This little monster started life as a 1929 Ford Cabriolet. Most of Ford's cars built in '29 had a boxy look with squared off body lines. The Cabriolet was not built in house by Ford. It was outsourced to a smaller company by the name of Murray. When Jim stumbled upon this car, it was sitting in a local wrecking yard. The yard is quite well known around Spokane, WA for its array of old iron. This was Jim's first trip to the "Ranch," as it is called by locals, and he instantly fell for the lines of the old body he had discovered. Since it originally came with a removable roof, Jim opted to retain this feature in the build. It took 60 hours to hand form the removable top that you see on it now. With the body in mock up stage, Jim called upon expert auto historian, Jack Runner, to assemble an equally unique powertrain for the Cabriolet. Jack decided on a 302 Chevy with 6 Stromberg Carbs, and a front driven distributor as his choice of motorvation.
Jack also designed the 200/4r transmission for the car. He and Art Carr, of Art Carr Transmissions, built a transmission that launches like a 1/4 mile rocket. This also allows this beauty to top out at speeds in excess of 160 miles per hour.This is not an easy job when you take into consideration the 1957 Chevy rear axle has a final gear ratio of 4.11. The rims were custom made to resemble the original wire wheels while holding the massive Z rated tires for all out performance.
Now that the chassis was complete, it was time to clean up the newly modified body. Jim opted to make everything he could from aluminum to cut down on the overall weight of the project. The front axle, rear center section, heads, dash, floor boards, decklid and all interior body panels were constructed from the lightweight alloy to bring overall weight in under 2000 lbs. After the entire car was assembled, Jim tore it all down and doused the car in a custom made bright silver basecoat/clearcoat paint job. As you might suspect, this monster is a hit at the car shows as well as a blast to drive at its local track.