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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. Visit www.streetrodderweb.com for more information.
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Rich Oakley, Archdale, NC...
Rich Oakley, Archdale, NC / '26 Ford modified
Rich Oakley is an artist who likes to work within the automotive field, and his cars/creations have been featured in STREET RODDER in the past. His latest effort, which included building a tube frame (similar to a dragster with a partial cage) and an all-aluminum body from scratch, is a mind bender. The modified gets its go from a 2.3L Pinto motor fitted with a couple of Weber DCOE carbs.
Dennis Quin, Washington, IL...
Dennis Quin, Washington, IL / '39 Chevy sedan
Another owner-built car, this Chevy was also chopped 3 inches by Quin, with the door posts slanted forward and the driprails removed. It's also set up with a set of 18- and 20-inch Billet Specialties wheels, hidden hinges, and fenders that are 2 inches wider than stock.
Jim and Vicky Cliborne, Halifax,...
Jim and Vicky Cliborne, Halifax, VA / '49 Mercury
You can say Jim Cliborne has had a "thing" for Mercurys since he graduated high school in 1963, and that's because he's owned his chopped Merc since then! He recently went through the car (chopping it six years ago) and then added a 463 Pontiac engine (topped with six Strombergs) and the PPG Candy Green paint.
Adolph Galindo, Indian Land,...
Adolph Galindo, Indian Land, SC / '56 Chevrolet Bel Air
Built by Vintage Cars in Fort Mill, SC, this Chevy catches people by surprise when they finally see it's a four-door. Equipped with a RideTech suspension and an LS3 engine, the Bel Air also comes with Foose wheels and a leather interior with bucket seats and a center console that sweeps to the back seats.
Ed Vannoy, Jefferson, NC /...
Ed Vannoy, Jefferson, NC / '33 Pontiac sedan
Eddie Black built this big blue Chief for Ed Vannoy using an LT1 engine, a 700-R4 trans, a Currie 9-inch rear, Dayton wire wheels, and a boxed original frame. The leather interior came from Lake Norman Tops and Interiors, while the Indigo Blue exterior was sprayed by Scott Winfield.
Danny Blocker, Chapin, SC...
Danny Blocker, Chapin, SC / '40 Willys 440 DeLuxe
You might not expect to see a 34-year-old behind the wheel of this former Gasser, but Danny has loved this particular car since he first saw it when he was 8! Wanting to make more of a street driver than race car, Danny finished off the Marina Blue coupe with a leather interior and a '66 327 that puts out a respectable 350 horses.
Rick Talbot, Ridgeway, VA...
Rick Talbot, Ridgeway, VA / '55 Plymouth Belvedere
Rick Talbot's fine attention to detail comes through with his latest project-a Plymouth no less. With a custom-fabricated chassis to accommodate the C4 Vette suspension, the '55 is also equipped with a NASCAR-based Dodge R5 P7 engine (built by Rick Jr.) that produces more than 600 hp. Rick Sr. also stitched his own interior.
Rusty Quesenberry, Radford,...
Rusty Quesenberry, Radford, VA / '57 Ford Custom 300
Late '50s Fords can be sharp looking, too, as Rusty's black 300 can attest. Set up with a 390 FE motor (dressed with Billet Specialties Tru-Trac serpentine system and Borla exhaust) backed to a T-10 four-speed trans, the Ford was built by Alfred Hamblin from Rocky Mountain, VA, with paint from Woodings Auto Body in Roanoke.
Ron Hickman, Newburgh, NY...
Ron Hickman, Newburgh, NY / '32 Ford coupe
You might have seen Ron's red 'n' black scalloped Deuce on the highway recently as he drives the wheels off of it since its completion-more than 15,000 miles ago. Based in New York but not afraid of driving the '32 to Bonneville, the three-window features a 420-horse small-block Chevy, a 700-R4 trans, leather interior, and SO-CAL Buick-type front brakes.
Flip Bost, Statesville, NC...
Flip Bost, Statesville, NC / '61 Chevy Impala
Bubbletops have always been popular with hot rodders, and you can see why with Flip Bost's '61. Equipped with a 502 backed to a Tremec five-speed, the big Chevy rolls on 18- and 20-inch wheels from Coy, with help from a RideTech suspension system.
Best Ford In A Ford
David Tuttle, based in Clover, NC, had a major requirement when he turned to Butch Cook Vintage Cars (BCVC) in Fort Mill, North Carolina, to build his '47 Ford business coupe: it had to a have a Ford motor in it. BCVC obliged, and installed a supercharged 5.4L '09 SVT Mustang engine in the old car, which also received a new Stage III chassis, complements of the Roadster Shop. Among the highlights of the interior are the BCVC-covered six-way adjustable buckets (the rear seat is a third-row bench out of an SUV) and the woodgraining applied to the dash by Crazy Horse Custom Painting.