EDITION 13. The owner is Jeremy Nolan
On a rainy afternoon, I met up with Jeremy Nolan from @Madskillz and his dream car, a 1939 Chevy Master Deluxe. Jeremy is easily one of the top airbrush artists in the country. He has put art on everything that moves, from bikes to cars to helicopters.
Article and photos by Joe van Zyl
Jeremy told me the story behind his mobile canvas, a 1939 Chevy Master Deluxe. I always wanted a 1939 Chevy. To me it was the first gangster car, the stuff Al Capone use to ride in. But I never even knew where to find one. Back in 2001, I went to the shops with my mom. She went into a shop and I decided to stay outside on the pavement. I was standing outside Goodhope Cars and they were moving cars around on the showroom floor. As I turned around, they pulled a black 1939 Chevy Master Delux right in front of me. My jaw just dropped.
The car I have been looking for was right there in front of me. I went to the driver and started to ask him questions. The car was there for a year already and they just couldn’t sell it. So I asked him for the price, 25 000 big ones. I went home and got all my money together but I didn’t make it, So I called my cousin and told him to buy the car with me. The idea was to paint it pearl white with roses airbrushed on the back, so we could use it for weddings and make some money. But that never happened.
The car stood for a while. With the wedding idea gone, I went with my own flavour and painted it Matt Black. The car is still stock. All we did was change it from 6 to12 volts and Simon from Old Mill Rod & Custom sorted out the motor and running gear for me. But she still runs with the straight 6 216 motor, with a 3-speed tranny. The white wall tires were painted as I have a friend who mixed up a special batch of paint for me. I don’t have the money to bring in a new Coker. So it will do for now. The tyres really make the car stand out. It has a presence about it.
I started the art on the car and over the years just added more to it when I had the time. I have spent over 120 hours on it and it has a bit of everything I like on there. You can see the EdRoth Rat Fink, Von Dutch Flying eye, and even a bit of Iron Maiden. It’s a combination of freehand and template work.
What I did was put a layer of silver on the car as my base and then use 3 different types of black so I could get the depth that I needed. So I did it in reverse if I must say. The outside is basically done. I do have a few more things to add to the bonnet and roof. People ask me if I am still going to put clear over it but I like it the way it is. My next step is to do the interior. I am making up some steel door panels. Then I am going to go crazy with the inside, maybe also redo the seats. But for now, she is perfect.