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1972 Chevelle Big Block - Leadin' The Way

Matt Rabideau Was Sick Of Playing With 1/64-Scale Hot Wheels, So He Built His Own Full-Size Model.

By Mike Ficacci, Photography by Randy Lorentzen

In the cockpit, Auto Meter Pro-Comp gauges provide the vitals and match the faux stainless steel gauge cluster. Billet Specialties took care of much of the metallurgy inside with their Chicayne series steering wheel, pedals, door handles, and a rearview mirror. A-Ok Upholstery in Carson City, Nevada, matched tweed-covered Garage Pro racing seats with the black vinyl door panels, and ACC black carpets. A complete Alpine stereo/DVD unit was installed, complete with five-inch front speakers, and a 6.5-inch monitor providing a technological enigma in an otherwise carbureted world.

A B&M Mega Shifter capped off with one of the freakiest/scariest shift knobs known to man highlights a stunning display of workmanship both on the inside and outside of this one-of-a-kinder.

Winning awards all across Nevada, including the Mighty Chevy Award at the Silver Dollar Classic, and a Best In Show at Classic In Paradise, Matt knew he was taking a risk with the scheme, but couldn't be happier with the result. With a trophy room filling fast and miles to go before he sleeps, he still has his collection of 1/64-scale Hot Wheels, but is now starting a collection of full-scale Hot Rods to complement them.

By Mike Ficacci
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