Tony Wysinger, better known as “Skim,” is originally from Victorville, California. In the summer of 1999 he went to Texas to help a friend move and while he was out there, he was offered a job working in the railroad subcontracting business. “I figured that if it didn’t work out that I could always move back, but I’ve been out here ever since and, to be honest, it was probably one of the best moves that I have ever made. I don’t think that I would have been able to do everything that I’ve done if I was still in California.”
At the time, Skim was into building VWs and he even had multiple features in various VW magazines. “There was no one building VWs out here (Texas). The scene was real slow, but everyone out here was into building lowriders.” One day he randomly came across a 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood that his friend got through a trade. Since he had never built a Cadillac before, he decided to browse the Internet to get ideas. It was there that he stumbled onto a lowrider website known as LayItLow.com. “Before you knew it, I was building lowriders,” he says.
Skim went on to explain how he ended up meeting Dirty Sanchez, a member of the Majestics Car Club. “I wasn’t in the club, but they would always ask me to roll with them. When he got the blessing to start the North Texas chapter of the Majestics, Dirty reached out to me to be one of the founding members of the club.” Once Skim joined, he knew that he immediately had to bust out a custom car of his own. His first ride while being a part of the club was a 1964 Impala convertible, which was featured in our September 2010 issue.
While having his car on display at the Lowrider Magazine Las Vegas Super Show, someone offered to buy it from him. Skim ended up selling it and in return bought himself a fully restored 1957 Chevy Bel Air convertible from Ohio. He recalls, “I had the car shipped over and when I got it, I found out that it ended up being a conversion. I was bummed out to say the least.” Skim was able to get his money back and only ended up paying the cost of shipping. “I’d rather lose that and get my money back.”
Some of Skim’s friends from Street Players Car Club out of Las Vegas heard about what had happened to him so Andre “Dre Ghost” McGee approached Skim to see if he was interested in buying a 1960 convertible that he owned. “The ’60 wasn’t done yet, but I could see where he was going with it. I never had my sights on a ’60, but I saw how I would be able to personalize it and add my style to it. When I went to go pick it up, Saul Vargas was doing a lot of work on it and since the car didn’t have a setup on it, I decided to let him build it.”
Even though the ride is known as a full show car that boasts a 20×20 display with mirrors at events, Skim is known for driving it everywhere … including freeways and in the rain. “Don’t be afraid to drive them, no matter how clean they are. I have to take off my hat to Angel from Stylistics and Trino from Traffic who are also known for driving their show cars in the rain.”
Skim would like to thank Andre McGee, John Dodson, Cody Bancroft, Chris Fleck, Charles from Wards Auto Body in Krum, Texas, and the Majestics Car Club, especially his North Texas chapter.
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible
Vehicle Nickname: Killa Deal
Owner: Tony “Skim” Wysinger
City/State: Krum, TX
Club: Majestics North Texas
Engine: Street & Performance out of Mena, AR, installed the brand-new 2011 LS1 5.7 engine. They fully polished the block and 4L60E transmission and they were dressed up with Street & Performance parts with a Flowmaster exhaust that was fully chromed and engraved by Engrave It Inc.
Body/Paint: Huero of Las Vegas used DuPont 99K Black to paint the ’60. Zack Felix patterned the dash and Kandy & Chrome patterned the skirts, bumper kit, speaker box, and valve covers.
Suspension: Wild Child Customs in Montclair, CA, installed the Empire Hydraulics Retro/Aircraft setup with oxygen tank and Optima batteries. Engrave It Inc. engraved everything on it, while Danny D. stripped it. Vic at Phatboys in Las Vegas fully molded and wrapped the frame. It also has molded A-arms, ABS disc brakes, and a Street & Performance polished gas tank.
Interior: Jay’s Upholstery in Denton, TX, installed the Cars1 kit for the 1960 with ’59 inserts and the black convertible top with the gangsta back window. A chrome tilt ididit steering column and Dakota Digital gauges were installed.
Sound System: Skim relied on Saul Vargas to have the Rockford Fosgate amps and subwoofers installed
Wheels/Tires: 13×7-inch Zenith 72-spoke crosslace / NOS Premium Sportway 5.20s.