Tom & Ruth ComptonNevada City, California'46 Buick Super Convertible
Drivetrain: The blown big-block Chevy-which dyno'd at 592 hp and 674 lb-ft of torque-is rowdy for a custom. Aaron's Machine in Roseville assembled it with JE forged slugs, a Comp roller cam, and a Littlefield 8-71 blower topped with dual Edelbrock carbs. March pulleys, MSD ignition, and Sanderson headers are part of the package, along with a hand-crafted air cleaner by Roseville Rod & Custom. ATO Transmissions beefed up the TH400 trans to handle the power. And it wouldn't be a custom without lakes pipes, would it? The Buick's functional leg burners connect to a custom exhaust with Stainless Specialties mufflers.
Chassis: Built by Bruce Leonard, then rebuilt and refined by Roseville Rod & Custom, the Buick frame wears a Camaro subframe and a triangulated four-link secured to a 3.25:1-geared Currie rearend with Wilwood disc brakes. Custom coil springs provide the stance-there are no airbags or hydraulics. A stainless 35-gallon fuel tank is filled through a Hagan cap hidden under the spare wheel's center cap in the trunk. The frame is painted to match the body; everything else is detailed to the hilt.
Wheels & Tires: Massive 20x8-inch Colorado Custom wheels fill the big Buick's fenders. They're finished off with custom center caps and wrapped in Michelin Pilot 245/40ZR20 rubber.
Body & Paint: Where do we start? Besides shaved emblems and filled seams, the Buick's top is chopped, the head- and taillights are frenched, the fenders are molded to the body, and the hood is shaved, peaked, louvered, and rounded. The decklid is re-shaped, the rear fenders widened and re-contoured, and the fender skirts are scratch-built. The front bumper is tucked, frenched, and fitted with custom bullets; the rear is split and recessed. The front wheel openings are radiused, and the doorjambs are boxed and smoothed. Custom sheetmetal work is also found in the engine compartment and trunk. Bodywork is by Roseville Rod & Custom (Roseville, CA), with House of Kolor Candy Apple Red paint by Jason Haskin.
Interior: Kudos to Ward Auto Interiors in Orangevale for the fine leather upholstery covering custom seats with heat and massage features. The dash is mostly stock, with rebuilt gauges by United Speedometer, custom knobs, and wood graining by Fritz at Progressive Image Woodgrain (Carmichael, CA). Tunes and visuals come from a Pioneer head unit (with DVD player) with Alpine amps and Kicker speakers. Vintage Air climate controls, a Budnik wheel on an ididit column, and German wool carpet finish things off.