1969 Daytona clone / 440 Magnum
by Dane Gjesdal
After doing a "Stock Daytona Clone" (Red), I wanted to have a little creative
fun. I thought through a color scheme and came up with a "Daytona Yellow"
(close to Viper yellow) exterior with white wing, light "Doe Skin" interior
and big rims. I chose bright yellow, because it is a color that is doing well
at shows, and not too many Daytona's are this color
- cloned or original. I thought about yellow on black, but I'm tired of the
boring black interior, been there done that. After seeing the Xtreme Lee's
interior (General Lee) on TV, my inspiration to have an open and bright
interior was confirmed (thanks Kenny Wayne Shepherd). I wanted an interior
that feels clean and open, and the light " Doe Skin" color fit the bill.
I wanted a custom Daytona, yet I didn't want to go crazy and regret it later.
I chose to go, as I call it, the "tasteful custom" route . The mods are subtle
because the car itself is radical enough. I went with the big rims, Boyd
Coddington (through American Tire) 18x10 on the back and 17x8 on the front. I
got the tallest tire I could get, since I don't like the look of the band aid
tires that I've seen on big rims.
This Daytona has the all important rear window plug. This distinguishes good
cloning from the more common bolt-on wing and nose cone replicas. Don't get me
wrong, they're still cool, but the rear plug makes the Daytona a true "Aero"
car. The rear plug is no small feat. Welding in the plug and shortening the
trunk is a modification few attempt and few do well.
The engine is a mildly built 440. It breaths in with an Edelbrock carburetor
and exhales through stock HP manifolds and 3" TTI exhaust system.
Through this next year I will be doing little mods to the interior and will be
disclosing those as I go. Let me put it this way, it will be a musician
I am going to enjoy driving both my red and yellow Daytona's
to the car shows this summer. Seeing two of these flying down the road is
going to be fun. How can I bring both cars to the shows? Thanks to my Dad and
my youth pastor we will make it happen.
Greg: Dane's at it again! This one
really took my breath away that's why I gave him a spread like no other car I've
ever done! The only problem is Dane is keeping his artwork to himself!! Dane,
you HAVE to build me one of these monsters!!! Here's his other one we have on
our site side by side with his new one.
For higher quality shots
To see Dane's other Daytona
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