Between the blown LS and the quick-change rear axle is a T-56 transmission and a driveshaft made by D&D Driveline in nearby Port Orchard. In fact, the only modifications associated with them were raising the floor as noted earlier.

The same can’t be said of the exhaust that runs alongside the driveline though. Brett started with off-the-shelf Edelbrock headers that dump into 3-inch pipes. Only these aren’t what you think; to prevent the pipes from hanging below the pinch welds, he flattened them by clamping them between pieces of lumber. To make the job that much more difficult, Brett kicked the pipes over the axle beyond the two-chamber Thrush mufflers. They end just as GM dictated: at the rear pan.

Brett began with late-model OEM seats but they underwent so many modifications, their origins are no longer of any consequence. South Kitsap Upholstery in Port Orchard, Washington, trimmed them and did up the stock dash in black leather. Rather than analog gauges, Brett reads a Racepak Data Systems UDX-series insert. He replaced the clunky Harrison climate-control system with a more streamlined Vintage Air Magnum IV unit and its matching panel.

Dan Willcocks re-wired the car with an American Autowire harness; Brett installed the Kenwood/Pioneer audio system. He replaced the clear windows with tinted Auto City Classic glass. Knowing how Brett got in this mess in the first place, it’s no surprise that he installed a Detroit Speed Inc. Selecta-Speed wiper system.

When Jason Rushforth sketched the car, naturally he did so around a set of his Trooper wheels. The fronts measure 19x8 with 5 1/4-inch backspace; the rears, 20x10, with 5 3/4-inch backspace. They wear Hankook Ventus S1 hides, 245/40ZR-19 and 275/35ZR-20, respectively.

Simply by the insight they gain with each car, most builders — especially owner-builders — can rattle off a litany of things they would do differently. Not Brett Anderson. “The car is everything I wanted it to be and more,” he revealed. “If there was something I didn’t like, I would’ve changed it.”

That’s not cockiness or arrogance speaking. In fact, it’s quite reasoned. “Everything was a challenge,” he noted. “I went so far out of the box that there was not one part that simply bolted on; everything had to be fit to my liking before final assembly.

“It takes so much longer to build a car like this but it’s worth the effort,” he continued. “This has been my toughest piece so far and I learned a lot. I can’t wait to get started on the next car.”

Whatever that car may be, assure yourself he’ll find it while looking for something else.

the engine makes 525 lb-ft of giggle-inducing torque and 500 ticket-generating horsepower.