Amazing pro-built '34 Chevy 3-window coupe. Down's body, stretched Pro-Street chassis, 502 big block, spectacular custom interior. Magazine feature car. The best of everything, very fast, fully sorted.
Based on a Down's body and Pro-Street chassis, this Chevy offers spectacular bodywork with deep, dark Indigo Purple paint from Sherwin Williams that looks like a million bucks, especially with the traditional flames licking out of the header cut-outs. The fiberglass was expertly prepped and the gaps are tight enough to slide a piece of paper between them, but not much else. You'll note that the hood is a highly modified steel piece that opens from the top and offers cut-outs for the headers that wrap into the front fenders—very cool. It was also lengthened six inches, a real trick in itself, which gives the Chevy a dramatically different look in profile. Instead of basic Chevrolet transportation, it takes on a fantastic long hood/short deck look of the great Classics of the 1930s, a look that emphasizes speed and power. Other body mods include rear fenders that tuck under the bodywork to provide a little protection for the ultra-wide rear tires, Frenched LED taillights, a flip-up rear license plate bracket, and a billet grille to give it a smooth look. This is one Chevy that's going to stand out anywhere you take it.
The interior uses a special batch of ultra-leather created to exact match the paint. It's hard to get the colors exactly right in photos, but in person, it's not only the same color but there's also a hint of metallic that makes it glow like the paint. It's extremely impressive. All that ultra-leather was wrapped around a TEA's Design bench seat that does a pretty good impersonation of a pair of buckets with a fold-down armrest between them. Custom door panels were created just for this car and include latch hardware that make it easy to get in and out. A center console was fabricated and holds the Lokar shifter as well as controls for the power windows and trunk and the AM/FM/CD/iPod stereo head unit. A full complement of Auto Meter gauges monitor the big block up front and the monster tach was neatly recessed into the dash for a very unique look. One particular detail that immediately jumps out is the custom floor mats with billet scuff plates, a great solution to the problem that goes in a very different direction. There's also a tilt steering column, a custom wheel wrapped in purple leather, and a trick B&M shifter that manages the reverse manual valve body TH400 3-speed automatic transmission underneath. The power windows motor up and down quickly and easily, there's a ton of sound-deadening materials inside so it's always comfortable, and with the wheelbase stretch, there's plenty of legroom for even very tall drivers. The trunk is mostly full of wheel wells and fuel cell, but it's beautifully finished with a custom embroidered logo of the car itself and a small access panel for refueling.
Power comes from a thundering 502 cubic inch Chevrolet V8 living under the hood. It's an easy fit with the extra length up front, so the firewall wasn't radically cut. For reliability, they didn't modify the crate motor's internals (550 horsepower should be plenty, no?) but they did dress it for show, starting with that incredible Speedway Motors "shotgun" hood scoop up top, and yes, it does move with the throttle. In fact, almost everything on top of the motor is polished or plated, including the alternator, valve covers, and intake manifold. Yes, it's got the firepower to need those big tires, but it's never grumpy or difficult to drive and that's no small feat.
The chassis is a Down's Pro-Street piece built from rectangular steel tubing for a rock-solid foundation. The front suspension is polished stainless A-arms and coil-overs, plus a TCI rack-and-pinion steering unit that gives the coupe great reflexes on the street and feels quite natural to drive. Long-tube headers extend outside the chassis and run into a set of Borla polished stainless mufflers and oval exhaust tips under the running boards—again, aggressive but easy to live with on the street. The aforementioned TH400 3-speed automatic feeds a custom driveshaft and a narrowed Currie 9-inch rear end with 4.33 gears inside. Wilwood supplied disc brakes for all four corners and a custom 4-link with coil-overs and a race-style sway bar holds up the rear endIt's also beautifully finished for show, with most of the chassis wearing the same Indigo Purple paint that the body wears, and anything that wasn't painted was either polished or plated to really show off the hardware. It comes by its Pro-Street name honestly, too, thanks to big-n-little Billet Specialties wheels wearing Hoosier performance radials.
This is a stunning car and you don't even have to be behind the wheel to see it. We have build photos showing the entire process and there are no shortcuts and no expense was spared. It's a magazine feature car and uses the very best components throughout. There's big, reliable power that's also comfortable enough to make this a legitimate Power Tour candidate. In short, a rod that does everything well, including act like a hot rod. After all, isn't going insanely fast the whole point?
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