1975 Chevrolet Caprice: Kent State

When one Ohio man wanted a Donk served Southern style, he turned to Kent's Automotive.

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Story: Will Sabel Courtney

Photography: Andrew Link

The world of custom cars may all seem the same to outsiders, but those who play the game know all too well that the scene is far from uniform. Different regions have different trends with different styles—the California version of a ride will likely be quite unlike the Miami version of that very same vehicle.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t overlap sometimes. Joe, the owner of this Donk, hails from the great state of Ohio, but when he wanted to turn this ’75 Caprice into his custom vision, he decided he wanted to give it a Southern flavor—with some help from Kent’s Automotive of Waycross, Georgia, a shop he discovered during a trip to Stuntfest in Atlanta. “In Ohio they do cars differently than they do down South,” shop owner Kent says diplomatically. Joe is a little more explicit: “Up in Toledo, they paint them real nice, but those Miami and Florida cars…they ain’t doing them like that!” he says.

To start on his Southern-fried ride, Joe picked up the Caprice from Kent’s, then turned right around and gave it back to them for a full frame-off, ground-up restoration. (Joe makes sure to mention how happy he was that he only had to go to one shop for all his Donk needs.) Chrome was applied liberally but tastefully: The chrome suspension, convertible rack and skirts are some of the standout features of the car—assuming you can look past the 30-inch DUB spinners it sits upon, a small concession to the wheel brand’s popularity in the Midwest scene.

Peek inside and there are custom buckets and a small sea of well-applied fiberglass—but the standout feature is the 32-inch TV screen molded into the dashboard, followed up closely by the 22-inch monitors in the doors. Look a little closer inside and you may notice one feature you’ve probably never seen before: hand controls on the steering wheel for the gas and brakes. Joe, as it turns out, uses a wheelchair to get around when he’s not behind the wheel—but the nontraditional controls (pull down on the control to accelerate, push toward the dash to hit the brakes) don’t keep him from stuntin’. The first time he drove his new Donk, he accidentally laid down a fat patch of rubber. “It’s easy to burn rubber when you got the hand controls!” he laughs.

Spec The Technique:

Year/Make/Model: 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Convertible

Performance: ZZ383 Stroker; Turbo 400 transmission; 3.73 rear

Exterior: Orient Blue Kandy House of Kolor paint; custom mesh grille; HID lights; chrome convertible rack, fender wells, engine accessories, front suspension and skirts

Interior: Custom fiberglass installation; custom bucket seats

Ice: Six 6.5-inch Eminence speakers, four 8-inch speakers; six Power Acoustik bullet tweeters; two Rockford Fosgate P3 subwoofers; Alpine CDE-122 CD player; Boss BV255OUA DVD player; Power Bass XEQ-5XOA signal processor; 32-inch in-dash TV, two 22-inch TVs in doors; digital gauges in door panels; Vintage accessory system with digital controls colored custom blue to match the car

Wheels/Tires: 30-inch DUB Stashola wheels; Toyo Proxes 4 tires, 265/25/30