Fan Car Friday: 1960 Corvette

Like many of us, Barry had a dream car. Something he constantly thought about and was always building in his head. Something in his mind everyday. Something that he knew he had to have one day. After many years of dreaming about it, he decided to act on this and purchased a 1960 Corvette. Originally, though, he wanted to buy one from the same year he was born-1959, but you don’t always get what you want in life. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners. We are not paid, endorsed, or given discounts when we work with another company. We simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner.   The car you see today started off horribly when it came into Barry’s possession. Bad enough to make you wonder why he would ever start with it. The car was horribly crashed and had been cut in half only to have another car be grafted onto the back…using pallet wood. Making the doors fit horribly and the car unsafe to drive. But, there was something special about this car. It may have been a 1960 Corvette but it was finished...

Fan Car Friday: Red 1971 Chevelle

For today’s Fan Car Friday we get to share Roger’s 1971 Chevelle. This is a Chevelle of Hollywood fame. There are over 100 different movies where the 1971 Chevelle makes a clear appearance, and this one comes from the widely successful Anchorman 2. During one of the most notable scenes in the movie you can clearly see this Roger and his beauty drive past the actors for almost 10 seconds of screen time. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner.     Throughout his life Roger owned many muscle cars, but after starting a family he had to trade that style in for a more family friendly car. As time went on and things started to settle in Roger was able to be on the lookout for his next muscle car again. During his tenure at the Air Force Roger spent many years looking for the right vehicle and one day he finally found it. Despite his desire to own it, Roger was putting his family before his hobby and decided to let it pass because they did not have...

Fan Car Friday: 1952 Ford F1 Pickup

This Black Friday edition of Fan Car Friday comes to us from David. His 1952 Ford F1 pickup truck seems very fitting for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving celebrates the first harvest of the pilgrims in the New World in 1621. Not only does this truck just have the right feel for this time of year, it is centered on a 1900’s business that existed due to a need of harvested grain by a local town. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner. The continued existence of this vehicle is somewhat of an oddity of itself. Often when people think “classic pickup” the 1951 Chevy 3100 comes to mind or maybe the 1955 ford F100 does and some of the younger folks will have cars like the late 60’s Ford F100 appear in their head. It is not too often that you will find a 1952 F1 with the distinct shark tooth grill at your local Cars & Coffee. In fact, this is one of the vehicles I keep on my radar when I have the chance to see a classic pickup and...

Fan Car Friday: 1989 Lincoln Town Car Limousine

In honor of Thanksgiving, this Fan Car Friday will feature a vehicle large enough to haul your entire family and maybe even your in-laws… if you can bear them. We’ll be taking a look at Charles’ choice 1989 Town Car Limousine. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner. The Town Car Limos from the 80’s were easy to find in the US during their heyday. Over in the UK, it’s quite a different story though, they were somewhat rare and hard to find when they were new. So when Charles found this vehicle back in 2011, he knew right away that he wanted to do a full restoration and bring it back to its former glory. That meant new paint, a new interior that kept its distinct ‘80s vibe, a very large new vinyl roof, a better made ceiling structure and brand new mechanics all around. Despite a number of modifications being done to the vehicle, it is still an almost all numbers matching car; probably the only numbers matching 1989 Town Car Limo at this point. Charles has restored...

SEMA 2017

Most of the FantomWorks team joined Dan down in Las Vegas for the annual SEMA show.  It was a week of cars, fans, meet and greets and other miscellaneous adventures.  The whole team enjoyed the sights at the Hoover Dam as well as Red Rock Canyon getting to enjoy the grandeur and magnificence of what man and mother nature can create.  We all got to enjoy a huge group dinner and most of us tried to make it to breakfast together, some days making it to breakfast was an event in itself.  In between Dan signing autographs at the Por15 booth and doing live events for Velocity, Dan did get drive a Lamborghini Aventador around the city.  Instead of manning a booth and showing a car, Dan was able to walk around SEMA for business purposes. He found an incredible 3D printer, CNC machine and a scanning system that would be invaluable for the shop.  We brought back some good stories and a ton of pictures, to see more check out our Facebook photo album here. Dan signing autographs at the Por15 booth SEMA – Velocity Live Event with Dan, Joe Martin and Christy Lee Concept car design of a 4 door Barracuda 1962 Custom Corvette by Doug Thorley 1966 Ford Boosted Bronco by Vaccar Thanks for sharing the love and support you guys and gals give us and we look forward to next year at SEMA, when we once again will attempt to bring an epic build and hopefully achieve another speeding work of...

Fan Car Friday: Red’s 1964 Ford Galaxie

Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. Today’s photos were provided by V8 Speed Shop; we have no affiliation by them and we are not endorsed in any way, shape or form by them – We are simply using their photos. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners (Nor do the owners pay or sponsor us in any way, shape of form), we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was written with written consent from the owner. This week we take a look at our friend Red Lehr’s 1964 Galaxie Fastback from lehrsmeatmarket.com. Unlike many kids these days, Red was lucky enough to have something with style as his first car. At the age of 16 he was the happy owner of a 1964 Galaxie. Red drove that car around everywhere, which included a couple dates with a few sweethearts when he was back in highschool. On one of these dates he was cruising on the highway going 55 when a Mazda GLC turned hard in front of him. Red ended up hitting that Mazda (and the two drunks driving it) and sent it flying. The result was his Galaxie now carried the title of “totaled”. Like any of us could imagine, it...

Flashback – SEMA 2015

All car people have heard of Eleanor and Bullitt, almost all have heard of SEMA, few have gotten to go to SEMA and only one guy has a car that combines all three.  If you have seen the Season 3 episode for this build then you know whom we are referring to.  Join us as we look back at that agonizingly wonderful build that produced a beautiful piece of handcrafted moving artwork.  Since we have a build page for this already we decided to share the other aspect of this build and share some of the SEMA experience.  If you would like to see the build page click here. Thanks for sharing the love and support you guys and gals give us and we look forward to next year at SEMA, when we once again will attempt to bring an epic build and hopefully achieve another speeding work of...

Fan Car Friday – 1955 Buick Century

Next week we will be going to SEMA. At SEMA there will be countless beautiful cars, tons of restorations to be seen and other cars that represent the top 1% of builds. Prior to SEMA everyone is being teased by wonderful cars like Ford’s “7 Mustangs”, the fine works the Ring Brothers put out and countless others like the Chevrolet Hot Wheels Camaro. But today we look at something quite the opposite. These next few weeks all anyone will hear about is the story behind the transformation of the car. In this writeup we will do the opposite, we will talk about the mentality behind not changing it. In fact, we take a look back at something that would be overlooked by many or quickly taken to a paint booth to make into a show car. Today we look at a 1955 Buick Century. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was written with verbal consent from the owner. This vehicle was found in a barn about a year ago. Scottie had a friend come across it and immediately called him. A quick drive and some negotiating later the...

Fan Car Friday: The 1968 Chevelle

The car for this post is the same owner as the 1959 Lincoln Continental we highlighted a few weeks ago. Today will be an extra long Fan Car Friday on Facebook and as even longer writeup on the website.  This is because all Thursday and Friday shows are having a break this week to allow the Barrett-Jackson auctions have air time. This build started out as a 1968 Chevelle Malibu Sport Coup. It now has a 307 with a 3 speed manual, but used to have an SS 350 SBC from a 68’ Camaro matched to a 2 speed powerglide when a previous owner tried to make it a drag car. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. The story begins with Bryan. His dad was a big do it yourselfer in the garage, and always asked for Bryan’s help when he worked. Soon being forced to help his dad turned into an obsession. Bryan often found himself in the garage of his friends, with their car obsessed father, instead of hanging with the friend! Every week Bryan and his dad...

Fan Car Friday: 1968 Mustang

In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a fun 1968 Mustang. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. Ty purchased this mustang in 2009, at the ripe old age of 14. He was originally going to purchase a F-250. At that age many of us would want a fun truck that would be able to keep pace with us. Especially because during highschool most of our friends would be stuck driving around their Aunt’s old minivan. Luckily for Ty, the seller went back on his word and sold it to someone who showed up before Ty could deliver the cash. So, like many of us, after having our hearts broken by something (Or someone) he went out that day and got the coolest and sexiest thing he could. A classic Mustang. The 1968 Mustang is a no-brainer for many of us. Its the classic all American muscle car. Instantly recognizable, loved by many and it turns heads wherever it goes. After a bit of searching Ty found his Mustang and a guy who was able...

Back to the Earth

Everyone has seen them, you might even know where to find them or even have some on your property as well.  These are the unwanted carcasses of vehicles that have been abandoned by their owners.  Sometimes it starts as for just a bit until we can afford to work on them, then life happens and they get forgotten or reclaimed by plants and lost.  Here at FantomWorks where we know every car has a story, seeing these we often wonder how many life stories have been lost and reclaimed by the earth as the metal rusts and the paint fades. So if you ever see one of these forgotten monuments to our vehicular history, maybe stop, snap a few pictures and think about the lost stories these cars take with them back to the Earth.  If you happen to have one of these in your life, share the story with us so that maybe we can preserve it online in the...

Fan Car Friday: 1959 Lincoln Continental

In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a truly unique 1959 Lincoln Continental to give you a slight taste for what will be to come on an upcoming FantomWorks episode. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. The owner of this build is all about getting the car out and on the road for the public to see and enjoy. Getting to talk to people about the car, getting to share it with others and the hobby itself are all part of the fun. Even more fun is stepping into this car, your sense of urgency just washes away from you. You could be late to your wedding, but suddenly that doesn’t matter anymore and you will just slowly cruise along enjoying life and everything this world has to offer. Simply put, this car is big, it is excessive and it is overflowing and exuding with luxury; you sit down in it and you feel like the most important person in the world. But the drive isn’t about your destination; it’s about the path getting...

A New Sign

Good news, everyone, we have a finally finished the new sign.  Our wonderful maintenance team here have finally been able to install and completely wire in the new DRS FantomWorks Sign.  It has been a long road to get here from the initial idea of Dan’s, to creating in our CAD system and then cutting out the individual letters on our plasma table.  To the tedious task of cutting a groove in Plexiglas to hold the lights and the drilling of “a whole lotta” holes to bolt the metal letters together.  The engineering and mechanical work that went to actually getting this sign working was immense but our dedicated team put the time in to get it working correct. So if you are ever in the Norfolk, VA area and happen to be traveling down Hampton Blvd then you will be able to glimpse this impressive sign.  And if you are lucky enough to be doing this at night you just might be able to see it all lit...

Fan Car Friday: The 1969 Stingray

In this Fan Car Friday post we will be taking a look at a 1969 stingray, and the lucky owner behind it. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. The fan car this week is one that is going to spark some passionate responses. Just remember, when we were 16 most of us would do anything for a vehicle like this. The Corvette has been passed through a number of owners, but has always remained within the same family. In this history there are three main people, the purchaser (The grandfather), the first legacy owner (Jared’s father) and then onto Jared. At its start, it was originally purchased by Jared’s grandfather with the intention of his wife using it as a daily driver. While it may have been fun, it wasn’t exactly the best grocery getter in the world. She once went out to get groceries and forgot she had driven the corvette. She was soon reminded how small the space was when the bag boy innocently asked “where would you like me to put these?”. Impracticality added with a growing...

Fan Car Friday: 1967 Mustang

In this Fan Car Friday we will be taking a look at a 1967 Mustang after people were bugging us to do a write up after seeing its reflection in the paint job of last week’s 1960 Cadillac. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored or looked after. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. Brandon owns this week’s first generation Mustang. Originally purchasing it when he was 14 Brandon has loved his 1967 Mustang ever since. The Mustang was first released in 1964 after being designed/conceived under Lee Iacocca and Donald Frey, taking a mere 18 months to build. In these 18 months the design team hit every single goal set by Lee Iacocca: have 4 seats, have a floor mounted shifter, weigh less than 2,500 pounds, cost less than $2,500 and have multiple high end options for the buyer to choose from. But that’s where Lee’s role ended. He didn’t design it, he conceived it. He was the father of the Mustang, but a great team “raised” it – this design group which was led by David Ash. To stay below the cost ceiling, the Mustang...

Fan Car Friday: 1960 Cadillac

In this Fan Car Friday we will be taking a look at a beautiful 1960 Cadillac. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans restored or looked after. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. All posts are made with written consent of the owners. Jon purchased this Cadillac, known as Lucille, in 2013 with only 60,000 miles as he was medically retiring as an airborne infantryman. He served in the 82nd at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and the 1/509th at Fort Polk in Louisiana. He wanted the biggest piece of American steel, 2 door car with the largest fins he could find. No surprise when the 60 Cadillac was the frontrunner. She’s all original series 62 from his hometown of St. Louis, MO. Aside from new (stock) exhaust and the usual tune ups, carb and water pump rebuild, she’s bone stock from the day she left the factory. Jon says this car is an absolute boat. The look is perfect, the fins are sharp, the body panels are longer than any modern smart car, the turn signals are located on the front fenders instead of the inside of the car and the AM radio still works so Jon can listen to...


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