'33 Ford 3W Coupe
Philip Pelton, Ft. Worth, TX
A gearhead since high school, 71-year-old Philip says he finished this steel coupe, his first home-built rod, five years ago. It has since soaked up 10,000 miles riding on a Pete & Jake's frame with a Total Cost Involved IFS, 9-inch rearend, and Billet Specialties wheels. Power comes from a Chevy LT1 small-block with Street & Performance fuel injection and a 4L60E transmission. Philip did nearly everything except spray the dark blue PPG paint and stitch the leather upholstery and is rightfully proud of the finished product.
'34 Plymouth PE Coupe
Chuck Fisicaro, Beaver Lake, NE
Plymouth made sharp-looking coupes in the mid-'30s, and Chuck's looks even better with its improved stance (Mustang II IFS with dropped spindles and Pete & Jake's rear leaf springs) and '88 Chrysler Black Cherry paint with chameleon ghost flames on the hood. Powered by a 318/Torqueflite combo, the coupe gets driven to shows throughout the Midwest, and Chuck keeps comfy with Vintage Air and JVC tunes. Best of all, the entire car-including paint and upholstery-was crafted in Chuck's garage.
'35 Chevy Master Sport Coupe
Mike & Anita Johnson, Portsmouth, IA
This Chevy is the Johnsons' first street rod. They bought it as a completed car three years ago and have since personalized it with American wheels, Heidt's dropped spindles (on a Mustang II IFS), and new springs. Most of the other elements-454ci V-8, TH400, Corvette rearend, Griffin radiator-remain the same. There's even a little bit of road rash on the House of Kolor paint. "This is a driver," Mike insists. We wouldn't have it any other way, Mike!
'65 Impala SS
Ken & Donna Butler, Central Point, OR
With help from his father-in-law and the guys at Burl Fennell's Garage in Phoenix, Oregon, Ken has made his hand-me-down Impala "super" again using dropped spindles, '79 Malibu disc brakes, Torq-Thrust wheels, and gorgeous blue pearl paint with candy ghost flames by Rick's Custom Auto Body. It's got a stock small-block, Powerglide, and 12-bolt posi rear now, but a 383 and TH400 are in the works. Meanwhile, Ken's having two tons of fun cruising the car and hauling home trophies on a regular basis.