Turtle wax presents
Street Rodder Top 100
Johnny Freund, Nashville, TN / '61 Chevy
Painted Victory Red, this bubble-top features a Chevy 383 drivetrain (built by Boris at Street Machinery in Euclid, OH), an Air Ride suspension system, and a 20- and 22-inch Billet Specialties wheel combo.
Jason Graham, Portland, TN / '30 Ford coupe
Chopped 6 inches, this steel Model A Ford has not been channeled. All of the fabrication was done by the owner (including the interior) and the body was painted with a charcoal base before the satin clear went on top. A 371 Olds Rocket V-8, topped with four Strombergs, bolts to a four-speed trans.
Tom Johnson, Cascilla, MS / '41 Willys coupe
The Gasser Wars are alive and well in Casilla, MS, as Tom Johnson tied the '60s era into a tribute for his father (his dad's Gulf gas station logo has been added to the decklid along with the names of his grandkids). A 496 Chevy with Hilborn EFI injection gives the rod its power, and the BeBop's 'glass body was built by Street Rods by Michael in Shelbyville, TN.
Bob McCary, Hoover, AL / '41 Ford convertible
Larry Griffey did the build on Bob's 'vert, and fit a 429 Ford motor and a C6 trans under the hood. Using an Air Ride suspension system to get the car low, Griffey also added Billet Specialties wheels, a leather interior, and power seats to make the traveling that much easier.
Greg Davis, Harrison, TN / '48 Ford Anglia
Big things do come in small packages! Though the handbuilt and stretched fenders on this little Ford are 'glass, the body is steel. Chopped 2 inches and set up with a 91-inch wheelbase, the Anglia features a Bill Mitchell-prepped aluminum 427 shoehorned under the hood.
Dave Haas, Millstadt, IL / '32 Ford coupe
Dave must have a good eye for building hot rods-he won a Top 10 award with another '32 four years ago. This time 'round his new three-window features a '50 Mercury Flathead (with dual Demon 98s on an Offy manifold) backed to a C4 trans and a leather interior.
Dick Stevens, Isola, MS / '46 Plymouth coupe
Lots of time and imagineering went into the construction of Dick Stevens' Plymouth Business coupe, mostly due to the fact the owner wasn't pleased with what Plymouth had done with its rear fenders in 1946. After spotting a set of rear fenders from a '55 Buick from a distance one day, he knew the shape would work on his car. Shaved, nosed, and decked, the electric gold paint and pearl white interior really stands out in a crowd.
Baker Kirkpatrick, Gallatin, TN / '34 Ford coupe
Confessing a love for the Cop Shop Coupe that first appeared in STREET RODDER more than 20 years ago, Baker set out to copy many of the car's iconic looks with his own three-window. The motor is a 454 backed to a Muncie trans, and the slant chop (3 1/2-to-3 inches) is perfect. Stretched 4 inches, pinched 3 inches, and channeled 6 inches, we'd say Baker has done his homework!
Tom Schuman, Athens, AL / '54 Ford Ranch wagon
Painted Porsche red and finished with a tan leather interior, the wagon gets its go from a 5.0-liter Ford equipped with an EFI system.
Ricky Tedesco, Thornwood, NY / '31 Ford pickup
Built at Alloway's Hot Rod Shop in nearby Louisville, TN, Tedesco's British Racing Green pick 'em up features a filled roof, flush-fit doors, Dayton wire wheels, a Steve Holcomb interior, and a 350/350 engine-and-trans combo.