In celebrating the 43rd anniversary of the NSRA Street Rod Nationals, it was the perfect time for STREET RODDER and Ford Racing to recognize street rodders who install a late-model Ford engine in a Ford hot rod or custom.
A pair of ’11 Honda leather-wrapped buckets are accented by matching door panels with comp
While cruising the jam-packed grounds at the Kentucky Exposition Center we came across Jack and Angela Cunningham’s hopped-up ’40 Ford coupe powered by a well-detailed 392ci Ford Racing V-8 linked to a Ford AOD transmission. Dyno’d at 475 hp, the scorching small-block was filled with Ford Racing’s finest goods, including a forged steel crank, forged pistons, and a hydraulic roller cam. Topped with Ford Racing’s aluminum “Z” heads, fuel flows through a Holley 750-cfm carb while sparks come from an MSD billet distributor. Built by the team at Jack’s Garage in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the coupe gets it stance from a Curbside perimeter chassis to which the team added a Heidts SuperRide IFS and IRS combined with Wilwood discs and four-piston calipers at each corner for plenty of stopping power. It rolls on a combination of Wheel Vintiques steelies with BFGoodrich big ’n’ little rubber. The original steel body was massaged to perfection, treated to a fully louvered hood by Jack’s Garage, and coated in Spies-Hecker Folkstone Gray vibe. Inside the team added plenty of comfort with custom leather bucket seats combined with lush carpeting while Vintage Air makes sure the business office temps are perfect. Congratulations to Jack and Angela who will receive a limited-edition jacket as the award winners.
Great job on the coupe, Jack, and welcome to an exclusive group of rodders who are honored
For muscle, Jack chose Ford Racing’s 392ci small-block with 475 hp. A Sportsman block was
A perimeter chassis from Curbside combined with a Heidts SuperRide IFS and IRS adds attitu