The radiator from Walker Radiator Works was made 1 inch shorter to fit the car’s new profile, which included a slightly chopped grille to get the right downward slope angle from the cowl to the peak of the radiator shell. Terry Hegman, who Jon tapped for the bodywork, made that call, even though Jon had already bought a stock four-piece hood kit from Rootlieb. No problem though, as Hegman pie-cut the hood to fit and then modified the hood sides so everything worked correctly. Another addition was a rear rolled pan as well as one of the car’s more unique design elements: a dash from a ’37 Ford (and Jon’s ode to his former hot rod). With the body and prep work done, Jon turned to Chuck Morris and got him to spray the black lacquer in Don Mabe’s garage. Pinstriper Bob Iverson followed with some thin red lines and, as it happened, Jon’s car was the last one Iverson would stripe before his death in August of last year.

Inside the cockpit Insul-Shield Technology and Dynamat sound deadening material was used before Sid Chavers laid out the tobacco-colored German square-weave carpet. He kept the same shade in the vinyl used on the bench seat he designed and built as well as on the door and kick panels. As a topper, Chavers also made up a Bop Top for the roadster, covering it in a black material to match the car’s exterior. The ’37 radio looks stock, but the guts were reworked and updated by Jeff Huntoon of Hot Rod Electric in Lake Forest, California, who not only wired the rest of car but also modified the stereo system so Jon could tap into it with his iPod at any time.

The finished car made its debut at the L.A. Roadsters Father’s Day show last year but, with his job taking him all across the country, he doesn’t have a lot of free time to drive his new ride. But he has managed to roll up 1,200 miles on the odometer nonetheless. It seems some people need Xanex to treat their anxiety or panic disorders, but all Jon needs is to hop in his roadster and take a quick blast down Pacific Coast Highway to Dana Point and back to his house in Seal Beach. Sadly, it’s too bad we can’t all get a prescription like that.

It’s hard to beat the look of a well-detailed 409 under a louvered hood side. Taylor Engineering did the required machining, and an Edelbrock 650 carb feeds the big V-8. To center the fan in the radiator from Walker Radiator Works, a 3-ton Chevy truck water pump (which raises the fan 6 inches) was installed. The big-block mates to a TH350 transmission.

The Moon tank between the framerails is used as an overflow tank for engine coolant.

Mike Chrisman had built a similar rear suspension setup (Bilstein coilovers operated via a cantilever arm) in a neighbor’s car and, since Jon said “it rode like a Lexus,” he wanted one for his roadster, too.