Leigh Anne Lemke | Grafton, WI | 1923 Ford T-bucket
There’s nothing cooler than a T-bucket with perfect balance and proportions. Built in 1969, the T served plenty of miles till landing worn-out in a swap meet in 1989. It was rescued by Leigh Anne and her husband, Lee, who tore it down and gave it a dazzling rebirth. The suicide-style frontend features a dropped and plated tube axle while 1957 Chevy binders slow the speed. A Chevy 350ci mill topped with a Tri-power induction generates power while zoomie-style headers dump spent gases. Finally a vivid House of Kolor Royal Blue ’flake body, white rolled interior, and whitewall big ’n’ little rollers bring it all home.
Mike and Marcia Johnston | Livonia, NY | 1935 Ford coupe
The latest build from The East Coast Hot Rod Garage features endless custom metal fabrication, including 3-inch stretched fenders and wheelbase, laid back and sectioned grille, one-off hood sides, and a hand-formed 1939-style rear decklid. Power comes from a dyno-tuned 600hp 428ci Ford big-block mill topped with an Edelbrock dual-quad intake wearing 500-cfm Edelbrock carbs sparked to life by an MSD ignition. A custom chassis features IFS with RideTech coilover shocks and a fully plated 9-inch Ford rear packed with 4.11:1 gears. Bathed in PPG black, a classic Dean Alexander stitched maroon leather interior ensures traditional looks and great comfort.
Kent Writtenberry | Gasburg, VA | 1951 Chevy Fleetline
Traditionally designed customs embody plenty of allure and design elements, giving them endless style and flowing lines. Kentz Kustomz Cycles nailed the look starting with a graduated 4-inch to 3-1/2-inch chop, mild channel, and 2-inch body section accented by a full shave, frenched headlights, and stretched fender skirts. Shaved 1954 Chevy bumpers with 1955 Chevy bumper guards add plenty of appeal while a frenched custom grille completes the look and AccuAir sets the stance. A detailed 348ci Chevy V-8 topped with 3-deuces sends power through a GM 700-R4 trans with wide whites rolling the power. The razor-sharp body was then coated in House of Kolor Kandy Brandywine, giving it a signature look with a custom ostrich and leather interior adding plenty of style.
Jason T. Baran | Moravia, NY | 1956 Chevy 150 Handyman wagon
Simply stated, wagons are bitchin—especially when they cross over into hot rodding. Many times the factory lines and garnish were so well executed it actually makes sense to retain it in the new build. JT’s Custom Paint Garage stripped the body and gave it new life, coating it in R-M Diamond Silver and platinum pearl with all its original details. A custom front IFS and four-link rear gets its stance from RideTech ’bags while 18-inch Boss Motorsports model 338 wheels wearing Falken rubber brings it all home. Seamless power comes from a well-detailed 327ci Chevy linked to a GM 700-R4 trans with stopping power from four-wheel CPP discs. Inside a chestnut leather bucket interior is perfect accented by Dakota Digital gauges and Vintage Air breezes.
Tom and Judy Hines | The Plains, VA | 1930 Ford Coupe
Hilton’s knows how to nail the look of a traditional Model A coupe on Deuce ’rails, giving it a timeless look echoing plenty of post-war style. Starting with a well-balanced 4-1/2-inch chop, the car was set on a Hilton’s chassis incorporating original Deuce ’rails along with a Super Bell 4-inch dropped axle linked to Pete & Jake’s hairpins. Out back a 9-inch Ford rear is suspended in place with Pete & Jake’s ladder bars while Wilson Welding front drums and 1940 Ford rears cool the speed. Zoom comes from a 350ci Chevy V-8 sucking air through an Offenhauser intake topped with a trio of Rochester 2G carbs with Gear Drive headers dumping the gases. The body and chassis were then dipped in PPG rootbeer metallic while the interior features a pleated bench, sprint-style wheel, and Stewart-Warner gauges.
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.