1930 Ford coupe

Jo Kerr
Brownsburg, IN

Building a hot rod is all about proportions and balance. Jo Kerr's coupe is definitely the real deal with a perfect 5-inch chop while sitting on Deuce 'rails. Always seen putting down the miles on cross-country runs, it personifies the type of cars he builds at JoKerr Fabrication. A traditional dropped beam axle with split 'bones in front complements a Ford 9-inch rear with spilt 'bones. Power comes from 401ci Buick Nailhead V-8 breathing through dual quads with an Isky stick keeping the beat. Shifts move through a T5 trans pushing power to 16-inch 1940 Ford steelies wearing Coker Classics. The coupe features an endless array of homespun aluminum bits, including carb stacks, fuel block, shifter handle, pedals, and interior panels. Doused in Sherwin-Williams jet black by Ryan Schon, striping by Josh Shaw adds the final touch.

1928 Ford pickup

Mikael Bjork
Ankarsvik, Sweden

It takes plenty of commitment as a hot rodder to transport your 1928 Ford all the way from Sweden for a five-week cross-country excursion. Mikael nailed the look of his hauler with plenty of style, starting with an original un-chopped body wearing full fenders. It features a perfect stance thanks to a traditional 5-inch dropped axle with hairpins up front and a 9-inch Ford rear suspended by a four-link. Fifteen-inch steelies with V-8 caps and rings completes the look, rolling on Firestone/Coker wide whites. A Ford 302ci mill provides plenty of power moving the goods through a Ford AOD trans. The body was then coated in a combination of dark brown and light brown metallic gloss with a classic rolled pan out back. Inside the interior features a light brown leather pleated bench with Mooneyes gauges and a leather-wrapped banjo steering wheel to guide the course.

1930 Ford coupe

Patrick Hampton
Hebron, IN

If there ever was a coupe laced with evil it was this one cruising the fairgrounds while its nasty V-8 snarled through straight pipes. It was a car you heard long before you saw it. Starting with a World Products Motown II 400ci small-block, Patrick and Scott Schaffer bored and stroked it to 420 ci, filled it with goods, including 14:1 JE forged pistons linked to Carrillo rods, and a COMP Cam for thump. Up top an Edelbrock X1 intake wears six Holley 94-series carbs with spent gases dumping through plated lake pipes by Gear Drive while power moves through a TREMEC T5 trans. The lid was chopped an aggressive 6½ inches and body made razor sharp before applying just enough custom-blended Matrix mint green. It all rides on an original boxed A frame kicked 2 inches out back with a dropped and drilled front axle linked to 1946 Ford spindles, 1940 Ford split bones, and tube shocks. Out back a Ford 9-inch filled with 3.89:1 gears hangs with split 1936 Ford bones, buggy spring, and tube shocks. Finally a perfect stance comes from 16-inch 1940 Ford steelies wrapped in Firestone/Coker pie-crust blackwalls.

1929 Ford Tudor

Wayne Morgan
Monterey, TN

To infuse a whole new level of attitude, Ricky Bobby's Rod Shop started by creating a custom frame, featuring a 10-inch front kick with gracefully tapered 'rails. Out back there's a whopping 24-inch kick and a Ford 9-inch rear with 3.90:1 gears suspended by a triangulated four-link and Viking Performance coilovers. Up front a SO-CAL Speed Shop 4-inch dropped axle with matching spring and tube shocks combined with Speedway Motors spindles and 1946 Ford split 'bones looks cool. The body features a ton of voodoo, complete with a 9-inch chop, 4-inch channel, 3-inch shortened rear window area, smooth rear wheelwells, custom firewall, and 4-inch dropped floor. It was all doused in PPG single-stage black vibe and set to roll on custom Rally America 18-inch wire wheels capped with Firestone/Coker rubber. Power comes from a bored and stroked 304ci 1949 Ford Flathead featuring an Isky stick, Offy heads and intake, twin Speedway Motors 9Super7 carbs, and custom headers, while the goods move through a T5 trans. Inside plenty of diamond pleats and plush carpet by S&W Seat Recovery completed the look with vitals monitored by Classic Instruments while a Limeworks Speed Shop steering wheel plots the course.

1932 Ford roadster

Ronnie Goodwin
Smithville, TN

A diehard traditionalist, Ronnie Goodwin knew what it would take to build his ultimate Deuce roadster. For the perfect vibe he went to Street Rods by Michael to have them take on the project. Starting with one of their custom frames, the team added a Super Bell drilled I-beam front axle with matching spindles connected to a Posies leaf spring and hairpins with tube shocks. Out back a Ford 9-inch is suspended with quarter-elliptic springs and tube shocks. Classic big 'n' littles set the pace with 16- and 18-inch Wheel Vintiques Smoothies topped with Excelsior/Coker blackwalls. Ample power comes from a 383ci Chevy V-8 dressed old school with an Offy intake topped with Stromberg carbs dumping gases through Speedway Motors ram's horn headers while a Gearstar 700-R4 handles the shifts. The Brookville body was then covered in PPG Washington Blue and Vanilla Shake and treated to goods like 1939 Ford taillights, OTB Gear headlights, and a Sid Chavers Bop Top. Inside, B&B Auto Trim laid out perfect cream vinyl with blue tuck 'n' roll deftly matched to a Ford Crestliner steering wheel from LimeWorks Speed Shop and a 1953 Ford F-100 dash panel filled with gauges from Classic Instruments.