Isaac Mion
September 24, 2010

Fred Bishop's '65 Fastback
We all know how the project car game goes. You pick up a beater for what you think is a steal, and plan a few minor upgrades to either get it running, or at least free from rust and looking presentable. Then you pick up a Modified Mustang & Fords and flip through (like you are doing now) to see what others are doing to their cars-how they're arranging their ovals, if you will-and how you could do it different or do it better. There just so happen to be ads with everything a Mustang enthusiast could drool over, so the checkbook opens and the next thing you know you're knee deep in Roloc discs and Bondo dust and your daily driver is shifting toward a full on show n' shine piece.

Make no mistake, we are the evil impetus for this obsessive behavior. We scour the shows looking for these special Fords to capture on cell-uloid and we print the ads and the feature cars that many of you may strive to emulate. We are automotive crack. But you, our readers, are the smokers, and the suppliers. Case in point here is Fred Bishop, car owner, and Kevin Triplett, a street rod builder from Grand Junction, Colorado. Fred bought the fastback you see spread before you a few years back with the intention of building a clean daily driver. Six months later he had a red sled that could raise the dead.

"The car came from Texas. I originally bought it to be used as a daily driver," said Fred. "So I decided to take it apart. And that's when it all began. We stripped it to the shell and started over." Once the body was torn asunder, Fred took it to Kirt Cooley at Cooley Auto Body in Grand Junction. There, they sprayed it House of Kolor's Cosmos Red but not before sending it to Tripnozzi Muscle Cars to get the fuel filler shaved. Kevin is the owner of Tripnozzi Muscle Cars, a Grand Junction-based outfit that has been building muscle cars since 2006. Kevin bought a car in 1999 and made a little money on it. "As I started to build more and more cars for Barrett-Jackson I needed them built on deadline and the shops wouldn't work like that," said Tripnozzi. "So I started up my own operation."

Kevin's modus operandi is in the form of muscle cars with enormous rear wheels-15x20 in some cases-and air ride suspensions. The mixture of menacing meats and the chassis lying flat on the deck has garnered somewhat of a reputation for Kevin's shop. "There was a car that looked similar to mine at an event and I overheard somebody say, 'Look at that, it's been Tripnozzied,'" Kevin said. While Fred's fastback isn't as extreme as Kevin's other rides, he does have a pretty solid footprint out back with the 20x10 Intro wheels and 18x7 in the front. These rims are wrapped with Nitto Invo rubber, P285/30R20 and P225/45R18 respectively.

Before the rollers were bolted on, the body had to be completed. Fred decided in the middle of the process that he wanted the fuel filler, trunk lock, and emblems shaved. The body was already painted at the time, so they had to send it back to Cooley's to get repainted after Jeff Jacobsen at Tripnozzi patched the areas to be shaved. The car then went back over to Fred's where they yanked the stock engine and installed a 347ci stroker with a ProCharger P-1SC supercharger and aluminum heads. Other additions to the already potent crate motor came in the form of a 3-inch air intake and an aluminum radiator. Last but not least, a Demon 750 carburetor does what its name might suggest-fuel the flames.