Wide whites and Moon discs...
Wide whites and Moon discs are what drew us to Jim Evans' bright red '49 Chevy, which he drove in from Hammond, IN, with its 236 straight-six and Tremec five-speed trans.
There was a special award handed out, too, and it hits a little closer to home, as STREET RODDER's advertising account executive, Janeen Webb, was named Goodguys' '10 Woman of the Year. Through hard work and perseverance, Webb went from the company receptionist at McMullen Publishing to one of the leading account executives at Source Interlink Media, publishers of STREET RODDER as well as more than 70 other enthusiast magazines. She has also contributed to the automotive aftermarket as a whole by serving multiple years on SEMA's HRIA Council as well as organizing consumer and industry events. Referred to as "Mama Webb" by the staff of the magazine, Webb has spent the last 20-plus years working tirelessly at networking and designing advertising packages for clients while looking out for the welfare of the industry. Past recipients of the Woman of the Year include Ginny Lobeck (1992), Sue Brizio (1993), Jane Callison (1997), Debbie Walls (2000), Debbie Lewis (2003), Jeanette Ladina (2004), and many others.
Not a lot of '33 Oldsmobiles...
Not a lot of '33 Oldsmobiles out there, but Mike Zeigler's coupe, outfitted with a 355 motor and a two-tone paintjob, arrived from Edon, OH.
The main reason folks like spending their time at a fairground in the middle of Ohio is to check out a few thousand cars (you need three days to do just that), see what parts are available (both new and old), and rekindle friendships with like-minded hot rod brethren-what better way could you spend a three-day summer weekend?
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STREET RODDER TOP 100
For the Top 100 program, STREET RODDER attends 10 particular car shows each year and picks 10 vehicles at each to make up the Top 100. For more on where those shows are and how they're voted on, check www.streetrodderweb.com
LED flashers are required in many vehicles because of the installation of LED tail and front turn signal assemblies. LEDs do not pull enough current to trip the bi-metallic strip in a conventional flasher like the 1187-style bulbs. LED flashers have built-in resistance to solve the problem.
The grounding of your ride is essential. Always connect the battery ground to the engine and tie the engine to the frame as well as the body with heavy ground straps or cable. If your dash gauges fluctuate when you turn on the lights, there is a grounding problem.
Bob Rosencrants, Carlisle, IA / 1949 Plymouth business coupe
Iowa-based Ted Lesher built this fantastic '49 Plymouth business coupe for Bob Rosencrants and, yeah, it's got a Hemi (a 5.7L backed to a 727 trans), plus a 9-inch rear and 17-inch Intro wheels (10s and 8s). A leather and cloth interior awaits the driver, and the coupe is finished in DuPont Super Jet Black gloss.
Jimmy Hervatin, Warrenton, MO / 1930 Ford pickup
The owner of this pickup built it-including every panel of the cab and bed-from scratch and out of aluminum. Regular readers will recognize Jimmy Hervatin's truck from the Kansas City Goodguys show, where it won a Top 100 award when it was still unpainted (a rarity for the magazine). Hervatin also painted the truck himself, and did the interior. About the only thing he didn't do was pour the iron for the 327's block! Look for the feature with a lot more photos of this one on page 34 in this issue.
Tommy Carver, Charlotte, NC / 1949 Cadillac
Though he's built big Caddies before, it doesn't make it any easier when you decide to hot-rod battleship-sized vehicles! Besides the custom exterior (frenched headlights, custom wheels) Tommy Carver went after the chassis, too, with a RideTech suspension, a four-link rear, and an independent front end from Fatman Fabrications.