Performance & Hotrod Business - Mar. '15

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March 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 65 The headrests were eliminated to make the seats look better and all were outfitted with retractable seat belts, front and rear, which came from the same GTO. Front and rear seats, as well as the headliner and door panels were re-cov- ered using Ultraleather. The interior and upholstery was done at a local shop, DNM Upholstery. The upholstery shop also built the cus- tom center console, which serves as a "con- trol center" for the electronics, as well as a mounting spot for switches and the screen monitor. It also has a small storage area and it hides some of the other electronic components and connections. The A/C is also routed through the console. A shifter taken from a '65 Impala sets it all off. The American Autowire harness is neatly organized and custom modified for all the extra components built into the car. "Ever ything—engine, drivetrain, chassis, body—went together really well as far as mechanical systems go," says Nixon. "The biggest challenge was actu- ally mounting all the electronics that he wanted: backup camera, Bluetooth, satel- lite radio, navigation—everything you can get in a new car—while at the same time hiding those items from view. This gave the car a clean look that complemented the rest of the interior." "It's very exciting to drive," Meaux says. "Even though it's a cruiser, it's got the power to really perform, especially with its modern suspension package. It is fully capable of driving from Houston to New York and back with the same comfort of a modern vehicle, while having zero issues along the way." The original bumpers and trim were nicely preserved and have been recently re-chromed. Grow with the Pros MICHAEL MURRAY Associate Publisher (800) 669-0424 - Ext. 233 • 1-800-669-0424 Get in gear with

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