1954 Chevrolet - Moonglow recreation - Graeme Tait's

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1954 Chevrolet - Moonglow recreation - Graeme Tait's

Message  Predicta le Dim 29 Mar - 11:14

Graeme Tait's amazing recreation of one of the most famous
50's Kustoms...
The Moonglow!!!



Winner of the "Coolest Custom", "Street Rod Award" and the "Best of a hundred" at the 2008 Good Guys Puyallip car show. Moonglow was also shown at Billet Proof, Chehalis and won "Best Custom", Winner of "Ladies Choice" and "Outstanding Custom" at the Abbotsford World of Wheels and numerous other awards. This outstanding custom is now offered for sale. This car has been driven and trailered to shows (depending on distance) and it's road manners are impeccable...this is a trailer queen that loves to be driven.
Dubbed “the Moonglow” Graeme Tait has spent 12 years and 6,000 hours to create an incredible 53 Chev that has been modified with every trick in the book. This is a fitting tribute to the original “Moonglow”, one of most famous show cars of the fifties. The new “Moonglow” is so seamless that you would swear it was turned out by GM themselves…maybe GM from another planet!! Extensively modifying a car takes the skills of a welder, fabricator and the direction of an artist to get the “Look” just right. Although the roof was chopped 3.5 inches, the seamless craftsmanship and correct proportions make it look just right. That just right look cost a bit of money as well because the chopped compound curved rear window does not come off a parts shelve anywhere on this planet.


Starting with an impeccable accident free Southern California body with no rust ever, a full body off restoration was completed with every bit of the car modified. The skills of a professional coach builder from England used an English wheel and power hammer to create this masterpiece out of steel. The hood was nosed and decked and finished off underneath to show quality. The upper grill bar was frenched into the body and comprises of 15 teeth. Door handles shaved, Gas gate eliminated and 1953 Ford headlights frenched and peaked to match the fender line. The taillights are 1956 Chrysler inverted and placed into custom one piece handcrafted housings.



The rear deck was extended forward and widened to move the rear window forward for a correct Stock appearing Roof line. The front bumper is frenched and bolt holes front and rear are filled. The rear bumper has 1956 Chev Bumperettes with a 1957 Caddy over rider Bridge and is extended 3” on either side of the body with port holes for exhaust, all is frenched in, seamlessly.



Trimmed in snow white naughahide with 1.5 inch full roll and pleated and this continues to the backs of the seats and the package tray and carpeted in Bright royal blue carpet for a striking contrast.



Built as a tribute to the famous 50's Show car, the "Moonglow" with all thee classic customising techniques used in the new version along with all the modern amenities. Powered by a well documented professionally rebuilt 261 cu. in. 6 cylinder Chevy breathing through dual Holley Weber 2 barrels on an Offenhauser manifold with a Fenton split exhaust manifold. Balanced and Blueprinted with a High Compression GM Factory head and a “Torquey” cam designed to run with a 700R Transmission. All period correct high performance and dress up pieces were used to make a one of a kind engine.



For smooth cruising a new overdrive 700R Transmission and Mustang II front end with Camaro Disc brakes. A 57 Chev rear end with 3:70 gears offers the best for city and highway driving. Firestone Air Bag suspension on all four corners, allows for correct cruising height and wicked dropped showing height. Vintage air conditioning and a great stereo compatible with i-pods completes the driving experience.


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Message  Predicta le Dim 29 Mar - 11:15


Body Modifications:
• Roof Chop 3.5 inches
• All window frames and windwings chopped and fitted with precision
• Hood is made into one piece with the tip removed on the underside for show like the top
• Hood is nosed and decked
• Headlights are 1953 Ford frenched in with a peak to match the fender line.
• Upper grille bar is frenched into body
• Trunk is blanked out
• Door Handles are shaved
• Rock guards eliminated
• Gas gate was eliminated
• Totally custom made skirts
• Taillights are custom made housingswith 1956 Chrysler inverted lenses
• Grille is a total of 125 teeth
• Front bumper – One piece California filled and shaved, with bumper bolts eliminated
• Rear bumper – One piece California extended 3 inches on each side with two port holes for exhaust frenched in.
• ’56 Chev front bumper-ettes using ’57 Cadillac bridge and frenched in to create a spectator looking bumper.
• Rear deck at rear window was widened and cribbed to stock to move the window forward for a correct roof line like stock.



Paint Preparation

• Body Step #1 Etched Primer
• Body Step #2 Epoxy primered and blocked
• Body Step #3 Build primered and blocked between various coats for a perfectly straight body.
• Paint: Bright blue pearl, base clear
• Finish was then sanded and polished to show quality.


Glass

• All installed glass is factory tinted, not a film and is custom fitted by the best in the business


Rear Window

• A real challenge. First a custom mold was created that looked like cribbing for the Brooklyn Bridge. Then came the metal refinishing to complete the contour for the mold.
• The rear glass was molded and then sent to the US for lamination. No Expense was spared and was well worth it as the rear window is perfect to the line of the body.


Interior

• Snow white naughahide
Design is 1 ¼” full roll and pleated with a deep smooth bolster.
Rear of seats also rolled and pleated to match, including package tray.
Bright royal blue carpet was used for floor to create a striking contrast.


Chassis


• 1954 Chevy Frame media blasted and gloss black powder coated.

Components

• Air Ride Technologies / Firestone
• Front air spring brackets / shock system and rear four link system by complete Cool ride by Air Ride Technologies
• Air Bagged with on board compressor and gauges


Front Suspension

• Mustang II power steering rack with 11” Camaro disc brakes All Brake lines are braided stainless steel

Rear Suspension

• ’57 Chevy Drum Brakes
• ’57 Chevy rear end with 3:60 Highway gears for overdrive
• Suspension air bagged
• Steering: 69-72 Tilt with polished stainless Borgeson joints and shaft
With the top being chopped and air bagged, the lowering works out to 10 ½” in total.


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Drive Train

1959 – 261 cu. in. Chevy inline 6 cylinder (new Rebuild)

Internal Specs
• Balanced and Blueprinted
• Jans Aluminum pistons
• Torquey cam by Shadbolt – the best in the business
• Stainless steel pushrods
• N.O.S. GM hydraulic lifters
• Factory GM high compression 868 head


Exterior of Mill

• 2 Rochester cards with 1950’s real Hellings and Stellings Card air cleaners (chrome) over brass
• Extreme attention to detail was considered to the custom brackets for mounting the alternator, compressor and power steering pump.
• All accessories are chrome to the highest show quality by Performance Chroming
• Offenhauser valve cover
• Rare Offenhauser side cover
• Offenhauser manifold
• Beehive oil filter (finned)
• Power steering reservoir finned to match oil filter
• Chrome bellhousing
• Chrome coil, chrome alternator, chrome compressor, chrome pulley
• Chrome Fenton headers
• All braided stainless hoses were used on the motor
• Polished stainless hoodsprings
• All custom dual exhaust by Muffler Tech
• Ceramic coated


Transmission

• Automatic 700 r-4 (overdrive with shift kit)
• Aluminum housing was sanded and polished to show quality
• The transmission was pro-built with all new parts
• The tranny pan is finned aluminum 61/60 aircraft
• All oil lines are braided stainless.


Electrical System

• Halogen Headlights
• Heavy duty harness by Clearhead Enterprises Inc
• State of the art fuse box


Air Conditioning

• Gen II by Vintage Air complete components
• Custom made condenser and brackets


Wheels and Tires

• 52 spoke 1954 Buick Skylark wire wheels
• BF Goodrich wide white wall radials
• P225 / 7R / 15

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1954 Chevrolet Bel Air owned and built by Graeme Tait of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The car was built as a tribute to Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet The Moonglow. Graeme started the build with an impeccable accident free Southern California body without any traces of rust. A full body off restoration was completed with every bit of the car modified. The hood was shaved, and fully finished off underneath to show quality. The upper grille bar was frenched into the body and fit with 15 chromed teeth. Inverted 1956 Chrysler taillights were placed inside custom one piece handcrafted housings, just like Duane Steck did on his Chevrolet. Graeme's Chevrolet was upholstered in snow white Naugahyde with 1.5 inch rolls and pleats. Rolls and pleats were also used in the trunk. Bright royal blue carpets were used inside the car and in the trunk for a striking contrast.[1] furter

The car was powered by a rebuilt 216 cid Chevrolet inline six engine fit with dual Holley Weber 2 barrels carbs on an Offenhauser manifold and a Fenton split exhaust manifold. For smooth cruising, Graeme hooked the engine up with a new overdrive 700R transmission. The car was also fit with a Mustang II front end with Camaro disc brakes. A 1957 Chevrolet rear end with 3:70 gears were used in order to provide the best for both city and highway driving. Firestone Air Bag suspension were installed on all four corners, allowing correct cruising height and wicked dropped showing height. Vintage air conditioning and a stereo compatible with ipod's further modernize the driving experience.[1]


April 2010 Graeme's Chevrolet was advertised for sale on Hemmings, the asking price was $250,000 USD.[2]


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We are pleased to bring you "Graeme's amazing Tribute to one of America's Most Famous 50's Kustoms"! Capturing an era gone by is not an easy task, we certainly feel it's worth your time to pull up a chair, revisit good times and enjoy this vision of yesterday, today...

Let's step back in time with thoughts of cruising thru Bellflower, California 1952-1962. Duane Steck, a young Commercial Artist and a Member of the Renegades Car Club "dreamed of building a 1954 Chevy Hardtop Radical Custom". His imagination became a reality in the front yard of his Lakewood, California home, where he used his own hands with simple means, to magically perform many subtle body modification's, masterfully enhancing the already smooth factory lines, his vision and creativity would become part of Automotive History...

The completed "Moonglow" first graced the cover of "Car Craft" Magazine in January of 1957 and slightly modified, it later re-appeared on the cover of "Custom Cars", March 1960. In 1962, after several years of accolades, some changes, many articles and numerous trophies, it was traded in for a Sports Car and sadly crushed. Long gone and years later, it's memory continues. Duane's visionary Kustom has been recognized as one of the "Most Famous Cars Ever Built in America", Rod & Custom Magazine" listed it in it's "Top 20 Pick", "Hall of Fame", "Custom Cars of The 50's" 1993, Rodder's Journal 1994, Barris Kustom 1996, Rod & Custom Top 50 - 2003. A "Dream Come True", created under the Glow of the Moon, Wink-Wink...

Fast forward, more than 50's years later, as it has done in the past, "Moonglow" would continue to inspire. The current owner/builder, Graeme Tait, set out to pay tribute with something he could step back in time with, show, drive and share with countless others. Revisiting every article and studying every available bit of information Graeme embarked on a journey that would encompass over 12 years, 6,000 man hours and plenty of coin...


Starting with an impeccable accident/rust free Southern California example, the body modifications where placed in the capable hands of a skilled Professional Coach Builder from England utilizing an English wheel and power hammer to create this masterpiece out of steel. Since it's completion, this amazing show quality Tribute has also racked up the awards including 2008 Good-Guys "Coolest Custom", "Street Rod Award" and "Best of 100", Billet Proof Chehalis "Best Custom" and "Ladies Choice, World of Wheels "Outstanding Custom" and many more. Now it's your turn to "Touch" History...



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Equipment
Body: Bright Blue Pearl (base coat/clear coat), 3.5 inch Chop, once piece hood , nosed, decked, shaved handles, eliminated fuel door, custom frenched 15 tooth grill, 53 Ford frenched halogen headlights, one piece smoothed bumpers w/frenched rear exhaust ports, custom wheel skirts, frenched/inverted 56 Chrysler tail lamps, dummy spotlights and much more...


Interior: Snow White Naughahide (1 1/4" full roll w/smooth deep bolster), bright Royal Blue carpet, shortened tilt steering column w/shifter, resized 59-60 GM steering wheel,  Vintage GEN II Air Conditioning, custom matching teardrop knobs, restored factory dash trim & roof bows, heavy duty wiring harness w/State of the art fuse box by "Clearfield Enterprises" and more...

Drive Train: 1959 Chevy 261 cubic inch Inline 6 cylinder, balanced & blueprinted, "Jans" aluminum pistons, Torquey camshaft by "Shadbolt",  stainless steel push rods, hydraulic lifters, "GM 868" High Compression cylinder head, polished aluminum "Offenhauser" Intake manifold Valve and Side Cover, dual "Weber" carburetors w/real "Hellings & Stellings" air filters (chrome over brass), chrome "Fenton" Headers w/custom dual exhaust, custom brackets for power steering & A/C, Beehive Oil Filter housing, 700R4 automatic overdrive transmission w/chrome Bell housing & polished case and more...  

Chassis: Factory frame blasted & powder coated components, Firestone "Cool Ride" Air Ride Technology, bagged w/onboard compressor/gauges/controls, Mustang II power rack-n-pinion steering, 11" Camaro power Disc brakes, 57 Chevy rear drum brakes, 57 Chevy rear differential w/3:70 gears, braided stainless lines, chrome 52 spoke 1954 Buick Skylark wheels w/wide white BF Goodrich P225/70R/15 radial tires and more...  





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