You gotta love car guys. There’s little-to-nothing a car guy won’t do when a project has drilled into his brain. Here’s an example: A few years back a company (Promax Corporation, 207 J.D. Yarnell Industrial Parkway, Clinton, TN 37716) decided to build a custom ’67 Chevy II body, tweaked and stretched a bit for a better effect, completely out of fiberglass. Underneath this body they fabbed up a complete tube chassis. Think about the scope of a project like this for a bit and it’s easy to see a car guy with a drilled brain.


We saw this project just after it got started back in 2004, and it didn’t take long before our brain was being drilled. We thought it would be cool to take a body and chassis, build an interior, stuff it full of fuel-injected big block and put it on the street. Oh yeah, we would build it in front of a bunch of TV cameras for Rides, the popular car-guy show on the Discovery Channel. So we did.


The project turned out to be a bear. The only other running car at the time was owned by Promax, and it didn’t have an interior at the time. Putting all the finishing details on a car like this meant lots of time working out things like glass and electrics and interior and weatherstripping and HVAC controls. On the plus side, the basic chassis and quality of the fiberglass body was good, and working out the basic mechanical package wasn’t bad at all.


If you watch the TV show, it looks like everything progressed smoothly. Well, that’s TV magic for you. The same kind of TV magic where rusty exhaust bolts come right out without breaking and everything fits with a minimum of hassle. The real-life side of the project had plenty of hurdles, but the ole’ drilled brain thing kept us motivated. And now, all the little details have been worked out to the point where building one of these cars isn’t much different than building a ‘glass bodied street rod.


Our car features a 572-inch big block from GM Performance Parts making somewhere around 600 horses. We wanted an injected engine, so F.A.S.T. hooked us up with one of their engine controllers and harnesses, and gave us a baseline map that would allow us to fire it up initially. We also wanted something unique for the intake, so we came up with a design, made it out of wood, and shipped it off to the wizards at Hogan’s Racing Manifolds. They checked everything, made sure it would perform properly for our combination, and sent us back an aluminum masterpiece. We also wanted to utilize plug-on-coil ignition, which is all the rage these days with the OEMs. As luck would have it, the guys at FAST were in the process of developing such a system for traditional engines, and provided us with a prototype.


Grunt from the rat motor runs through a GM 4L80 overdrive tranny built by TCI. Since all our cars see lots of time on the road, we knew we wanted a stout overdrive. The trans sends the twist through a carbon-fiber driveshaft to a custom rear axle housing with 3.73-geared 9-inch Ford internals.


The interior features a bunch of custom stuff, including seats, console, headliner, etc. The bodies come with a pre-fabbed dash panel, which we modified to take AutoMeter gauges in front of the driver, and a computer system and LCD screen in front of the passenger. The DVD-based stereo is Alpine, with Kicker amps and speakers and a whole lot of wattage. We trimmed everything in leather, of course, since we’re not savages.


Once completed, the Deuce’s maiden voyage was a 3,000-mile jaunt on the 2005 Hot Rod Power Tour, which it made without any major trouble. It has since been on two more Power Tours, and loads of other trips, and has around 15 or 16-thousand miles on it. The big block runs great, the AC is cold, the ride is surprisingly supple, and the stereo will make you go deaf. It’s a great car.


It just goes to show what a bunch of car guys with drilled brains can accomplish.


Vehicle Specifications:


GMPP ZZ572 crate engine

620 hp, 650 lb-ft

9.6:1 forged pistons

Forged crank

H-beam rods

Aluminum rectangular port heads

Hydraulic roller camshaft

Hogan sheetmetal EFI intake

Accufab Cobra throttle body

DFI Gen VII EFI system

DFI Coil-on-Plug ignition

Stainless Works headers

Edelbrock race mufflers

Cooling System:

Be Cool aluminum radiator

Be Cool electric fans


TCI 4L80E 4-spd overdrive

TCI controller

TCI 3000 converter

Hurst Quarter-Stick shifter

DynaTech steel driveshaft

Rear Axle:

Fabricated 9″ housing

Moser nodular iron center

Moser 31-spline axles
Auburn Pro limited slip

4.10:1 gear set

Front Suspension:

Adjustable tubular upper
and lower control arms

Heidt’s 2″ drop spindles

QA1 coil-over shocks

Rear Suspension:

Adjustable 4-link

Tubular control arms

QA1 coil-over shocks


SSBC Force 10

13″ front rotors

14″ rear rotors

Master cylinder and
power booster under dash


Colorado Custom billet

17″x7″ front

18″x10″ rear




Vintage Air Gen II

Entertainment System:

Alpine DVD head unit w/ surround sound

Kicker amps

Kicker speakers

G-Vision 12″ LCD monitor


Glide Engineering buckets

PUI graphite/Black leather

Custom console

Instrument panel

Door panels

Fuel System:

Fuel Safe fuel cell

Holley 255 lph in-tank pumps (2)

Aeromotive filter

Aeromotive regulator


Complete tube chassis with
2.5″x4″x3″ rectangular tube
main rails, welds filled and
smoothed, 109″ wheelbase


Vennom C-2 fiberglass
7/8″ top chop

Cowl eliminated

Front wheel wells moved forward

3″ removed from bottom of fenders

Tapered rockers

Enlarged rear wheel wells

Shaved door handles

PPG Aztec Gold paint

Titanium trim


Nitto 555 front

Nitto 555R Drag Radials rear