Mike Maurice's 1963 Chevrolet
It started with a Bang, and a Biscayne
"I picked up this '63 Chevy Bel Air shortly after surviving a horrendous wreck with a '63 2 door Biscayne," Mike told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in November of 2020. "I was broad-sided on my way to Portland, Maine when someone ran a stoplight and plowed into my driver's side door, and totaled the car. I pulled as many parts as I could since I was living in an apartment at the time and had no place to keep it. But the 3 speed & NOS '60s Hurst shifter was important to me, among other parts."
Mike's vision and passion for customs and lowriders
Mike bought the Bel Air as a non-running project for $1500 in March of 2017. "Having had a strong interest in kustoms & lowriders since I was a kid, I quickly made a decision that this would be the chance to build what I had planned for my old 2 door Biscayne if it was still around - and frankly it was in much nicer shape, with a very solid undercarriage." After dropping in another inline 6 with plans to build a high-performance motor, the low cost of a cheap V8 soon won Mike's decision. The mill that went in the Bel Air is a 355 with double hump heads and flat top pistons, ruled by the trusty 3-speed stick & Hurst shifter from his Biscayne. "Next came the cutting of coils and clamps in the rear, and a set of Keystone Raiders came up cheap. The vision was coming together."
"...I was looking to create an alternative to the cliche lowrider of today"
Richie Borrelli, a buddy of Mike, was a huge help when it came to shaving the door handles, emblems, and helping out with the paint scheme. "This is my second panel painted car," Mike told Sondre, "and I was looking to create an alternative to the cliche lowrider of today. My goal was to bring back forgotten trends in books like Popular Customs."
Spill The Wine
Many reels of tape, a 22-hour paint job later, and "Spill The Wine" was born. "The name is partially coined from my night gig life in playing Wine Bars on Friday nights and passion for '60s music in general. Painted by Richie, the scheme consists of a silver base with House of Kolor silver flake and Starfire deep candy red panels with black fogged edges by spray bomb." Mike spent months doing bodywork in a cold garage in Maine when he wasn’t behind a piano. It rolled around in primer and finally silver flake for a few weeks before the panels were added in the middle of June 2019. Mike upholstered the interior himself with diamond stitched fabric from Amazon by the yard, including building a custom center console out of wood, upholstered with the same material as the door panels, topped with aluminum trim and prism tape decor. "I added prism tape throughout the dash trim, paying homage to the same treatment my Dad did in his red '63 Impala in the '70s." The bumper inserts feature expanded metal and chrome cabinet knobs. Mike painted the dash pearl white with a hint of silver flake to match the rest of the interior. "The seats are a pair of driver’s side seats from early 80s B body cars, positioned as buckets. A custom diamond-stitched upholstered seats to match the door panels will be next. The steering wheel is ’62 Impala, with an optional custom cut-off airplane-style wheel made from a '63 Impala. The trunk holds a recently added 2 pump 4 battery hydraulic setup for simple lay and play."
Spill The Wine rides the fine line - is it custom or is it lowrider? Whatever it is, it spills into the other category.
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