This '38 Chevy Custom was originally constructed
in 1954-1956 by Bill Mazak in Canton, Ohio. The
custom you see here was envisioned by Bill in the
early 50s and included a lot of cool tricks, among
them the engine, a tricked-out Jimmy built from an
article published in Popular Mechanics - March
1954, along with a cool chopped top with filled side
windows (all leaded the old-fashioned way!), and
ultra slick door handle mods.
The engine takes right
from the magazine build-up starting with a 6-cylinder
Jummy 270 incher, adding the Fenton intake
with a trio of Rochesters, exiting through Fenton
headers. Other features included Crane racing cam,
aluminum timing ear, degreed balancer, Mallory
Dual point dizzy, Hildebrandt "Beehive" oil filter, and
H.D. GMC clutch. Transmission - Saginaw 3-speed.
The dash has some cool features as well, like early
Sun style tachometer, and period pinstriping.
front suspension is an early Chevrolet ('41-'48) clip
grafted on. Rear end is early 40s Pontiac with
custom traction bars. Wheels/Tries: Front - stock
16" x 5" - 6 lugs w/ old Moon style caps on white
wall bias plys. Rear: Stock OE Pontiac 15" x 7" (By
Wheel Smith) with Spyder rings and chrome lug nuts.
Tires are 7" Hurst "pie crust" cheater slicks.
The car was last titled 4/3/1956, and cruised
Canton, Ohio until the late 60s when Bill and his
wife moved to Arizona. The car was disassembled
for a repaint shortly after and would remain in the
state for 40 years until Bill passed away. Shortly
after, his widow placed a small ad and sold the car to
another hot-rodder, Larry Srigley, who purchased in 2010. Larry loaded the car up in pieces and took his
dream car home to Allquippa, PA. Unfortunately Larry was not able to build his dream custom because of
family health issues, so he advertised on the HAMB this past summer.
I spotted the car and instantly
knew it would be the next project for SOLO Speed Shop. The car arrived back in CA in July 2011, the the
work began to bring the custom back to its former glory. With our sights set on debuting the car at the
GMRS, we tore into it right away. With the tremendous help of Ricardo McGyver, SOLO Speed Shop's one
tool - old school specialist, we've been slowly getting her back together. The body received some patch
panels, while the firewall was cleaned up. The engine was all fresh and just needed a few pieces and
details to complete. The biggest challenge was the clutch/brake pedal setup as that was missing along
with the original trans. We put together a GM Saginaw 3-speed, and used stock '38 Chevy clutch and brake
pedals. Next up was the glass - a real challenge to say the least on a car chopped 4.5"!! After a couple
tries we nailed it. There's a lot of small details left, but our goal was to get it to the GMRS, then get it back on
the road where it belongs - Cruising SOLO Speed Shop Style!