot of the original work on the car. The first white paint job was done by Earl Shieb (Duane preped the car and gave the painter a bottle of JB to take extra time with it.) Larry Watson did pinstripe it. It later went to silver Duane designed the scollops and had Larry paint them. The last paint was Candy blue which Larry Painted.Duane gave the car to Seve who traded it in on a Bugeye Sprite you have to remember Customs were really fading out of style in the 60s I could have bought the car for 500.00 hindsight eh, I used to have a lot of pictures but have lost them ofver the years. hope this answers some of the questions.

teddyp
12-31-2006, 08:16 PM
yay very unbeat now!!! awesome pics. btw there was a moonglow clone @ lead east 03 i believe...really nice car, i had a few too many though, dont remember all the details. dont know if its the one anthony is talking about. hi chis the car you are talking about is tony,s he goes to lead east every year it,s one of the best clone,s of the moonglow

hotrod54chevy
12-31-2006, 08:37 PM
yeah,that IS a great clone!i'm glad yall decided to bring this thread back.i had a hardrive crash recently and couldnt save all the pix i'd put on the site,so it was very fortunate i had uploaded em cuz i have NO idea where i stumbled onto that journal!
creepy

twochops
12-31-2006, 09:01 PM
Here's a old b@w with Duane showing it's winning abilty.

TwoChops

chopolds
01-01-2007, 10:07 AM
Let's s give credit where it is due, regarding the clone. Tony Feil owns it, and takes VERY good care of it, but we gotta give props to the builder....Choptop Charlie Brewer! Guy is a genius with a torch!
Also, Bill Layman, the guy who brought back the Appleton spotlights (Kustom Kraft), also built a pretty nifty version...not a clone, but a similarly styled car, in bright blue. He's another car-building GOD. Restored the original Fred Rowe Merc a few years after the 54.
Moonglow, one of my first loves!

theHIGHLANDER
01-01-2007, 10:21 AM
I love this car. The best. 1st version was perfect. Better than the Hirohata Merc for me. Balance. Restraint. Proportion. I heard it was stolen and found on the side of the road, wrecked. Sad ending. Any truth?

REVEREND JAKE
01-01-2007, 11:17 AM
..anyone else notice that EVERY time the car was stripped down to primer they used a different color primer for where the handles went?like they JUST shaved the handles off,even though it was done 4 or 5 paint jobs ago...
I'm betting that they HAD to keep repriming those areas because the lacquer primer was constantly shrinking, showing the areas of repair.

My favorite version is when it was silver with Watson's "Watson" scallops.

Reverend Jake

NONAME
01-01-2007, 11:32 AM
I'll give you 54 boys a tip. a 55-57 chev pickup windshield fipped upside down and trimmed, fits a chopped ber aire hardtop almost perfect! I did one about ten year ago. had to modify the body about 3/8 of inch on the curve on the bottom

hotrod54chevy
01-01-2007, 03:57 PM
I'll give you 54 boys a tip. a 55-57 chev pickup windshield fipped upside down and trimmed, fits a chopped ber aire hardtop almost perfect! I did one about ten year ago. had to modify the body about 3/8 of inch on the curve on the bottom

..what's a ber aire?
creepy

David Totten
01-01-2007, 04:18 PM
High lander onehalf truth the Moonglow was stolen once Duanes dad drove the car to the supermarket one time and left the keys on the floor two jail excapees took the oppertunity to drive off in it. All of Duanes friends were looking all over So Cal for it. It was stopped at the boarder. No too bright to steal such a conspicious car I would think. Luckily there was no damage to the Glow

SKRTCHSR
03-24-2007, 10:30 PM
Dont let this tread die! I have mad respect for Charlie, and Paul..
http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n316/mmbarn/02-26-2007113331PM.jpg

swade41
03-24-2007, 11:01 PM
This one belongs to a good friend of mine and he built with the moonglow in mind

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a25/swade41/sams54.jpg

SKRTCHSR
03-24-2007, 11:09 PM
Very Cool Swade..

poncho
03-25-2007, 10:55 AM
there is a dude here in b.c. who cloned the moonglow,,he apperently spent way to much money trying to do so,,i cant remember the final amount but it was like $130,000cdn,,or something gay like that,
http://www.carnutimages.com/images/07AbbyWOW/bigimages/_MG_5635.jpg
http://www.carnutimages.com/images/07AbbyWOW/bigimages/_MG_5636.jpg
the frontend looks to be wrong,,when it was the blue candy version wasnt the headlights peaked,and the front bumper/grill area wasnt stock looking??...

poncho
03-25-2007, 10:57 AM
http://www.carnutimages.com/images/07AbbyWOW/bigimages/_MG_5637.jpg
http://www.carnutimages.com/images/07AbbyWOW/bigimages/_MG_5637a.jpg

Moonglow2
03-25-2007, 11:06 AM
I have always wanted to reproduce those spinner hubcaps. Does anyone know their origins. Larry Watson's chevy had some like it too.

fuel pump
03-25-2007, 11:14 AM
I believe this is a clone of moonglow built in Detroit a while back.

291414

hotrod54chevy
03-25-2007, 03:38 PM
I have always wanted to reproduce those spinner hubcaps. Does anyone know their origins. Larry Watson's chevy had some like it too.

i always thought the hubcaps were just olds caps with a bunch of these added http://www.hubcapmike.com/hubcap-flippers-l-221.html
creepy

MarkX
03-25-2007, 06:25 PM
MoonGlow,....One of my all-time favorites.....................

Kustoms Illustrated
05-14-2007, 04:01 PM
Anyone got shots of Richard Glymph's burgundy and silver '54?

Rot 'n Kustom
05-14-2007, 09:41 PM
Richard Glymph's car. One of my all time favorites.
It was at the very first Lead East where I fell in love with this one.
Does anyone know if Richard still owns this car?

publicenemy1925
05-14-2007, 10:41 PM
The Moonglow is a close second on my list of favorites. Number 1 being the Hirohata merc.

Irish Mike
05-14-2007, 11:12 PM
High lander onehalf truth the Moonglow was stolen once Duanes dad drove the car to the supermarket one time and left the keys on the floor two jail excapees took the oppertunity to drive off in it. All of Duanes friends were looking all over So Cal for it. It was stopped at the boarder. No too bright to steal such a conspicious car I would think. Luckily there was no damage to the Glow Dave, Where did you guys live? I know it ran around Long Beach, and the RJ poster I have of it was taken at the old Los Altos shopping center.

Rikster
05-14-2007, 11:33 PM
Anyone got shots of Richard Glymph's burgundy and silver '54?

Hmmmm I have only one in my online collection. I thought I had many more... but those must have been in my memory. I stared a lot at the magazine photos of this one... so nice, especially in the time it was built.

This one is from the KustomLincolnLady collection.

http://images19.fotki.com/v35/photos/2/223020/3276387/IMG_0014-vi.jpg

chopolds
05-15-2007, 05:47 AM
Anyone got shots of Richard Glymph's burgundy and silver '54?

Luke, Richard sold it a long time ago. Went overseas, I believe to Sweden?

Rick ( rags ) Clyne
05-15-2007, 08:34 AM
I thought the original Moonglow speaks Japanese nowadays or am I missinformed. But back then they bought a car new and totaly kustomized it and Moonglow is not a mild kustom. But it is still to this day an icon of kustoms and classy as ever. Rags

Silhouettes 57
05-15-2007, 12:47 PM
Here's a Larry Watson photo I picked up a few years ago.
Hope I don't step on anybodies toes by scanning it.

hotrod54chevy
06-19-2011, 12:14 AM
Glad to see my little post from so far back is one of the 1st results when you Google "moonglow clone" :) Also, for those that haven't seen this: http://public.fotki.com/Rikster/11_car_photos/customcars_i_like/chevy_custom_cars/53-54_chevy_custom_cars/50s_built_53-54/moonglow/

hotrod54chevy
07-20-2011, 06:57 AM
I've edited the URL to reflect the new gallery. I've also added several sub-galleries:

Moonglow Clones: photobucket.com/MoonglowClones

My car: photobucket.com/thehotrod54chevy

Similar cars: photobucket.com/SimilarCars

and cars in general: photobucket.com/hotrodcars

HAMBers, I added some of your cars to these galleries. If I stepped on someone's toes or you just don't want them on there, let me know and I'll delete 'em.

Rikster
07-20-2011, 07:05 AM
I've edited the URL to reflect the new gallery. I've also added several sub-galleries:

Moonglow Clones: photobucket.com/MoonglowClones


Great...


You have one photo of the real Moonglow in the clones folder though.

Mudslinger
07-20-2011, 07:18 AM
When I was a teen my best friends dad use to take us to Charlie Brewers shop almost every week. He had him do work on his 51 Merc and we would stop by just to see what he was into.
I was lucky enough to see the moonglow he was building. I remember week to week how fast charlie was. I couldnt believe he could turn out work for a customer and work on the moonglow on the side.
Heres another small note the guy that C notched the rear of the one Charlie built is Bill Roark. They use to trade work. Hes another old time custom builder that hasnt had much said about his work.
He would build a car and have people come by and buy it and then a year later it would show up in a magazine with no credit for his work.
I sent Rikster pics of one of Bill Roarks last builds, he has them on his fotki site. My friend owns it now. Bill is in poor health.

hotrod54chevy
07-25-2011, 02:11 PM
LOL Like I needed another reason to like Social D... :) I showed my wife some of my Moonglow gallery, and she said "You're obsessed with that car!" and I told her it was one of many! Also had to explain why our cat's middle name was Hirohata... :D

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/jal_mu/451894eb-bfd0-d3fb.jpg

kkoacolonel
07-25-2011, 06:12 PM
This one belongs to a good friend of mine and he built with the moonglow in mind

http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a25/swade41/sams54.jpg
This car was owned by Sammy of the Lost Kustoms.His 57 HT is still a kick ass car.

hombres ruin
07-25-2011, 06:27 PM
Great ride with a perfect combination of taste, style and restraint. It's subtle yet full of body mods. really a perfect custom

hotrod54chevy
07-26-2011, 03:26 PM
Anyone know what kinda hubcaps Moonglow and Grapevine had? Were they Lancers? Olds caps with extra bars? Fiestas and flippers mixed?

Roger O'Dell
07-26-2011, 06:29 PM
I think the caps were on the moonglow before lancers were available. Not positive but I think maybe the olds caps. Roger

52Poncho
07-26-2011, 06:42 PM
Here's a Larry Watson photo I picked up a few years ago.
Hope I don't step on anybodies toes by scanning it.

That's the picture that does it for me. Luv the scallops. :cool:

296ardun
07-26-2011, 09:17 PM
Glad to see this threat back...one of the great customs, mostly built in Duane's driveway, the first version, anyway.....always wondered how Duane's brother happened to be driving by the wrecking yard when the 'glow was being crushed...saved one of the windwings, but what a lucky chance (or maybe not, must have been sad to see it gone...(someone said it earlier, customs had mostly and sadly died out by that time, glad they are back)

hotrod54chevy
08-10-2011, 11:33 AM
Created a group for Moonglow fans if anyone wants to join/share pictures they've collected.

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/group.php?groupid=696

customcory
08-10-2011, 11:37 AM
I always thought it was 53 Olds Fiestas with more fins added, the hubcaps that is.

50Fraud
08-10-2011, 10:01 PM
^^You're right. '53-'55 Fiestas + 3 extra fins.

JeffSled
10-03-2011, 11:14 PM
http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/20/moonglowchevythefrenz9em.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)
I love the early version of this sled.

hotrod54chevy
07-03-2012, 12:50 PM
Other than in Kustoms Illustrated, was Moonglow 2 ever in any magazines or anything? I'm not turning up a whole lot.

atomickustom
07-03-2012, 01:17 PM
LOL Like I needed another reason to like Social D... :) I showed my wife some of my Moonglow gallery, and she said "You're obsessed with that car!" and I told her it was one of many! Also had to explain why our cat's middle name was Hirohata... :D

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/jal_mu/451894eb-bfd0-d3fb.jpg

And now you're gonna have to explain to all of us why your cat has a MIDDLE name!

hotrod54chevy
07-03-2012, 01:38 PM
Well, I WAS gonna just name my next cat Hirohata, but she was already named Riley and she actually came to it when you called her! So her name tag said "Riley Hirohata" :D

texasred
07-03-2012, 01:47 PM
Well, I WAS gonna just name my next cat Hirohata, but she was already named Riley and she actually came to it when you called her! So her name tag said "Riley Hirohata" :D
My daugther's cat is named Stevie Ray Coolcat:cool:

chopolds
07-03-2012, 02:48 PM
Other than in Kustoms Illustrated, was Moonglow 2 ever in any magazines or anything? I'm not turning up a whole lot.

I think it might have been in Rodder's Journal #1?

hotrod54chevy
07-03-2012, 03:01 PM
Well, yeah, but I'm not payin $200 for the hardback... Your Kopper Kart clone's been in a few mags... I need to get the Kustoms Illustrated and I have the Ol Skool Rodz it's in. Anything else I'm forgetting?

36Airflow
07-30-2012, 01:16 PM
Awsome thread about an awsome car. The first edition of the Moonglow is by far my favorite!

I'll give you 54 boys a tip. a 55-57 chev pickup windshield fipped upside down and trimmed, fits a chopped ber aire hardtop almost perfect! I did one about ten year ago. had to modify the body about 3/8 of inch on the curve on the bottom

This sounds like a good tip! How should it be trimmed?
What about the windshield? Do they have to be custom made or could they be modified?

I also read somewhere that the side moldings were frenched into the body. How is this done?