If a ’32 Ford and a Corvette 327c.i. V8 are the quintessential hot rod pairing, then Sean Black’s roadster is a home run. He took the time to blend those two elements together into a timeless car that checks all the right boxes.
Moreover, Sean built and assembled this car in his home shop and it went on to become a 2018 AMBR contender where he took home the Outstanding Interior award.
Starting with a frame from So-Cal Speed Shop, Sean set the front in the weeds with a Magnum dropped axle and a combination of parts from both So-Cal and Walden Speed Shops. Out back he hung the 8-inch Currie rearend on a set of Pete & Jake’s ladder bars and filled it with 3.50 gears that can lay two stripes thanks to a Trac Lock. Plated and finned So-Cal disc/drum brakes bring the car to a safe halt and the stance is set with a staggered set of five-windowed ET III Fueler wheels. The “bigs” are 11.00-16 Firestone dirt trackers on 16x10s, while the “littles” are 15x4s with Firestone 5.60s.
Sean built the engine to emulate an “upgraded recreation of the 1963 Corvette 327 engine.” Cool tricks include a Winter’s intake with a 600cfm Holley carb, the legendary 300hp double-hump heads with plated Corvette valve covers, and new easy-breathing TruRam exhaust manifolds from Speedway Motors. A blacked-out MSD distributor, coil, and wires detail her out in style. The engine is backed with a TH350 with a 3,000 rpm B&M converter on a TCI flex plate. An owner-built 2.5-inch stainless exhaust sends the fumes rearward.
The body is a fresh steel version from Brookville. Modifications include pie-cutting the hood 7/8-inch and chopping the windshield 4 5/8-inches. The rolled pan, taillight treatment, dash extension, and trans tunnel were all handcrafted in steel before Chad Adams shot the PPG Daytona Blue paint.
The Corvette inspiration was carried over into the interior with the use of ’63 Vette-style stitching on the black leather upholstery, expertly handled by M&M Hot Rod Interiors. The shop used skinny pleats and stainless trim to complete the look. A Corvette-style three-spoke wheel from CON2R and a Lokar trigger shifter were added for that ’60s sports car feel, while the modified dash was fitted with black and silver gauges from Classic Instruments’ All American Tradition line.
Dark paint, black upholstery, big ’n’ little tires, and a thumpin’ small block under the hood. If those elements don’t say “hot rod,” we don’t know what does.
Photos by Mike Harrington