Bill Loveland wanted "something different" when he decided to build his first full-tilt street rod. How does a '38 Chevy business coupe in Atomic Orange grab you? The car retains its classic lines, but has attention-grabbing eye appeal to spare.
A low mileage '95 Cadillac Fleetwood donated its LT-1 350 V-8 engine and 4L60E automatic overdrive transmission to the orange coupe project. The owner says it delivers plenty of power and decent gas mileage at highway cruising speeds.
By using Silverado seats, Loveland was able to incorporate 3-point seat belts into the interior scheme. The seats also tilt forward and a small jump seat with its own safety belts can be installed in the surprisingly spacious area behind the passenger seat.
Creature comforts include a set of 2002 Chevy Silverado seats that match the custom door panels, Classic Instruments gauges in a polished billet dash insert, Hot Rod Air A/C, a highly polished ididt tilt steering column and a 4-spoke Lecarra leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Loveland molded in the rear fenders and created his own teardrop-shaped fuel filler door, along with the ultra-thin teardrop tail lights. A custom rear roll pan was fabricated and flows seamlessly into the fenders.