Welcome to the Swoopy website!
Just in case you're wondering, Swoopy is a term used in the hot rod world to describe a ride that is exceptionally smooth. As demonstrated throughout this site, we think Swoopy will prove to readily meet this definition, while also being a very unique full custom, with strong emphasis on flowing lines and a minimum of operational controls being readily evident.
By way of introduction, we moved from the Washington, DC area to North Las Vegas and began looking for a "weekend" project. While we've always had a love for hot rods, street rods, rat rods, and everything in between, our quest really began when we saw photos of a 1947 Dodge. After months of searching, we found the start of our build sitting in a barn in Bristol, West Virginia, and arranged shipment to Nevada. As they say, the rest is history...
Swoopy will also contain a series of innovative design features, including one-off taillights, floating grill, waterfall full length console, and keyless ignition. The interior will be based upon a very innovative theme, with a strong Art Deco and Streamline Moderne influence, including one-off chrome accents.
The power plant is a stunning 392 HEMI built by Power Play HEMI, complete with Keith Black pistons, Manley rods, and roller rockers. For maximum visual effect, majority of components above the aluminum heads have been chromed, including the twin Holley four barrel carburetors.
In addition to this jaw dropping example of Mopar muscle, a series of design features are being incorporated into the engine bay, including hidden fuel lines, smoothed firewall, electric power steering, and sending units being located away from the engine. Inspection covers will also be utilized to further emphasize the overall cleanliness of the design.
We also want to express our heart felt thanks to our build partner, and very good friends, Phil & Mary Leatherman, owners of Extreme Automotive. With the help of Phillip, and the crew at Extreme, Swoopy is already exceeding our wildest expectations.
Thank you for taking time to learn more about Swoopy, we're highly confident she will be a great ride and absolute blast to drive.
Mike & Mary Kinney
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