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Customs Imperial Speedster

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kustombuilder, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Inspiring. Awesome.
    "What to do with parts car sedans"
  2. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,545


    Beautiful car and it really spins my wheels except for the orange wheels Those really detract from the whole package to me. When I opened other peoples threads on the board this weekend with car show photos The wheels hit you in the face like a ton of bricks before you actually looked at the car and that is wrong on any car.
  3. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 9,887

    from Burton, MI

    I can really appreciate the workmanship. A ton of work very well done. But I'm just not feelin it.
  4. Yeah I am not sure what it is but something looks out of proportion to my eye. Might be the huge front wheel opening but not sure. Regardless impressive none the less.
  5. twochops
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,510


    I'm sorry, I really should know better.
    Love this car---TwoChops
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  6. Dude an Oompaloompa is tyin' to steal your car! :eek:
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 324


    cars is sweet...hate the wheels
  8. Serious wood happening. The only thing I'd change is the title, to me.
  9. woodyTom
    Joined: Jan 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,964

    from canton MI

    this car should have won the ridler best new car there
  10. Murray, Mike and the rest of the crew...absolutelyfuckingfanastic...... Superb execution from concept thru completion.
  11. I feel no love for the wheels, sorry. They detract a great deal from the amazing work you have done on this Imp. If they were chrome, or perhaps a set of the stock K-H wires, it would do the car far better justice.

    The use of the '63 T-Bird instrument cluster, and the way you did the grille and rear look terrific!!! Overall execution is just plain sweet!
  12. Del Swanson
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 708

    Del Swanson
    from Racine, WI

    You guys did a killer job! Great design and execution! I didn't realize it was so small. Great job!
  13. jxnslotcar
    Joined: Apr 26, 2009
    Posts: 321


    I am not a color expert. It would seem to me that if the wheels were the same color as the body,then the car would be accepted more from the main streamers. As it is,they are kinda in your face and that is the reason I like them and the car. Without the orange,the car would be boring from a color point of view. But like I said,I am no color expert.
    In my humble opinion,the car is a real example of what can be done by those of us with the talent,knowledge,vision and balls to go into the unknown. This was one of the best if not the best car there at the show. Most everything I saw had a stock appearance with a great paint job. This car exemplifies what a custom car should embody both in terms of metal work and paintwork. An idea taken to the limit. I had met Mike Brim at my shop before when he was picking up some extra parts i had to give away to him. I knew he had to be a fairly decent painter but i had no idea he is this talented. And from the looks of this car,everyone who had a hand in this build are at the top of the class. Great work guys. A true inspiration for the rest of us who would like to be able to do some of the things that you have accomplished. :D
  14. Shifter
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 92


    Saw this car in Detroit. Absolutely AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. A great car, a fantastic effort from all the guys involved.

    One of my favorite cars upstairs this year.
  16. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,316


    I keep going back to look at the pictures trying to get a fresh perspective. I definitely like the orange as an accent and what it does to bring out the other colors. I might quibble with the exact amount of orange showing, but I'm sure you played with that during the build and this suited you best.
  17. spot
    Joined: Jun 10, 2009
    Posts: 204

    from usa

    The words escape me. Beautiful and I even like the wheels. I am humbled by the time and talent.
  18. Gigantor
    Joined: Jul 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,819


    How in the hell did I miss this?! WOW. Incredible. Ambitious. Fan-fuggin-tastic execution.
    Thank you for sharing!
  19. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,754

    from Novi, MI

    i really like both of these.

    That pic cracks me up. "Mini-Murray". LMAO. i think he'll get a kick out of it. i'm going to email it to him.

    we were never setting out to build a Ridler car. i personaly LOVE the 56 Sunliner that did win the Ridler. some really excellent details and workmanship on that car to be sure. in my opinion the Ridler went to the right car this year. the compliment is appreciated all the same.

    the dash and instruments are out of a 60 Imperial (the 59 dash is sorta fugly). Murray did have the gauges modified and refaced. the name of the company that did that escapes me at the moment. perhaps Mur will chime in but i'm certain that all the details and the players involved will be revealed in the Hot Rod Magazine story that will be forthcoming.

    Rudy, i know your opinion means a great deal to all involved. we're so happy you liked it.
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011
  20. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,729

    from omaha ne.

    I appreciate your comments Steve, even though I am older and not so traditional.....stepping out of the box has never been a problem for me. I have seen plenty of pictures and the Honest truth from me is I wouldn't have those wheels on the car, ever. The orange is obnoxious to me and I don't like it.:)

    Disclaimer....This is not an insult to the owner or designers nor a slam.

    Chrome wheels or painted ones are my preference just not that combo, Once again what magnificent workmanship and vision...I salute you all.
  21. twochops
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,510



    That pic cracks me up. "Mini-Murray". LMAO. i think he'll get a kick out of it. i'm going to email it to him.
    I'm glad you enjoyed the photoshop. I never
    know how someone is going to respond to
    something that I may have changed. Your
    reply indicates you have a good sense of
  22. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,754

    from Novi, MI

    as does Murray. i think it'll give him a laugh.
  23. Martino
    Joined: Nov 26, 2010
    Posts: 242


    Hey Mike;
    The Imperial is absolutely an automotive piece of art ! Reminds me of the Valletta. Just a different time. The Imperial today is what The Valletta was back in the fifties.

  24. kustombuilder
    Joined: Sep 18, 2002
    Posts: 7,754

    from Novi, MI

    Thanks Marty. great talkin to you down there. the Valletta is a gem. i hope i can help you out in some way with it. stay in touch.
  25. Abomb
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,659


    I really like it.....I think I'd LOVE it, if it were 6 inches longer, in between the back of the door to the front of the rear wheel-well....seems out of proportion there, and remeniscent (sp???) of those chevy "shorties".... Maybe if the distance from the door gap to each wheel opening were the same, that'd do it ????

    No offense meant, can't say enough about the workmanship, incredible....

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