Starting with the dash, which was painted Snow White Pearl, the whole exterior of the car was sealed with a base primer, tinted with Spanish Gold and Kandy Tangerine Koncentrates (all House of Kolor) before Sunrise Pearl with more of the tinters over the top. Faded up from the rocker panels, and under the fins, Winfield sprayed a darker shade, mixed with a black and yellow tint. Pagan Gold and Sunrise Pearl then went over everything, with Snow White Pearl highlights fogged in for the finishing touch. The roof is dark gold ’flake. Even the clearcoats saw some of Winfield’s original ’60s ’flake added. “I wanted Pagan Gold from House of Kolor,” Dave says, “and showed Gene some of my ideas for the car, but I’m not sure he took it in. I remember thinking, ‘How do you tell someone who started this style of painting what to do?’ Watching him work was amazing, and I love the end result.”
A boring black interior wasn’t going to cut it after all that, so a pair of ’65 T-bird seats were mounted on swivel bases, using VW Vanagon parts that lock them in place. Dave also made a floating center console based on an Alexander brothers version he’d seen. With all the moldings chrome-plated, the seats, door panels, and headliner were upholstered in pearl white vinyl, the pleated sections in the seats and headliner lining up perfectly with those on the tonneau cover.
The drivetrain consists of a 350/350 combo, replacing the stock and tired 283. Sixties customs never laid frame, but the El Camino sits pretty low, thanks to notching the ’rails front and rear, and the addition of dropped spindles. RideTech suspension was used at each corner, with 3/8-inch lines and dual compressors and tanks. Power steering and brakes, and front and rear sway bars improve driveability. And driving it is just what is planned now, having been off the road for over 16 years, though we’re sure it won’t be hauling a bunch of “mates” around the showground this time!
Rod & Custom Feature Car
“Disco” Dave Wright
1959 Chevy El Camino