Buzzy Fenn

Jackson, New Jersey

1927 Cor-Ti-llac

Having something to call your own has always been at the cornerstone of the hot rodding phenomenon. Having something that was different than what everyone else had is the challenge and, with the T-bucket being a perennial favorite since the hobby started many decades ago, it is a difficult task to come up with something new in that genre.

But Buzzy Fenn, a retired New England tug boat captain, figured it out. If you combine the best from a Ford, a Cadillac, and a Corvette, you might achieve individuality. For his ride Buzzy wanted a new drivetrain for reliability and the look of the flatbed delivery trucks he remembers seeing as a child in New York City.

He started collecting parts at the Carlisle swap meet with the purchase of a Corvette C4 rearend and soon built the 2x4-inch frame to get things going. He then retired from his job, moved to Jersey, built a big garage, and spent a few years handcrafting the body for his T.

He got the 500-inch Cad motor from a buddy in the Fossils of South Jersey Car Club and, after getting with Harry Reed Racing to fabricate a special IFS system for the car, it was slowly becoming a roller.

Buzzy made the lower body panels from a fiberglass supermarket sign and cardboard packing forms. The tunnels for the headers were formed using oatmeal cereal containers, which were ’glassed over and then removed after being soaked with warm water.

Multiple layers of fiberglass were used in creating all of the body parts, including the dash and inner rear fenders. To be able to see better out of the C-cab, porthole windows from a ’56 Thunderbird were added. Buzzy then cordoned off an area of the garage with plastic to make his own paint booth and painted the car himself using DuPont urethane paints. The base C-cab and body came from Rod ’N Race Fiberglass, now owned by ScottRods in Monroeville, Ohio.

Buzzy also installed the upholstery and, after five years of forming and fabricating, was able to take it down the road. Buzzy reports the car turns like it’s on rails, rides soft, corners flat, and steers easy—everything you want in a “regular” car but that much better in a one-off hot rod you built in your garage you built yourself!