Custom Cruise Friday
When most people envision cruising in classic car, they will likely imagine a coupe or sedan from the 1950s – like the cars seen in the classic musical, “Grease.” This week’s Custom Cruise Friday featured vehicle would fit right into that era, a 1954 Chevrolet Two-Ten Club Coupe owned by Kevin Mikulski. He was in the market for a project car and did what most people do these days, found himself sifting through ads on Kijiji one Christmas Eve. Perhaps holding out for a long shot from Santa. The car didn’t end up under Mikulski’s tree, but he did make a trip to go look at the car on Christmas Day and brought it home shortly after.
To get the classic Chevy into the immaculate shape its in right now, Mikulski and a few friends spent a few years pounding out dents and getting ride height just where he liked it. He ended up with one of the finest examples of a mild custom automobile that has appeared in a Custom Cruise Friday Blog.
Given all of the work that has gone into rebuilding the car, Mikulski has not been shy to drive it like it was intended to be driven. In the time the car has been running, he has accumulated about 25,000 miles. Furthermore, he hasn’t necessarily babied the car, either.
“It’s been through rain, snow, mud,” Mikulski said. “Just about everything.”
Bringing it to life
The power plant of the 1954 Chevy required a bit of work. Just about everything was replaced with Mikulski handling all of the mechanical replacements and repairs. The car had a six-cylinder engine when Mikulski bought it and nothing was reusable. He eventually replaced it with a 350 cubic-inch, V-8 with an automatic transmission. He also shaved the door handles and trunk emblems for a sleeker look. Mikulski opens the doors with a remote control.
Just about the only work Mikulski had contracted out was the paint. The deep red color that covers the car’s exterior is a modified version of an original with some pigment changes. Additionally, the gold color used in the Larry Watson-style scallops is based on another GM factory color from around the time period. The interior of the car is comprised of tuck-and-roll upholstery and is done in the style of a customized car from the era. Mikulski has helped create a truly unique custom that he won’t have trouble locating in a parking lot..
If you have a classic, customized or otherwise special vehicle that you would like to see featured in a Custom Cruise Friday Blog, contact Don Wheaton Brand Manager, Melina Kawecki by email – firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include some photos and pertinent information about the vehicle.