Andy Belusko's 1954 Ford

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The salmon and white version of Andy's Ford as it appeared after Korky had restyled it. Photo from The Richard Korkes Photo Collection.
Andy's Ford as it appeared when it was featured in Custom Cars April 1959. This version had been painted blue and white. Photo by Woody Higgins
Photo by Woody Higgins
Photo by Woody Higgins
Photo by Woody Higgins

1954 Ford restyled by Richard "Korky" Korkes of Korky's Kustom Shop for Free Wheelers of Whippany member Andy Belusko of Whippany, New Jersey. Andy worked for the post office in Whippany. Korky shaved Andy's sharp looking Ford for door handles and unnecessary trim. The shaved doors were operated electrically. The hood was filled and the corners rounded. A 1954 Chevrolet grille was combined with the stock grille bar corners. The parking lenses on the bar corners were exchanged with spinners. 1955 Cadillac headlight rims were installed with a set of fake scoops above, giving the car a much more expensive appearance. Air scoops were cut into the stock fender contours and trimmed with three chrome teeth. The rear fenders were reshaped to accept a pair of 1955 Oldsmobile taillights which were peaked and cut. The side trim, that separated the two-tone white and salmon paint job was a combination of two frenched 1955 Pontiac units mounted in a staggered position. The car was all salmon originally. Dual spotlights, Oldsmobile Fiesta hubcaps and fender skirts wrapped up the style. Korky sold the original engine from his Parisienne custom to Andy. The engine was a full race 312 1956 Ford Thunderbird engine that Dick DiBiasse had built. Korky did all of the modifications using lead.[1]

In 1959 Andy's Ford was featured in Custom Cars April 1959, by then it had been painted blue and white, and it had been fit with a license guard up front that had been made from two 1951 Chevrolet units welded together. A huge bumper-guard arrangement had also been installed in the rear of the car.[2]

Magazine Features

Custom Cars April 1959



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