Rod & Custom Feature Car
Sod, West Virginia
1947 Chevy Fleetline
Dwayne made most of the modifications to the chassis, including adding a Fatman Mustang II frontend to the stock GM framerails. The front suspension now includes airbag springs and Monroe shocks, in addition to an '88 Mustang power steering rack. The rear 'rails were narrowed and fitted with a Currie 9-inch limited slip rearend with 3.00:1 gears, located with an Air Ride Technologies triangulated four-link air suspension. Brakes are Chevy discs in front and Ford drums in back. A 16-gallon polyethylene fuel tank sits in the stock location.
The '80 Chevy 350 small-block was sent to Kearney, Nebraska, for machining and assembly at Blueprint Engines. When it returned it was a balanced and blueprinted 355 (0.030-over 350) muscled up with 9.5:1 Keith Black pistons, a SCAT crank, and GM Vortec heads. The Edelbrock 750 on an Air Gap manifold is topped with a cool-looking finned air cleaner from O'Brien Truckers, a good match for the Edelbrock Classic aluminum valve covers. The stock ram horn exhaust manifolds fit the car better than tube headers and feed 3-inch exhaust tubing with Flowmaster 60-Series Delta Flow mufflers. Dempsey Atkinson in South Charleston, West Virginia, built the Turbo 350, using a shift kit and a Jegs converter.
Body & Paint
Fans of the '47 Chevy would probably agree that these cars were born with the proportions of a custom. Dwayne emphasized those lines by eliminating locks and handles, fender trim, and hood and deck brightwork (keeping the Fleetline badge on the deck)-and by frenching the headlights and filling the fuel door. He molded the rear fenders to the body and molded the extended front fenders to the narrowed grille. D.T. Hoffman applied the chrome.
After the first painter's failed attempts to get the paint right, Dwayne found Charlie Schoolcraft in Clendenin, West Virginia, who shot the Sikkens Fool's Gold over the top and down the deck. The rest of the car was painted DuPont Hot Rod Black by Tim Coleman from Cross Lanes, West Virginia. The decklid pinstriping was added by Darin Allen from Killer Designs by Darin in Flatwoods, Kentucky.
Wheels & Tires
Dwayne added hot rod flavor to the custom with his wheel and tire choice, mounting a pair of fat P275/60R17 Goodyear Eagle GT II rear tires on 17x11 reverse gray-center Salt Flat Specials from American Racing with three-bar spinners-a good combination, don't you think? The front tires are P215/60R16s on 16x7 rims.
Front seats out of a Pontiac Fiero and rears out of a Gran Prix were upholstered in black and white vinyl to make them look like they belong in a '47 Chevy. Bob Evans from Lancaster, Ohio, did the tuck 'n' roll work. The dash was modified with Auto Meter gauges. A Budnik Flat-Track CV-3 steering wheel turns a Cadillac tilt/telescoping column. The floor console from a Ford Falcon houses the Air Ride controls and gauges. A Lokar shifter and Speedway Motors pedals are other aftermarket additions. Dwayne wired up a JVC stereo and Pioneer speakers.