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JC Whitney - Everything Automotive

June 2003


By Adam Gray
Photos By Big Jim
After a brief hiatus from the world of hot rods five years ago, Joe Bush decided to make a comeback. He started with a 1979 Corvette, and it was fun, but he soon began to get that old familiar feeling, that sudden striking urge, that hardwired need that rests deep inside of us all; the need for speed… Joe could never convince himself to sell his ‘vette, but he could certainly convince himself to buy another car. This time though, it would have to be a real screamer. After all, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Outlaw Performance built the body and chassis of Joe’s 1934 Chevy three window coupe. It was then sent to Daytona Beach, FL., where it was finished. Eventually, the original owner traded the coupe for a Boss Hoss motorcycle. After the trade, a friend told Joe about the car. Joe liked the car, bought it, and gave it a home in Latrobe, PA, only a few miles from where it all began, Outlaw Performance.
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Joe’s coupe doesn’t beat around the bush with a Chevy 350 matched to a 350-turbo transmission and a 650 cfm Edelbrock carburetor. And if you’re counting horses, this car is no gelding. The front Mustang II suspension and14-inch front wheels provide great steering. But the cars real drive comes from the 15-inch tires on the 9-inch Ford rear with a polished S.S. Tubular coil over suspension. Cover all of that with a ’34 Chevy Outlaw Body painted Bahama Green, add a plum color interior and digital gauges, and this is no Joe Schmoe’s car. It’s Joe Bush’s.
Joe is an old school hot rodder in spirit. He recognizes that innovation and adaptability is the most important aspect of keeping a real hot rod functional. He says, “For instance, the temperature gauge sending unit cover is a toilet paper holder cut in half, the door handles are parking meter knobs, the electric window switch backing plates are 4x4 post brackets.” Joe says that in order to be a hot rodder, “Your wheels always have to be turning.”

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