Our pals at Summit Racing have been helping us out on a slick custom 1940 Chevy two-door sedan build affectionately dubbed “Tinmama.”
The hot rod is being built by Tinman 2 Kustoms in Isanti, MN. Shop owner Luke Merrill, 26, has done everything from restorations and customs, to slammed rat trucks and radical hot rods—all out of a shop that probably looks a lot like yours.
The Chevy is a long-running project for Luke’s mom, hence the name Tinmama. The car has been chopped, widened, and shaved. It sits on a chassis with a Nova Subframe, an independent rear suspension from a 2017 Mustang, and a full airbag suspension. Power will come courtesy of a fuel-injected 400 cubic-inch small block.
Tinman 2 came to Summit Racing’s attention thanks to Wild Torquey, a 1931 Chevy 4-door sedan that won Merrill a Top 10 Young Gun and a Top 40 Overall awards at the 2017 SEMA Show.
The car features a 5.9L Cummins turbodiesel with twin-compound turbochargers and a big dose of nitrous. On the bottle, the Cummins makes 800 horsepower and 1,500 foot-pounds of torque.
Watch the entire build from start to finish on the Tinman 2 Kustoms Wild Torquey YouTube playlist.
“This build started out as a project for my dad in 1990. He had built a nice 1941 Chevy pickup and mom wanted to have her own hot rod to go to shows with him,” Merrill said. “He bought the shell of a 1940 Chevy two-door sedan, chopped the top, and made some light sheet metal mods.
“The car was always on-and-off the back burner, so I decided to commit full-time to finishing my mom’s dream car. I will take it to this year’s SEMA Show and hopefully bring back some more awards, but what’s far more important is giving mom the hot rod she has been waiting so long for.”
- Air Lift Performance - 3p Air Management; d2500 Bags and Custom Mounts
- airslamit - Bag Plates & Fittings
- AutoMeter Products - Instrumentation
- B&M Racing & Performance Products - Super Cooler
- Billet Specialties - Interior Accessories
- Comp Cams - ValveTrain
- ECI Engineered Components, Inc. - Narrow Track Spindles & Brakes
- Energy Suspension - Bushings
- Fairchild Industries - Windshield Seals
- FiTech Fuel Injection - Fuel Injection Kit
- Flowmaster - Stainless "U-Build IT" Exhaust Kit
- Ford Motor Company - 2017 Mustang Independent Rear Subframe Rear Suspension (Disc Brake)
- Forever Sharp Products - Flamed Burnt Steering Wheel
- GC Cooling - Fan & Aluminum 3-Core Radiator
- Hagan Street Rod Necessities - Gas Door
- Jaz Products - Modified Seat Slides
- LizardSkin - Sound deadening material
- MAHLE - Pistons & Internals
- Metro Moulded Parts, Inc. - Seals, Rubbers & Tracks
- Monster Transmission - Pan & Lockup
- MSD Performance - Ignition
- Nitrous Express | NX - Dual Body Nitrous Kit
- POR 15 Inc. - Coating
- Pypes Performance Exhaust - Electronic Exhaust Cutouts
- QA1 - Extended Length Balljoints
- RetroBelt USA, LLC - Retracting Seat Belts
- Rockford Fosgate - Audio
- Rostra Accessories - Universal Cruise Control Kit
- Speedway Motors, Inc. - Steering Column and 20 Circuit Wiring Harness
- Summit Racing Equipment - Many Billet Parts; Summit Racing Paints; Helped with the Build
- Thor Converters, Inc. - Converter
- TKO Clamping System - Quick Release Clamps
- VIAIR Corporation - Compressor
- Viking Performance - Custom Shock and Absorbers on Castelever Setup
- Vintage Air - Air Conditioning
- Wilwood Disc Brakes - Master Cylinder & Proportioning Valve Setup (4 wheel Disc)
- Yukon Gear & Axle - Gear & Axle; Slip Yokes, Additives, Valve Stem Caps, Etc.
- Chevs of the 40s - Billet Grill & Built Small Block Chevy
- Auto City Classic, Inc. - One-Off Glass
- AVS - Stainless Headlines, Bulkheads & Fittings
- Big Al’s Carponents - Billet Handles and Armrests
- Cambridge Upholstery - One-Off Upholstery
- Douglass Interior Products - Custom Leather & Textile
- JZ Designz - Machined Aluminum Badges & Parts
- M&B Paint Correction - Wet-Sand & Ceramic Coat
- Mid-State Auto Body - Body Sprayed
- Tinman 2 Kustoms - Builder; Partial Upholstery and Dash; Partial Paint