Two near-death experiences would probably make most riders downgrade their 26s for something closer to the earth. But when the back wheel on Kool’s ’73 Caprice went round and round down I-20 without him (twice), he just decided he needed another car with bigger wheels. Both occasions left the South Cak–reppin’ Georgian with extensive damage to his previous ride’s body, as well as ruining his drawers. “I ain’t gonna lie, it scared the shit out of me!
“After the second time I knew it didn’t make sense to fix it, so I went out looking for the same exact car,” says Kool, who got lucky and found another ’73 that someone had traded in at a local dealer—complete with four dead cats in the trunk. Already knowing that “red turns heads”, the choice of a brandywine/candy-apple red paint job came quicker than a 40-year-old virgin. But it wasn’t until Kool and his younger brother were sipping on some nice Hawaiian Punch that his sibling suggested the theme. “We came up with it, and they [Toppit Customs] perfected it.” To keep it juicy inside and out, there’s a 15-inch sub commemorating each dead kitty, allowing this Caprice to hit harder than good ol’ Punchy himself—and this time, the wheels are staying on! W.G.
Year/Make/Model: 1973 Chevy Caprice
Rims: 28-inch Dub Condos
Paint: Brandywine/candy-apple red custom blend
Interior: Hawaiian Punch–themed leather interior
Exterior: Hawaiian Punch–themed with front and rear murals
Audio/Visual: 4 15-inch MTX woofers and 4 9-inch screens in trunk; 20-inch ceiling-mounted drop-screen, 10-inch in-dash screen, Dolby Digital surround-sound processor
Engine: 350 Ci, Brodix head
Suspension: T/Rex lift kit
Shout-Outs: Leon at Toppit Customs, Chris and Mario at Mega Max, Vince and Marcus at Immortal Titans, Big Mike, Chub and Gus