It was then that a point of contention arose around the completion of the engine bay. "The build went well for the most part," said Fred. "But when I wanted to paint the engine bay silver a lot of people tried to talk me out of it. But with all the chrome and black I thought it would set it off. You be the judge." As you can see, the engine compartment has had its share of wire tucking and shaving, which it received at Tripnozzi's and the result is nothing if not alluring. One of the most memorable experiences with this car was driving it for the first time," said Fred. "Wow, it was fast, with approximately 600 horsepower."
At this point the car was near completion and it only needed to do what birds do in the winter-go down south. To accomplish this, Triplett turned to RideTech. With air suspension at each corner, the chassis can be lowered 4 inches, from regal ride height, to super tucked in. Like all project cars, they need to come to a stop at some point, especially those with 600 hp. It's just as important as what it takes to make all that forward momentum. Wilwood disc brakes at all four corners handle the stopping duties quite well.
Like the Sprite commercial said, "Fool, it's the interior that matters!" You can't have a Cosmos Red exterior looking as cherry as an orchard with a clapped out cabin. The entire interior is kept stock (redone in '65 deluxe red) save for the Auto Meter gauges in an aftermarket gauge panel and a Lokar shifter poking through the stock non-A/C long console. "One of the most challenging parts of the buildup was getting the right color red and getting the interior to work with the color," said Fred.
When Fred Bishop got his car in "OK" shape on eBay, he should've known the project would balloon. If you're friends with a guy like Kevin Triplett you're bound to get the itch to go that extra mile for style. And while Bishop's ride may not be quite as extreme as Tripnozzi's other fat-tired creations, this duo from the Western Slope of Colorado has definitely shown us how they function in Grand Junction.
Fred Bishop's '65 Fastback