The online voting is done, the votes have been counted, and, from 100 vehicles and five finalists, one car has been selected as the '09 Turtle Wax/STREET RODDER Street Rod of the Year.
2009 Turtle Wax/STREET RODDER
Street Rod of the Year
1935 Chevy Coupe
Do you ever wonder what happens to the cars that appear in tech stories? Sometimes they reappear in a car feature or show coverage, and sometimes they end up as Street Rod of the Year.
When he turned 50, David Douglas and his wife Sandy decided that the perfect birthday gift was a 1935 Chevy coupe. He located an all-steel stocker in Pennsylvania, where the owner had spent 20 years not building it. After buying it and tearing it apart, David contacted Marcel's Custom Metal Shaping. We were there when Marcel De Ley did the 2-1/4-inch chop, and showed it in the Sept. and Oct. '07 issues of STREET RODDER.
Roger Burman at Lakeside Rods & Rides handled the assembly and shot the Viper Red paint. Under the hood, a ZZ4 Chevy small-block features an Edelbrock carb and intake, and HPC headers and Hushpower mufflers. The 700-R4 transmission delivers torque to a Ford 9-inch. A Heidt's IFS system was added in front. Wilwood disc brakes stop the 17- and 18-inch Billet Specialties rims and Michelin radials. The interior features VDO gauges with Vintage Air controls below. Dan Weber Custom Interiors covered I.S.S. buckets in Ultra Leather.
The three-year build was completed by the end of 2008. At the '09 Goodguys Nostalgia Nats in Bowling Green, Kentucky, we added the Chevy to our Top 100 list. STREET RODDER readers did the rest.
In addition to a nifty jacket and a big box of Turtle Wax products, David wins the grand prize: a Total Cost Involved Engineering 35th anniversary Model A Signature chassis.
Linda and Rusty Jackson
Carl Junction, Missouri
1932 Ford convertible
Rusty Jackson has built a lot of rods at his shop, Odd Rod Creations, but this Deuce was a different kind of project. The highboy belongs to Rusty's mother Linda, and was started by his father Roger, who passed away before it was completed. The Dearborn Deuce convertible (it has windows) rides on a Pete & Jakes chassis. A pair of Halibrand 17x8 rear wheels and 15x4 E-T fronts with Diamond Back fat 'n' skinny rubber add to the hot rod looks, while power steering, power brakes, and A/C provide amenities. A late-model 5.7L hemi is as very cool choice of powerplant, and is tied to a five-speed automatic. The custom mixed green paint was shot by Frank Faliano at Denver Car Color and is balanced by black upholstery and complemented by the right amount of brightwork, done at Jon Wright's Custom Chrome Plating. Linda's '32 was a Top 100 pick at the Goodguys event in Kansas City.