A few weeks later, Paul was at a local car show in Azusa, California and guess what, so was the 46! Paul introduced himself to the owner and builder of the car, a gentleman by the name Tutu. Paul would soon learn that Tutu is one of the most respected OG Bomb builders in Southern California. After talking with Tutu about the car, Paul found that it was a full frame-off restoration. By the end of the conversation, Tutu gave Paul a price for the Fleetline. He went home that day and started to figure out how he could afford the purchase.
Within days, Paul made an appointment with Tutu to view the car at his garage. Although Tutu did not have a deposit taken on the car, Tutu told Paul he had another interested buyer for the Fleetline that wanted to freeway test it before buying it, and this was to happen within the next couple of days.
Tutu went over the details of the restoration with Paul, and explained that he had done the body and paint work on the Fleetline. He had Mike Perez take care of the interior and install a Hampton Coach Kit, while Sharab, in the San Fernando Valley, took care of the woodgrain restoration. Carter’s, in La Puente, California rebuilt the stock 216 engine and three-speed transmission. The exhaust is a split manifold with glass packs that expel the exhaust fumes in the familiar Chevy Bomb pipe rap.
Tutu also took care of the frame work and lowered the Fleetline just a bit to enhance the look of the 46. He finished off the chassis work with a set of 16-inch Artilleries, pinstriped by Danny D and mounted to Firestone wide white walls.
For finishing touches, Tutu added factory GM accessories to the Fleetline. Inside is a GM tissue dispenser, umbrella holder, and armrest. Outside Tutu added a set of rare reverse lights, center pull down, dual GM spot lights, chrome wings for the trunk, bumper guards, fog lights, wraparound skirts, rare rear window wiper, and a GM locking gas cap.
After hearing about all the restoration work Tutu had done to the Bomb, Paul was sold. The next morning Paul was at Tutu’s with a deposit, and the deal was complete a few days later. Paul now had another classic Chevrolet to call his own.
Since bringing the Fleetline home, Paul has attended local cruise nights and car shows in the San Gabriel Valley and brought home quite a few trophies. He just participated in the 2010 Azusa Gold Days Parade. As you can imagine, everywhere he goes the car attracts a lot of attention, and its very well deserved. Tutu clearly made the right decision in selling the rare Fleetline to Paul, as he is someone who appreciates the rarity and craftsmanship. We know once the 59 Impala is done it will be just as eye catching as this Canyon City Cruiser.
Canyon City Cruiser
Owner: Paul Hertz
Vehicle: 1946 Chevy Fleetline
City/State: Azusa, California
Paint: OG Black by TuTu
Interior: Mike Perez covered the interior in stock materials and a Hampton Coach Kit. Sharab out of the San Fernando Valley did the Woodgrain.
Suspension: Tutu lowered the Fleetline just enough to fill the gaps between the fenders and tires.
Wheels: 16-inch Artilleries pinstriped by Danny D.
Tires: Firestone 5.60’s
Special Thanks: Tutu, Jack & Buck from Advanced Muffler, Covina, CA.