Well, it’s the silly season, aka SEMA season, so a bunch of huge builds have been wrapped up just in time to make it through the doors of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. One of those builds is this evil looking, black on black, twin turbo, 1970 Pontiac Firebird built by the team at All Speed Performance. I was lucky enough to catch the build thread a couple of weeks ago when the car was in the body shop, so I was excited to check up on it’s progress now that some SEMA coverage is starting to flow, and thankfully it was completed in time. Build thread link after the jump.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a feel-good story, so here’s one that Ty emailed me about his very own pride and joy.
Ty is in his early 40’s and has been a serving member of the US Air Force for over 25 years. He sent off his first ever car, a 1971 Firebird, for quick paint job but things didn’t go exactly as planned. The ‘Bird ended up in “paint jail” at a panel shop for over 14 weeks, so he enlisted the great guys at Fletcher’s Customs to rescue the car and carry out the remaining work. Like most of us, Ty had a set budget to work within, but Chad Fletcher and his crew knew the car needed to be finished to a much higher standard than the money would allow, especially considering it was going to be returned to someone who has been serving their country. So with that in mind, Chad set about to drum up support from a number of companies and individuals who donated various parts and services, and the car went on to become a full-fledged Pro-Touring masterpiece, concluding with a spot at SEMA and an appearance on the television show PowerBlock .
Well this is a weird feeling, I’m posting an update on the first ever build that I featured on this site from way back in February of 2009. There’s a good chance some of you haven’t seen all of the builds I’ve posted during the life of the site, including this one, so click here to go back to the original post to locate the build thread link for this pro-touring masterpiece. Marty has been busy in the past year or so, so there’s plenty of work to catch up on.
Okay, I’ve waited long enough and I’ve made an executive decision. I’ve been watching this build for a while, waiting for it to be finished but I can’t wait any longer. It’s going to be debuted at the upcoming SEMA show, where I’m sure it will be photographed by numerous websites, so I wanted to show it to you guys first. Just take a look at the Solid Works renderings of the parts built for the project and you’ll see why I’m such a fan of this build. I wonder if the people who built cars at the factories back in the 50/60s/70s would ever dream they’d be getting this much love in the new millennium. We have the pro-touring crowd to thank for that (and their deep pockets!)
Some quick stats:
LQ4 6.0L V8, 4L80E transmission, custom chassis, air-ride, C4 Corvette suspension, rear mount twin turbo, C6 Z06 Corvette brakes.
I’d been following this particular build thread for a while, when I noticed that the kind folk over at My Ride Is Me had done a feature on it recently. So instead of doing my own story, I’ll leave you in their capable hands, enjoy!
The guys over at My Ride Is Me have brought up an interesting discussion. What do you get if you mix the styles of pro-touring with hella-flush wheel fitment? Ill-Touring of course! It’s a mash-up of two of the most prevalent styles in the car scene today.
Here’s my rough rendition based on the pictures featured in their story…
What do you think of the whole idea? Let them know over at http://www.myrideisme.com/Blog/pro-touring-hellaflush-ill-touring/
When you see the words “Fesler Built” in the title of a build thread you know it’s going to be something special. Here’s a 1970 Chevy Nova that’s worlds apart from Axel Foley’s ride. The Pro-Touring boys certainly know how to piece a car together.