'40 Pontiac CoupeChris & Denise Kivela, Longview, WA"Hey, check out the '40 Pontiac coupe," writes Chris, "it's got all the bells and whistles!" By that he means it has IFS ('69 Firebird clip with dropped spindles and Fatman A-arms), 17- and 18-inch Billet Specialties wheels, and small-block Chevy power. It also sports molded fenders, smooth steel running boards, and suicide doors under the Patriot Red Pearl paint with flames. The cool stuff continues inside with gray mohair upholstery, an airbrushed dash, and chrome ididit tilt column. Best of all, those "bells and whistles" aren't just for show-this coupe gets driven a bunch, too.
'32 Ford CoupeDale Emaar, Vicksburg, MIWe rarely show before-and-after sequence photos in Readers Rods, but Dale's Deuce is just too neat to pass up. The before photo shows the car in the early '80s following years of use, abuse, and if you believe the door lettering, perhaps even some racing at "Boneyville." After many years, much work, and in Dale's words, "lots of patch panels," we think you'll agree the five-window is much improved. The chopped coupe body is about all that remains of the original car. It now rides on a much nicer '32 frame with split '37 Ford wishbones and a 4-inch dropped axle. Power comes from a late flathead with early heads, an Isky cam, and a two-pot intake, all backed by an S-10 5-speed. Other cool stuff includes aluminum aircraft seats, Speedway headers with side pipes built from '37 Ford driveshafts, '50 Pontiac taillights, and a '35 Ford grille. Dale says the coupe is virtually all home-built, and we'll bet it's a blast to drive.
'66 Mercury MontereyRandy Addington, Nickelsville, VAInspired by a July 2003 R&C article on budget '60s customs, young Randy began a transformation on his "parked and neglected" more-door Merc. First, Randy and his father "shaved everything and found the brightest color of red we could," then rechromed the bumpers and other remaining brightwork. Next came an altitude and attitude adjustment thanks to Air Ride Technologies air springs and 20-inch chrome rollers from Giovanna. Finished off with a rebuilt 390 and gray tweed threads, Randy has himself a slick, simple, affordable custom cruiser. Pretty nifty for a four-door, eh?