PHOTOS BY JOVANNY ALVAREZ
Ashton: "I bought the car in 2012 from a friend and really had no solid plans of what I was going to do with it. I really thought I’d probably clean it up, bag it, and have it repainted, but after driving it for a few weeks it’s personality showed itself and I knew it just needed to stay rough and rusty. It had to be low, static, loud, and rowdy. My main goal with the car was to build it as cheap as possible. I refuse to buy anything for the car that can be made in my shop and even more, out of scrap metal. When I started the V8 swap I bought the drivetrain and any maintenance items I needed for it and fabricated everything else I would need myself. It’s been through a few different phases and I try to make it more ridiculous in my eyes every time I start a new idea. It’s not a rat rod, at least not in my eyes, but I built it with the mentality of one. It’s all low budget and homemade. When the engine finally gave out on me prompting the 302 swap, things got really interesting. There’s no off the shelf mods for these cars. There aren’t a ton of people who swap them, no good write ups online, so anything you want to do you’ve got to figure out on your own.
Got to thank my dad who spent countless hours helping me create this thing."
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