The MSD assembly team is in the final stages of the pre-assembly of their latest project car, a 1932 five-window coupe, and we were able to get a look inside for these final steps. At this stage, most of the work is in the details, including the interior, lighting, and the steering.
Inside, a Glide seat was fit before the ididit column placement was finalized. This of course was based on the steering linkage squeezing between the Hooker exhaust manifolds and the Posies' framerails. Inside the cabin will be a full Dakota Digital instrument cluster, Lokar mechanical controls, and a Vintage Air System all assembled into a custom dash panel.
With these final details fit and assembled, the entire car was stripped down again and towed to Chandler, Arizona, where Squeeg's Kustoms will be laying down some MSD red color!
The internals of the five-window are going to be cozy and comfy thanks to a Vintage Air system (housed in a custom dash panel). The Dakota Digital dash will be receiving data from MSD's Brainwave vehicle network while steering input is handled from an ididit column and Billet Specialties wheel.
On the other side of the steering column is a detailed steering linkage assembly that worms between the LS3's exhaust and the 1932 framerails. Chrome and polished details will offset the bright red chassis when complete.
Other minor details, such as a battery, were attended to in the custom-built trunk. A vintage-style Ford cooler does the trick housing the Optima Red Top.
Lokar pedals mounted easily and were complemented with door handles. A parking brake was also installed directly in front of the Glide seat in order to meet the Texas safety inspection.
Some of the driveline electronics were fit for mounts prior to paint. On the left is the Power Controller for the Atomic LS EFI system with the new Atomic Transmission Controller next to it. The TCU will control the 4L65E but it connects directly to the EFI system so the two components exchange information. The cool thing is that only one handheld programmer is required to alter either system.
The headlight perches were designed and installed as well as the fitment of the Walker radiator and Brookville shell and grille.
Flames and MSD; the two just kind of go together, don't they?
And just like that, the car is stripped down to bare components for paint—and then the real fun begins!