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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

Painless Tech Tip 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.

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.

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.

Tech Tips
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!

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.