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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Salvation of a 1959 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible

The Salvation of a 1959 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible

The story as told by the owner, Bill Sacramone ~ The cars that we have a fixation on are as varied as the individuals in the classic car hobby. Sure everyone wants the GT Mustang, the '67 GTO convertible with a 389 and trips, and who doesn't want a late 60's or early 70' Chevelle SS. But most people won't admit that their brain fixates on a long forgotten car that holds a special place in their heart and mind. For me that car was (is) a 1959 Ford Galaxie. Why? Because when I got my driver's license my Dad had a 1959 Ford Fairlane 300 4-door sedan and that was the first car I drove on a date to the Drive-In theatre. Of course in my mind the car would be a retractable hardtop or a convertible.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Son Follows His Father's Dream in a 1951 Chrysler Rally Car

A Son Follows His Father's Dream in a 1951 Chrysler Rally Car

When Jake Auerbach was thirteen years old, his dad, Jonathan, got him a summer job pumping gas at the shop of the family mechanic in Long Island, New York. Jake always suspected that, in arranging this employment, his dad had more in mind than pocket money and work ethic.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dusty Dahl's 1947 Chevy Project

Dusty Dahl's 1947 Chevy Project

Dusty Dahl shared his '47 Chevy project he's "saved from the crusher and brought back to life". It's still a work in progress he tells us, but should really scoot with that 383 stroker...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

'Mr. Chevy' - A Period Perfect Chevy Gasser

'Mr. Chevy' - A Period Perfect Chevy Gasser

Vintage straight-axle cars, often known as "Gassers", are popular wherever they go. Maybe it's the sky-high stance or the cartoon-like appearance. Or perhaps it's the way these cars transport you to a simpler time when racers would try just about anything to go faster. Whatever it is, these cars draw crowds of people because they look like nothing else on the track. "Mr. Chevy" is a period-perfect example of a 1955 Chevy Hardtop gasser raced from 1968 through 1976 where it was parked. Larry Frees knew the original owner and rescued Mr. Chevy at an estate sale. Today, he shares the car with enthusiasts wherever he goes...

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Patrick and Ethel's 1946 Chevrolet Pickup

Patrick and Ethel's 1946 Chevrolet Pickup

One of our roving hot rod hunters caught up with Patrick and Ethel from Illinois and their unique 1946 Chevrolet truck.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Two Moons' 1946 Ford

Two Moons' 1946 Ford

Two Moons, a member of the Immortal Bastards CC and good friend of Roadkill Customs came by the shop to say hello recently. We of course took the opportunity to snap a few shots of his 1946 Ford truck so we could share it with you.

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

DELIVERANCE ~ 1947 Ford Pro-Street Rat Rod Pickup

DELIVERANCE ~ 1947 Ford Pro-Street Rat Rod Pickup

This is no ordinary Rat Rod. It was designed and built by an experienced Winston Cup racecar builder. The build was completed with race-quality parts front-to-rear for superior performance and reliability. "DELIVERANCE" was completed in March, 2012.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Rebel Custom Rods and Motorcycles Shop Truck

Rebel Custom Rods and Motorcycles Shop Truck

Rebel Custom Rods & Motorcycles rat rod shop truck owned by Michel Roy, aka "Destroyer Mike" of Quebec, Canada. This is the result of Michel's winter 2011 project.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Redneck Repo ~ 1954 Chevrolet 3100

Redneck Repo ~ 1954 Chevrolet 3100

Rat Rod Lawn Mower The Redneck Repo shop truck is a 1954 Chevrolet 3100 with a 1953 front clip. The wrecker box is handmade and features a 1930's hand crank boom. The truck is powered by a 1962 327 and fitted with an Edlebrock aluminum intake and Edlebrock AFB style carberator, original '60's Cal Custom aluminum valve covers, an Olds air cleaner and a turbo 350 transmission. A '68 Camaro front clip was used up front and a GM 10 bolt in the rear, and a custom air ride suspension setup provides the ride and stance. The interior features '60's style tuck and roll, a Moon tachometer, 8-Track tape-player and a original Motorola two way radio. All of this topped off with an original emergency flashing light mounted on the roof.

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Graham Smith's 1957 Chevrolet

Graham Smith's 1957 Chevrolet

Graham Smith's Street-Legal 1957 Chevrolet ~ Snow White

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rey Payumo's 1963 Chevrolet Impala

Rey Payumo's 1963 Chevrolet Impala

Rey Payumo of Kailua, Hawaii found this 1963 Chevrolet Impala packed with junk in a garage in Hayward, California. Rey tells us "It had an previous restoration, the color used to be lowrider purple and it used to be totally lowridered out. After buying it, my lil' brother Roy and I towed it South to his Los Angeles body shop, and did all the work there. Roy surprised me with a new Oakland Raiders paint job because he knew I was a die-hard fan." After 5 years of work and 2 motors, Rey finally shipped her to the islands, where it's driven' and has become quite popular...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

1956 Continental Mark II

1956 Continental Mark II

Sean Rollins from Calgary, Alberta, Canada shared this 1956 Continental Mark II which has been in the family for about 54 years. Sean tells us that due to spending years and years languishing in a garage, he has rebuilt or refreshed every mechanical system in the car. The body and paint work is more than 40 years old. She has 66,300 original miles and has been upgraded to disc brakes and electronic ignition, but is otherwise stock.

Sean says "Hope you like her as much as I do!"

1946 Chevrolet Wayne Body Bus

1946 Chevrolet Wayne Body Bus

Mulders Rods...


Story and Photos shared by Stefan Schultz, and he tells us: "The bus was found in Arizona and transported to Mulders Rods in Brenham, Texas six weeks ago. Since then the team at Mulder's Rods have stripped about 8 layers of yellow off of it, pulled the motor, had a 1-off tubular A-arm suspension with air ride built using 1 ton dually spindles."

Stefan also says that a Duramax or Cummins diesel powerplant will turn the American Force 22.5" wheels. Also on the list of things to do: flush mounted windows, AccuAir, limo-style interior and custom made trim and molding. Completion date is sometime in 2014. We'll keep this updated with progress...

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

1960 Plymouth Fury Suburban Custom

1960 Plymouth Fury Suburban Custom


Kevin Turner and Jody Summey from Tampa, Florida shared their 1960 Plymouth Fury Suburban Custom. Kevin tells us that the Plymouth was found covered up in a barn in Lakeland, Florida long after the original owner parked her in 1968 after being confined to a wheelchair.

The original ownwe died in 1995 and Kevin and Jody purchased her from the owner's brother. The Fury only had 23,254 miles on her and had only developed some surface rust. She has a 318 with a 3 speed standard transmission. Kevin says "we love driving her to the beach and to the drive-in theater to enjoy a movie on the tailgate."

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Erin Francis' 1956 Ford F-100

Erin Francis' 1956 Ford F-100


Erin Francis from Langley, British Columbia, Canada shared this 1956 Ford F-100 truck with us. Erin found the truck in Portland Oregon in near stock condition. In five very busy months, a frame-off restoration was performed as well as a few modifications including independent front suspension, four-link rear suspension with coil overs on all corners, power steering & brakes, plus a few other custom touches.

 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jiggs' 1947 Ford Pickup

Jiggs' 1947 Ford Pickup


Danny Love shared this story and photos with us ~ This pristine 1947 Ford Pickup belonged to his Dad (aka Jiggs) Danny tells us that he remembers standing up as a young boy in the front seat just to be see out of the windshield. Danny is 54 years old now and says that he "can't hardly get in the cab now." He had the truck restored by Red River City Rods and Customs.

 

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Darrik Hooper's 1943 Ford G8T Military Truck

Darrik Hooper's 1943 Ford G8T Military Truck

Darrik Hooper of from Carthage, Texas started his project with only the cab that he bought at Pate Swap Meet in Fort Worth. He was told it was a 1940's model when he bought it, but once he got it home, he took the time to look it over really well. He noticed all the nomenclature plates across the dash - the main plate showed the make and model: Ford G8T - 1 1/2 ton including the serial number and date of delivery: 7-7-43. "1943?" he said to himself... "This is military!" He started looking hard at the cab and could see the original olive drab paint in places. He knew right then that he had a theme and direction. These war trucks were part of the Lend-Lease Act of 1941 and served on the western front.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Aaron Anderson's True Home Grown Rat Rod

Aaron Anderson's True Home Grown Rat Rod

The story of Aaron's Rat Rod goes like this:

1936 Dodge dump truckIn 2007 I worked at a dealership in the local town that had a 1936 Dodge dump truck sitting in a grass lot behind a building. I'd have to trim weeds around it when the dealership got slow.

I've always bought rat rod magazines and always thought about building one, but just never found a body that wasn't outrageous in price. So one day I asked the owner of the dealership if he'd ever sell that ole' dump truck out back. He said "for you, $600". I said "consider it sold" and I saved the money and I bought it.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Steve Chopko - An inspired fan from Facebook...

Steve Chopko - An inspired fan from Facebook...

The following was sent to us via our Facebook page on August 7th, 2012

My Name is Steve Chopko and I live in Newark, Delaware. You guys have inspired me to hunt down an old pickup of my own that I can use to promote my business. I wanted something Rat Rod-ish just like your site shows. I own and operate The Dye Guy. For the past 25years, my wife and I restore and repair Leather, Vinyl and Plastic in Cars, Boats and Planes.

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Custom Bubbletop The Iron Lung by Eric Goodrich

Custom Bubbletop The Iron Lung by Eric Goodrich

This is NOT a George Barris build. This is NOT an Ed "Big Daddy" Roth car. This is an inspired custom one-off build by Eric Goodrich from Illinois, albeit still a work in progress. This is The Iron Lung by Eric Goodrich.

When we initially posted a photo of this on our Facebook page, a number of "car guys" guessed that this project was just a cut-up Corvette (trust us when we tell you that Eric knows just how *rare* steel Corvettes are). There is no fiberglass in the body of this car - it's all good old fashioned Detroit steel - the project actually started out as a perfectly cherry 1965 Ford Thunderbird from Texas.

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