Steve had a 1964 Comet Caliente in high school in the late ’80s, but it was rusty and was sold prior to attending college. In 1994 after graduating from CCS in Detroit, he and his father found this Cyclone for $1,800. They chose it because it had no rust, and for how complete the car was including the original exterior trim, original black interior, and tachometer. It was in storage for 10 years prior to Steve purchasing it, and in addition to the rarity of the 64’ Comet Cyclones it also had the original 4-speed manual transmission, although the original engine was long gone. He had the vehicle in storage up until 2009 when the restoration began. This started with media-blasting the body down to bare steel. The 289 small block motor was sourced from a Mustang and completely rebuilt to emulate a K-code motor in looks and performance. The gorgeous 2013 Ford Mineral Gray paint was a personal choice that Steve desired over the original color, Polar white. The rebuilt engine and the color and front disc brakes are the only aspects that aren’t original. Most exciting of all, he just learned that the car has been selected to be shown in the 2014 Eyes on Design Show in Grosse Pointe, Michigan on Father's Day!
I am a Traverse City native, and after living in Chicago for eight years, Mother Nature called me home. I joined the Hagerty team in September 2013 and also work at OM Café on the weekends. When I am NOT working, I spend a lot of time with my mutt Charlie and perform with La Fleur Couture dance troupe, as well as perform in local theater. My dream classic would be a vintage pickup; I’ve wanted one since I was about 9 years old.