When you play with cars over a long enough period of time, a few of them just refuse to go away. Hence you need a shop big enough to house them all, along with a little room for your friends and at least a comfy chair or two. Seth Wagner has spent 30 years building a small manufacturing facility that now specializes in custom injection molding for the big car companies. He's a street rod guy, but he doesn't discriminate, as you can see from his eclectic collection that includes two late-model Corvettes. To prove he's into a wide variety of cars, there are plans afoot for a '67 Charger with a 528ci Hemi, a tubular front end, a 4L80E automatic, and monster 345/30ZR19 rear tires. There's plenty of space for the Mopar in this 4,200-square-foot shop once it's completed. Seth's shop is a great place to hang--especially on the day we were there when the temperature outside was pushing triple digits. Thanks for the cold soda, Seth.
1. The silver '41 Willys is another Legens Hot Rod shop creation that was a Top 8 player in the '06 AMBR (America's Most Beautiful Roadster) contest. It sports a 600hp, 5.7L Hemi with a Magnuson supercharger, a Kugel IFS and IRS with a Winters quick-change center, and a Viper six-speed. It might be easier to say there is very little that's still stock as far as the original pickup body is concerned. If you think about it, it's cool that this Willys (an ex-drag car) still sports a blown Hemi.
2. The all-steel, black '32 Dearborn Deuce roadster originally cruised with a 350ci small-block Chevy but has been supplanted with a small-block Ford just to maintain positive Blue Oval karma.
3. The '36 Ford coupe called Copperhead, built by Steve Legens of Legens Hot Rod Shop in 2002, is stylin' with an all-steel body. We'll abbreviate the drivetrain down to a 502ci Rat motor backed with a T56 six-speed.
4. If you look closely, you can see that's an '09 ZR1 Corvette about to pull up on the Bend-Pak four-post hoist. This is the supercharged mamma-jamma Vette ushering 638 hp. Hiding over in the corner is a black '03 C5 with a Lingenfelter 427 that has been blessed with all kinds of go-fast goodies.
5. One muscle car that was sadly missing on photo day was son Keith Wegner's 675hp LS7 '64 Chevelle. Complete with a 'cage, a TKO-500 five-speed, and a 9-inch Moser rear, it promises to be very quick.
6. The two-tone '49 Ford also runs a small-block Ford, but this one is a stroker 351W pushing 392 inches with Eagle rods, a Comp cam, Ross pistons, and Canfield heads. Oh, did we forget to mention it has a Weiand miniblower? Seth says it made 496 hp on the dyno. There's a Ride Tech air suspension under the fenders with adjustable shocks, Wilwood brakes, and an entire Heidt's front suspension. Seth says, "It rides like a Mercedes." He should know.