William "Bill" Block's 1936 Ford 3-Window Coupe - Brandy's Chariot
1936 Ford restyled by Dave Puhl at Trend Customs for William Block of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Block's 36 was known and shown as the "Golden Chariot" and "Brandy's Chariot". It was considered by many to be the finest custom rods ever built, and William made a total cash investment of $ 9000 including labor and 300 hours of work to build it.
The Kenosha Coupe
The Brandy's Chariot iteration of Block's Ford featured hand-formed headlights and taillights and a hand-made grill. The doors were shaved and electrically operated. The car's undercarriage was completely chromed and upholstered, and the body was covered with 30 coats of Swedish Mother of Pearl paint. The paint job took two months to complete. The upholstery was done in all white pleats, and it was dressed up with 14 K gold plated tools in the trunk. The complete engine compartment was also chromed, and the car was powered by a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette engine with fully chromed carburetors. The Mother of Pearl version of Brandy's Chariot was shown at the first annual National Champion Custom Car Show. At the show, the car took home the Special Rod Show Award. According to Wally Shatkus, Brandy was a St. Bernard dog, so Bill often displayed the car with a giant stuffed animal.
Destroyed in a Shop Fire
In May of 2021 Wally Shatkus was the owner of the customized front fenders from Brandy's Chariot. Wally is a big fan of the historical custom car scene in the Chicago area. " I grew up near Trend Custom and as a grade-school boy the Trendero is the first kustom car I ever saw," Wally told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama. Wally bought the fenders back in 2005. He wants to rebuild the old custom, and he is currently looking for original parts of Brandy's Chariot that may still be around. Please get in touch with Kustomrama at email@example.com if you have or know where any of the parts from the historic custom car is today.
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