Bob O called and said I needed to meet him at the “Office” and he would take me to see a new hot rod in town. Â I was kind of busy but I never miss a chance to go see a new car, take some pictures and meet new people in the hobby. Â The owner, Ryan, a retired Simi resident has been building a model 40 5 window coupe for the last few years. Â He found the body at the Kennedy Boys in pieces and had Dan Collins put it together for him. Â The car is built in the early style and is currently sitting in his garage waiting for him to start enjoying his life long dream.
Bob O and I drove over in his slick black 40 coupe, which is another dream of mine, and when we arrived Ryan was waiting for us with the garage doors open. Â I could see the rear of the chopped coupe and the cheater slicks from the driveway which made my heart beat a little faster than normal. Â The car is brand new and was shown at this year’s GNRS in Pomona where it took home a trophy. Â Once inside the garage, Ryan explained the build and I started taking photos. Â I had to shoot the photos in the garage so they are not fully revealing of just how nice a car this is. Â The body was chopped Â three inches, mounted on a new Kiwi 34 chassis and updated with all early style components. Â The big surprise was the Chevy 348 (built to 409 specifications) and hooked to a T-5 manual transmission. Â The overall car is a fresh idea is the execution of an early hot rod hiboy 5 window coupe. Â I hope you enjoy the photos and I want to thank Ryan for taking the time to show me his new ride. Â He was invited to attend the morning meetings at the “Office”.
I returned home and continued the long process of cleaning the engine for painting. Â I am making a bigger project out of this than I need to but I am having fun. Â I missed the NHRA Twilight Cruise last night because I really am an American Idol fan and wanted to hear Pia do her thing.
We are planning on attending the B&M Car Show this sunday if the weather holds. Â This show is growing a this year they moved it to a new location with more space. Â Most of the attendees are muscle car owners but I love looking at them also.
A tight shot but this blue hiboy is really different from most I look at. Â Chrome wheels with WW’s and the pinched front frame horns with not fender aprons spelled hot rod.
The pencil tips, 47 Chevy tail lights and cheater slicks really look good. Â Unseen is the transverse rear spring and 9 inch rear all detailed to the maximum.
Bob O really liked the 51 Ford steering wheel and clean black interior. Â Swing pedals were nice and easy to reach.
A healthy 348 (409) was squeaky clean with OEM headers and new triple 97’s to make it really haul. Â Everywhere you look is finished to perfection.
The trunk was not left unfinished and the spun aluminum rear end cover was a clever idea.
A black interior really goes well with the blue color. Â I am sure Ryan will enjoy many miles of excitement in this comfy environment.
Here is some more of Dan’s work. Â He has the eye for the look I love and can execute it better than most.
Here is that dash again. Â Do you think Henry ever thought this design would be timeless? Â I bet David did.
Dan can also do customs with the Nick Matranga look. Â It appears he is into motorcycles too.
How about a hardtop 40 coupe with extended rear fenders. Â John would like this one. Â I must travel to this shop someday soon.
I show this one a lot as it has a perfect stance and with those wheels reminds me of a legend who left us too soon. Â Barry probably has a new sedan in the works.