Chuck Kretsinger
Idyllwild, California
1964 Ford Falcon

This 1964 Falcon had been sitting in a junkyard in Long Beach, California, since 1973 until Chuck Kretsinger got his hands on it. Since being hauled up the mountain to his Idyllwild home, he's filled over 200 holes, added frame connectors and traction bars, installed a rollbar and wheelie bars, and used 1965 Mustang quarters to radius the rear wheel arches.

Kretsinger built a stroked 302 with Pro Comp heads, Lunati Bracket Master cam, roller rockers, and a 600-cfm Holley on a Weiand intake, which will be supported by a C4 with a 2,500-rpm stall converter and shift kit. A 9-inch with 3.25:1 gears will help it down the street and the strip.


George Edmon Eddy Sr.
Auberry, California
1928 Dodge Victory 6 Sedan

George Edmon Eddy Sr. writes, "Many years ago Dodge ran a series of TV commercials for vehicles dubbed Dodge Adult Toys. (The late-1970s ads featuring the factory custom vans known as the Street Van, based on B100 or B200 vans, as well as the "Li'l Red Express" and "Warlock pickups." – Kev) I happened to mention to a friend that it would be a big boost to see my 1928 Dodge Victory 6 four-door sedan in one of those commercials, but they couldn't use my car as I had a 350 Chevy drivetrain.

"In less than a week the same friend came to my house at about 2 a.m. and started to unload a box of parts that ended up being a 426 Hemi in pieces. He told me if I thought I could make an engine out of the pieces they were mine. Needless to say I found the parts needed to make the engine complete!

"That was in the beginning of the Summer of 1986 and the car was running before Thanksgiving of that year. My Dodge Adult Toy has been great and is still great. In July 2009 I removed the Hemi and in went a 1977 Dodge 318, though these pictures show it with the Hemi."


Richard & Diane Leath
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
1940 Ford Coupe

Richard Leath says that all the ideas he had as a kid are wrapped up in this 1940 Ford, including the suicide doors, 1957 Buick fender portholes in the hood, 1937 headlights, steel center console, custom rear bumper, and the gas tank and battery box hidden in faux suitcases.

The project took 4,500 hours over five years, with all work done by Antique & Classic Restorations. Starting with a Downs frame, a 9-inch was mounted on a four-bar and ShockWaves mounted at each corner. Wilwood 12-inch disc brakes feature slotted and drilled rotors, which have been SRP coated. Underhood there's a 502ci big-block Chevy, with custom ceramic-coated headers, and an Edelbrock dual-quad intake with twin Holley 500-cfm carbs. A TH400 trans handles the power.

The Deluxe Coupe sheetmetal was shaved and filled, and the driprails modified in addition to those earlier headlights and hood vents, before PPG Red Rock Crystal pearl paint covered every square inch, including the smoothed running boards. One-piece windshield and door glass was added.

Inside, there's a 14-inch banjo steering wheel, with the shifter, pedals, and hood and trunk releases coming from Lokar. That hood is power operated by the way, as is the cowl vent. The dash, console, and entire interior are oyster color. The dummy luggage in the similarly trimmed trunk hides a custom RCI 17-gallon aluminum fuel cell.


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