'49 Chevy FleetlineLet's get this "Stylines" sendoff started in style with a classy Chevy. The Fleetline has such a nice profile that I left the roof unchopped, though I deleted all the trim except for the top-accentuating beltline brightwork. Up front I inserted a floating '54 Chevy grille flanked by frenched headlights, with the bumper stanchions shortened to provide a 1-inch seam between the body and bumper. The rear fenders are extended and carved out to accept custom taillight lenses-kind of a cross between '56 Buick and '56 Packard-in handmade bezels. Let's spray it a vivid Tahition Red over a silver base to make it glow.
A custom like this has to be low, and looks great with wide whitewalls surrounding Caddy sombrero hubcaps on steel wheels. For low-maintenance power, we'll drop in a 283ci small-block topped with Tri-power and sprinkled with vintage dress-up goodies, and back it up with a TH350. And what would finish off the inside better than classic white Naugahyde stitched in 2-inch rolls 'n' pleats.
'68 Buick RivieraCustom Rodder has always pushed boundaries, so let's bypass the more common '63-65 Rivis and put the treatment on a '68 model. This one is really quite mild, getting just a basic dechroming, a shaved and peaked hood, a recessed antenna, and custom low-slung side mirrors. I also shaved the handles and peeled off the vinyl roof before putting it in a deep poppy red finish.
Air springs help get our Riviera down where it should be, while the wheels are a new twist on an old style-chrome smoothies, but in a 17-inch diameter and with custom center caps. There's Buick power under the hood-455 inches worth-backed by a reliable TH400 and spewing sweet exhaust notes through DynoMax mufflers and Bellflower exhaust tips. Let's finish the cabin off with black leather, and cruise into the sunset with our favorite little bimonthly magazine.