Norm Snape has been building street rods and street machines for decades, and his latest creation reflects his sound knowledge of the way things are done, and the way they should look. The 3-window is a good case study in aesthetics, with the perfect rake, and just the right wheel & tyre combination.

The body is a fibreglass job by Deuce Customs, while the bonnet (hood) is a steel unit, reproduced in the original style. The body, indeed the whole car, was painted by Brad Grosney in De Beers Basic Black. The chassis is a Street Rod Constructions special; the centre section being based on an original x-member.

Toowoomba is known as the Garden City, so it is fitting that these photos were taken in a public park.

Red steel wheels have been widened at the back, and narrowed in the front.

Black on black is the theme in here, and some nice gauges to keep the southpaw driver informed.

The venerable 327 lives on, this time reconditioned and touched up to provide lots of reliable highway horsepower.

All modern conveniences here folks - the disks and radials hint at the rod's useability, while the Moon tank is a concession to nostalgia.

The repro fuel tank restricts the view of the 9" Ford diff, and the Pete & Jake suspension units.

This car has just hit the road, being registered a few days before the photos were taken.

Hairpins are again fashionable, and are acceptable, with conditions; Norm is obviously happy about that.

While the '32 isn't particularly low, it appears to be, and this angle illustrates the point.

The Moon tank, and the classic red on black says it all. The paint

Going away shots reveal a lot about a body style, and the deuce 3-window has a lot to take in; most of it unique to the 3-window.

The brown grass made it apparent that Toowoomba is also suffering from the drought. Being a black car, it rained within minutes of this session.

The front end consists of a Super Bell axle with a 4" drop, cross drilled discs and commodore calipers, Rod City hair pins, chromed shock absorbers, and a mile of polished stainless fittings.

Rear suspensions are the subject of much debate - this one is the ever popular 9" Ford located by stainless steel 4-bars and a panhard bar, while Pete & Jakes coil-overs provide the bounce and rebound-control.

For an engine, Norm selected a very healthy 327ci Chevy with worked heads, and a lumpy 30/70 Crow Cam. Many knowledgeable rodders prefer the short stroke 327 over the 350. The machine work and balancing was done by Repco in Toowoomba, then blue printing and assembly was capably handled by the very handy Norm. Norm also did the wiring, ran the brakes and assembled the car.

The gearbox is a GM Turbo 350, which was rebuilt by Gilroy's of Toowoomba. The exhaust system was built by Norm, including the block huggers, all out of 2½ inch mandrel bent pipes, which were then ceramic coated.

In a not-so-unusual turn (pun intended), the steering box is a left hand drive unit from a '62 Chevy - quite a few rods are being built LHD today.

Norm would like to thank Darryl Kuhnemann, Norm's son Shane and his dear wife Ellie for their support throughout the 12 month project

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