Rod & Custom Feature Car
1948 Chevy Fleetline
The '48 still rides on its original chassis, which benefits from a Heidts Mustang II IFS sourced from Southern Rods, 2-inch dropped spindles from JW Rod Garage, and an '82 T-bird rack-and-pinion steering hooked to a '72 Chevy pickup column. Harold and Keith Fogle fabricated the motor and trans mounts, installed a 10-bolt Chevy rearend with Moser axles, and added four-wheel disc brakes from Speedway Motors. When we shot the car at the NSRA Nats last year, they planned on installing a four-link with RideTech suspension in the rear. It only had 100 miles on the odometer back then, but it was always intended to be a driver, and air suspension should go a long way to smoothing out the Virginia bumps.
A stock-but-rebuilt 4L60E sits under the floor, bolted to an LT1 with Street & Performance fuel injection under a fabricated cover, incoming oxygen fed through a Billet Specialties air cleaner, which mounts front and center behind the Speedway aluminum radiator. Alan Grove accessory brackets mount the chrome alternator and A/C compressor up and out above the GM Performance valve covers, while Speedway headers feed a 2 1/2-inch system fabricated by Culpepper Exhaust, using Smithys mufflers.
Wheels & Tires
Though the Fogles debated for some time on rolling stock to suit the car, we really can't imagine it with anything other than the Wheel Vintiques 16x6 smoothies it wears now, shod in 205/70R16 Diamond Back rubber with 3-inch whitewalls.
Body & Paint
Harold and Keith welded the rear fenders to the body, frenched '59 Caddy taillights, the antenna and the tri-bar headlights, smoothed the trunk and hood, welding the two halves of the latter into a single panel, flush-mounted a custom gas door, smoothed the firewall, and fitted '46 front fenders, but used the '48 grille. Mike Westmoreland laid on the '08 Lexus Noble Spinal Mica topcoat before the Fogles fitted up the car and installed smoked glass.
The original seats still grace the interior of the Fleetline, now covered in tan "soft touch" vinyl by Cliffton Wilkins. Harold installed the Kenwood stereo and speakers and now sits behind a '54 Bel Air steering wheel while looking at TPI gauges, which sit in the redesigned dash featuring eyebrows to match the speedometer and clock. Where a speaker once lived in the center of the dash, there's now a central air duct for the Southern Air A/C.