Rod & Custom Feature Car
Las Vegas, Neveda
1929 Model A Roadster
Seeing as Nick Kallos built the roadster in full customer view at SO-CAL Speed Shop in his hometown of Las Vegas, it would have been rude to use anything but a SO-CAL ’32 frame! This one’s been pinched 2 inches at the cowl to follow the lines of the Model A body. It incorporates tubular center and rear crossmembers, while Nick modified the front of the framehorns to wrap around the chromed spreader bar. More SO-CAL products include the 4-inch dropped I-beam, spindles, shocks, Panhard bar, pedal assembly, and front brakes, the latter being discs hidden inside fake drums, though unlike most, these drums are not polished but feature an as-cast finish (you get the feeling working so close to all those parts on the shelves might have been useful?). All the chassis plumbing is stainless steel with the one-off fuel tank mounted behind the seat, fabricated by Mondo and Victor of the Nevada Scorpions.
An ’09 350 Chevy powers the roadster, sourced from GM Performance Parts. The 8.5:1 engine runs iron heads, with fuel supplied by a trio of Rochester carbs atop an Offenhauser 3x2 intake. Edmunds air cleaners with K&N filters top it all off. Original finned Vette valve covers keep things nostalgic, while an MSD ignition and Taylor plug wires ensure it runs perfectly. The custom headers are Jet Hot coated, pushing the gases through a one-off exhaust system made from mandrel U-bends, incorporating MagnaFlow mufflers. A Walker radiator keeps it all cool in the Las Vegas desert temperatures. Performance Plus assembled the TH350 with a shift kit, from where an aluminum driveshaft feeds a Currie Enterprises 9-inch rearend with a 3.50:1 ratio differential. Ladder bars, a Panhard rod, and transverse spring from SO-CAL Speed Shop keep everything in place.
Wheels & Tires
There’s a 16-inch Wheel Vintiques wire wheel at each corner of the roadster, painted off-white to match the firewall, and wrapped in Firestone rubber, 16x6 ribbed fronts and 16x8.90 dirt track rears. Stainless V-8 caps are all the dress-up they need.
Body & Paint
Starting with a new Brookville roadster body, Nick extended the rear panel to make room for the exhausts to exit through it, C-notched the rear wheelwells, channeled the floor, and formed a new firewall, using half of a differential floor cover to form the distributor recess. The other half was used at the rear of the trans cover. The Deuce grille was trimmed and lowered and the framehorns modified to wrap around the spreader bar. Mondo and Victor prepped the body before Wray Heffelfinger sprayed the PPG Chrysler Haze Blue. Lenny Ribaudo then added pinstriping. A rear light/tailgate handle from a ’49 Plymouth woodie was added, while a violin maker friend formed the intricately curved wood around the rear of the cockpit from a single piece.
The centerpiece of the interior is the ’40 Ford dash, which was actually easy to fit once the corners were pie-cut. A 15-inch SO-CAL four-spoke steering wheel is bolted to a Mullins column. An aftermarket seat frame was modified then covered in light oak colored Corinthian Endura vinyl by ABC Upholstery in Las Vegas, complemented by Mercedes Coco Brown carpet. Nick installed a Haywire wiring harness, added custom seatbelts, and hid the battery behind the seat along next to gas tank.