The Feature Mopar this month is:
Swoopy. A 1947 Dodge is owned by Mike and Mary Kinney. The principle theme of Swoopy is a strong emphasis on flowing lines, minimal use of chrome, and few, if any, operational controls being readily evident.
Swoopy contains a series of innovative design features, including one-off taillights, one-off twin floating grills, skinned front and rear bumpers, wing window deletes, and full length reveals. The interior is based upon a very intriguing theme, with a strong Art Deco/ Streamline Moderne influence. Examples include incorporation of round tubing throughout the interior for the ultimate in smooth, flowing lines, one-off chrome accents, and a full length waterfall console that transitions into wrap around rear bucket seats, similar to those found in a 1958 Corvette.
The headliner includes an innovative use of chrome strips mimicking the twin floating grill bars that is back lit, similar to the lighting found in a 1940's movie house. Use of the tubing is further enhanced by being transitioned from the outside corners of the dash onto the front door panels. Other unique attributes include custom renovation of a 1936 Plymouth gauge cluster to monitor functions, elimination of interior windshield trim, and design of one-off seat buttons.
A flying arm rest is positioned between the front bucket seats with a one of a kind automatic shifter control located underneath the leading edge that was developed in conjunction with MasterShift representatives. Custom door sill plates have also been fabricated that provide a unique transition for interior materials as well as incorporation of a very distinctive Swoopy logo designed by Kenny Youngblood.
The power plant is a stunning 392 HEMI built by Power Play HEMI, complete with Keith Black pistons, Manley rods, and roller rockers. Ignition is provided via a Joe Hunt “Mini Mag”, which also contains the coil and electronic module. The fuels lines and PCV line are polished stainless steel tubing, which is also used to route wiring to the electric chokes. For maximum visual effect, majority of components above the aluminum heads have been chromed, including the elevated intake manifold as well as twin Holley four barrel carburetors.
A series of design features have been incorporated into the engine bay, including smoothed firewall, electric power steering, elimination of a traditional steering column penetrating the firewall, and oil/water sending units being located away from the engine. Inspection covers are also utilized to further emphasize the overall cleanliness of the design. An innovative remote brake system has also been designed that precludes the need for a firewall mounted brake booster as well as eliminating brake fluid from inside the passenger cabin in its entirety.
To ensure the interior also sets a new standard of excellence, we teamed with Ron "The Stitcher" Mangus, owner of Ron Mangus Hot Rod Interiors, located in Rialto, CA. We have known Ron for many years, and he has designed interiors for some of the top hot rods and show cars in the country, including Possessed, a 1933 Ford Roadster that was recipient of American's Most Beautiful Roadster award at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2010.
During one of the design session with our build partner, Extreme Automotive, we were joined by Mike Curtis, owner of Curtis Speed Wheels. In addition to his partnership with EVOD Industries, Mike Curtis has designed wheels for legendary icons of the industry, including Chip Foose and Boyd Coddington. Mike agreed to become a member of the build team and the set of one-off wheels he designed for Swoopy proved to be a perfect compliment for this one-off build. Each wheel has 96 design features and required approximately 20 hours to machine.
Since the full debut at the Grand National Roadster Show, Swoopy continues to draw significant interest, and she has received over 50 awards to date. In addition to Top Ten at Run to the Sun, Lake Havasu City, AZ, we are exceptionally proud of Swoopy participating in the Builder's Showcase at the 43rd Annual NSRA Nationals (held in Louisville, KY) as well as receiving Fine Nine, Hall of Fame, and Custom d’Excellence Gold awards at Darryl Starbird’s 49th Annual Rod & Custom Show (held in Tulsa, OK).
Thanks again for selecting Swoopy as your pick for December.
Mike & Mary Kinney
1008 Hollowbluff Avenue
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
(702) 371-SHOW, cell
Link below in blue hard to see! Visit link Swoopywww.swoopy.net
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Mopar of the month is a 1947 Dodge owned by Mike and Mary. Mike used to have one of the largest Car events in thr Vegas area "Mikes Birthday Bash". Click on the Dodge, / Model to view the photo gallery of this Mopar.
The website is currently under construction so please check back for my updates, Smilin' Ed
I formed this club in July 2002 with the idea I just wanted a few more cool Mopars to park my 1969 GTX beside. Over the years this club has grown to be known in many states, and also other parts of the world. I have very simple rules in our club with no dues. If you think you want to be a part of us simply contact me. I will be more than happy to send you the club rules to become a part of this "Private Club". Thank you, and enjoy our Mopars! We do! I am Smilin' Ed the President.
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