All You Need to Know About 49 Cadillac Part 1

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The word is out in Northern California–Greg Westbury builds a pretty mean car. Known for maniacal attention to detail and top-shelf fabrication skills, the “G-Man” has amassed quite a following around his home in Concord, California. Greg recently began building complete cars and motorcycles after earning a rep as a chassis fabrication specialist; he’s equally at home crafting a part for a car or the whole darn thing.

It’s not uncommon for Greg to do something more than once in his pursuit to get it perfect. It is unusual, however, for him or anybody else to build an entire custom car twice. Not twice as in two versions of the same ride, but redoing a finished custom into another completely different version.

Fourteen years ago, Greg built a wild ’49 Cadillac for his dad, Bob Westbury. He even got it on the cover of Custom Rodder’s Summer ’91 issue (remember when we were quarterly?). Back then, the Cad wore a chopped, lift-off steel top, divided windshield, and modified original grille. It had fat Mickey Thompson rubber, wheelie bars, and silver paint with hot-pink scallops on the nose. Yeah, you know the look–pure early ’90s.

Like so many other things in life, the Cad began to lose some appeal as years passed. Bob concluded that cosmetic surgery was in order and, naturally, he tapped Greg for the job. Both men felt big changes were in order; Greg ultimately settled for a Weight Watcher’s approach, instituting a slimming program that was nothing short of life changing.

The end result is that nearly every body part has been extensively remodified. The front fenders now slope to meet E-class Mercedes headlights, and the once-massive hood is more svelte after a severe pie cut and nose job that lays the front back two inches. It forms the top of a reshaped cavity showcasing a new single-blade custom grille that sits above a ’56 Chevy front bumper. Further back, the hood extends over the former cowl area, guiding air up and over a new one-piece windshield. The decklid is sectioned and tipped forward to echo the front sheetmetal, with a license plate fit flush to the extensively reworked ’56 Chevy bumper. Cadillac taillights from a ’91 DeVille cap off the reshaped rear fenders.