Rod & Custom Feature Car
1935 Oldsmobile Convertible
The Olds came from the factory with a 240ci straight-eight, and from South Dakota with a worn-out Flathead. Nowadays it runs an owner-built Chevy 402 big-block loaded with 9:1 TRW pistons and a 520-lift cam from COMP Cams, and GM aluminum heads under ball-milled aluminum valve covers. Randy dropped a billet air cleaner over the Edelbrock 750 four-barrel on an Edelbrock Air-Gap intake manifold. A column-shifted Turbo 400 automatic is paired with a B&M 11-inch, 2,300-rpm-stall converter.
Randy kept the mostly stock frame, but added a '69 Trans Am subframe and steering system, along with 2-inch dropped spindles and Monroe shocks at both ends, as well as a '57 Ford rear with 2.75:1 gears.
Wheels & Tires
These 15-inch Halibrand Sprint wheels add a little hot rod attitude and are a cool contrast to the resto rod look of the rest of the exterior. Randy chose Goodyear blackwalls, measuring 205/75R15 and 235/70R15, for wrapping the rims.
Body & Paint
After finishing all the necessary bodywork, he got out the paint gun and shot the cherry red and cream PPG paint, and built a cloth top to replace the rotted original, using custom-made stainless steel mechanisms.
The six-way power Eldorado seats were upholstered in cream-colored Rolls Royce leather at Krist Kustoms in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The rumble seat, also electronically controlled, got the same treatment. The stock dash was treated to aftermarket gauges and air vents, and a matching console houses the stereo and climate controls.