California Custom 1960 Desoto Fireflight

Price: - Item location: Mentone, California, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: DeSoto
  • Model: Kustom Fireflight
  • Trim: Custom
  • Year: 1960
  • Mileage: 60000
  • VIN: 7103102124
  • Color: Custom Bali Bali Bay Pearl
  • Engine size: See description
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!

1960 DeSoto Kustom Fireflight Custom

1960 Desoto Fireflight Island Girl - Owner / Builder - Duane Barbee

Kustom Body Modifications

A highly modifiedgrill surroundwas crafted from a 2003 Ford F150 grill /head light housing, it was then grafted to the front of the Desoto sheet metal. Three1956Chrysler Windsor grill wings were narrowed to fit inside the custom grill surround.

  • The hood & trunk were shaved & decked & all side trim, backup lamps, license plate trim has been removed & their mounting locations filled (welded) & smoothed.

  • A 1961 Buick LeSabre bumper has been modified to fit in place of the stock front bumper. The original turn signal locations in the Buick bumper were then filled & the turn signals relocated below their original locations.

  • The hood corners have been rounded & the original headlight locations were tunneled & hand formed headlight buckets hold quad Harley Davidson headlights.

  • Front fenders have been molded into the rockers and cowl to continue the smooth lines.

  • Out back the 1961 Chrysler Imperial tail light bezels were modified and a custom adapter was made to mount the 1959 Cadillac to the 1961 Chrysler Imperial bezels that were then mounted on custom stanchions inside the modified DeSoto housings.

  • Twin faux antennas have been frenched into the right inner fender.

  • The Desoto rear bumper has been moved in 2” closer to the rear splash area & the license plate has been frenched with 5/8” dia. rod.

Paint – Bali Bali Bay Pearl

  • Matt Means owner of Anaheim Rod & custom performed the paint work usingHouse of Kolor Shimrin 2 using 2 coats of KD3000 series custom mix seafoam sealer as the base, with 3 coats of iced mint (custom mix) pearl base, followed by 18 delicately applied coats of the custom Bali Bali Bay pearls. This was all encompassed in 3 coats of USC-01 clear then sanded flat with three more coats applied and all was finished off with meticulous color sanding and buffing.


  • A 1961 Chrysler 4 way power seat was salvaged & rebuilt. The seats are pearl white with sea foam green inserts & custom pleated door panels. A modified dash area holds a custom gauge cluster fitted in in the original radio location.

Running Gear

  • The Motor is a 371 c.i. (361 c.i. bored .060 over) rebuilt with new pistons & rods, polished & balanced 383 crank, 440 Source aluminum 383 heads, a Comp 21-305-A cam, an Edelbrock manifold & 600 cfm carb. The original Torqueflight transmission has been rebuilt & maintains the original typewriter shift system.

  • Disc brakes have replaced the stock front drum brakes & the tires are P815/75-15 with 2 1/2:” WWW’s with 1962 Dodge SpinnerHubcaps (repops).

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On Mar-04-20 at 20:15:44 PST, seller added the following information:

Ready for Summer *Island Girl*A California Custom 1960 Desoto Fireflight.

The pictures & build description speakfor themselves & in addition all trophies, plaques & awards will go with the sale.

Also included a Build Book that consists of approximately 90 pictures that go from the original as found car to what is now the award-winning beauty Island Girl (IG).

Insured for $46,500I am listing at $38,500, I feel it’s a steal. I’m not interested in trades or partial trades unless you have a 1957 or 1958 Plymouth Belvedere or Savoy 2dr HT in decent to equal condition.

Misc. IG has appeared in both Car Kulture Deluxe & Beach Beauties Magazines

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