Jon and Kali Budda’s Newman Lake, Washington based pearl green ’57 Chevy has won the Goodguys/Grundy Worldwide Insurance 2009 Kustom of the Year award! The award is presented annually to a vehicle of 1936-1964 vintage which features all the trappings of a traditional kustom including paint and body modifications, traditional lines, and a low stance among other kustom traits.
The Budda’s classic Chevy was rescued from a field in Idaho. It was originally purchased new in Seattle and customized in the early ‘60s. The car resurfaced in the ‘90s and was eventually restored to its 60s kustom roots by Claude and Russ Freund of Hot Rods by Freund in Spokane, Washington.
The car features canted ’58 Ford pickup headlights, a ’58 Desoto bumper, shaved handles and trim and vertical ’59 Chevy taillights. It’s coated in a custom shade of PPG with black scallops by Russ. Power is a ’59 Corvette 283 with an .080 over bore and a 30/30 Duntov cam. It breathes with dual quads and Headman headers and is backed with a Muncie four-speed and a Hurst shifter.
The interior features the bucket seats and a steering wheel from a ‘59 Impala, a ’62 T-bird rear seat and white leather upholstery by George Frank. The combination of the car’s 60’s roots, traditional styling and overwhelming curb appeal made it a popular choice for this year’s award.
The runner up finalists for this year’s Grundy Worldwide Insurance Kustom of the Year award included Tom Pagano, Rancho Cordova, CA (1953 Ford F-100), Tony Feil, Whitehouse Station, NJ (1940 Pontiac Convert), Jim Cannon, Saint John, IN (1949 Mercury) and Stan & Joyce Eilmann, Mooresville, NC (1951 Ford).