All photos by Mark Kawakami
In the car scene, fads come and go. Billet, pro street, mono-colored, and neon excess throw-up from the 80s and early 90s has been replaced by the equally as gaudy so-called rat rod/rockabilly car scene that’s as tired as a firestone wide white. Bucking all trends, JD Massey’s 1955 Ford Ranch Wagon stays on the constant vein of traditionalism that feeds the heart and soul of classics.
“I try to keep my rides as close to the period and era they’re from,” Massey said.
“I owned my ‘53 for 17 years,” he said. “In 1992, I was in a car club called the “the Blacktop Bombers, we were a club from all over LA.”
“I had a good friend who flies for free take the trip to Albuquerque,” he said. “I met him in Arizona and we drove it home.”
“Man, I get torn between wrenching and going surfing. It’s a battle with myself,” he said. “That happened all the time with my ‘53. My wagon combines my passions.”