The smooth look also extends to the 350 Chevy engine, with all of its casting marks ground off and everything else smoothed before being sprayed gloss gold and assembled with polished stainless steel bolts and nuts. The Edelbrock aluminum water pump and intake manifold were also smoothed before being painted satin gold, though the five-fin valve covers are polished aluminum. Up top two chromed Stromberg 97 carbs deliver the mix while a Joe Hunt magneto delivers the spark (with MSD wires that run through a custom stainless holder and without plug boots to look like vintage cloth-style connections). Vini’s also made up the headers and exhaust system, then bolted the whole shebang to a smoothed-up TH350 trans equipped with a TCI Automotive 3,500-rpm stall converter. To complete the theme, the driveshaft was also painted white.
The ’glass body (no one knows who made it) received its much-needed bodywork, and Vini’s added an engine-turned panel with 1-inch painted beads to the firewall. The grille came from a ’29 Ford, but the bottom half was handmade at Vini’s. They also fab’d the back of the grille to hide the Jegs aluminum radiator and fan mounts while painting the 13-inch electric fan gloss black. Morgan Walker fab’d the stainless steel radiator hoses, and the filler cap was moved to the top of the radiator, which is hidden under the shroud.
M&M Hot Rod Interiors created the bench seat used in the T, then covered it with doubl
Vini’s Hot Rods painted the body a custom mix of BASF gloss paint (called Titan Gold), though the handmade dash is done in satin. A simple layout of five Auto Meter gauges set in an engine-turned panel is all that is seen on the dash, though a Kenwood stereo system, installed by M&M Hot Rod Interiors, is hidden under the seat. M&M also handmade the bench seat and door panels before covering them in a double-stitched, diamond-pleated white leather.
With the addition of a white three-spoke steering wheel, Mike’s little roadster was finished, and a far cry from whence it came. You can’t find a single weld mark or seam on the entire car—it’s perfectly smooth. The T made its debut at the Goodguys Columbus show earlier this year where it picked up a STREET RODDER Top 100 award for its throwback good looks. Not all T-buckets have to appear like they came out of a cartoon, and this roadster is a perfect example of a pre-fab look that has a place in today’s hot rodding world, right alongside the ever-popular traditional rods. You could imagine it with a Flathead and quick-change rear, or keep the gloss white frame and gold body and just enjoy beating on it just as it is—that’s what Mike’s gonna do!
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Owner: Mike & Lane Pair