Painless Performance Products presents STREET RODDER Top 100 2013
For the Top 100 program, STREET RODDER attends 10 selected 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 streetrodder.com.
Wayne Davis | Southlake, TX | 1934 Lincoln K-Model
Few cars can take to the open road better than this big Lincoln. The stately appearance is just the way Lincoln built it in 1934, but we suspect the mile-deep black paint and super-straight panels far exceed the factory finish. Underhood, LS power motivates this exquisite four-door.
Jon & Pattie Van Alstyne | Bakersfield, CA | 1940 Willys coupe
Looking every bit the dragstrip refugee, this all-steel Willys runs long-tube EFI Hilborn injection atop 392 ci of Chrysler hemi. ET Wheels and Mickey Thompson tires complete the picture.
Kim McPherson | Edmond, OK | 1946 Ford convertible
If you're spending a week cruising the coast what better car than this Caddy-powered '46 Ford convertible? Adding to the beach flavor is the Sea Coral color scheme and the wide whites and lack of chrome add to the hot rod flavor. The car was originally built by Jerry Hagens of Aledo, IL.
Frank Drummond | Northport, AL | 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne
The great thing about building a flat-fin Chevy is all of the outrageous styling was done at the factory. All you need to do is achieve the proper stance, roll it around on some great American five-spokes, and you have a great cruiser. Underhood a ZZ4 coupled to a five-speed can be found.
Douglas Necaise | Bay St. Louis, MS | 1935 Ford coupe
Happily, the effects of Hurricane Katrina are finally disappearing from the coast and this '35 Ford is a fine example of a survivor. Once a fine restoration, the hurricane destroyed the driveline in the car. Douglas Necaise took the remains and completely rebuilt the coupe with LS power, awesome two-tone paint, and Billet Specialties wheels.
Amos Minter | Dallas, TX | 1940 Ford DeLuxe coupe
If you know anything about early T-birds you will recognize the Minter name. So what does the family drive when they decide to leave the T-bird at home? How about a gorgeous, flawless '40 coupe done in deep burgundy? Underhood a modern LS1 powers the conservative coupe, while inside tan leather covers the original seats.
Julian Harris | Edmond, OK | 1947 Ford Woodie
It's the perfect combination: black sheetmetal, flawless maple, and red steelies. Nothing says cruising the coast better than a woodie, and this traditional timber wagon rolls on a Heidts front suspension with a 350/350 Chevy combo passing the power to the 9-inch rear suspended by Posies springs. Inside the car is one of the most unique leather interiors ever to grace a hot rod.
Roger Minyard | Bowling Green, KY | 1957 Chevrolet 210
Of all the fine '57 Chevrolets at the coast we really liked the approach on this 210. Clean and simple always works, and the flamed side trim insert was just the right amount of fire. Rolling on big 18s and 20s, this Chevy is contemporary but still feels traditional. The “new tradition" LS power is under the hood, while inside you'll find bucket seats and Dakota Digital gauges.
Darrell Cooper | Wetumpka, AL | 1937 Ford Club Coupe
We've always had a thing for '37 Fords and the Club Coupe is a relatively rare model. After some mild de-chroming the coupe was covered in PPG urethane while underhood a ZZ4 crate motor is connected to a 700-R4 transmission. Suspension consists of Mustang II up front with QA1 coilovers out back.
Greg Kirk | Livingston, TX | 1933 Ford three-window coupe
Here's a recipe for a “real hot rod". Start off with a blown big-block coupled to 350 turbo and pass that power back to a Pete & Jake's suspended Winters quick-change. Now top it off with a chopped three-window body and cover it all in PPG Candy Tangerine paint. Finally, roll it around on big 'n' littles and you're done. It worked perfectly for Greg Kirk and his three-window.
'60s GM Truck Front Crossmember
Tired of those squeaky steel-on-steel “A" frame bushings in your '60-66 GM truck? The crossmember from a '74-86 truck will bolt right in with only a couple of holes that need to be drilled. Are rubber “A"-arm bushings now in your future?