Bob Wigington, Jasper, GA / 1932 Ford phaeton
Bob Wigington is lucky he can choose from more than one '32 Ford to drive as he owns a few, but we liked his four-door. Powered by a blown Flathead backed to a C4 trans, the tub rolls on Billet Specialties wheels and carries Wigington in comfort on top of a Fountain Upholstery (Ellijay, GA) interior.
Robert McCarter, Harrisburg, NC / 1932 Ford roadster
Robert McCarter is just 36 years old, and this is the first hot rod he's built-a collection of different influences he's experienced. The screen vent in the hood side is unique, as is the Karmann Ghia dash. A 350/350 engine-and-trans combo was used, but McCarter did stitch up his own interior. Once done, he drove the car from North Carolina to the L.A. Roadsters Show in Southern California a few months back, and has been enjoying the ride since.
Lucky Nehez, Sagamore, OH / 1929 Ford Tudor
Lots of mods accompany Lucky Nehez's '29, including a 3-inch chop and a dash made from a '57 Chevy pickup grille. The sedan, covered with PPG's Atomic Orange paint features a T. Burton interior, pinstripe from Dave Libby, and a 327 Chevy engine topped with triple carbs.
Walt Jones, Dayton, OH / 1929 Ford coupe
This one had a lot of folks scratching their heads. Thinking it might be a stretched (both in length and/or height) Deuce coupe was really Walt Jones' exercise in detailed fabrication, making his Model A look a lot like a '32 five-window. Simple items like the hood and grille are a given, but Jones went further by adding a cowl vent, raking the windshield a few degrees, removing the visor, and even installing a '32 gas tank between the framerails out back! Inside a '53 Olds instrument cluster was fitted to a custom dash.
Mike Shane, Bolivar, OH / 1932 Ford three-window
Not very many people can say they've owned their ride for more than 50 years, but Mike Shane can. Bought for $250 when he was a teenager, Shane has since added a 289 Ford with a quad IDA carb setup, Halibrand wheels, and a gray stitched bench seat-in other words a real hot rod.
Roger Ramminger, Alexandria, AL / 1948 Ford coupe
Big Oak Garage got the call from Roger Ramminger to go all-out with his coupe, and the guys at Big Oak didn't disappoint. A pie-cut hood, custom taillight housings and grille, plus a custom dash were all fabricated and the body was shaved of its driprails. M&M Interior then followed with a paneled interior.
Emerson Blue, Fort Washington, MD / 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air
Emerson Blue's Bel Air hardtop is an extra-clean example of what you can do when you don't go overboard with design and its implementation. Custom side glass, a flipped grille, the rear license plate rolled into the bumper, '66 Porsche headlight lenses, an understated dash and much more adds up to one great-looking Tri-Five.