Perry Peradotto • Gilbert, Arizona
1940 Chrysler New Yorker
After retiring in early 2008, Perry Peradotto, who lives in Gilbert, AZ, began looking for a project. After locating a ’40 Chrysler New Yorker, he spent 18 months doing a frame-up build on the car. The project was his first at this level of intensity but, in the end, he says it was well worth the hours and days spent working on it. He also says some of the best times have been attending events and car shows with the Tucson Street Rod Association, and he thought the Vintage Air Tour was a great event when it came through his town a few months back.
Bill Gildersleeve • Paulden, Arizona
1941 Willys pickup
Bill Gildersleeve, who hails from Paulden, AZ, ordered a ’glass ’41 Willys from Auto Classics and set it on a rust-free Arizona ’87 S-10 pickup chassis. The frame and suspension were then painted satin black, and an eBay seller provided the ’02 LS1 engine and 4L60E trans. An auto salvage yard was able to locate the bolt-in 8.5-inch, 3.46:1 GM disc brake rear and Rich Edgar shot the truck with three coats of Hemi Orange Pearl paint and clear. The Upholstery Guy in Chino Valley, AZ, stitched the interior on the custom framing and panels that he made. There is also 40 square feet of hand cut and formed aluminum diamond plate in the bed, on rear fender guards, and inside the cab.
Fred Perrenoud • East Sparta, Ohio
1931 Chevy sedan
This is the ’31 Chevy that Fred Perrenoud, who lives in East Sparta, OH, and a friend, Dave Murphy, built in seven months, and he’s been driving it year ’round (snow permitting) for the last few years. A four-door sedan, it’s chopped, primered, and has a 327 with three-twos that backs to a TH400. Suspension includes a 10-bolt Chevy Nova rearend with a four-link system, and the interior features Vintage Air’s heat and A/C system, complemented with lots of Dynamat. Perrenoud says it’s pretty quick and steers like a go-kart, plus it has a rear window wiper!
Tony Alberts sent these photos of John Machovsky’s ’54 Nash Metropolitan convertible to us and, besides the unique jean-inspired, air-brushed paintjob on the exterior, the interior is completely covered in the blue denim material, too, zippers and all. Machovsky says he collected 40 pairs of pants in order to have it done. Under the hood is a ’76 Corvette engine and trans (with a narrowed Ford 9-inch out back). A Mustang front clip was used, too, and it has a tubbed frame.