At the corners you will see one-off wheels from Curtis Machine that measure 14x7 and 15x8. Bet you haven't heard or seen 14- and 15-inch wheels used on a hot rod in some time? (Wes tells us he has three sets of wheels and tires to address the mood he happens to be in that day. We saw set #2, wide whites, on the phaeton at this year's Detroit Autorama.) Diamond Back blackwall rubber was used in the photos on this day.
It takes power to move whichever set of wheels and tires Wes finds appealing and being a Chevy, and being involved with Chevrolet dealerships, you can guess what rests under the hood. Yes, it's a Chevy small-block sporting 383 inches and the Chevrolet Performance Hot Cam (0.525 lift) but it's the induction we find so appealing. For what appears to be a late-'50s–era Rochester mechanical fuel injection in truth it's a highly modified modern Ram Jet EFI (based on a Big Stuff 3 EFI system) that's been massaged to give the appearance from decades past but retains modern driveability. RRT also fabricated the "original" looking yet modern functioning air cleaner. Iron Vortec heads were used with COMP Cams valves, springs, and retainers with vintage-appearing Corvette valve covers. Keeping this potent SBC running cool is an aluminum radiator in conjunction with a Dodge Viper electric fan all by RRT coupled with an Edelbrock water pump. Look closely and while you are mesmerized by the vintage look to this modern powerplant don't miss the Chevy serpentine belt system. The air cleaner is another nice touch in that it looks like the generations' old air cleaner used on an early Rochester mechanical injection but it's actually a custom unit made by RRT. Linked to the 383 SBC is a 4L65E trans that received attention with Bowler custom pieces and a Lokar shifter. The driveshaft is a 3-inch-diameter aluminum tube from Mark Williams. The exhaust system is based on highly massaged Ram Horn manifolds while the pipes are 2-1/2-inch stainless steel all fabricated by RRT and run through a pair of Flowmaster Hush Power mufflers.
The sheetmetal was modified through the handiwork of Rydell's Toy Shop and Marcel's. The fenders were moved forward and the cowl and running boards were lengthened. From here the custom metal hood was fabricated and the grille modified while at RRT. Note in back the twice pipes neatly peek out of the custom apron/pan. As for the windshield and rear glass look to AM Hot Rod Glass for bronze tinted safety glass. There is plenty of brightwork on this AMBR-winning hot rod and none other than Sherm's Custom Plating came through on this project. Now it was onto the body shop at RRT for the always time-consuming prepping for paint. The color of choice was a Diamond Black and maroon from Glasurit that was sprayed on by Adam Krauge while the subtle pinstriping was applied by Tom Evans. Appointments to the sheetmetal include the stock '35 Chevy Master headlights and modified '35 Chevy taillights while the outside mirrors are year correct.
Inside the '35 steel dash is retained with an engine-turned panel that houses early style appearing gauges from Classic Instruments. Nowadays what hot rod is complete and ready for the long haul without A/C—none! A Vintage Air A/C unit is used and there is plenty of Dynamat applied to the flooring to suppress the heat rising up through the floorboards. Plenty of wiring is needed, even on a phaeton, to run the lighting, gauges, A/C, and other accessories so RRT turned to Painless Performance for a wiring kit (fuse panel and loom) and then RRT made a few modifications to give the "performance" they needed. The ididit steering column is topped with a one-of-a-kind wheel fabricated by Lawrence Laughlin of RRT to look like a '35 Chevy. A Glide tilt front bench along with a custom rear bench are stitched in deep red satin finish leather that comes from Garrett leather along with the dark gray German square-weave carpeting and custom door panels all stitched by Adam Banks of RRT. Although you can't see the seatbelts they are made from military webbing with RRT medallions on the buckles.
Well that about wraps it up for this year's AMBR winning roadster—yes, a phaeton is a roadster—or at least it is by the rule book.
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What at first appears to be an early factory air cleaner really is a custom one-off by Rad