Hot rodder resurrects toasted Chevy as middle finger to California wildfire

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos See More Videos Many vehicles were also lost in the fire, and with California being the mecca of hot rodding, we can gather that a lot of passionate people lost their projects.But not Steve Johnson of Santa Rosa. When Mother Nature tried to take his hot rod, he clenched it right back from her.According to Jonny Mill of WheelWell, Johnson’s ride is a 1956 Chevrolet 210, a classic hot rod done up in “gasser” style with a solid front axle and massive tires in the back. During the Tubbs fire, Johnson’s shop fell victim to the flames, as did his classic Chevelle, his Corvette, all his tools, his house, and even his Hot Wheels collection.The 210 was also caught in the blaze and almost didn’t make it, but Johnson thought ahead and put the vehicle in his driveway, hoping the fire wouldn’t be able to reach out and touch it. Johnson’s since took what was left of the gasser, and revived it.The panels are all burned to a crisp and no paint remains; the windshield is duct-taped in because the rubber seats all melted; and there’s nothing left in the interior but a shifter, a steering wheel and some pedals.To get the car going again, Johnson installed a new engine, new fuel lines and some new tires. That’s it. He even re-used the old supercharger. Without a doubt, the coolest part of the car is the melted turn signals, which became a puddle of orange goo on the bumper. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca In October of 2017, a terrible and destructive wildfire ripped through Northern California, destroying everything in its path.Some 22 lives were lost, as well as hundreds of homes.It’s currently been marked the second-most-destructive wildfire in California’s history, after the Camp Fire of 2018. RELATED TAGSChevroletNon-LuxuryNewscenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next › advertisement Trending in Canada Good on you Steve Johnson, you are what makes hot rodding great. last_img read more