Mike Pretorius | Wabash, Indiana | 1934 Ford Coupe

There is still no better color than black on an early Ford hot rod, and we offer the depths of the DuPont paint on this car as proof. The original '34 Ford came from the factory with elegant good looks so there was little need to change anything on the outside of the five-window. The stock four-piece hood, door handles, and cowllights all remain right where Henry put them in 1934. Under the hood a 302 Ford crate motor is fed by an Edelbrock carburetor. A classic hot rod needs classic suspension and to that end a Super Bell dropped axle is found up front with disc brakes from the same company. Out back parallel leaf spring provide the proper stance and a good ride. Inside the car you'll find supple tan leather over the bench seat, and if you're wondering what that round thing in the center of the dashboard is wonder no more, it's an ashtray out of a B-52 bomber. Seems this coupe was originally built in San Diego by a young man airman in 1966. When he was servicing a bomber he noticed the ashtray and thought, “Now that would work well in my 1934.” Pretorius reports that the USAF stamp is still on the back of the ashtray to this day.

Barry McFadden | Nicholasville, Kentucky | 1948 Anglia

When we think of Anglia thoughts often turn to huge scoops and wild paint, but Barry McFadden had a decidedly different approach for his diminutive hot rod. He opted to keep things on the conservative side, at least cosmetically. Untold hours were spent fitting body panels and insuring they were laser-straight before the PPG dark green metallic paint was sprayed. Under that body a full frame was built with Mustang II front suspension featuring Aldan coilover shocks and ECI disc brakes. ET 10-spokes wrap BFGoodrich rubber up front while out back ET Fueler wheels bolt to the dramatically narrowed 9-inch Ford rear. Wilwood rear disc brakes complete the stopping power. When it came time for go-power the conservative approach was abandoned. A built 454 big-block Chevy motor is tucked in the engine bay coupled to a 700-R4 transmission. Somehow there is room for the Vintage Air compressor on the front of the motor. Inside the English Ford you'll find a leather wrapped bench seat, a Lokar shifter and a covey of Auto Meter gauges mounted in a beautifully formed custom dashboard. The leather wrapped steering wheel is the crowning touch. While this car may conjure up memories of drag races gone by, today it is strictly a street rod.

Chris & Rose Lowe Vincennes | Indiana | 1962 Plymouth Valiant

Stuffing a big motor in a little car is almost the very definition of a hot rod, but this is a combination you'll seldom see. Take a 1962 Valiant and shoehorn a 605-inch Hemi under the hood. Feeding the monster motor is a Demon 1090 carburetor and the Jeffco tranny is shifted with one handle for each gear. Other than the pro-stock–style hood and a little gentle shaving the body remains stock and the House of Kolor two-tone Tangerine and Red candy paint is period perfect. The front suspension is an independent suspension from Kugel Komponents with ShockWave air shocks, while out back Alden Coilovers handle the suspension. The front Mickey Thompson tires measure 15x3 while the rears are Drag Radials 325/50-15. Billet Specialties made the wheels. Inside the car bucket seats are wrapped inside a full 'cage and Auto Meter gauges monitor the Hemi. The most fun with this car is to watch the reaction of people when they walk up and see that big Hemi under the hood of this little econo-car.

Rob & Lisa Kohlbacher | Riverside, Ohio | 1964 Ford Fairlane

It is hard to deny the Thunderbolt flavor on this House of Kolor Sunset Orange pearl Fairlane. From the screened inboard headlights and stinger hood to the wicked stance this is Ford shouts performance. Backing up the look is a big Ford 460 hooked to a Hurst activated top loader four-speed. Fast cars should be light so fiberglass front fenders and hood help in weight reduction while the Mustang II front suspension and ladder bar rears suspension provide the stance with QA1 coilover shocks. American Racing Salt Flats wheels up front combine with Cruzers wheels on the rear to provide a traditional flavor while inside you'll find a full cage, a custom console and factory gauges still in service. Kumho rubber measures 165/80-15 front and 275/60-15 rear. This was Rob's first car and it has been reworked several times over the years and today it serves as a calling car for his rod shop.

Larry Small | Stuarts Draft, Virginia | 1963 Chevy II Gasser

In case you haven't notice the Gasser Wars of the '60s are raging again, both on the street and on the 'strip. Under the heading of "Most Believable Gasser" we offer this white Chevy II. Everything about the car is spot-on for a '60s gasser from the eight-stack electronic fuel injection between the Edelbrock aluminum heads to the simple white steel wheels, this car shouts gasser and yes, the car is 100 percent street legal. A straight-axle up front employs Pete & Jakes shocks while out back leaf springs, slapper bars, and Pete & Jake's shocks are found. The rear wheels are custom-made deep-dish rims while the front wheelwells are filled with period-perfect white headers and American Torq Thrusts. Coker tires are found on all four corners. Inside the car the simple Nova bench seat is dressed in red vinyl with a steering column mounted tach and a trio of Auto Meter gauges under the dashboard monitor the 327 under the hood. The radio delete cover adds to the gasser look as does the red metalflake Cal Custom–style steering wheel from Speedway Motors. The Hurst Quarter Stick is hooked to a Turbo 350 and a vintage helmet sits on the sit just behind the shifter to complete the illusion. When it comes to street-going gassers few are more believable than the Valley Chevrolet "Casa Nova."