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Duane Aspengren’s “Night Train”

You may possibly know the name Kevan Sledge from the renowned (infamous?) SoCal-centered ‘Shifters’ vehicle club, earning headlines in the 90s as part of the resurgence of common scorching rods and customs. These times, Kevan runs a store in Northern California making some rather spectacular custom autos, concentrating generally on ’39-’40 Mercurys. He not too long ago took possession of a sectioned ’49 Hudson termed Evening Educate, that was really highlighted in Sizzling Rod magazine 2 times in the 50s.

Back in 2010, HAMBers got information that the car was continue to close to when a different SoCal Shifter, Axle posted this:

“A family close friend Ed Mueller and I drove up to Sacramento again in 1991 the place he acquired “Night Train” a sectioned 1949 Hudson that manufactured Warm Rod journal in 1953 and all over again in 1958. It is remaining concluded up and will debut in January. Auto was initially designed by its owner Duane Aspengren. My buddy just lately observed Duane’s family where they gave him lots of trophies from the San Diego Autorama again in the 50’s & early 60’s , a car club jacket, and a auto club plaque. Every thing will be displayed subsequent to the car. Apart from for the 1st picture the relaxation have never been noticed to the community. Ed Mueller contacted a person of Petersen publishing’s retired Photo Journalists who did the ’58 image shoot at Balboa Park in San Diego. The photographer (Bob Hardee) had 30 authentic negatives just after all these years and i’m publishing 5 of them as a taster. Love.”

Kevan shared information of the the latest acquisition, alongside with a minimal much more history and this update:

“I a short while ago turned the new caretaker of Duane Aspengren’s “Night Train” 1949 Hudson! It was highlighted in Warm Rod magazine in 1953 as a moderate tailor made then once again in 1959 as a additional radical customized. It won numerous motor vehicle displays again in the day which include the top rated personalized award at the 1961 San Diego Autorama picked by George Barris. Duane sectioned the auto 4 inches and channeled it another 4 inches. He installed a 49 Merc grille opening, 57 Corvette grille, Louvered hood, shaved the body, tailor made 49 Packard rear bumper, frenched 49 Merc taillights, frenched 53 merc headlights, custom made dash with a ton of gauges, 56 Ford steering wheel, 57 Plymouth hubcaps, and tuck and roll upholstery. The car or truck demands a several matters cosmetically to make it glimpse like it did in 1959 like the reduced side stainless, mirrors, antenna, stock seats, and the entrance end raised up a little, but it’s not as well far off. I was informed this auto begun a huge lowrider scene in San Diego in the early 60’s. Duane offered it sometime in the 60’s then it was owned by customers of the Night time Prowlers club for a although. At some stage it manufactured its way to NorCal and had a bit of heritage up below ahead of becoming bought and restored by Ed Muller in the 90’s.

Can not hold out to see this a person back on the road…




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