In the 1980s Bill built a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air that he patterned after Duane Steck's 1954 Chevrolet known as the Monnglow. It wasn't a clone, but rather a tribute build, looking like the first version finished in a bright, almost candy blue paint job almost like the final version. The Moonglow tribute was completed in 1988.
While he was restyling the 1954 Chevrolet, Bill came across an ad in Hemmings Motor News in 1986 for a 1951 Mercury that was supposedly used in Rebel Without a Cause. He bought it unseen, and it turned out to be Fred Rowe's 1951 Mercury Convertible, that appeared in the movie Running Wild along with the Hirohata Merc. Bill completed a frame-off restoration of the Mercury in 1989. After the car had been restored, both the Chevrolet and the Mercury were featured in Rod & Custom February 1991.
Bill decided he wanted to build a new home, so he sold the Mercury in 1992. After moving into the new house Bill was busy running a precision machine shop and refurbishing rare, high end pedal cars. In 2005 Bill decided that he wanted to build another tribute build. As he had fell in love with the Dick Jackson/Ronnie Dragoo 1954 Mercury, he decided to go ahead and build his version of the car.
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