Mikko Kiviniemi's 1953 Chevrolet

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The car as it sat in 2013, when Mikko began the build. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Mikko sectioning the body on the car. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
The build as it sat in February of 2014. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
A 1953 Oldsmobile bumper mocked up. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Dual sunken antennas were added to the passenger side door. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
The build as it sat in Septermber of 2014. Basecoat and some black added for sanding and future paint prep. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
A Mustang crossmember was installed and modified to house air bags up front. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
The frame was kicked up in the rear. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
The chassis painted and ready for assembly. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Mikko began modifying the headlights in January of 2016. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
The front end was modified to accept a 1957 Chevrolet front bumper. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Mikko built a tube grille for the modified grille-opening. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
In March of 2017 Mikko was prepping the body for paint. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Mid July 2017 Mikko was still working on the bodywork. By then the body had been painted gloss back to easen the sanding. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
A photo of the car as it appeared after Mikko had given it a fadeaway paint job. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
New wheels installed. 60 hours of sanding went into each wheel before they were ready for the chrome shop. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Mikko's Chevy as it sat in April of 2019. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
The engine painted and ready to be installed. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.
Mikko's Chevrolet as it appeared in May of 2019. The car was out of the garage for the first time in a while. Photo courtesy of Mikko Kiviniemi.

1953 Chevrolet owned and restyled by Mikko Kiviniemi of Örebro, Sweden.


Four Doors

Mikko began restyling the four door Chevrolet during the Summer of 2013. The rear doors were welded shut, converting the car into a two-door. Mikko shared garage with a 1954 Chevrolet two-door, so he used that car for measurement.


Chopped and Sectioned

The body was then sectioned 3 inches, before Mikko chopped the top 3 inches, reducing the height 6 inches in total.


Fadeaway Paint Job

Mikko laid a Gene Winfield inspired fadeaway paint job on the car.


Debut

The build was completed in 2019, hitting the road in mid-May.



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