11th Syracuse Nationals - Cool Cars, Hot Happenings
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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.
Computers and Welding
Never weld on the chassis or other parts of your ride with out disconnecting the battery and also the computer, if so equipped. Electrical surges from welding can cause internal circuitry failure in a computer and could cause gases from the battery to explode.
Jeff Norwell, Orangeville,...
Jeff Norwell, Orangeville, Ontario / '32 Ford channeled pickup
Jeff Norwell just completed a 10-year rebuild of Gerald Watson's hauler originally featured in Hot Rod back in 1961. It's now powered by a dual-quad-fed 392ci Hemi linked to a five-speed. A custom chassis by Kenny Stewart holds it all together while impeccable fabrication, body, and paint by Neil Candy seals the deal.
Casey Cornell, Greenfield...
Casey Cornell, Greenfield Center, NY / '32 Ford highboy Tudor
Hot rods built by the Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop have an attitude all their own. Casey Cornell's Deuce sports a patina'd exterior with a custom Rolling Bones chassis, classic suspension, and Halibrand quick-change. It's wickedly chopped and filled with a vintage Ford Y-block V-8 for power.
Barry Latta Sr. and Marilyn...
Barry Latta Sr. and Marilyn Latta, Homer, NY / '54 Buick Special
Barry and Marilyn Latta's '54 has graceful contemporary lines thanks to a perfect 3-1/2-inch chop, reworked rear quarters, and custom grille. A razor-sharp body is complemented by Genuine Boyd's wheels with low-profile rubber and stance by RideTech. Plenty of power comes from a dressed 425ci Buick Nailhead V-8 fed by Edelbrock dual quads.
Richard Grossarth, Monroe,...
Richard Grossarth, Monroe, NY / '36 Ford cabriolet
Rich Grossarth just completed a decade-long build filled with a dependable 350/700-R4 combination, leather interior, and wood-grained dash. The immaculate body was bathed in Washington Blue while an IFS keeps the ride smooth, spinning a set of artillery-styled wheels to rack up the miles.
Eric Gonsalves, Scarborough,...
Eric Gonsalves, Scarborough, ME / '54 Chevy Bel Air
Slammed mercilessly with its bags dumped, Eric Gonzalves' '54 has plenty of attitude. Chopped 4 inches with a 7-inch front-to-back stretch and 1-1/2-inch side-to-side stretch, the roofline is perfectly accented by just enough blue/black vibe. The stroked small-block Chevy power is linked to a 700-R4; power moves through a Currie 9-inch rearend.
Fabrice Monceaux, Brossard,...
Fabrice Monceaux, Brossard, Quebec, Canada / '31 Ford highboy roadster
Fabrice Monceaux's Speedster Special combines a perfect post-war-styled '31 Ford roadster with a '60s engine upgrade. Powered by a 348ci Chevy topped with a squadron of Holley 94s, the car has plenty of period-perfect character thanks to a Hallock-styled windshield, Schroeder steering, vintage Halibrand V-8 quick-change, and mile-deep black gloss.
Ron Lasker, East Aurora, NY...
Ron Lasker, East Aurora, NY / '31 Ford channeled coupe
Ron Lasker's coupe was chopped 6 inches and channeled a mind-bending 16 inches before being coated in lustrous ivory and teal. Packed with a '53 Ford Flathead V-8 breathing deep through a rare Hexagon Tool & Die two-pot intake capped with Holley 94s, power gets transferred through a Winters Performance V-8 quick-change.
Paul Howard, Sagamore Beach,...
Paul Howard, Sagamore Beach, MA / '31 Ford highboy roadster
Running from New England to Bonneville and back proves this Flathead-powered drop-top is the real deal. Paul Howard's gow job is straight out of a weathered little book with its stylish good looks complemented by a chassis sporting a '32 Ford axle, split bones, and '39 Ford rearend. Bathed in black gloss, a red bench keeps it comfy for the long hauls.
Bruce Stumpp, Phoenix, MD...
Bruce Stumpp, Phoenix, MD / '23 Ford T
A 'banger-powered Track T, Bruce Stumpp's ride has plenty of dazzle, thanks to a red body coated with plenty of hot licks while a Ford 2.3L gives the car loads of personality. A single exhaust pipe, chrome hairpins, red-pleated interior, and custom-rolled aluminum pans round out the package.
Lenny Biondi, Randolph, MA...
Lenny Biondi, Randolph, MA / '36 Ford roadster
The Sebastian Rubbo roadster has been on the scene since 1946. Its memorable look comes from the combination of a sectioned '37 Ford truck grille, front cycle fenders, and a 6-inch channel. Sabie amassed over 450,000 miles in the car canvassing the country. It was restored by Lenny Biondi who has already put 10,000 miles down, continuing the tradition.
David and Susan Ciappa
Lockport, New York
'40 Ford pickup
With the fairgrounds packed to the brim with event participants at the Syracuse Nationals, it was a perfect time for STREET RODDER and Ford Racing's recognition of street rodders who install a late-model Ford engine in a Ford hot rod.
David and Susan's pickup was...
David and Susan's pickup was loaded with style thanks to a subtle chop, immaculate gloss, a perfect stance, and cool Dayton wire wheels.
Our weekend search led us to David and Susan Ciappa of Lockport, New York, who are our latest award recipients with their dramatic '40 Ford pickup fitted with an SVT 5.4L supercharged crate V-8 linked to a Ford AODE transmission. To get just the right stance, a custom triangulated three-bar rear suspension with RideTech ShockWaves keeps a Currie 9-inch rearend planted while a Heidts IFS with RideTech ShockWaves brings the frontend to the ground. A mirror-straight body was chopped 1-1/2 inches and covered in plenty of PPG Blood Red vibe expertly accenting the custom Dayton wire wheels capped with Falken Z-rated tires. Inside the cab, a pair of black leather Recaro seats and sculpted panels keeps everything comfy while Vintage Air and tunes from Alpine set the mood. Congratulations to David and Susan who will receive a limited-edition jacket as the Best Ford in a Ford award winner.
Under the hood a dramatic...
Under the hood a dramatic engine bay acts as the perfect showcase for the Ford SVT 5.4L supercharged V-8 coated in just enough PPG Blood Red. The Ford engine is accented by plenty of custom fabrication, including the engine covers, louvered inner fender panels, and polished intake.
Congratulations to David and...
Congratulations to David and Susan Ciappa and welcome to the exclusive group of rodders who have received Best Ford in a Ford honors for their accomplishment.
Looking at the new 5.0L in the '11 Ford Mustang? While Ford has made big news about the engine being all new and a radical departure from previous modular engines, they did us a huge favor by retaining the same bellhousing pattern and engine mount pattern and placement as the modulars before it. Also, the exhaust spacing is identical, so all we need now is a set of Sanderson headers with the new 5.0L flange and we're in business!
Rich and Paige Udell's '32...
Rich and Paige Udell's '32 Ford roadster "Timeless", from Swan Lake, MT, took home the honors of winning the first-ever Winfield Award. The car was loaded with custom touches, bathed in DuPont Hot Hues Montana Mint vibe, and rolling on Intro wheels.
Introducing The Winfield Award
When it came time for the team at the Right Coast to develop a special new event award for the Syracuse Nationals, they looked to one of the most well-recognized customizers in history, Gene Winfield, to be the creative force behind it. Winfield's rich history as a custom car builder and designer dates back to the mid-'40s, and his magnificent creativity has garnered a vast array of memorable cars along the way including the "Reactor", "Jade Idol", and "Maybelline", to name but a few. Candidates for the award from all over the country and Canada submitted an application form along with images of their car (there were 75 applicants) for Winfield to personally review and make a selection of what was known as the "Winfield Select Six" to compete for the Winfield Award. Each of the finalists, upon arrival to the show, received a customized plaque, jacket, and $500 award. The winner was announced Saturday evening at the annual Syracuse Nationals dinner dance where they received the Etrick Enterprises-designed trophy from Winfield as well as a one-off jacket and check for $5,000 from Meguiar's, the award presenter. This year it was Rich and Paige Udell of Swan Lake, Montana, whose '32 roadster "Timeless" took home the inaugural honors. With the uniqueness of this very special award, we can easily see the applications for consideration continue to grow in the future.
Larry Johnston's '50 Ford...
Larry Johnston's '50 Ford coupe embodies what a custom is all about since there isn't a square inch on the car that was left untouched. Featuring custom front end sheetmetal, a Dodge Neon roof, Studebaker-based bumpers, and an Art Morrison chassis, the car was bathed in PPG orange and burgundy luster to bring it to completion.
Dean Arnold's '61 Ford Thunderbird...
Dean Arnold's '61 Ford Thunderbird known as ThunderFlite looks like a jet fighter. Wanting to create a futuristic-styled concept, they nailed the look with a combination of a split bubbletop, flowing body lines, cool side exhaust, and a cockpit-inspired interior.
Jerry and Maureen Magnuson's...
Jerry and Maureen Magnuson's Muroc II (Kugel Komponents) known as Magnatude. Jerry worked closely with Chip Foose and their vision for this world-class hot rod came to life. The car is powered by a MagnaCharger urged GM LS1 V-8.
Mike Etrick of Etrick Enterprises...
Mike Etrick of Etrick Enterprises in Huntington Beach, CA, was contacted to come up with a design that would become a signature for years to come.
Throughout the weekend there...
Throughout the weekend there were massive crowds passing through the exhibition hall to check out the finalists for the first-ever Winfield Award competition presented by Meguiar's.
Once the winners were announced,...
Once the winners were announced, we wasted no time in getting the Udells together with Gene Winfield for this shot (pictured left to right). They also received a $5,000 check from Dave C. Gunderson, COO of Meguiar's.
Ed and Lynn McLean's '51 Merc...
Ed and Lynn McLean's '51 Merc was updated by the team at Bailie Customs of Windsor, Ontario, who converted the car from a coupe to a roadster complete with a lift-off hand-formed top. The rear quarters have been extended 10 inches, while '54 Merc taillights and headlights were added along with a modified Pontiac grille for a very unique look.
Doug Cooper's '09 Ridler award-winning...
Doug Cooper's '09 Ridler award-winning Deucenberg '32 Ford B-400 sedan built by Alan Johnson of Johnson's Hot Rod Shop in Gadsden, AL, reflects amazing attention to detail. With its timeless traditional styling, superb fabrication, and impeccable body and paint, it was perfectly named.