I came upon this hot rod back in 1995 while driving a school bus in Brentwood, L.I. New York, a very unlikely place to find an original and complete late sixties hot rod... At one time or another, I always let anyone who I confront, how much passion I have for hot rods and customs! And that day I was having a typical conversation about my love for hot rods with my matron on the school bus. He then mentioned if I would be interested in his brother's hot rod that was in storage at his garage on Long Island. He says to me, "it's a 1931 Chevrolet coupe with a rumble seat, and is for sale for $2,000". You can just imagine how excited I was to get the chance of owning an early '30's hot rod! I almost could not think about anything else and had to see this rod that very same day! So I get over there right after I dropped off my bus at the yard only 15 minutes away. This car was stored in a illegally built garage which had to come down before the house was in negotiation to be sold. So this put the pressure on my matron to sell the car fast! If one word ever leaked out about this amazing find, my chances of buying this car would be impossible to say the least. You always hear stories about finding vintage steel tin rotting away in some farm or in some vast piece of property, but complete hot rods? Next to none my friends! There she is, a 5 window coupe with its 1976 N.Y. registration still stuck proudly on the windshield! That was 19 years in untouched storage to the day! Look at my pictures below to prove it! Under the hood is a '61 283 Chevy backed by a Turbo 400 trans, mated to a '63 Chevy Impala 4:11 posi rear! She was rolling on genuine E.T. aluminum mags all the way around. The coupe had this disgusting beige vinyl top and wide beige pleated interior with its original bench seat still intact. Even more awful was that the dashboard was covered in vinyl as well... All that **** came off in three days immediately following its new permanent home! An interesting and frustrating point: I did not have the cash at the time, so I had immediately put my Hyundai for sale, which eventually sold in three weeks... Can you imagine? I begged my matron not to sell the car to anyone till I come back with the cash. I even asked to trade him my car and he wouldn't budge at all. I drove by his house every single day, nervously wondering if the coupe had been sold. I even caught an ad in the Buy Lines, a tiny ad at that - but miraculously, no one must have noticed it!!! So I grab a local tow truck to haul my new prize and a local neighbor who knew about the coupe and was pursuing the car as well, approached me and offered his 11 second '70 Chevy Nova race car to trade even for my coupe. You don't have to guess what I told him, although a 10 to 15 thousand dollar race car was an excellent trade offer! Two more offers on the way home and while the coupe was on my driveway, could not allow my prize to leave my possession! A friend of mine Louie, who I've known since I was only 11, offered to help with the re-wiring of my coupe. I couldn't afford to buy a Painless Wiring kit, so Louie fabricated a custom project box from Radio Shack, even equipped with LED lights under each fuse to easily identify a blown fuse! His wiring is outstanding to say the least - could not be happier! I handled all of the cosmetic chores, removing three days and 3 tons worth of bondo from the roof which was filled in before I bought the car. I stripped the body completely down to bare metal, using a liquid metal stripper that really made a God awful mess! I couldn't do the quick restoration in my garage because I was working on a 7 year '67 Nova SS project that was taking up the needed space. By the way, as much as I loved that Marina Blue SS, the car completely left my head for the coupe! I put the Nova up for sale immediately! After three months of thrashin' on my coupe, with other friends helping on the way, she finally hit the streets wearing rattle can Black primer, red steelies and a white firewall to give the car that bad *** primered nostalgia look from the '50's! The car was always an instant hit wherever I cruised! Realize that primered hot rods were few and far between (in '95) like it is today. So it created quite a stir showing up with 99% painted and pretty hot rods and classics! I loved to piss off these $100,000 street rod owners as they watched many onlookers gawking at my $7,000 nostalgia hot rod over their checkbook trailer queens! Over the next 9 years or so in 2004, a friend Joe Varney here in Florida suggested that I re-create the GASSER look, which completely dominated the look that I've had until 2006 or so. Before my last red primer job (a mistake that continues to haunt me), I bought a '32 Ford truck grille that I painted a huge black Iron Cross in the middle of the mesh grille that Joe fabricated for me on a white background. It was killer! I installed a straight axle which jacked the car up just right, whitewall slicks from Mickey Thompson and rolling on Astro Supreme mags. Flat White headers, 6 Holley 94 deuces just screamed GASSER and I can personally tell you guys that my hot rod inspired many people to come! When I arrived in south Florida in '99, almost no one owned primered hot rods or customs, especially West Palm Beach - I could not believe it at first! Now, I'm anxious to tear her down again to remove all of the surface rust that I left on the chassis with POR-15 and add some super nice upgrades in new parts!