For the Top 100 program, STREET RODDER attends 10 particular car shows each year and picks 10 vehicles at each to make up the Street Rodder Top 100. For more on where those shows are and how they’re voted on, check www.streetrodder.com.
Dan Garcia, Anaheim, California / 1940 Ford coupe
Pop the classic hood on this ’40 and you’ll see contemporary horsepower in the form of a fuel-injected ’03 Ford Cobra 4.6 V-8. Behind the 32-valve fuel-injected engine is a Ford AOD transmission and 9-inch Ford rearend on parallel leaf springs, and IFS helps to smooth out the bumps. Hot Rod Haven in Albuquerque, NM, handled much of the construction. Ron Mangus of Rialto, CA, stitched the interior.
Landis Chisenhall, San Antonio, Texas / 1936 Ford coupe
This three-window coupe is a unique combination of a traditional street rod on the outside and canyon carver underneath. The body has undergone some subtle changes, such as a three-piece hood, Dodge taillights, and the substitution of nerf bars for bumpers, but underneath Danny Zoller’s perfect body and paintwork there are a number of surprises. An LSX from Mast Motorsports drives a rear-mounted Corvette IRS transaxle. Up front the suspension uses the spindles and aluminum components from a Pontiac Solstice and 14-inch Baer brakes are found at all four corners, along with Budnik wheels. Inside are more race car for the street features, leather upholstery is mixed with chromoly rollcage and an on-board fire system.
Adam Arakelian, Yorba Linda, California / 1930 Ford
When construction of this Model A pickup began at SO-CAL Speed Shop in Pomona, CA, the intent was to “capture the essence of mid-’50s Southern California styling.” To that end the body of the hauler was left stock, made perfectly straight, and painted black. The A rolls on chrome wheels with ’50 Merc hubcaps wrapped with wide whites. The bumpers have been left off and a vintage wooden toolbox can be found in the bed. Underneath the flawless sheetmetal is a SO-CAL New Traditionalist chassis with an I-beam axle on hairpins. The 350 Chevy is coupled to a Turbo 350 trans followed by Currie 9-inch rearend. Inside is a leather-covered bench seat, a ’32 dash with a SO-CAL instrument panel, gauges, and switches. A cut-down ’40 steering wheel tops a custom column.
Richard Rohrdanz, Huntington Beach, California / 1950 Ford coupe
The shoebox Ford is dubbed the “High School Hot Rod” because that’s the theme the owner/builder was after. Other than a rolled rear pan, the body is mostly stock, however it does take most admirers by surprise when they realize the deceptively real-looking side trim was air brushed by Jeff Styles. Paint was applied by Bob Cole, and Orange County Upholstery handled the interior. Sticking with the Ford theme, there’s a 351 underhood coupled to a C6 trans controlled by the original column shift lever. Bringing up the rear is an 8-inch Ford axle assembly and there’s Mustang II up front.
Pat Patton, Simi Valley, California / 1940 Ford coupe
Pat Patton wanted a ’60s-style street rod, and for him that meant it could only be one color: Candy Apple Red. Pat and Sam Limon did the dazzling bodywork and paint that comes alive in the sunlight, while Victor Zuniga stitched the period-perfect interior. Suspension up front is Mustang II with parallel leaves and a 9-inch in the rear. The real surprise is underhood where there’s a BDS 6:71 blown small-block Chevy. The engine is backed by a Turbo 400 transmission and a 9-inch Ford rearend.
Scott Roberts, Moorpark, California / 1941 Ford
Recently finished by Hot Rods and Custom Stuff in Escondido, CA, Scott Roberts’ pickup is deceptively clean and simple. At first glance many of the body modifications go unnoticed—under the custom mixed gold paint are shaved door handles, hidden hinges, and filled stake pocket holes. Inside, Armando’s Auto Upholstery in San Jacinto, CA, stitched the bone-colored leather interior with gold piping and matching carpet. The foundation for the hauler is a Total Cost Involved chassis with independent front suspension and a 9-inch Ford rearend located by a four-link and airbags are used all around. Earl Floyd built the 276ci Merc Flathead. It’s equipped with an Isky 3/4 race cam, Edelbrock heads, a twin two-barrel intake manifold mounting Stromberg 97 carburetors. A Flat-O-Matic mates the engine to a Ford C4 automatic.