The level of detail in the exterior requires the same level everywhere else. The interior keeps up just fine, starting with the wrap-around dash, custom fabricated at Dominator. The Classic Instruments gauges with custom faces are mounted in a one-off bezel. Sid Chavers covered the Cerullo seats in two-tone tan leather. Dominator built electronic microswitches into the door handles, with LED lights to illuminate them in the dark. The shift knob, pedals, mirror, and steering wheel (on a Flaming River column) are also custom parts from Dominator. Gil Lopez wired the car, including the Vintage Air A/C system. The screen below the dash is hooked to the backup camera and navigation system, and has iPod and DVD capability.
Brent, a cabinet maker by vocation, built the radiused wood inserts for the steering wheel
Brent originally planned to aspirate the Kinsler-injected LS1 with a blower, but decided on turbos instead, just to do something different. Rebello Racing in Antioch, California-better known for racing powerplants than street engines-built the LS1, which is rated at 812 hp and 756 lb-ft of torque. Dominator built the headers using 1-3/4-inch tubing continuing into 2-1/2-inch exhaust tubing, with no mufflers.The custom airbox hides much of the engine, and the plumbing and wiring is also out of sight. Brentwood Transmissions built the 4L60E automatic, connected to a Speedway quick-change with 4.11 gears by a driveshaft from Kevin's Prop Shop in Antioch, California.
The stretched frame was built at Dominator using 1-5/8-inch x 0.120-wall tubing. Brent wanted "a road cruiser-with the suspension set up to stomp on it or put it through some S curves without worrying about it." The solution was independent front and rear suspension, custom-built by Dominator, using Bilstein coilovers front and rear. Speedway Engineering antiroll bars are used at both ends. Brakes are 14-inch Wilwood discs front and rear with a Wilwood master cylinder and proportioning valve.
The cabriolet has been a success on the show circuit this year, picking up awards at the Grand National Roadster Show, the Sacramento Autorama, and Goodguys' Del Mar Nationals, and earning an invitation to Blackie Gejeian's exclusive Fresno Autorama. But the glory hasn't caused Brent to lose sight of his reason for building a Club cabrio in the first place. There's room in the award-winning '37 for all the Schieders-Brent, his wife, Stephanie, son, Grant, and daughter, Camryn-and their luggage. The kids might be too young to appreciate their extraordinary family car right now, but it won't be long before they do.