John St. Germain | Goodwood, Ontario, Canada | 1935 Ford coupe
Westergard-styled customs look like they are going 100 mph standing still while maintaining a truly seductive look. In sculpting the chop it took 2 5/8 inches up front and 4 inches out back, along with customized Rootlieb hood sides and 1935 Olds side grilles to get the look. Added accents come from 1947 Lincoln door buttons, 1939 Hudson taillights, 1936 Buick headlights, and 1936 Plymouth bumpers to dial in the balance. Stance comes from a custom chassis with a Paul Horton’s Welder Series IFS combined with RideTech ’bags and 15-inch Ford steelies wearing Firestone/Coker wide whites with 1953 Cadillac caps. A 286ci Flathead makes the thunder shifted through a 1965 Mustang Top Loader trans. The final icing comes from a decadent coating of RM Royal Maroon gloss.
Dave DeBaar | Byron Center, MI | 1930 Ford coupe
It’s hard to beat the classic looks of a Model A coupe on Deuce ’rails. The project started with a restored body getting its lid lowered 4 inches in front and 3-1/2 inches out back by Gas Axe Garage. A perimeter Deuce chassis by J.W. Rod Garage was treated to a Super Bell 4-inch dropped axle matched to 1946 Ford spindles and ’39 Ford split bones, along with Chassis Engineering tube shocks and a Speedway Motors spring. Out back a 1957 Ford 9-inch rear delivers the goods. Power comes from a Ford 289ci mill topped with an owner-fabbed four-pot intake with shifts through a 1955 Ford column unit linked to a C4 trans. Nason 1969 Mercedes-Benz blue covers the body and chassis with a slick two-toned bench accented by 1950 Hudson gauges inside.
Ron Hepding | Parkville, MD | 1950 Ford Club Coupe
Certain car models have always been favorites to custom car builders. The 1950 Ford coupes have been focused on since their initial debut for good reason with their crisp lines and neat proportions. J&M Rodworks got busy with the coupe by first setting the stance, thanks to a Fatman Fabrications IFS along with a RideTech parallel four-bar out back, accented by RideTech ’bags at each corner. The body was then ironed smooth, nosed, decked, and partially shaved, as well as treated to neat rear skirts with custom accents. For a subtle vibe it was then dipped in plenty of PPG deep blue ’flake, giving it a signature sparkle. Rolling on wide whites with steelies and custom caps the car harkens back to the heyday of customs. The coupe gets its scoot from an injected Chevy 5.3L V-8 while inside the interior is covered in yards of red leather combined with Vintage Air, a Lokar shifter, and banjo-styled steering wheel.
Harold Victor | Marcy, NY | 1932 Ford roadster
Nothing says hot rod better than cubic inches. This is especially evident when matched to the elegance of a Deuce roadster. Tucci Hot Rods hit a homerun when they infused the design elements bringing this roadster to life. With an all-aluminum 1969 ZL1 V-8 and Top Loader four-speed trans purchased by the owner at a local speed shop in 1972, the focal point of the car was set along with the hopes of creating a roadster to compete in the AMBR. It was all up to Tucci to take the 800hp engine combination now topped with a 10-71 Littlefield supercharger and PSI injector to fit underhood. The steel body was then treated to numerous updates, including radiused door tops, hand formed rear roll pan, and then dipped in PPG black gloss. Rolling on Billet Specialties wheels the car also features a custom Tucci-designed suspension, and dramatic custom interior.
Al and Cathy Mayer | Rochester, NY | 1950 Olds coupe
One of the neatest things about attending a large-scale event is that you never know what you will come across. It’s not every day you see a ’50 Olds coupe, let alone one that’s loaded with attitude and great looks. It’s a simple formula that worked perfectly on the build, combining great factory lines with stance and just the right accents. Retaining the stock chassis, it was updated with 1993 Chevy truck IFS components along with a 9-inch Ford rear out back. GM discs up front and Ford drums out back tame the speed while 17-inch Showwheels Streeters capped with Firestone rubber sets the look. A tidy Chevy 350ci mill dressed with classic Mickey Thompson valve covers does the trick when linked to a TH400 trans. The owner and Vincent Reitano then prepped the body and coated it with PPG black.