Friday, 31 August 2007 17:00

Restored Hotrods Win PPG Dream Car Awards

Written by Autobody News staff
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PPG selected two outstanding vehicles to receive the “PPG Dream Car” awards at the 10th annual Goodguys PPG Nationals at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus in July. The two vehicles were a ’48 Ford Nash Coupe owned by Mitch and Karen Rhodes of Helena, Ohio, and a 1950 Chevy Hardtop owned by Larry Johnston of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

Remember Nash?
Rhodes restored the rare model Nash for his wife, Karen, putting hundreds of hours into completely revamping the vehicle. The paint scheme was created by Pee Wee’s Restoration of Fremont, Ohio, using PPG’s Deltron 2000 Basecoat (DBC). The paint scheme utilized Sunset Red over Rose Metallic, and Gold Ash colors from the PPG Vibrance Collection of custom finishes, topped with Deltron DC3000 Clear.

        Rhode’s outstanding work has earned him numerous accolades in the past, including the Goodguys’ “Big, Bad, and Blown” award in 2000 for his ’54 Studebaker, wearing Hot Licks colors from PPG.

Rad Chevy
Johnston performed all the mechanics and personally assembled his radically reshaped and restored ’50 Chevy Hardtop.  Plisco Auto Body of East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania did all the bodywork and executed the bright, two-tone finish using New Chianti Red and Lamborghini Orange colors formulated with the PPG Global Refinish System.

        The Chevy was one of the “Great Eight” finalists for the 2006 Ridler Award, the Boyd Coddington Pro Pick at the Columbus Nationals, and a Custom Rod of the Year finalist at the 2007 Goodguys Heartland Nationals in Heartland, Iowa.

        The two “PPG Dream Car” annual awards are given to one car in the pre-l949 street rod category and one for 1949 and later custom vehicles.  The awards are given to the vehicles that best demonstrate outstanding use of color, design, gloss and execution of the paint job.


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