Feelings of nostalgia are a strong motivator when it comes to building a classic car or hot rod. We all have fond memories of that “a-ha” moment that got us hooked. Be it the experiences you had while on daily weekend rides with dad or those frequent trips to the local drag strip, the memories we retain are forever engrained in our minds.
But, some enthusiasts might not have a plethora of memories to use as an impetus for creating the perfect hot rod. Such is the case with this week’s Home-Built Hero owned by Kyle Spena of Jonesborough, Tennessee. While his memories are not filled with automotive experiences, It’s a love of vintage gassers that fuels his hot rod needs.
“I call it Midnight Hunter,” says Kyle. “It’s a one-of-a-kind ’57 Chevy gasser sedan delivery. Although it looks the part of a race car, it runs on pump gas. And with the overdrive automatic transmission, I can drive it anywhere.”
Kyle didn’t give a lot of details about the condition of the car when he purchased it or what needed to be fixed, but rest assured, the completed car nailed the vintage vibe. The gold-leaf lettered side panels, re-arched rear wheelwells, fenderwell headers, and the stance simply scream period correct. And like many true-to-the-style rides, the front bumper is no longer weighing down the nose. However, the iconic “Dagmars” are still present.
But what’s a ’57 Chevy gasser without a big-block under the hood? According to Kyle, upon opening the engine cover, we find 454 cubic inches of Chevrolet’s behemoth taking up residence. Performance enhancements come from a COMP Cams roller stick with .622-inch lift, a Holley Street Avenger carburetor, and those gotta-have fenderwell headers. The added bling of the polished-aluminum valve covers and custom air cleaner definitely give it a vintage vibe. Behind the big mill is a 700R4 transmission with a TCI Automotive torque converter.
Inside is a true exercise in simplicity and detail. The red and black are a stark contrast to the exterior and make sure you take notice. Again, Kyle didn’t give us much information about the interior of his ’57 Chevy gasser other than it features power windows and Auto Meter gauges.
Although Kyle’s ride might not have been fueled by various memories of experiences he had as a youngster, there is no denying his passion for vintage hot rods. What’s more, he might very well be fueling the next generation’s future feelings of nostalgia every time he and Midnight Hauler hits the local streets.
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