Tom Shorett, San Bernardino, California / 1933 Ford
In Tom Shorett’s own words, this ’33 Ford is “a great driver,” and it must be because he continues to rack up the miles. The chassis is based on an original Ford frame that has been equipped with a Bell dropped axle and Pete & Jakes four-bars and Vega steering. In the rear more Pete and Jakes parts, in the form of ladder bars, position a Ford 9-inch rearend. Disc brakes are used up front with drums in back. Power comes in the familiar form of a 350ci small-block Chevy coupled to a Turbo 350 transmission. Painted Washington Blue, the body is a Gibbon fiberglass reproduction; the fenders, hood, and grille are original Ford sheetmetal. Stock headlights, horns, and bumpers are part of the resto-rod theme. Inside there a SO-CAL Speed Shop gauges in a stock dash and the custom top was made by Neil Gates.
Anthony Taormina, Reno, Nevada / 1932 Ford
Starting with little more than a cowl, Anthony Taormina built the doors and rear section of this roadster pickup with the help of a class and hands-on guidance from legendary fabricator, Faye Butler. To complete the pickup, Anthony turned to Vintage Hot Rod Design and Fabrication in Chico, CA. They built the unique frame that puts the undropped axle in front of the grille shell and the spring behind it. In the rear, the ’rails have been deeply Z’d and coilovers are used for suspension. The aircraft-inspired interior features extensive riveted metalwork and a genuine pair of bomber seats. For an engine, John Beck built a ’38 Lincoln V-12 Flathead coupled to a T-5 transmission. Continuing the theme, the brakes all around as well as the rearend are also Lincoln.
Don Lindfors, Orange, California/ 1929 Ford pickup
This roadster pickup has been a hot rod since the ’60s and today it wears the same paint that was applied in the ’70s. When Don Lindfors made some changes in the truck a few years ago the decision was made to save the vintage finish, so he had the legendary Stan Betz mix up a right-on color-match for the updated firewall and dash. Phil Whetstone dressed up the exterior with new pinstripes. The chassis is based on a modified original frame, there’s a dropped ’32 axle with split wishbones and Vega steering up front. In the rear Pete & Jakes ladder bars and coilovers locate a positraction-equipped 8-inch Ford rearend. A 347-inch small-block Ford supplies the power; the trans is a C4.
Tim Allen, Burbank, California / 1955 Ford
Dubbed the “Triple Nickel,” Tim Allen’s ’55 Ford was built by Moal Coachbuilders in Oakland, CA. As this car is being built to be driven, it’s based on an Art Morrison chassis fitted with a supercharged 5.4L Ford GT Cammer engine. Depending on its configuration, the engine has the potential to produce 600-850 hp, all of which will be transferred to an automatic overdrive transmission from a Lightening pickup. A number of modifications have been made to the exterior of the ’55. A Thunderbird-style scoop was added to the hood, the headlights have been frenched, and screened cold-air vents replace the original parking/turn signal lights. The stealthy look is enhanced by fat rubber on steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps. To go along with the hood scoop, the Thunderbird theme continues inside the car with the basic interior design and the addition of a T-bird dash.