Chris from the YouTube channel B is for Build has a great model. He finds wrecked cars at auction, typically Copart, and then rebuilds them in fun new ways. He started in his garage, moved to a bigger space, and has been cranking out content and cars for some time now. His current build involves a 2015 Ford Mustang GT which is getting a body swapped on from a 1967 Mustang fastback. Well, was his current build. Chris called this car an Eleanor clone and that caused the people who own the trademark and copyright of that car to take action. The build is finished.
Jalopnik has more info involving the people behind the Eleanor copyright ownership. And it’s clear they are not fucking around. The car is gone and this build will happen no longer. And that’s a shame because it was going to be a good one. Yes, the Eleanor Mustang idea may be overdone to some. But Chris was taking a flood-damaged modern car and giving it old style with a proper body kit. This could’ve made for a great driving classic with modern power and features under the skin. And Chris was doing the work himself which always makes builds like these more interesting to watch as they come together. He documents his wins and fails, so you get to see the whole process.
Chris was a guest on our podcast back in 2017. He and Freddy Tavarish Hernandez were on the show to talk about their cheap-car challenge. Since that build, which involved a Mad Maxian Infiniti G35, the B is for Build channel has been consistently putting out good DIY build content. I’m sure Chris will find a handful of new projects soon, it’s just a bummer this one has to end early.
Maybe his next one should be something similar. Call it Not Eleanor. Make it a Mustang in brighter colors. Have some fun with it while poking fun at the insanity of the prior build and its result.