The black roadster shouts tradition in every aspect of design and execution. Starting with a 2x3-inch steel tube frame, Vescio and Steve kept it in the air with a perforated 5-inch-drop Super Bell front axle up front and early Ford rear axlehousings bolted around a Rodsville quick-change. The rear spring is a Model A and the front springs are aftermarket quarter elliptics. The steering package is all salvaged from a vintage sprint car. The shocks on all four corners come from a somewhat unlikely source, an MG Midget! That is an example of the old-school spirit of building a car from used parts that were discoverable; junkyard creativity at its finest. Early Ford drum brakes on all four corners provide the stopping power. The Firestone Indy-inspired tires, 500-15 ribs up front and 820-15 dirt trackers in the rear, surround Coker chrome wires. The 249ci ’48 Merc Flathead connects to the quickie through a GM T-5 tranny and a custom-made steel driveshaft. The machine work was performed by Northern Cylinder Head in Andover, Minnesota, while the engine assembly was performed by Rick Schnell, who holds fort in nearby Anoka, Minnesota. An Isky 88 cam, 320 lift, and 264-degree duration, keeps the thing breathing as Offenhauser aluminum heads and intake manifold perch proudly atop the finished block. Three Stromberg 97s feed the thirsty motor and look flat-out cool. The ignition system is Mallory and connects fire to fuel through Taylor wires. Owner-assembled exhaust headers started life as a Speedway kit.
The House of Kolor black, silver, and clear finish on the ’glass body and custom-made steel hood was applied by Vescio himself and embellished with truly superior traditional pinstriping by brush master Lenni Schwartz. Final finishing touches in chrome were done at J&D Plating in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Pilot and passenger monitor vitals by perusing the complement of Auto Meter instruments. Seating comfort is provided by distressed tan Naugahyde on a custom-made bench and a black wool carpet interfaces between the feet and floor. The covering was done by Premier Upholstery of Rogers, Minnesota. The final construction credit goes to Joe Schneider from Xtreme Rod & Custom for his wizardry on wiring the car from scratch.
The question here is, after all of the automotive successes achieved by Steve and his well-chosen cohorts is, “What will this guy come up with next?” Well, as a matter of fact, he is working with famed race car builder Tom Hanna to recreate Tom Hoover’s famous Top Fueler, “The Fishbowl Car”. Stay tuned to your local cacklefest for further developments.