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I’m hanging with Kimberley’s Kevin Dunnebacke, the mechanic, fabricator, and owner of KTown Custom Auto. “One night, I was scrolling through Kijiji and stumbled onto a ‘27 Ford frame, a ‘55 Chevy Bel Air motor, and a pile of parts,” the soft-spoken, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Fred Flintstone forearm-tattooed Dunnebacke says. “I visited the guy and said, ‘I have no money, but I’ll extend my line of credit.’ The next day I gave him five hundred bucks and said, ‘If I can’t pay for the rest, you keep it and I’ll buy ya a coffee. We’ll still be friends.’ I loaded a flatbed, took it home, and fell in love.” For the past two summers, Dunnebacke’s been cruising Sally-Anne Apocalypsa through Kimberley’s streets. “It’s mostly made of crap people give me,” he says. Skateboard decks for seats, an exhaust from the Wasa dump, a fire extinguisher that will be stuffed with straw to filter wood gas, a Kootenay beer can for an exhaust cap, bumper brackets from a Canfor conveyor chain, a tailgate cable from old dirt bike chains — ”You wanna be able to sit on your tailgate and drink beer,” he says — house soffit for underbody, highway signs for the box, antique license plates to patch holes, and adorned with clawfoot tub feet, Buzz Lightyear as co-pilot, a water valve handle for the steering wheel, and a 1914 12-gauge double-barrelled shotgun for the shifter. “If you’re gonna buy something,” Dunnebacke’s dad told him as a kid, “ya better be able to fix it.” This winter, Sally-Anne Apocalypsa sits outside covered in snow. Dunnebacke tinkers with the wood gas system that will power the engine. “That’s why I call it Sally-Anne Apocalypsa,” he says. “It’s bombproof. I’ll be the only one driving up the road during the apocalypse.”

WINTER 2018

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Profile for GO Kimberley magazine

GO Kimberley Magazine Issue 45  

Winter 2018

GO Kimberley Magazine Issue 45  

Winter 2018

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