The sleek 1935 Ford Kustom of renowned Hollywood tattoo artist “Bugs” has been named Goodguys 2010 Grundy Kustom of the Year.
Built by Troy Ladd and his team at Hollywood Hot Rods, the car originally started life as a humpback sedan but was meticulously transformed into a chopped 3 window coupe. All body panels were either handmade or modified to create a longer, “Zephyr” style Westergard-inspired kustom.
In addition to the chopped top, the low and sleek look was achieved by the rear 8 inches and adding 10 inches to the handmade rear fenders. Fender skirts and running boards were also fabricated while a Bentley hood skin was used for the decklid area. The headlights are from a Chevy truck, and the distinctive grill came from a White truck. The car was finished off in a ruby brown metallic. It sits on a custom frame with Ridetech goodies, a 4-link rear suspension with a Ford 9-inch and a tried and true 350/350 combo.
The Art Deco theme was carried throughout the interior thanks to a custom dash featuring a Chrysler Imperial gauge cluster and clock. The steering wheel is from a ’46 Pontiac and has been modified with a hand carved center. Also – custom carved are the knobs, shifter and pedals. Dave Martinez handled the stitching chores with ease, utilizing sculpted panels.
Bugs will receive a customized toolbox courtesy of Snap-on as well as his Grundy Kustom of the Year award while in Scottsdale at the season-ending 13th Southwest Nationals, November 19-21 at Westworld. Fellow award finalists included Brian Zelenka, Lyons, IL (‘53 Chevy), Tony Feil, Whitehouse Station, NJ (’40 Pontiac), Bob Davidson, Graham, WA (’50 Ford) and Everett Plata, Lockport, IL (’50 Ford convt).
Congratulations to Bugs and all finalists!