ROD BUILDING
Australian Street Rodding|October 2020
Hot Rod Shed Crawl, Newcastle, NSW
AL O'TOOLE

STEWART AND CATHY CAMPBELL’S 1929 DODGE DA COUPE

Stewart “Soup” Campbell has been busily working on this very rare 1929 Dodge DA coupe while putting the finishing touches to his ’47 Chevy Fleetline that you’ll read about over the page. He has owned this coupe for 36 years and finally this magnificent Mopar is getting the full hot rod treatment. The lower 150mm of the body has either been repaired or rebuilt, a new rear beaver panel has been made, a few dings knocked out and a few holes filled.

It boasts Hemi firepower under the hood and lots of neat metal work, including a filled roof that has been chopped two inches. All of the interior trim has been custom fabricated in steel panels, featuring the Mopar “M” logo inside the doors and tuck and roll style pleat swages rolled into the panels. Even the seat has been custom made in steel. The interior also features the shortened and modified dash from a ’55 Dodge, a custom collapsible steering column made using XJ6 Jaguar components and a custom pedal assembly.

Thanks to Tony Webster, the Desoto Hemi in Soup’s coupe has been bored 40 thou oversize to 341 cubic inches, has been balanced and is loaded with a Pryce Engineering crankshaft, Egge Machine pistons, a Hot Hemi Heads camshaft, custom adjustable pushrods, Pryce Engineering cylinder heads and a stock four barrel intake topped with a twin two barrel carby adapter. A Mallory dual point ignition will get the Hemi rumbling and a custom built tank will supply the fuel through 3/8 inch steel lines via a Carter inline pump. The manual engine flexi fan combined with an electric fan and a custom radiator from Atomic Radiators will provide cooling for the motor and a modified T5 transmission from a Chevy S10 pickup will transfer the power to the rear end. Wheels are Dodge Artillery rims measuring 16x5 inches on the front and 16x6 inches on the rear.

The coupe will be finished in clear-coated bare metal to fully show off the exceptional workmanship that has gone into it. Thanks to Bentley Fitzgerald at Fast ’N’ Loose Customs for the fabrication work and help with the mechanical jobs, Tony Webster for machining the engine and to Bruce McGinley for handling the upholstery.

STEWART AND CATHY CAMPBELL’S 1947 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE

When Tony Parker visited to take these photos, Soup was so close to completing this superb 1947 Chevy Fleetline, you would be forgiven for thinking it was finished. The only details left to finish off are some wiring in the boot, some windscreen rubber placement and fitting of the missing exterior trim pieces. This car was South African delivered and assembled right-hand drive using a Fisher body.

Under the bonnet there’s a 350 Chevy Vortec crate engine dressed with “fauxmobile” rocker covers and a Cadillac air cleaner. It runs a custom steel exhaust fabricated by Newcastle Muffler Service and is cooled by a custom unit from Atomic Radiators equipped with an 18 inch electric fan and further assisted by the manual engine fan. A modified T5 gearbox fitted with its stock flywheel and an Excedy heavy-duty clutch assembly transfers the power to a HQ-WB Holden diff running a 3.08:1 gear ratio. The stock ’47 Chev springs and double-action telescopic shock absorbers cushion the ride in the rear and the stabiliser bar from a HQ-WB Holden ensures everything stays in place while the Fleetline relies on the front end from an XJ12 Series III Jaguar. The front uses the stock Jag steering rack and brake discs with four spot calipers, the rear uses the stock WB drum brakes, and the system is activated through a Wilwood master cylinder and booster combo that has been installed on the firewall and is activated by the modified ’47 Chevy pedals. Wheels are 15x6 inch steelies capped with Packard hubcaps.

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