Harry Rusbach Jr's 1941 Ford
1941 Ford coupe owned by Kustom Knights car club member Harry Rusbach Jr of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. Harry bought the coupe as a beaten stocker in 1988. After buying it, he got it back on the road, and began using it as his daily driver. The car was mildly restyled, and Harry fit it with fender skirts, shortened side trim and a filled in center grille. This version was painted flat black.
The Three Day Chop
In 1990 Harry decided to give the coupe a haircut. By then it had been primered Grey, and it ran dual Appleton spotlights and flipper hubcaps. The car was driven daily the whole time, and in 2017 Harry's son, Chris told Kustomrama that his dad and 3 friends chopped the car in 3 days; "They started on Friday, and on Monday morning dad drove it to work again." It was Frank Bedacht, Bill Abate and "Big Al" Hawley that assisted Harry on the chop. They took 4 inches out of the front, and 4 1/2 inches in the rear.
Sold to Rusty
In 1999 Harry sold the car to Rusty Damn. In 2002 Harry passed away. Rusty passed away shortly after Harry, and his business partner Mark Wojcik inherited the car. Mark began restyling the front end on the car, installing a Cadillac grille.
In March of 2007 the late Harry Rusbach Jr's son, Chris, bought the car back from Mark. "It was in a rough shape when I bought it back, but it did start right up after it had been sitting for a few years. This was the beginning of a huge undertaking to make the car solid again and finish it to how I thought my late father would have wanted it," Chris told Kustomrama in 2017. The first thing Chris and his brother Harry did to the car after he got it back, was to remove the Cadillac grille. A couple of months later the car was back on the road again.
After a 10 year long rebuild, the car finally received a glossy paint job in June of 2016. Named "Somethin' Else," after the Eddie Cochran song, the entire car, including body, frame and driveline had then been redone and improved. After the bodywork had been completed, Chris' brother Harry gave the car a dark Purple paint job.
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