Many of my ideas and inspiration come from one of my other favorite obsessions, model cars-either from ones I have built or simply models I "grok," viewing the parts in the box and visualizing different combinations. Don't laugh; model cars offer an excellent foundation leading up to the real 1:1 scale car. Plus I really dig the old box art!
With that in mind, I rendered up this way cool '62 Ford Galaxie 500 custom.
When earlier Fords are mentioned in bench racing sessions, the more popular cars are instantly considered '60-61 Starliners and '63-64 Galaxies. Only old ladies drove '62s! (Hey, man, my granny had one!)
To make the point of how cool the '62 can be, I started with a righteous lowering and mandatory 1960s rake, skinny whitewalls rolling on chrome wheels, and spider center caps. That's a stock Ford green draping the flanks with a very retro silver metalflake on the roof. The interior is tastefully done up in green rolled pleats, with the stock steering wheel painted with matching 'flake. The side chrome trim is left, but the door handles are removed, along with the two fender ornaments. A tube grille, smoothed bumpers, and Lucas lights complete this mild ride. Like the box art says: Build an advanced custom for actual driving!