Michael Anthonys 34 Roadster
When Michael Anthony of Van Halen decided to build a hot rod, he came to Boyds, threw out his ideas of a screaming, mean fenderless highboy with flames. Chip Foose drew some initial concepts and after a few style changes, the build commenced. The chassis was fabricated by the very talented Larry Sergejeff. Like 95% of our frames, Michael’s roadster was built on a fully independent suspension front and rear. The rear of the hot rod sported our normal corvette center section with a twist, we added Michaels trademark, we milled a small chili pepper into the billet aluminum cover. The third member is skirted by a chrome tubular steel A-arms and Carrera coil over shocks or a Mustang II-style front suspension.
The chassis rolls on Boyds Wheels Vintage II wheels with 275/60R l5 BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires in back and 185/60R 14s in front. Power for this flaming’ hot chili pepper is provided by a 350 Chevrolet small-block which is fitted with a Holley carb, polished aluminum valve covers and a Boyds billet aluminum air filter assembly. Backing up the 300 horsepower motor is a 700/R4 automatic fitted with a floor mounted Gennie Shifter.
Subsequent to the chassis being completed, the steel ’34 Roadster body, a product of the Babbs Company, had its floor removed so that it could be dropped, or channeled, over the frame rails two inches at the front. A wedge section was then removed from the lower front portion of the body to allow it to sit parallel to the bottom of the frame. Of course, the lower front section of the cowl, including the bead, was reformed.
The chassis and body were then delivered to Marcel DeLay where a new three-piece aluminum hood was fabricated around a ’34 grille which had been sectioned 2-1/2 inches and laid back until it looked right- about 2-1/2 inches. The grille insert, which hides a black painted radiator from Continental Radiator, is a fully polished stainless steel item from D.F. Metalworks.
What hot rod would be complete for a guy like Michael Anthony without a custom-built billet bass guitar? Designed by Chip Foose every detail was integrated into the guitar, from the tuning keys down to the volume tone control knobs and were precisely etched with the Boyds logo. Billet guitar picks were handed out to the guests that attended the exclusive presentation of the guitar to Michael at the Hard Rock Café in Newport Beach. In fact, so much buzz was created by the guitar that Tim Allen and Jay Leno brought it up in conversation on the tonight show. The billet guitar isn’t just a conversation piece, Michael actually carries it on stage and it plays it for at least a couple sets and yes, it plays as good as it looks. A couple of sets is about all he gets, being constructed out of billet, it weighs just a little bit more that his other guitars.