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Friday, May 8, 2020

Thom Taylor's Frankenstude

The car owner always wants to change the appearance of their car that is no longer attractive, out of date, and so on. Usually, they collaborate with the builders to realize these desires. This also happened to an old Studebaker owned by Thom Taylor.
Thom Taylor's Frankenstude's body constructed by Greg Fleury. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Szg2mu)
He began to draw his first sketch in 1990 for heavily customized that will be done on his-owned Studbaker which is considered to be the most outrageous, and ridiculous car. The idea was originally inspired by the Larry Erickson designed CadZZilla, which was built by Boyd Coddington.
Thom Taylor's Frankenstude was a 4-wheel drive car used the GMC AWD components in the front and early Corvette's parts in the back to make an independent suspension with disc brakes(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Szg2mu)
Thom Taylor took the design sketches of the car which was later given the name Frankenstude to Boyd Coddington, but he took a pass. Fortunately, he found Steve Anderson who was keen on having a radical car, slowly but surely the car project began to materialize.

The car body construction was carried out by rod constructor Greg Fleury who combined the body from the 1948 Starlight Studebaker, took the nose and hood from the 1951 model, used the front fender from the 1950 model while the rear fender was taken from the 1947 Studebakers.
Thom Taylor's Frankenstude used the tuned Chevrolet L-98 350-cid V8 engine mated with he GM 700R4 automatic transmission system and installed it onto the custom tube frame. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Szg2mu)
Then for the car's power source used the tuned Chevrolet L-98 350-cid V8 engine that able to produce power up to 400 horsepower. Greg then combined the engine with the GM 700R4 automatic transmission system and installed it onto the custom tube frame.
The HOTROD magazine listed Thom Taylor's Frankenstude in its "Top 100 Hot Rods That Changed the World" list(Picture from: https://bit.ly/2Szg2mu)
Thom's vision was to make Frankenstude as a 4-wheel drive car, so Greg used the GMC AWD components in the front and early Corvette's parts in the back to make an independent suspension with disc brakes.

Moving into its interior, the dashboard components are also built from scratch. And all interior works are also carried out by several specialists. Then its body was painted by the House of Kolor in Custom Purple color.
Thom Taylor's Frankenstude got 17-inch wheels and one of a kind steering wheel both custom made by Boyd Coddington. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2YvBqNe)
The car got 17-inch wheels and one of a kind steering wheel both custom made by Boyd Coddington. Uniquely, the car's doors are built to first move away and then turn vertically like in scissor-style ones.

Besides that, many parts were made from scratch to match the design that Thom had made. The process of working on the body of the car takes approximately 2 years while solving technical problems of approximately 5 years. Indeed, working on this project requires a lot of time.😑

When Frankenstude was shown in public for the first time, it immediately makes a hit. Even the famous magazine HOTROD listed this car in its "Top 100 Hot Rods That Changed the World" list. No wonder why. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AMCARGUIDE]
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