Ken Maisano’s MASCAR Autobody Garage in Costa Mesa, California

We’ve been fans of Ken Maisano and his work at MASCAR Autobody & Paint in Costa Mesa, California, for almost a decade now. We first met him at the racetrack, wanting to photograph his wheelstanding, 9-second 1970 Barracuda in 2009. A Detroit native, Ken moved to California seeking warm weather and a career in the car business. He founded MASCAR more than 25 years ago and built a solid reputation in the cutthroat world of autobody and collision repair. In his spare time, Ken would do one restoration a year in a small corner of his shop. Impressed with his work and enthusiasm, we’ve continued to follow the cars that come out of Ken’s shop. Paying customers of his restorations have taken notice as well, and business for him has shifted from being a majority collision repair to now building several award-winning show cars and high-end restomods per year. He has a knack for finding rare, unusual, and limited-production models and performing meticulous restorations on them. Currently, he and his guys are working overtime on cars heading to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) show November 19–20, 2016. Lets check out a few of MASCAR’s latest builds.

This 1971 ’Cuda is Ken’s personal car. He found it on eBay needing precious little work to make it nice. “I buffed the paint!” Ken joked, sounding a little relieved that this car didn’t need a ton of bodywork. Its interesting combination of options is what makes the car unique: the ’Cuda has a 340 engine with a N96 Shaker hood, rear wing, and the billboard sticker package. To that, Ken added Control Freaks’ front coilover suspension conversion. Ken also rebuilt the engine, turning it into a stealthy-looking 408 with Wiseco pistons and a hydraulic roller cam conversion.
This 1971 ’Cuda is Ken’s personal car. He found it on eBay needing precious little work to make it nice. “I buffed the paint!” Ken joked, sounding a little relieved that this car didn’t need a ton of bodywork. Its interesting combination of options is what makes the car unique: the ’Cuda has a 340 engine with a N96 Shaker hood, rear wing, and the billboard sticker package. To that, Ken added Control Freaks’ front coilover suspension conversion. Ken also rebuilt the engine, turning it into a stealthy-looking 408 with Wiseco pistons and a hydraulic roller cam conversion.
The 1970 Oldsmobile 442 is a ground-up restoration that is nearly completed. One of a very few black, four-speed W-30 cars, Ken picked it up in decent “driver” condition and performed a rotisserie restoration on it. He also rebuilt the 455 using modern pistons with a lightweight, metric ring pack, but retained the stock crank, rods, and cam. On Westech’s engine dyno, it made 450 hp and a tire-smoking 515 lb-ft of torque. This Oldsmobile was assembled in Canada and has complete documentation, so there’s no way to fake or clone this build. It’s scheduled to be completed on time for the MCACN show.
The 1970 Oldsmobile 442 is a ground-up restoration that is nearly completed. One of a very few black, four-speed W-30 cars, Ken picked it up in decent “driver” condition and performed a rotisserie restoration on it. He also rebuilt the 455 using modern pistons with a lightweight, metric ring pack, but retained the stock crank, rods, and cam. On Westech’s engine dyno, it made 450 hp and a tire-smoking 515 lb-ft of torque. This Oldsmobile was assembled in Canada and has complete documentation, so there’s no way to fake or clone this build. It’s scheduled to be completed on time for the MCACN show.
Truly a one-of-one, this is the only black 1970 Boss 302 Cougar Eliminator ever made. Ken and his crew took an entire year to perform the complete nut-and-bolt restoration, and the results are stunning. The car was in decent shape to begin with, but needed some bodywork. It was completely disassembled, stripped to bare metal, and rebuilt to better-than-new condition at MASCAR. With the running gear from a Boss 302 Mustang, the high-revving 302 engine is backed by a Top Loader four-speed and a 9-inch rear with 3.91:1 gears on a locker.
Truly a one-of-one, this is the only black 1970 Boss 302 Cougar Eliminator ever made. Ken and his crew took an entire year to perform the complete nut-and-bolt restoration, and the results are stunning. The car was in decent shape to begin with, but needed some bodywork. It was completely disassembled, stripped to bare metal, and rebuilt to better-than-new condition at MASCAR. With the running gear from a Boss 302 Mustang, the high-revving 302 engine is backed by a Top Loader four-speed and a 9-inch rear with 3.91:1 gears on a locker.
Under the Cougar is an as-yet unrestored 1969 AMC S/C Rambler. It’s always cool to see these factory-built, limited-production performance models. The S/C Rambler was built in conjunction with Hurst Performance and included hi-po goodies like a 390 engine, dual exhaust, a Twin-Grip differential, and of course, a Hurst T-handle shifter. Ken’s plans are to restore it as a “day-two” restomod with an aluminum AMC engine and sort of a Pro Street vibe. He says they’ll get rolling on it after the MCACN show.
Under the Cougar is an as-yet unrestored 1969 AMC S/C Rambler. It’s always cool to see these factory-built, limited-production performance models. The S/C Rambler was built in conjunction with Hurst Performance and included hi-po goodies like a 390 engine, dual exhaust, a Twin-Grip differential, and of course, a Hurst T-handle shifter. Ken’s plans are to restore it as a “day-two” restomod with an aluminum AMC engine and sort of a Pro Street vibe. He says they’ll get rolling on it after the MCACN show.

Source: hotrod.com

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