Brent Devine — 1928 Chrysler

NZV8 - - EVENT REPORT -

With close to 500 cars on show on Satur­day, we knew it was go­ing to be tough to find a top con­tender for our pick, but, af­ter a good walk around to see what jumped out, we found that Brent Devine’s Chrysler stood above all oth­ers — well, that’s not ex­actly true, as Brent’s ride sits so low that you al­most trip over it be­fore see­ing it. It’s one of those cars that be­longs in its own cat­e­gory, as it’s not ex­actly a rat rod and not ex­actly a hot rod. So, you might be ask­ing, what is it? Well, it left the fac­tory way back in 1928 as a Chrysler four-door and, at some point in its jour­ney, ended up in a dry riverbed with a tree grow­ing out of it. That’s when Brent en­tered the pic­ture; he pulled it out and took it home. What is re­ally in­ter­est­ing about this build is that, apart from fi­nal body prep, which was done by his brother, Tony, Brent did the en­tire build him­self. The rear door area was cut away and the rear panel moved for­ward and welded in to form the pickup body. This was then mounted to a Holden WB chas­sis, into which the rear sus­pen­sion from an AU Fal­con XR8 was grafted. Power stays true to the car’s her­itage, though, pro­vided by a 400ci Chrysler V8 with a 727 TorqueFlite trans­mis­sion. That beer-keg gas tank is a great choice, and the en­gi­neer­ing is awe­some — some­thing that must be seen in per­son to be re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated. This is one of those cars where the more you look at it, the more you see. With it now fin­ished, Brent makes sure it sees plenty of street use — not bad for a back­yard build from West­port!

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