Gary Hopper is responsible for building this beautiful street rod. Along with a folding top and headliner, this car has a custom built seat, under dash stereo and full stereo system. British Everflex was used for this interior, and Haartz Stayfast G was used for the top. The trunk has removable floors for access to storage. There are window control switches and door handles underneath the custom armrests. If you get a chance to see this car, take it! Its subtle, but if you look long enough, you will see the many modifications this car has inside and out.
Full Bore Custom 3/4 length console with stereo, speakers, dome light, and storage cubby's. Santana built dash over steel face. Fully dimensional door panels with interlocking armrest. More pictures coming soon.
The owners let Rich go with no boundaries on the interior. First, Rich contracted Airpoint Precision to build a one-off billet dash insert, housing the gauges, indicators, and two storage compartments hidden behind doors (look for the split next to the gauges). High Octane Blue is the color of the interior, so they decided the dash should match. Dropping down to the package tray, Rich made a stainless steel "guard rail" for the lip of the tray, it wraps around the package tray for a "Deadmans Curve" look and disappears into the radio box. The under dash also conceals all required instruments for operation. The car came to Rich in primer, so he used that opportunity to mock up a waterfall style center console in foam and then called on Carl Neeley to work his fiberglass magic on the buck. While Rich was at it, he had Carl fiberglass the door tops to wrap into the Santana designed dash. Thank you to Carl Neeley of Glaspro (530) 333-2472.
This fine traditional '32 roadster was completed using MB Tex and FineTuft carpet. The top was made using a Wescott 'glass shell and covering it with Haartz Stayfast cloth.
This is a '32 steel roadster from Half Moon Bay, California. This roadster features MBtex vinyl covering custom Santana-built seats. German Velour Carpet was used in this car. It also features the newest "Hot Rod" stereo system supplied by Santana Interiors.
This rod was completed just in time for the 1998 Grand National Roadster Show. Everything in this high tech interior was hand fabricated by Rich. It was covered in MB Tex vinyl. The console houses inset seatbelts, extra gauges, and the stereo. It was a cover car in Street Rodder Magazine.
This '33 Three Window Coupe is about as bad as bad can get. Steel, Blown 454, Halibrand Quick-change, chopped by Marcel, and a stereo that has more headroom than the Tabernacle. This coupe has all leather, black suede headliner, and a TON of stereo. Did we mention that the stereo in this thing is awesome? The coolest part about the interior is that it looks traditional, but hidden inside is serious sound. The seat is custom Santana built bench, covered in Connelly black leather. The door panels are also covered in leather as well as the kicks, and rear quarters. The one piece suede headliner is pleated, but absorbs the road noise. The trunk was also treated to fine stitch work as well with some pretty trick work to hide batteries and other audio equipment.
Rich Santana features include modified, race-type bucket seating and Auto Meter gauges.
If this roadster looks familiar, it's because it's been in Rod & Custom magazine more than a few times. This car belongs to Rich Boyd of Primedia fame. It has been the subject of many build articles and was a feature in Hot Rod magazine. The top was featured in a top article in R&C and after relocating to the gold country, Rich finished the car in time for the Grand National Roadster Show in '99. Boyd belongs to the LA Roadsters club and has enjoyed many miles in this car. It includes a custom covered dash, rumble seat, and interior covered in Mercedes Tex vinyl and Mercedes velour carpet. The inserts on the panels and seat are from perforated matching vinyl. These pictures are also showing the hand-built, removable, foldable top covered in Stayfast material. The light weight bows are hand formed from aluminum tube. The top collapses for easy storage in the trunk.
This '33 Phantom Phaeton belonging to Bob Meyer of Salt Lake City, is completely covered in leather. This show car includes sculpted leather floors and a custom Santana-built lift off top.
This 1934 Chevrolet Sedan was built by Mike DiMatteo of DiMatteo's Street Rods in Santa Rosa, Ca. Mike took this car from graffiti night prince to Car Show King with outstanding chrome work underneath, to full tilt chromed, blown, detailed to the max small block Chevy. The under side of the car is completely chromed and the graphics match those on the outside. Mike also built this car to be driven, which is what Gary does anytime he can. Full Custom Built : Recessed door handles, window switch hidden under armrest. Window moldings removed and smoothed into panels. Custom made dash with Santana dash insert. Hand built overhead console houses stereo and speakers. Underdash cover has A/C vents and controls. Hard headliner with asymmetrical designs. Santana custom wraparound rear seat. Reworked front Camaro seats (not shown). EVERYTHING BUILT FROM SCRATCH!!
This rod features authentic horn back alligator skin inserts and leather. It also has squareweave carpet. Rich completely designed and built the wrap around dash and cockpit roll.
This rod has tons of underdash panel work which is a Santana specialty. It also has a 10.5 inch monitor in the headliner. This car has tons of stereo sound. Reworked GM buckets and a Santana rear seat make this a comfortable ride.
We finished this car in 2002!! These shots were taken last October 2012!! The new owner Bob Fulton is getting ready to enjoy tons more miles on this steel sedan. Originally built by Chuck Lombardo of California Street Rods, rebuilt by Carl Musser back in '02, it's all steel with a blown 350. Nice car, thanks for the opportunity to reacquaint with the job. It's always nice to see your work through the years.
This 1935 Ford Woodie belongs to Art Fortin of Gilroy. Covered in leather, the stock seat was reworked with foam, and made to fit today's drivers. The rear seats also only use the stock frame and have also been reworked in foam, this new technology lasts longer and feels better than Henry's idea seventy years ago. The carpet is tan German square weave and the top is blue harrtz stayfast. The underside of the dash is standard Santana featuring courtesy light, power port and misc. switches. Thanks to Art for keeping this Woodie really nice after so many miles.
This car has a custom Santana one piece rear seat, Mazda fronts, double opening console lids, and modified GM headliner console. The builder built the center console and Rich covered it in MBTex Parchment vinyl. The seats and panels also have perforated inserts. The trunk is covered in tan trunk lining.
MB Tex vinyl with German Velour carpet. Rich custom built the rear luggage compartments to house tools, and CD changer. Rich also built his standard underdash tray with courtesy lights. Also put into play are Santana Interiors exclusive door handles. Rich also hand built the chrome strips in the trunk as well as the custom trunk false wall to house the wiring.
This all steel 37 Cabrio belongs to Rick & Nanci Smedley of Lodi. This car has a custom built fold down rear seat to accommodate the owners wheelchair. Also an underdash panel houses the stereo, switches, a/c and has a storage shelf. The car was covered in tweed and vinyl. The carpet is Mercedes velour, and the fiberglass top is covered in Hartzz Stayfast canvas. Rich made the window and opening from scratch to the owners desire. The trunk is covered in carpet. Special thanks to Carl Neeley for the fiberglass work on the top.
This car has so many bitchin' little things we did to it. We won the Manuel Arteche award at the Sacramento Autorama in '03 with the car, that is the most outstanding interior of the show. Hand formed aluminum mesh, hand built aluminum molding, 72 inch long dome light in upper console, purple/blue mood lighting, kick ass stereo. This car was a four month project at my shop. We even removed his vent windows in the doors and installed one piece CURVED glass, cut from the front windshield of a full size Blazer. New wheels, 110 volt lighting circuit for the indoor shows, new digital readouts, one-off air-ride gauge switch cluster, integrated third brake light in the rear window molding. You get the idea. We're taking this car down to Pomona for the Grand National Roadster show Jan. 22 to run for the interior award there. Then we'll take it to the Detroit Autorama, that's the big dog.
This is a good example of a quality interior completed with a budget in mind. It features tweed and cut pile carpet. And as with most of Rich's work it features many custom built touches through out.
This car was purchased needing some TLC and Rick shipped it to Mike of DiMatteo's Street Rods in Santa Rosa, Ca. Mike did some motor mods, suspension upgrades and decided to have Santana's redo the out dated tweed interior. Rich used the original T-Bird seats and custom built a rear seat to match. The panels were also given the upgrade treatment as well as the trunk and headliner. The material used were OEM vinyl and German Squareweave carpeting. A new stereo was also thrown in to make this ride a customer favorite. If you're ever in the Bay Area, keep an eye out for the Dentist with the big smile, that's Rick.
Prime example of "Working with a budget". Hard headliner with matching visors. Re-worked stock seats. Custom made rear armrests. Trunk covered in trunk lining with spare tire cover. This car took approximately 2 1/2 weeks!!
Dominator Motorsports built this '39 convertible for the 2004 Detroit Autorama. We built custom door sills, custom bulkhead, one off billet trim and covered the Recaro seats in buckskin leather. Included in some of the trick stuff is the Santana made custom gas, brake and dimmer pedals.
Also take a good look at the valve covers. The owner didn’t have a plan for the valve covers, so at the last minute, we built custom fiberglass covers and covered them in leather.
Also, Carl Brouhard worked his magic on the engine cover with his airbrush mastery to match the inside chrome trim. That’s a first!! Leather covered valve covers….
Rich stitched up the Recaro seats and interior trim pieces in tan leather with perforated leather inserts. Rich completed the trim with German wool carpets on the floors and in the trunk.View full story at streetrodderweb.com