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Cars > Challenges > “Heaven Bound” Vs “Animal2”


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Osburn, Idaho
United States

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Holliston, Massachusetts
United States


1951 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

“Heaven Bound”

1964 Morris Mini van


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About “Heaven Bound”

I purchased this 1951 Chevy sedan delivery out of a junk yard in eastern Idaho in 1991 but only had to rebuld all the brakes to get it on the road. I used it for a daily driver for the first few years. When I got it the original 218 6-cylinder engine had already been replaced with a 1953 235 c.i. six. After I used that engine up, my son Ben helped me install a 350 c.i. V-8 along with the automatic transmission and rear end from a 1974 Nova SS. My son did most of the engine swap in his high school shop his senior year at Blackfoot, Idaho (his teacher has done several of his own streetrods). Ben is now enjoying the fruits of his labors as this car is presently parked in his garage. A friend of mine, Richard Bingham, painted a steam locomotive on the sides and lettered "Heaven Bound" next to his artwork. This way this car portrays my three main interests in life: Jesus, old trains and old cars.

About “Animal2”

I bought this van as a shell and imported it from Wales about 4 years ago. The goal is to produce a street/strip/show car that is comfortable, fast, and worth the time and effort. Almost done!


Specs for “Heaven Bound”

350 c.i. V-8 rebuilt to original specs with 4-bbl carberator.
350 automatic transmission.

Specs for “Animal2”

Only a few pieces of the front suspension, including the rack and pinion steering, remain.


Factory Options for “Heaven Bound”

None, not even a radio nor a taillight for the other rear fender.

Factory Options for “Animal2”



Mods for “Heaven Bound”

1952 Chevy grill.
entire drive train out of a 1974 Chevy Nova SS.
Side exhaust pipes.
8-track player.
Smoothies chrome wheels.
radial tires.

Mods for “Animal2”

427 hp, 350 ci Chevy tied to tubular steel chassis and roll cage.
Porsche G5050 5 speed transaxle, inverted and converted to side shift (same as the new Ford GT40)
Fiero coil over performance struts and disc brakes in the rear; Metro 8.4" 4-pot calipers in the front
Custom 13" Minilites up front, 15" 5-bolt Minilites on the rear with street-legal drag slicks.
Custom 10 gallon fuel cell up front behind Audi 5000 radiator and Vintage Air condenser.
Master brake and clutch cylinders relocated and pedals cut/reshaped for improved drivability

Front Bumper moved back to the body and welded to the body.
All steel ground effects with air dam to improve cooling
Tri-Star headlights frenched. LED parking lights frenched.
All body lap seams cut, butt welded and smoothed.
Roof gutter removed and reshaped over the doors
Hood corners rounded and hood hinged from the front with remote power opener
Wiper holes filled. One wiper relocated over the window
Exterior door hinges removed and doors converted to suicide (front opening)
Sliding glass windows removed. Power windows and power door latches installed
2" x 4" frame rails from front wheel wells to rear suspension.
Scratch built all steel dash to cover Vintage Air heating and air conditioning unit, including Dakota Digital instrumentation, center console, A/C vents, misc switches and lights.
Scratch built firewall with window, insulated for sound. Lower half removable for access to front of motor.
Fiero seats, cut down 6" and re upholstered.
Flaming River tilt steering column with 13" X-Force steering wheel, matching shift knob and emergency brake handle.
Custom steel rocker panels/ground effects and wheel arches.
Side scoop to bring cold air into engine compartment.
Rolled rear pan with screened vents
Wheelie bars
Rear doors modified to internal hinges, Chevy "Suburban" style windows, , license plate cutout, power opener.
Frenched LED tail lights and third brake light.
DuPont Hot Hues 3 stage pearl paint.


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