What can't be seen in this photo is the full machine shop equipment that includes 220-volt
Brian Chase / Concord, NH
Even retired New Hampshire State Police officers can be gearheads. Brian sent us this photo of his shop with oldest son Brandon holding the torch in preparation for a session with the TIG welder. It's been said that everybody has a story, and that goes triple for Brian. He has three sons, including twins Aaron and Eddy, and it seems the whole family is entrenched in the automotive thing. Brandon has already laid claim to Dad's '55 Chevy that is just visible in the additional shop to the upper left in the photo, Aaron has his eyes on the yellow pickup, and Eddy has already put dibs on the Corvette. When the family's not wrenching on these machines, they also restore antique tractors, and mother, Jeanne, has a thing for '64 Mack trucks. It's clear that cars are a family affair, but also worth mentioning is Brian's new private practice as an accident investigator (vehicleautopsy.com). He provides training seminars for police agencies throughout the Northeast, performs accident reconstructions, and has been involved in several high-profile court cases dealing with vehicular accidents. Think of Brian as an automotive CSI agent and you're right on the money. We're thinking that would make a cool TV show, but that's just us.
A. The '79 Corvette is a numbers-matching car with a Comp cam and several other add-ons that only sees about 200 miles a year. That will change when youngest brother Eddy gets his license.
B. Look closely and you can barely make out the trunk floor of the two-door '55 Chevy that's hanging on the rotisserie for the full sheetmetal resurrection. The rolling frame shines with DuPont Imron and shoulders a 502ci Rat motor, a Richmond five-speed, a Hurst shifter, stainless brake and fuel lines, disc brakes, and a complete 12-bolt geared with a set of 4.10s.
C. It's obvious this shop was far from just thrown together. The walls and floor are kept clean and painted, and mom/wife Jeanne designed the blue/white/yellow asymmetrical paint scheme. The shop is also fully heated and air conditioned along with a Bose stereo system to keep things rockin'.
D. '34 Chevy pickup is clearly the most modified of the Chase clan vehicles. With a 4-inch chop, a quick-change rear, and nipped rear framerails to fit the 18-inch Hoosier radials, it is powered by a 350ci small-block Chevy. But that's only temporary, since the new 350 motor on the stand underneath that plastic bag will soon find its way between the framerails. Additional mods include a new Streetfighter TH350 trans, air conditioning, and boxes of stainless front suspension components.
E. Brandon is the oldest of the three Chase boys and is currently a senior at Concord High School. His sweatshirt is no prop, as he is enrolled in the two-year program at Concord Regional Technical Center (CRTC) as part of his junior and senior years. Brian attended the same school back when he was wheeling a '68 375hp 396 Chevelle, and now it's Brandon's turn-with guidance from chief instructor John Wheeler. The fully equipped shop interns many of its students at local dealerships. In a time when most high schools are dumping vocational classes for lack of funding, it's encouraging to hear about successful programs like CRTC.
F. Don't miss the Lil Indian minibike that looks almost new. The Lil Indian was the original minibike first built in Michigan in 1959 and continued all the way through the '80s by three brothers. Originals are now collector's items. You can still buy new parts to build a complete bike if you are so moved.