Growing up at the race track, it was hard not to get addicted to the sites, sounds, and smells of the track... oh, and don't forget the cars. My fathers first car I can remember being around was a 48 Fiat Altered, and it goes without saying, it was my favorite.
I started building The Fiat in 2007 with the help of John Morris of Morris Race Cars in Augusta, Ks. Luckily for me, he was (and still is) a friend, because most chassis shops won't let you build your own car in your shop. Needless to say, it saved me alot of money.
The car started out as a Mark Williams Funny Car kit. I have to say, they send you about everything you need to build the chassis, but it's good thing John nows what he is doing, because it would still be a pile of metal.
I guess before I go too far, I should explain the name Bad Neighbor. Living in housing development, not everyone shares the same passion for race cars as I do. Long story short, after the first time firing up the car, I got a nice visit from the police. It goes without saying the neighbors (a good portion of them) don't like me much.
When it came time to select a body for the build, it became obvious if you want a Fiat the place to go is Rod "N" Race. If you can't find the body to fit you bill, you don't want to build a car. Being a Fiat lover, but wanting a nastier looking version the Outlaw body was the way to go.
My original thought in building the car is that I wanted to be able to grow into it. Meaning, I wanted to be able to go as fast as I can without major mods. So if you see the small block out front and the dual chutes out back, it's more about the future than the present.....