The paint is the thing on this wiggy wagon and master applicator Hollenbeck appears to have lost his ever lovin' mind with this blue-on-blue masterpiece. The unusual two-door wagon is drenched in PPG paint in a color listed on the tech sheet as "custom mix." No kiddin'? I thought it was stock. It is unnerving to realize that the masking tape budget would probably feed a third world nation for two or three years! Let's not even talk about the time it took to mask, unmask, and remask to achieve the complicated panel design and lace roof. Now what about all of that striping? Well-known Bay Area artist Eric Reyes did the line work on the exterior, and the interior and underhood artistry flowed out of the talented brush of Hollenbeck's in-house wizard Brandon Flaner. Don't even think about how long it took.

Inside the Ranch Wagon we find what we find everywhere else on the car. It is stock, stock, and more stock. The A/C system is a '60s-style unit that came with the car and some Vintage Air components bring function into the 21st century. The seats are stock Ford with custom vinyl/cloth covering. Divine's Custom Interiors in Pittsburg, California, handled the stitchery on the seats and installed the baby blue loop carpet.

The stunning wagon epitomizes the idea of a mild custom. While the car is basically, not to be overly repetitious, stock, it presents a singularity that makes it more noticeable and that attracts more attention than many cars that have far more modifications. Truly a driver, this car has few complications that will make it unroadworthy. "You want reliability? Keep it stock."

This thing is such a head turner that owner Norm better have insurance to cover all of the snapped necks that are sure to result from double take gawkers. Other than that, looks like Norm has found himself a real cure for the blues.