Big Al's Featured Car's
Best of both Worlds
Owned by Pat Fasulo
Pictures & Story by John Carollo

The current resurgence of cars and trucks that look like they came right out of 1962 is growing with no signs of slowing down. And that’s just fine with us. We totally dig it when someone builds a car and we have to look real hard to see if it was built back then or today. And building those kind of rides is never easy. Builders always have to make choices between what was back then and what has been improved since back in the day.

Pat Fasulo’s A Bone balances that line very nicely. It’s definitely got the look but take one ride is this cool coupe and it’s clear his choice for a few modern upgrades was a wise one. Yet, he built it the old fashioned way. Starting with a rod that was built in the ‘70s, Paul took it all apart and went for the frame where he boxed and sectioned it. He threw in a ’66 Ford Posi Niner with 3:55 gears and hung it on ladder bars. For a touch of the new, he threw a pair of Carrera coilovers on it. When it was done, the rear was five inches lower. Up front, a straight axle with ’37 ford spindles, Pete and Jake’s chrome shocks, ’66 Mustang steering box and a stock spring made for a six inch drop. The new stuff includes the disc brake conversion from Speedway for a little better stopping power. Scoring some cool chrome reverse wheels at a swap meet, he covered the front 15 x 5’s with 5.60-15 Coker Classics and 15 X 8’s with 8.20-15 Radir Dragster tires on the back.

For power, Pat used the tried and true small block Chevy; in this case a ’71, 350 punched out .030 to become a 355. Those are ’67, 202 heads that measure 64 CCs with Harland Sharp roller rockers. Before they were bolted on, they got some good old fashioned port and polish action from Ron Mullett of M.W. M. Stock rods and crank rotate .030 over pistons and a 4.88 lift Crane cam keeps things percolating. Up top, there’s an Edelbrock intake with two 500 Edelbrock carbs with a Mallory Unilite distributor providing spark. That slick air cleaner shroud was custom made and joins the Edelbrock fined valve covers in making this motor look so good. The same red ‘flake used on the scallops was used on the motor and its accessories. The hard to see oil pan is chrome, too. A set of Patriot, Lake Style headers blow the gases away while looking racey enuf. The wiring came from EZ Wire and Pat installed it. A ’70 Chevy three speed automatic tranny got a B&M Hole Shot 2000 RPM stall converter, shift kit and heavy duty clutch packs when it visited Warren Ohio’s Westside Transmission. A Summit cooler and shifter by Lokar round out the tranny’s playlist.

The body of this A, a 1929 five window to be exact, got just enuf mods in the shape of a smoothed firewall, molded visor and a whopping seven inch channel job by Kirt Rowlsburger. Working the channel job with the stock height roof definitely gives a period look. The base coating of Valspar gloss black works with the House of Kolor Orian Silver and Apple Red Candy scallops by Gorgo. If you look real close, you can see the silver base borders the red. A set of ’50 Pontiac taillights in the back and a four-inch chopped Deuce grill shell up front keep this A looking mighty fine.

Inside, the same red and silver are there and matched up with white in the tuck and rolled white Sierra vinyl upholstery on the glide seat, all done up by Dale Boggs. If that dash looks familiar, it’s a Deuce dash turned upside down. The steering wheel is a red ‘flake, 10 inch Moon piece. The gauges are Stewart Warner and Dave Divies the Glass Man did his magic.

And while we told you about the main components of this A-Bomb, take another look to get the details that make up one of the best rides from the Spinners car club out of Youngstown, Ohio. Things like the neat devil girl sitting on the grille shell. Or the way the cool scallops snake their way around the tail lights, firewall, trunk handle and rear window. And don’t forget that upside down dash and its red flake. Yeah, it’s always hard to make those decisions when building a car that looks like it comes form the early ‘60s. But we think Pat Fasulo brought it all home and then some. Don’t you?