Long time friend and fellow car buff, Dallas of the Tampa F-Bombs has enjoyed his Chevy Sport Coupe for as long as I can remember. The time came when he took the car off the road due to an unwelcomed circumstance, an engine fire due to a pesky glass bowl fuel filter. One thing lead to another and him and his club took the car down to bare metal, patched up some needed minor rust areas and resealed the car. We had always talked about chopping the roof on the car, well the day came and not only did we chop the roof, but a complete front end was restyled to vamp up the look of the car. We took about 3″ out of the roof , laid the back glass down and slanted the B-pillars forward while radiusing the door top. This gave the Sports coupe a whole new definition. Dallas had already smoothed out the rear of the car, shaving trunk and deleting the taillights. We handled building some taillights into a set of ’52 Buick bumperettes. So for the front Dallas had some ideas using some Oldsmobile parts, grill and headlight bezels, I threw in some of my Buick influence and tied the front in with the rear by narrowing a ’51 Buick bumper and park light housings. The hood was peaked to match the top of the headlights that flow into the fenders. A new splash pan was also fabricated to fit in with the grill and bumper. While we were on fabrication mode, new inner fenders were made to clean up the engine bay and a new hood catch area as well. Inside, Dallas visioned some copper under the dash to use for his restored Stewart Warner gauges and a/c vents. So we took his roll of copper and made a panel from end to end hugging the steering column and drilled out all the necessary holes.
The Chevy was on air suspension already thanks to Dallas and the F-Bombs, but now it was time to upgrade the air management and there is no better choice than Accuair E-Level. The decision was made to take the bottom of the car to the next level, this meant removing the body so we can access all of the frame. While the body was off, it went on our rotisserie so that we can comfortably work on the belly of the car. As said before, Dallas and his club had already done a lot of rust repair and even chassis modifications (with the body on), so we came in and cleaned up some of the harder to reach areas. The frame was stripped of unwanted factory brackets and all welds were dressed before it got a couple coats of satin black, the control arms, 4-link, shocks and even the Accuair 5 gallon aluminum tank with exo-mounts all got a 50’s Cadillac metallic blue single stage to match the future body color. The frame was reassembled with as much stainless hardware as possible, new brake lines routed and secured to the frame. New stainless 3/8 fuel line with electric pump and regulator also installed. The Accuair E-Level was plumbed with 4 corner ride sensors for ease of use and all new air hose. Dallas had already built the motor / trans package and delivered it to the shop, so that was set into the frame. The brakes were bleed and so was the hydraulic clutch. The belly of the car was also cleaned up of unwanted metal and all joints sealed. The firewall got sprayed in a light ivory single stage along with inner wells. The belly was etched and painted in a tintable Raptor (bed-liner) to match the metallic blue. Body and frame where reunited with all new body mounts and more stainless hardware. The car may look exactly the same on the exterior, but the piece of mind knowing that the chassis and underside of the car have been gone threw and coated will bring years of enjoyment when the car is finished.
Stay tuned as Dallas and his boys handle getting the car painted up in Tampa before delivering it back to us for all the chopped glass and seal install. We also have plans of wiring up the car and doing a few other essentials.