John Reed used to dream of an early-60s fullsize custom. Smooth with scallops, tuck n roll, and Supremes; you know, the typical Bellflower cruiser, dragging its tail through his imagination until the vision was so vivid that he just had to make it happen.
He put the word out and sooner rather than later John received a call from one of his buddies in Southern California, who told him the tale of a solid 60 Poncho hardtop that fit the bill perfectly. John had the friend check the car out and, the following week, the Cat was transported to Michigan. It was solid all right, with a fairly recent green-on-green scallop job and a boss tuck n roll in white. The only downer was the original drivetrain, which had seen better days.
In need of a drivetrain rebuild, John went shopping and decided that Hot Rods & Custom Stuff in Escondido, California, was the place to go. John had heard of Randy Clark and his shop from friends, and after speaking to Randy on the phone and again at the Detroit Autorama, where he saw some of Randys Ridler-winning handiwork, a deal was worked out and the car went back out to California. Over the next year, Clarks crack team of builders completely refurbished the entire drivetrain and suspension, detailed it to the hilt, and delivered the freshened custom to its excited owner. Now that his dream is reality, Johns looking forward to show season and especially to the Woodward Dream Cruisehis dream within a dream.