The hardest part about these concept drawings was getting the true colors e.g. Amethyst (dark purple) and Metallic Gold right.
This is the process of building Merianne this 1955 Plymouth Plaza 2-door Wagon A.K.A. the Plymouth BA-GT (Bad Ass-Girl Toy). Like my "Big Poppa" Buick, the Wagon was built by my friend Dennis Sastini between his back yard, my garage and Skip's hobby Shop. The final colors of the wagon will be Amethyst (dark purple) and Metallic Gold, both are OEM colors., The two colors will be separated by an orange pearl stripe. The wagon went to the paint shop on 2/24/15 and the new targeted completion date was the end of April 2015. This was supposed to be a secret that went haywire, just keep reading to get the details.
1955 Plymouth BA-GT Project
About 4 years prior to the wagon project, at the Oroville, CA car show I saw this Bad Ass 1949 Plymouth wagon and met the owner, Bill Lehman, who came down from Oregon and a very nice guy. Bill and I exchanged contact information and stayed in touch. I was so impressed with Bill's wagon I started looking for a 49-52 Plymouth wagon as a potential project car for my wife. After a little research, it became clear to me that although this was to be my wife's car, it might be a little bit tight for a big guy like me.
Then one day one of my neighbors and I were talking and I mentioned I was looking for a wagon and his eyes lit up because he had a friend that had this 1955 Plymouth Plaza Wagon that was for sale with a unused MOPAR Magnum Crate motor and 4 speed overdrive transmission. What really caught my attention was the unused motor and transmission. You see this was a stalled project that was started by Dave Hill a hot rod designer previously with Custom Rodder Magazine. The reason the projected was stalled was Dave Hill worked for Custom Rodder Magazine and the wagon was a featured article in a couple Custom Rodder magazines until the time when they stopped hard copy publications of the Magazine. Dave moved on from Custom Rodder Magazine and carried the wagon from California, to the south and finally ended up in Pueblo CO.
Using his Photoshop skills, Dave Hill had created a couple concept photos of what he wanted the wagon to look like.