The Stude is a San Antonio, Texas car, so it had no rust! An old
racing buddy delivered it to me up here, and Todd Redenshek and
I spent 5 years turning it into what it is today.
The engine is a tall deck 427 truck block bored and stroked to
491 CID. It has a Comp Cam big roller cam and springs, Dart heads
Brodix intake, Manley rods, Callies crank, Manley Severe Duty
stainless valves, stud girdle Barry Grant 1000 CFM carb. I built
the engine since I used to build funny car engines back in the
60’s. Joe Sockloskie did all the machine work.
trans is a manual valve body 4L80E built by Lucky Bodenbach out
of St. Louis. The 4000 RPM lock-up converter was built by Terry
Hedrick of Seaton’s Shaker fame.
Special Thanks to Jim Spotton, he wired the
The 2.125” headers were built by Rocky Bellino and modified
by Roy Mohr. They use 3.5” merge collectors going into a 3.5”
exhaust system using Flowmaster 3 chamber mufflers.
welded up a 2” by 4” tubular frame I had designed.
We use a back-braced 9” Ford with Richmond gears on air
bags in the back and a Mustang II front suspension on air bags
body is extensively modified. The top is chopped 3” in front
and 2.5” in the rear. The cowl has been dropped 1”,
the rear window has been leaned forward, the hood has been sloped
back and a cowl-induction Chevy scoop has been added. The grille
openings were hand fabricated out of sheet metal. The rear fins
are ’57 Chrysler, and the tail lights are Lee custom lenses
for a ’56 Chevy that I found at a swap meet. There are only
4 pieces on the car that haven’t been modified – The
windshield, the back glass, and the 2 grille bars.
at Future Tech did the roll cage. Jim Spotton did the wiring.
Dave Shank did the upholstery. Todd Redenshek and I drew up
the dash and then made it out of brake line tubing and sheet
metal. Al Nosse made the hub caps and the horn button. Barb
and Dick Advey helped with the brake lines. Brian Morris (Custom
Auto) did the sound system.
The car is called “Gold Dust” for 2 reasons:
I used to use powdered resin (Gold Dust) to get better traction
with the funny car in the 60’s.
I have a fortune tied up in this car!
Originally I planned to paint the car silver, but Todd and my
wife Jeanie saw this Lexus SC430 up at Classic painted Eygyptian
Sand Pearl, and they overruled me. I’m glad they did!
We hear more comments about the color than anything else.
The Stude is currently featured on page 52 of Custom Rodder
magazine, and ti is scheduled to be on “My Classic Car”
on Thursday, February 19.