Posted by Ben on 03 28th, 2012
What is inspiration for a car enthusiast? It’s the air he breathes. Since we promised to fuel your passion and make you pursue your dream build a while ago, here we are, posting another interview with a one stop complete custom shop Kindig-It Design. This time that source of inspiration is custom built Hot Rod experts. These guys have been customizing and restoring hot rods for over 12 years.
The skilled and specialized crew with Dave Kindig in chief are located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Creativity is what drives them before starting any project and they’ve certainly done plenty of projects, among which are top builds that took top prizes nationally. In this post Dave Kindig tells us about red and white 1960 Corvette, “an ideal American icon”. Stay tuned!
Some peeps don’t consider the ‘Vette a muscle car. I bet those people have never driven it. It’s one of America’s first sports cars, which has got plenty of muscle. Born when the market was full of lookalike cars, the Corvette was a breath of fresh air. Let’s see what kind of modifications Kindig-It Design has done to our beloved ‘Vette.
Dave, you’ve been in the business for 12 years. Wow! You must have come a long way, but how did you come up with the idea of customizing and restoring hot rods?
Something I did as a child. I would build plastic model cars and even at a younger age, building LEGOS and playing with Hot Wheels cars. I have always lived my life off of “what if’s” what if I did this to a car…what if I did that???? I have been able to imagine what I would do to those cars and lucky enough in my adult life to be able to apply them to actual builds and share my vision with clients and the world through renderings.
Tell us about this breathtaking 1960 Corvette. What’s the idea behind the build? What kind of mods were done?
The idea behind the Corvette, was playing off the ideal American icon, the Corvette. There is nothing more American than Apple Pie, yellow polka dot bikinis and a red and white Corvette. I wanted this build to simulate how an original Corvette would have rolled off the assembly line in 1960. Using red with white coves, a white top and interior, and an orange engine with a black chassis. As you look closely at this build, one notices that all of the trim around the grill, the headlights, taillights have been flush mounted into the body and perfected. Kindig-It Design also used their patented smooth chrome door handles, keeping with the clean, classic line. And ridding the car of its ambiguous gas door, replacing it with a flush mounted hot match gas cap… Finishing off the styling by using a set of Curtis speed 19 and 20 inch Billet wheels that resemble the original hubcaps. PPG Torch red and cool vanilla. The engine was painted with house of color sunrise pearl orange and Mercedes silver with a satin clear to give it that classic fuelie look. Moving to the interior of the car…Jaguar bone leather and can red done by JS Custom Interiors. Mercedes Velour carpet. The Dash looking past one-off Colorado Custom steering Oreo Steering wheel designed by Kindig-It Design. Dakota Digital VHX series gauge cluster. Art Morrison frame powder coated in classic black. LS3 GM Performance 4L79 E Transmission. Sitting in a beautiful…cooled by Be Cool radiator. Billet Specialties serpentine system Tru Trac. Built for a client in Hawaii.
I know you guys have put soul in each project, but what is your favorite build?
A favorite build for me is too difficult to describe…as I put my heart and soul into every car…Keeping things fresh, energetic and passionate…I don’t think I have done my best Mustang or any vehicle yet for that matter.
What are your plans for the near future? Any sneak peek or teaser image for us?
Future plans include purchasing a building…Making it my own…Continue adding to our collection of machinery. Continuing producing our own line of custom parts and accessories…and as always catering to our customers….Bringing their dreams and visions into the forefront. Love to build a Riddler car at some point in time…
Also, Dave we know that you were honored with the Master Builder Award at the Boise Roadster show. Tell us what achievements this award recognizes.
Master Builder Award- total surprise…To be recognized as a Master Builder with the Boise Roadster Show which draws in penultimate builds…Represents the best of the best. Kidnig-It Design and Dave have been honored with many awards over the years…including Utah’s finest the Wasatch Cup game design award for best hot rod…America’s most beautiful street rod. This is an award that comes to us sooner than we would have expected….gggghhnnn
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