Kyle Hogue’s 1930 Mode A coupe known as “Lo-Blo” is a machine full of cool contradictions. The body and chassis are so close to the ground that you can barely fit a piece of paper under them. At the same time, the top of the scoop sitting on the supercharged big-block Chevy is as tall as your average NBA point guard. This combination of extremes makes Lo-Blo one wild build.
The story behind Kyle and Lo-Blo feels like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster. At one point in his life, Kyle had a successful shop, was building awesome cars for TV, and had everything going for him. Well, some bad life choices caused Kyle to lose everything and ultimately end up incarcerated in prison.
Through a little bit of luck, Kyle was able to get out of prison and was given an opportunity to turn his life around. He started working at a restaurant to support his family, but a customer learned of his abilities to turn what some consider rusty junk into amazing vehicles. Again, Kyle was presented with an opportunity to improve his life and atone for his mistakes, so he jumped all over it. This led him to being able to start working in the automotive industry again at Taps Trucks and Auto, but he could now build a car for himself. And that’s how Lo-Blo was born.
Kyle made Lo-Blo’s frame himself by starting with a set of 1928 Ford framerails. The rest of Lo-Blo’s chassis is made from heavy-duty 2×3-inch tubing that’s been reinforced. Up front, Kyle used a front end from Speedway Motors to take care of the steering duties. In the rear, you’ll find a Ford 9-inch rearend that works with a 4-link style suspension and air bags.
The 1930 Model A body that rests on Lo-Blo’s frame was chopped a healthy 7.5 inches and then channeled over the frame to give it an aggressive look. The taillights were created by putting a few bullets in the rear of the body, and then filling the holes with LED lights. Kyle used rattle cans to paint the body and then went over his work with a DA sander to give it a rough appearance. Richard Crawford laid down all the custom pinstriping on the Ford. At rest, Lo-Blow is just 37 inches tall at the roofline.
Lo-Blo’s engine is truly nasty. The 454 cubic-inch block has been punched out to 480 cubic inches. Kyle filled the big-block with RaceTec pistons and Carrillo rods. The valvetrain uses components from Isky. On top of the engine rests a tower of power. First, you have the Offenhauser blower intake, then you have an 8-71 BDS supercharger, and finally, a pair of 800 CFM carburetors top everything off. This thing sounds just as rowdy as it looks and it’s a beautiful thing. Behind the rat motor you’ll find a TH400 transmission that’s matched up to a TCI torque converter.
Kyle Hogue’s Lo-Blo is a HotWheels car that was turned into a real ride. This hot rod oozes horsepower and style. Kyle’s story is also inspiring and it shows that no matter what life throws at you, it’s your attitude that determines how far you’ll go.