Glen Patrick's 1948 Chevrolet
The top was chopped 4.75″ at the front and 6″ at the rear. The rear quarter windows were filled in and the C-pillars were leaned forward. George Barris was reportedly consulted and assisted when the top was chopped. The stock rear window was replaced with a custom piece of glass cut from a Ford Granada windshield.
Early Custom Look
Up front, the original grille was swapped for a 1946 Chevrolet grille. It was nosed, decked and shaved for door handles and most of its chrome before Glen molded the rear fenders to the body and finished it off in a Maroon paint job. Inside it received a white Naugahyde interior. Restyled in a 1940s look, custom accessories included 1940 Ford fenderskirts, dual Appleton 112 spotlights and Cadillac Sombrero hubcaps.
As so many other traditional customs of the 1980s, the car received a modern driveline. Up front, it received a 1974 Chevrolet Nova front clip. The rear featured a 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass suspension. The build was completed in 1985, and it became known as "The Villain," as a play off the bad guy in the James Dean movie "Rebel Without a Cause."
Sold to Jim Eckard
In 2008 Glen advertised the car for sale on the Internet. By then it had been in storage for years. A friend of Jim Eckard of Glendale, Arizona came across the listing and tipped Jim about it. Jim called Glen, and a deal was made, before Jim had it shipped to Arizona. Jim refurbished the car after he got it, giving it a more modern appearance. Buick portholes were installed in the hood, along with 1957 Cadillac hubcaps and 1959 Cadillac taillights. Jim also had Chavo of Chavo's Pinstriping pinstripe it.
Sold to Steve Montgomery
Early in 2017 Jim and Theresa sold the car to Steve Montgomery of Phoenix, Arizona. When Steve bought the car, Air suspension had been installed in the rear to control the ride height. The air suspension was operated by a compressor. The drivetrain did also consist of a Chevy 350ci V8 with dual-quads and an upgraded camshaft, a TH350 automatic, and an Oldsmobile rear end. The interior was equipped with a working heat, A/C, and a modern stereo system.
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