Let's hear a little bit about the driver - What's your name and where are you from?
My name is David Hatmaker I am from San Diego, California.
What got you into modifying cars and what kept you in it?
I grew up watching and helping my father restore Volkswagen beetles and buses. Friends in high school and living in Southern California kept me in it. I never lost my desire or passion to modify cars or just about anything on wheels. I used to build and race downhill mountain bikes as well.
Ok ok ok... Tell us about your ride, what is it?
My ride is a bagged 2001 Mercedes E320 station wagon (S210 chassis)
Some of the exterior modifications include
Brabus front lip
Front Fenders: UlteriorMotives shop brand SV2 2” steel flares
Side Skirts: W210 E55 AMG side skirts.
Rear Fenders: UlteriorMotives shop SV2 2” steel flares.
Rear Bumper / Custom Diffuser: W210 E55 AMG rear bumper.
W211 E55 AMG diffuser with AMG quad tip exhaust.
Paint: Automotive touch-up brand Mercedes 143 white & spraymax 2k clear aerosol cans.
Crystal clear w211 style projector headlights 5000k HID DDM slim ballast
DEPO glass lens crystal clear fog lights w/matching 5000k ddm slim ballast ddm 5000k LED high beams and DDM LED DRL’s
Custom smoked rear AMG tail lights.
Vinyl wrapped black roof.
Some of the interior mods include
Steering Wheel: avant-garde burl wood steering wheel & AMG airbag.
Gauges: EXTA dual needle analog pressure gauge for front and rear air springs. EXTA single needle pressure gauge for tank pressure.
dual airlift performance 1/4” manual paddle valves for air-ride management.
Renntech burl wood door handles.
E55 AMG gauge cluster.
Full LED interior lights
Pioneer bluetooth mvh-x370bt headunit
Orion Cobalt 800-1 monoblock amp
Pioneer sw2002D2 8” free-air shallow mount subwoofer
JL audio C2 component speakers front and rear doors.
VIAIR 444c air compressor
AIRLIFT Performance 5 gallon air tank
Anything special under the hood?
Under the hood resides a complete E55 AMG V8 swap. The car was originally a 3.2L V6.
What are some things you've done to your car that others might not notice?
Custom Body Work. The W211 E55 AMG rear diffuser custom molded to the W210 amg rear bumper as well as the all metal subtle wide body fenders TIG welded on.
Also the Euro-spec impact strips. (US spec amber side marker delete) & Has an electronic exhaust cutout for a little extra sound from the amg engine.
Anything else you'd like to add? (could be about anything)
I was permanently paralyzed from the waist down on 9/11/2004 leaving me wheelchair bound. But despite the fact that I was unable to walk I completed All of the work except the welding myself, in my garage. The air ride install. Engine swap. Fender flare paint and body work was all completed by me from my wheelchair. I don’t let something as small as not being able to walk rob me of my true passion for cars.
Photos: Eleonor Segura