60th Detroit Autorama Top 100
Painless Performance Products presents STREET RODDER Top 100
From the July, 2012 issue of Street Rodder
By Chuck Vranas
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.streetrodder.com.
Bill Whetstone, Warren, MI...
Bill Whetstone, Warren, MI / ’40 Ford sedan It only took Bill Whetstone four months to transform his sedan from a mundane stocker to a bitchin’ hot rod. A Posies In Da Dirt frontend with a 5-inch dropped axle and rear mono-leaf springs set the stance while fresh Meadowbrook Green coats the body, complemented by Diamond Back whitewalls and Flathead power.
Ray and Darleena Thenot, Fairfield,...
Ray and Darleena Thenot, Fairfield, OH / ’55 Chevy coupe It’s easy to see why Gassers are the ultimate adrenalin rush. Jake Burton, of Burton’s Kreative Motorwerks in Dayton, OH, infused all the right elements into Ray and Darleena’s ’55, including a mile-high frontend, radiused rear wheelwells, dual quad-fed 468ci Rat power, fenderwell headers, and vivid ’65-66 Pontiac Tiger Gold gloss.
Willy and Theresa Trump, Pittsboro,...
Willy and Theresa Trump, Pittsboro, IN / ’32 Ford roadster Looking like it’s going 100 mph while standing still, Willy and Theresa’s Deuce got its traditional vibe from Jo Kerr of JoKerr Fabrication in Brownsburg, IN. The postwar design includes a subtle gray body accented by a chopped and laid-back windshield, cowl steering, split ’bones, frame side exhaust, and a vintage 283ci Chevy V-8 for thunder.
Ty and Linda Turner, Aurora,...
Ty and Linda Turner, Aurora, Ontario, Canada / ’33 Ford roadster The team at the American Speed Company in Plymouth, MI, created this jewel for Ty and Linda Turner using their signature steel body and a Lobeck’s V8 Shop chassis as a base. Mile-deep black paint complemented by SO-CAL knock-off cast aluminum wheels get spun through a warmed-over 350ci Chevy topped with an Inglese eight-stack injection system.
Larry Dildine, Howell, MI...
Larry Dildine, Howell, MI / ’64 Buick Riviera To further enhance the dramatic factory design elements, Larry Dildine slammed his ’64 to the ground thanks to RideTech, while setting it rolling on Boyd 20-inch wheels. The razor-sharp black body accented with red pearl has power coming from a detailed 425ci Buick Nailhead along with plenty of supple Australian red leather inside for comfort.
David Ooten, Cincinnati, OH...
David Ooten, Cincinnati, OH / ’33 Ford sedan The creative vision bringing Dave’s sedan to life was Bob Oney and Ohio Hot Rods who set it on a Lobeck’s chassis, dialed in a perfect stance on ET III wheels, and filled it with a Tri-power urged GM ZZ4. A business office by Steve Holcomb and jet-black paint by Jim Boitnott completes the look.
Bob Adams, Oakland, MI / ’48...
Bob Adams, Oakland, MI / ’48 Chevy pickup Some hot rod haulers like Bob’s just have the look. Slammed to the ground with a tasty rake and treated to perfect bodywork it was coated in vibrant white with striping and lettering by Ray Smith. A cool black and white rolled interior keeps it comfy while a warmed-over and dressed-to-impress 350ci GM crate V-8 helps spin the tires.
Al Miller, Verona, WI / ’32...
Al Miller, Verona, WI / ’32 Ford phaeton Phaetons can be some of the coolest traditional hot rods, especially if they’re set up as nice as Al Miller’s homebuilt Westcott-bodied version. A full hood, low slung headlights, steelies, and blackwalls, rolled black leather interior, and deep black paint come to life through a classic Tri-power fed 283ci small-block Chevy.
Jane Billish, Naperville,...
Jane Billish, Naperville, IL / ’32 Plymouth PB coupe In her family for almost 40 years, Jane Billish took on the full build in 2006 with help from many talented friends bringing the car to life. Numerous updates include a 5-inch channel, slide back sunroof, reshaped fenders, and ’33 Chrysler Flex-Beam headlights. Bathed in black glimmer, power comes from a Hilborn-injected 392-inch Chrysler Hemi.
Vaughn Koshkarian, Milford,...
Vaughn Koshkarian, Milford, MI / ’34 Ford coupe To bring his coupe to life, Vaughn Koshkarian enlisted help from Ted Hansen on the build, handling the healthy 3-1/2-inch chop and immaculate bodywork while the DuPont Colonial Cr�me coating was laid down by Kerry Pankow. The goods are delivered through a hopped-up ’57 Ford V-8 capped with NASCAR heads by Dave Millerick.
Splicing wires Splicing wires at the taillights, window motors, or anywhere else is common. Butt splices are designed for splicing wires where the odds of the device being removed are unlikely. Bullet splices work great for the devices that are commonly removed like light sockets or maybe an A/C compressor.