Each day, I spend a lot of time traveling the world via the Internet. While I wish I was booking vacations to far away lands, my search is still enjoyable. What I am looking for, are interesting and entertaining things pertaining to classic Chevy’s that I think you guys will enjoy reading. This morning, I was perusing the Dakota Digital website when I came across a gorgeous car that I know you will enjoy.
Built by G3 Rods, the body features a narrowed-and-tucked rear bumper, billet taillights, and a flush-mounted fuel filler door. The front of the car has also been tweaked with a 21st-century flair with the addition of a custom grill, billet headlight bezels, a hand-formed lower valance, and a bumper that has received the same treatment as the rear object deflector. The cowl-induction hood is located by Ring Brothers hood pins, and the 2-inch riser is flanked by custom vents to help pull heat from the engine compartment.
When it came time to focus on the interior, aluminum panels we custom made for the doors, dash, and center console. But, don’t think this is an industrial-appearing hot rod. Upon further inspection, you’ll notice that most everything inside is wrapped in leather, accented by diamond-stitched suede inserts. The futuristic center console solidifies the fact that this is definitely not a traditional day-two hot rod. Finally, the Dakota Digital VHX gauge system is a welcomed upgrade.
Under the hood, you’ll find the traditional theme blending well with high-tech. Although the recent trend is to replace the tried-and-true small-block with an LS-engine, that is not the case with this ride. What you see is a 406 cubic-inch small-block Chevy. With 550 horsepower on tap, this “Grumpy” Jenkins-built screamer is the perfect motivator.
Enthusiasts have a myriad of option when it comes to suspension upgrades, and Detroit Speed & Engineering (DSE) got the nod for this first-gen. The entire front clip was replaced, adding late-model technology with the best DSE has to offer. The rear suspension is also DSE-eqquiped and utilizes a QUADRALink rear suspension. That means it is no longer sporting leaf springs, as coilovers with a four-link soften the ride. Braking is via Baer six-piston calipers with 14-inch rotors behind 18 and 19-inch Forgeline wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tires.
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