By MATT STRONG

What can you do when you want one of those “six-figure” custom-built hot rods and you don’t have six figures? Well, Rich Seigel figured he would look into the “used 6-figure” custom hot rod market and found just what he wanted. This is a smart way to go if you are not looking for a DIY project starting with old metal and a lot of talent, your own and that of your close friends.

The car Rich bought is a 1937 Chevy two-door, five-window “Business Coupe” that had been completed in 1989. Ken Fenical -- “Posie” to those in the know -- one of America’s best hot rod builders, built it. His shop is in a small town and Ken may be the most famous man in Hummelstown, PA.

Jeff Tischler brought the car to the shop and commissioned it to be built. As a matter of fact, he drove it into the shop with a 350 Chevy running just fine. Since the engine was already built, Posie’s guys took the time to detail everything under the hood their way.
A full side shot can be very confusing. Are the four fingers of scallops getting into the gray area or are the three points of gray getting into the pink area? Ask anyone and they will give you one or the other as the correct answer. It is all about their perspective. Great paint job.
 

The changes to the stock ‘37 Chevy body include: 1) Chopped 2.5”, 2) Porsche sunroof, 3) hood lengthened over grille 4) “grille assembly” strengthened to support longer hood, 5) fabricated longer hood sides from 0.060” sheet aluminum, 6) moved headlights and cowl lights to the fenders, 7) “Frenched” tail lights and rear plate mount, 8) flush mounted and butted windshield glass together for a seamless appearance, 9) smooth fiberglass running boards, 10) Camaro third brake light below rear window, and 11) flush mounted rear window. That was just on the body; what they did to the rest was also impressive.

The ride wasn’t forgotten as a Mustang II front clip was grafted on along with rack and pinion power steering that came with disc brakes. It was dropped 2.5” in front using dropped spindles and a Posie Super Slide kit in back supports the 12-bolt Chevy differential housing. The team stitched the interior, including the seats, door panels, headliner and floor covering. It was highlighted by a leather LaCarrea billet steering wheel. The steering wheel and interior match the exterior colors giving the car a seamless appearance no matter what you are looking at.

Make no mistake about it, the Pink and Anthracite Gray exterior colors make a real statement about the shop, car and original owner. It was completed with Center Line wheels painted the same gray as well as the bumpers. There wasn’t a single piece of chrome and it was a two-tone that said monotone in a Posie kind of way.