What a project! It’s difficult to imagine the funds, patience and creativity to pull off a custom build like this!
Story from Eduardo Engel
“Highbouy” BOATTAIL SPEEDSTER (from Deco Rides)
“We purchased a wrecked 1997 C-5 Corvette, then engaged Ram’s Rod Shop in Dover, DE to strip away the parts we didn’t want/need, and the ‘Vette ended up in Hudson, FL for the Brandl family to attack. We supplied the C-5 ‘Vette, a 1937 Studebaker for the frame, a Fat Man Fabrications front suspension, wheels and tires, a Dick Rodwell/Stanley Wanlass Salt Lake Rodware windshield, an Alumicraft grille and a Deco Rides Boattail body. Superior did the rest. Normally we retain close control on construction of our projects, but other than design direction, we had so much faith in Superior that we let them have almost free reign on most of the construction. We trusted them and we’re happy with the result.
Since having fun with cars is a big part of our mission in life, from the inception of the project we thought it would be fun to make the Boattail look like a vintage wood speedboat. The idea was to adhere wood veneer to the top surface of the body and add the white calking lines to make it look like an old Chris Craft from the 40’s… Then we planned to use Cliff McKillop of The Good Stuff Paint Company in Rochester Hills, MI to do the job, as he is a highly respected “wood look” guy with more reasonable prices. But because that would have required taking the car out of the FL shop and transporting it to MI for a month, then transporting in back to FL, and because we wanted to have the car done for the Detroit AUTORAMA … we chose another artisan. Strictly by coincidence, and as an incredible stroke of luck, we found out that Melissa Brandl, wife of Rich Jr. (who built the majority of the car at Superior), has been refinishing furniture and kitchen cabinets for her livelihood. We asked her if she wanted to tackle the job (which would save us months plus a round trip to Michigan) and gladly, she accepted the challenge.”