Little back story..... The year is 1954. A young man named Ed Sloan hands over his 1953 Plymouth 2dr Hardtop to Sam and George Barris. Several weeks later this car is delivered to Ed Sloan...... Ed will eventually meet his future wife with this car and in 1961 he will sell the car to a man named Del-Rio in East LA. A year later Del-Rio is shot and killed. The car disappears. Ed doesn't see it around his neighborhood anymore. 2006 I purchase a 1953 Plymouth 2dr hardtop. Like many of you, dreams of what I could do to this car run through my mind. I come across the July 1955 issue of R&C while searching for parts online. I purcahse the issue as it has a kustom 53 Plymouth in its pages. I need to see what it looks like. See what I could possibly do to my car to make it stand out from the rest. I needed IDEAS!!! So I get the little book and I fall in love with the car. The look, the stance, the way it just sits there and says "Im not just any old early 50s Plymouth!!!!!". I now have to find out what happened to this car. Over the past two years I have searched Plymouth clubs, Mopar clubs, the Barris Museum. And this week I was going to try the CA DMV. Now none of my searching turned up anything. Unitl one fateful night when I stumbled upon Ed Sloan's number. I called and left a message. 10 mins later....Ed returned my call. We talked about his car, what he did with it, where he drove it, what was done to it. We talked about life and good times. It was one of the more exciting moments of life. Mainly due to the fact that you could hear how happy he was to talk about the car. I have spoken to Ed in the last few years. To no avail we have not been able to locate the car. So here I am. I have a 53 Plymouth 2dr hardtop. I am in love with Ed's Kustom he once owned. I want to build a clone of his 53 Plymouth. I have seen other build clones of other kustoms. Are any liberties taken? Is the car built exactly how it was built then? Does one add things such as disc brakes to be able to cruise with modern traffic? I really would like to hear from people about this. I have questions about things such as. The rear windshield is plexiglass. I know it is very easy to scratch. Are there other options besides a one-off piece of glass? Thanks for reading and I look forward to your feedback.