A reader of STREET RODDER since his teens, Jeremy Bilbrey bought this 1937 Ford out of New York and had it shipped to his home in Chattanooga, TN. Though the car appears stock, Jeremy’s friend, Steve Minnick, helped him modify his ride. It is equipped with a 350/700-R4 engine and trans combo, a Heidts Mustang II IFS, an 8-inch rear, and rolls on Coker wide white tires with aftermarket ’50 Merc caps ’n’ rings. Jeremy says the car really needs paint, but it’s a real fun driver in the meantime.
Cutting Edge made the fiberglass 1941 Willys body Don Stites used in his build, which also incorporated a 2x4 tube chassis from C&S Street Rods. The rod is equipped with a 406 Chevy small-block and a Tremec five-speed transmission, while out back is a Ford 9-inch rear. Torq Thrust wheels are on each corner, and the interior is covered in leather. Don took 18 months to build the car in his garage, and he painted it too (PPG Magic Blue), after taking time out to be the treasurer of Early Times Street Rods of Hampshire, IL.
After working for almost 30 years in the auto repair industry, Terry McDonald decided to retire and build a hot rod. In 2005 he started working out of his home shop in Pueblo, CO, and built the chassis himself, adding a Heidts IFS and IRS. An ’06 4.6L, three-valve Mustang GT motor was also installed, as was a five-speed trans. After a 2.5-inch wedge chop, a solid roof insert was welded in, and the body sectioned 2.5 inches. The rear fenders are wider (by 2.5 inches) and the car features a two-tone green paintjob. Inside boasts 12-way heated seats and green leather upholstery from Eddie’s Rods and Customs of Pueblo West. Like any good bodyman, Terry kept track of the labor invested in his project, which came to 3,030.5 hours!
1931 Ford roadster
At 83 years old and being an old SCCA Corvette road racer, Mike McNally figures he’s raced for more than 69 years. Mike races this 1931 Ford roadster, which is equipped with a B engine topped with a Riley four-port Ford crossflow head and fed by a Winfield side drafts. A Wico magneto supplies the spark, and Mike believes it’s the only four-port Riley competing in historic races worldwide. Under the A chassis you’ll find a quick-change rear, on each corner original 16-inch Kelsey Hayes wires and, in the cockpit, B17 seats lined with ’40s-era flight jackets inside.
Correction: In the Apr. 2013 issue of STREET RODDER, we mistakenly ran the wrong photo for the car described. These are the right cars with the right descriptions:
The owner of this 1941 Plymouth is Bob Bottari, who lives in Williamstown, NJ. Bob tells us his ride was built by Richard Pierce (who is busy building a 392-equipped ’41 Plymouth) and that it was chopped 3.5 inches and outfitted with a Fatman Fabrications frontend, a Ford 9-inch rear, and a 383 stroker motor backed to a TH350 transmission. The paint is an ’00 Ford Woodland green.
West Babylon, NY
Bob Spadavecchia spent five years on his ’36 Plymouth, rebuilding it from the ground up. He added a Fatman Fabrications Mustang II frontend and a narrowed 9-inch Ford rear outfitted with Mosher axles and a 3.70:1 Detroit Locker gears. A ’57 392 Hemi (bored 0.060 over and assembled with H-beam rods, forged pistons, a Schneider roller cam, larger valves with a mild port, MSD ignition, a 6-71 Dyers blower, and twin 800-cfm Edelbrock carbs) is mated to a Chrysler 727 trans with a B&M shift kit and a 3000 stall converter. The PPG paint is called Emerald City, and is finished with ghost flames. Inside there is black tuck ’n’ roll.