Rich tidied up the envelope by shaving the SS emblems, fabricated and smoothed the firewall with Kim, and attached a Goodmark steel 2-inch cowl hood. At Rocky’s Body Shop in Toledo, Dean Mattoni finished the bodywork and applied the knock-your-eyes-out HOK paint. Then he and Dave Knepper laid down the subtle graphics. They sent the chrome and items to be powdercoated to Al’s Polishing, also in Toledo.

For this presentation, Rich re-skinned the seats in factory vinyl and rolled out some ACC carpet. The trunk got a piece of that, too. The post is topped by an SS steering wheel and ahead of that long, black hood Rich sees Sun Pro gauges staring back at him telling him to get with it.

This week, the bad boy is currently getting a full custom interior, and in his home garage Rich is “rebuilding” the 383 with a one-off Vortech twin supercharger system that he knows will produce well over 1,000 hp. Maybe we should have called this story “CRAAAAZY!”

“I can remember my brother Steve reading Hot Rod magazine and we would dream of having nice cars someday.”

“Since we have to pull the motor, might as well make it bigger and nastier.”