DrivetrainThe Chevy FastBurn crate engine, rated at 385 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque, was moved 3 inches rearward in the engine compartment for balance. Jim is considering fuel injection, but uses an 800-cfm carburetor to feed the small-block, with Street & Performance headers feeding Dynomax mufflers through 2 1/2-inch exhaust piping. The valve covers and air cleaner are also from Street & Performance. Jim built a curved pan behind the grille to direct air to the Be Cool radiator. The transmission is a 4L60E with a shift kit and 1,800-stall converter. The driveshaft angle required the use of a two-piece shaft from Dynotech with a constant velocity joint at the midway point between the tailshaft and the '57 Ford Ranchero 9-inch (which has the same measurements as the Olds) with 4.11 gears and a Drivetrain Specialties limited slip.
ChassisThe stock frame is modified with a first-generation Camaro subframe, raised 5 inches to provide a more aggressive stance. Front suspension includes Detroit Speed & Engineering tubular A-arms with QA1 front coilovers. The rear leafs were modified by Eaton Detroit Springs for a 3-inch drop. Front and rear antiroll bars stiffen the ride. Baer 13-inch cross-drilled slotted discs with a Power Master master cylinder with an 8-inch booster (under the driver seat) freeze forward momentum fast.
Wheels & TiresIn addition to the stance, the tires and wheels are the first visible hint that this Olds is more than a resto rod. The five-spokes are Famosa models (17x8s and 17x10s) from Budnik's Fat Lip line. The performance tires are BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDWS radials (245/45ZR17s and 285/40ZR17s).
Body & PaintThe Ego-Rama ballot in our October '05 issue shows the Olds in its blue and white two-tone paint job. Compare that to the PPG black and silver combination shot by Rick Williams, after Motor City Classics completed the bodywork. The abundance of brightwork was chromed at Advance Plating. Underneath the sheetmetal, Dynamat was installed throughout to stifle any unwanted noise and heat.
InteriorJim kept the interior old-time Olds. He kept the stock seats, lowering them a couple of inches prior to Bigge Mark's upholstery job, using '50s-style black-on-black brocade material with a slight roll in the white upper portion. Juliano's seatbelts were added for safety. The steering wheel and column are '56 parts, and the dash and instruments are stock (including a working clock), except for the Auto Meter gauges in the glovebox. The original ashtrays have been modified to serve as vents for the Vintage Air system. The sound system is kept out of sight, courtesy of a Hidden Audio system, with a 10-disc CD changer hidden in the trunk.