In 2000, I purchased my Chevrolet 1946 Maple Leaf for $2000. Unveiling the car to my wife she said “what the hell did you buy, it’s a piece of junk…” I suppose looking back it does look like a piece of junk but it’s mine and almost all of the work completed on the project was done in my garage except for the painting of the colour and the interior.
The build was a 9 year process, involving the truck being stripped down to a bare chassis, removing all of the original driveline. The only authentic parts that I reused were the chassis, body and the front bumper. The model underwent a lot of custom work including modifying the chassis so that I could get the car as low as I could. The front end is out of a Series 3 Jaguar, it has a 400ci small block Chevrolet and turbo 700 transmissions.
I custom made the exhaust system as above. I couldn’t get gutters for it so I made a unique lip using 10mm rod and completely welded it on to fit the mould. I grinded the rod to form a smooth rounded individual lip exclusive to my Chevrolet. The wiring of all the electrics was done by me.
I’m now a member of the Australian Street Rod Federation, assisting and encouraging members to build register and insure their vehicles. and a group of mates and myself hang out together and go to car shows!
Stay tuned, we’ll be talking with Mick Blackmore in November about is 2012 Harley Wideglide!