'40 Ford CoupeTom League, Roseburg, ORTom purchased his '40 as a partially finished rod in 1998, even though it looks like it was just spit out of a '50s time warp. In addition to the louvered hood and tasty Bob McCoy-style flames, the cool blue coupe now sports a hopped-up '47 flathead, mono-leaf springs, TCI sway bar, and Firestone whitewalls on '47 Ford wheels. The inside is just as nostalgic, wearing white vinyl and blue pleats. Tom tells us he did nearly everything himself, with the exception of some welding, stitching, and machining. After five years of work, he's finally enjoying the fruits of his labors.
'23 Model T C-CabSandy Carter, Woodway, WA"This is my first rod project," Sandy writes, "which, with the parts and advice of many of your advertisers, I was able to fabricate and assemble in my garage." Sandy built the 2x3-inch frame using modified plans from California Custom Roadsters (CCR), completing it with many CCR and Total Performance parts, along with a propane-fueled 454ci big-block Chevy. The C-cab body is from Showcar Customs (Santa Rosa, CA). Finished off with E-Z Wiring and Krylon's best paint, this owner-built rod is ready for some fun on the streets in the Pacific Northwest.
'23 Model T RoadsterDave Henning, Lenoir, NCDave wrote to voice his support of scoots in R&C and sent pics of his '93 90th Anniversary Sportster alongside his T-bucket. Dave bought the T in 2002 but suspects it was built in the late '60s. It's still powered by a '68 327 and Borg-Warner three-speed and wears such eclectic parts as a '55 Olds rearend, '59 Cad rear brakes, '40 Ford front hubs, Cragar wheels, Stewart-Warner gauges, and old Sun tach. The interior is, of course, diamond-tuck Naugahyde. "Having grown up in the '60s," Dave says, "my love for hot rods and choppers became an obsession, and from the age of 16 I haven't been without one or another." Way to keep the faith, Dave!
'64 Chevy PickupBill Bierman, St. Louis, MOZowie! Our jaws just about hit the floor when we opened this envelope. Bill's shop, Creative Customs, has done some serious Sawzall surgery on this Chevy, chopping the top 8 inches, sectioning the cab 3 inches, converting the doors to suicide operation, and grafting on a Chrysler front clip and fins. Some late-'50s Imperial sheetmetal and '61 Dodge wagon taillights round out the bodywork. This monster of a truck rides on a custom 2x3-inch frame with air springs and sports a 354ci Hemi with a blower and six twos for power. Watch out, St. Louis-Bill says he hopes to have the truck finished for the city's World of Wheels show in March 2004.