Jason Momoa seems like a nice guy. I mean, I've never met him, but he seems like a straight shooter with upper management written all over him. And as it turns out, his wife Lisa Bonet is into cars just like he is. Her first car was a 1965 Mustang convertible, but as the years have gone by it's slowly succumbed to the elements. It's a good thing Momoa is such a nice guy then, because he got the whole car restored from the frame up.
In fact, he had a great video made to document the whole process. He posted it to his personal Youtube channel yesterday, and it goes through the entire restoration from when the car enters the garage, to when it leaves.
The restoration was done by Divine1Customs, a Las Vegas-based company that restores and modifies pretty much anything from a new Ford Transit van to a vintage Rolls Royce. Needless to say then that these guys did a great job. Pretty much everything in the car was replaced, including the floor. The original 289 small-block Ford V8 was also pulled out, along with the four-speed stick connected to it.
After everything was taken apart, the parts were all restored or replaced, including the engine. It appears to have been replaced with a brand new crate motor from Ford itself, however, it's possible the original engine was sent out for a thorough rebuild and then sent back. The car is seen to be running with this engine at the start of the video, so that could be possible. We reached out to Divine1Customs to try and get more details, and we will update this story when we hear back.
Besides the mysterious drivetrain, the rest of the car's fixed-up parts can be seen in plain sight, and thankfully everything was done tastefully. The car was repainted black, factory-looking wheels were added, and the interior was of course totally redone, albeit in conservative black leather upholstery. The four-speed stick was also maintained, as it seems like both Momoa and his wife Bonet are fans of three pedals.
The level of restoration and attention to detail all make sense in the context of Momoa, though. He's a car guy with a wide variety of interesting machines. He's owned an old pink Cadillac, a massive F-350 camper known as the Earth Roamer, and a Land Rover Defender, to name a few. There are also some motorcycles in the mix from makes like BMW and Harley-Davidson.
So if you want to do something nice for your husband or wife—maybe their birthday is coming up—give their car a frame-up restoration as Momoa did. I think my girlfriend's Prius is going to turn out great once I yank all of the doors off and start stripping the paint.
She doesn't know I'm disassembling her car yet so don't tell her. It can be our little secret.
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