1954 Chevrolet Moonglow – This article is about a custom 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe built by Duane Steck. This custom car was known as Moonglow and was classified as a radical custom because of its chopped top. Some say the name was due to many of the parts being obtained at a local junk yard after midnight. Duane Steck was from Lakewood California and a member of the Long Beach Renegades. The Renegades were first organized in the early 1940s. During the 1940s, 1950s & 1960s the Renegades were well known and the most respected car club in California.
The first Moonglow was built from 1955 to 1956 and appeared in January 1957 issue of Car Craft. The Moonglow was painted icebox white with powder blue inserts. Features included a 4 1/2 inch chopped top, stock 1954 Chevy grille with extra teeth, 1956 Chrysler frenched taillights, 1952 Ford headlight rims and pin stripping. The custom moonglow was equipped with a 235 six cylinder engine.
1954 Chevrolet Moonglow
After the appearance of Moonglow in Car Craft, Duane Steck was busy restyling his custom again. Changes included lowering the Moonglow, a new grille opening, exhaust routed through the lowered rear bumper and a new white paint job.
Moonglow Restyled The Third Time
By 1958 this custom was stripped and painted a silver metallic with Moonglow lettered on the rear fenders. This was the third paint job in just 3 years. Moonglow and was featured in the book Custom Cars of the 1950s by Andy Southard and Tony Thacker.
Moonglow Restyled The Fourth Time
Duane Steck and Moonglow in 1959
In 1959 Duane Steck restyled the Moonglow once again and it appeared in the February 1959 issue of Car Craft. New features included adding Buick portholes to the rear fenders, removing the exhaust from the rear bumpers, removing the license plate and replacing the hubcaps.
Moonglow Sport Coupe
By the end of 1959 the Moonglow was sporting a new paint job once again of candy blue over silver pearl. This version of the car featured small scallops on the spotlights and dash, Dodge Lancer hubcaps and Moonglow appeared on the cover of the March 1960 issue of Custom Cars. In the 1960’s Duane Steck wanted a sports car and traded the Moonglow. At some point the Moonglow was crushed never to be seen again. However take a look at the Tribute To The Moonglow.