Scott Sullivan / Dayton, OH
This version of CC
's nationwide garage tour is a bit different. This is Scott Sullivan's little two-car garage where he's been building cars for more than 30 years. You'll notice this isn't a 10,000–square-foot shop with a bunch of gas monkeys chimping around. His '54 Chevy is undergoing a final assembly in the same spot where he built his exceptional, red Henry J and the iconic Cheese Whiz orange Pro Street '55 Chevy that whizzed everybody back in 1989. You won't find a Bridgeport here. In fact, the work bench is usually so cluttered that it seems like Scott does most of this work on the floor. There's a not-so-subtle message here. Those professional shops are plenty nice with CNC machines and other 21st-century luxuries. But that's all they are—luxuries. Scott is more of a minimalist who can still get the job done. The '54 is powered by a Scoggin-Dickey LS3 that's fed fuel with a Holley Dominator EFI system through a Holley intake that Scott massaged. At first glance, you might mistake it for a 409 because Scott built those valve covers to make you look twice. You don't need a shop full of big machines to be a talented car builder. The real car builders can do it with a few handtools, a right-angle grinder, a sanding block, a paint gun, and a pocket full of talent.
So how many cars do you think you've built in this shop?: "I don't know, around 30, but 50 sounds more impressive!" —Scott Sullivan
1. The '54's body lines are basically stock, with a laundry list of Scott's subtle touches that demands you look at the car for an hour or so to appreciate. The upper portion of the quarter-panels have been modified, and those rear-wheel openings have been dropped 3⁄4 inch and the radius opening has been “softened.” The bumpers have weeks in them. There's a lot more we just don't have room to describe.
2. The LS3 is adorned with a pair of covers that look intentionally like a pair of custom W-motor valve covers. The ribbed theme is carried over to the lifter valley cover and also to the access covers on the firewall. Scott asked us to thank ARP for supporting all of his builds.
3. The trans will be a rockin' T-56 six-speed manual with a Centerforce clutch driving back to a Moser 9-inch with a 4.11:1 gear and big 31x12.5x16-inch Hoosiers mounted on ET III wheels.
4. Scott is well known for his cool little details like routing the A/C hoses through the framerail to clean up the installation. The most-often-heard question around a finished Scott Sullivan engine compartment is, "What happened to all the wires?"
5. The suspension is all Ride Tech with a four-bar system in the rear and a G-body-based, unequal-length upper and lower control-arm front suspension with Ride Tech coilovers on all four corners.