Volume III, Issue 4, Page 35

I took to this project the way most of you would not. I’d scraped the extremely solid body off the frame, media-blasted everything I was sure I’d have to re-use, and had it all painted by a friend. The chassis working parts I replaced in total. All the systems are new. A workmate and I put the body back on the rails with brand new biscuits and sent the Biscayne off on its own. But when would it return?

All things flow from the deep-cycle Optima Red Top. Cables and aluminum battery box (shown without its lid) are Summit Racing goodies. Putting the battery in the trunk was a cause for concern to some because of the voltage drop over 16 feet of cable.

This is where methods would differ. You would have no choice but to soldier on through the remaining years, usually until the thing was finished. I could not afford to spend the time to do the rest of it. The nearest working facility was a 120-mile round trip from my house and in nearly the same place as the Wilshire offices, so I was doing the office drive even on the weekends. I snapped. I failed. I couldn’t do it.

Several people helped put the Biscayne back together and made the physical changes needed to make it a hot rod. Suffice that these places (I won’t even mention the third one) were 2,000 miles from one another. I was relying on the kindness of strangers, as it were, and it weren’t too cool, buds. As such, a lot of the photographic documentation didn’t get done.

Suffice, too, that for these reasons the project took way too long to finish. What would have been really edgy five years ago is just so-so stuff today. With the element of surprise long gone, I still have a unique combination that I would bet is the only one like it in the world—not a Biscayne with an LS engine, but a Biscayne with a C5R block 453ci LS engine. Nobody in their right mind would do this now because it doesn’t make money sense (prox. $6,300 for the block). If you wanted cubes you’d be able to build a beauty from a low- or high-deck Rat or LSX block. 

Todd McCutchen and Benny Smith refurbished and refinished the dashboard, inserting the Vintage Air ducts at four intervals and staging the controls right in the middle.