Shannon McMahan | Kevil, KY | 1952 Ford pickup

Designing a mild custom is all about creative restraint. Knowing when enough is enough is the key to a ride that will leave you breathless; looking like it stepped out of the pages of a little book. To dial in the stance, a 1990 Ford Crown Victoria IFS was grafted in place along with a triangulated four-link out back, combined with RideTech 'bags at each corner. Rolling on Coker wide whites with Caddy caps, the look is perfect. The body was massaged and treated to custom updates, including dual frenched 1959 Caddy taillights and dual antennas. The body was then doused in Axalta Hot Hues Pot O' Gold vibe with custom flaked scallops. Power comes from a detailed 351ci Ford mill breathing through an Edelbrock 750-cfm carb.

Wayne Pugh | Loganville, GA | 1932 Ford five-window coupe

Everywhere you look perfectly executed traditional elements make a statement, starting with its razor-sharp body featuring a filled roof, '50 Pontiac taillights, and glistening PPG jet black finish. There's just enough dazzle thanks to a drilled and dropped Pete & Jakes axle linked to matching spindles, hairpins, and tube shocks deftly matched to 16-inch steelies wearing Excelsior/Coker rubber and Merc caps. The knockout punch comes from a 425ci Buick Nailhead V-8 dressed to impress wearing an Offenhauser dual-quad intake sucking air through a pair of Edelbrock quads linked to a TH400 trans. Inside a '40 Ford dash is accented by a '40 Ford steering wheel, Lokar shifter, and full custom interior.

Brian Frank | Scottsbluff, NE | 1957 Buick Rivera Estate Wagon

It's not every day you see a rare Buick Rivera Estate wagon, let alone one this wicked. The team at Customs by Kilkeary started by giving it a slammed stance through a combination of a Fatman Fabrications IFS matched to RideTech 'bags. Billet Specialties Turbine-model 20-inch rollers capped with Hankook rubber completes the look. A dual-quad fed 383ci small-block Chevy adds power through a 700-R4 trans while Wilwood discs and calipers at each corner slows it all down. Finally, the body was coated in gallons of Glasurit black offset with a classic red leather interior.

Rob Jowsay | Fremont, IN | 1931 Ford coupe

Some hot rods have just the right attitude thanks to the amount of body modifications injected into the mix. To give the coupe the right feel it was chopped and channeled, hammered to the ground, treated to a louvered decklid, filled roof, and cowl steering. That's just the start since the 'rails were filled with Ford big-block power, thanks to a 460ci V-8 topped by a dual-quad intake wearing a pair of 450-cfm Holley carbs. Gases get dumped through custom lake pipes while a classic '37 Ford axle grounds the frontend. Stance comes through 18- and 20-inch steelies wearing blackwall rubber with custom caps, while Sikkens maroon gloss brings it to life. Inside custom on-the-floor seating looks killer combined with a one-off steering wheel, Mooneyes gauges, and mile-high shifter.

Rodney and Linda Singleton | Brighton, IL | 1932 Ford sedan

Built in a short 4½ months, the level of craftsmanship on this Deuce was flawless. The centerpiece of the build was its 401ci Buick Nailhead V-8 wearing a custom sheetmetal intake designed and fabricated by the owner and Mike Schuenke, topped by a trio of vintage Rochester deuces all controlled by custom linkage. Accents included just enough finned aluminum and gold gloss. Shifts move through a TH400 trans to a Jag rear and it all rolls on Rally America wires wearing Excelsior/Coker rubber. For classic looks, the roof was chopped 3¼ inches and accented by a filled cowl vent before being covered in PPG maroon. Inside yards of chocolate leather stitched by Mike McKean accented by complementing carpet sets the tone while VDO gauges monitor the vitals.