Based on: 1939 Chevrolet 2 Door sedan
Horsepower: 450 HP
Suspension: Independant front suspension and a 9
Completed: February 17, 2012
What started off as a relatively small project of minor rust repair and a chopped top has turned into a full custom build. This project will culminate in a car which will be both shown and driven. Its design is Harley Earl inspired and has all the modern advances and conveniences. The owners had their own vision of what they wanted the car to be, and the SAR staff helped guide them in the right direction. The car is custom from the ground up, starting with an Art Morrison chassis and IFS with power rack-and-pinion steering. Out back is a triangulated four-bar. The rear end and axles are from Strange Engineering, as are the shocks. Stopping is by drilled 13 inch Wilwood brakes. The wheels will be 18and 20 ET 5-spoke. Keeping with the old-school theme, the car gets its power from a Z-11 style 409 producing 450 horsepower and 560 foot pounds of torque. The engine features components from COMP Cams, PML, Lamar Walden, Edelbrock, Moon, Billet Specialties, and Sanderson. The transmission is a Chevrolet 700R4 with 4L65E internal parts and manual overdrive. The converter is a 12 inch GM with 2000-2200 stall and a manual, adjustable lock-up component, the shifter is from Lokar. The body is the star of this build. It is all steel, and with the exception of the SAR formed steel running boards, is all original. The floors were in perfectly good shape, but were replaced to better fit the new frame and the wheel tubs. There are many, many modifications including a chopped top with reshaped back portion, back window leaned forward, rear side windows shortened, slanted B pillars, wing windows removed, hood openings moved, one-piece custom grill/chin/trim, lowered taillights, and 1939 Buick headlights moved forward and lowered into the fenders. The front bumpers are handmade, as is the rear bumper with license plate surround. All the hand made trim will be chrome plated. The trunk and interior is SAR design. Stereo components will be located in the trunk and wireless controlled. The original gauges and clock will be restored and rebuilt to modern calibrations. There will be AC and cruise control. The steering column is from Flaming River and will use a worked over Billet Specialties steering wheel. This project will be something special from SAR. Besides being a head turner, it will be a precision work of art. Look for it at the beginning of 2012.