Building a “fresh” car these days is anything but affordable, not to mention the furthest from expedient for anyone looking to put rubber to pavement in any reasonable amount of time. The flip side to that is searching for a finished car that meets your criteria, but even that has some drawbacks, the obvious being the inherent difficulty in finding exactly what you want, at least within a fairly close proximity.

So, you’re on a budget—you want a particular type/style hot rod or custom … and you want it now. Fat chance? Maybe not. What we’re about to present to you is a viable option to get what you want, in a roundabout sort of way, without breaking the bank or having to wait on someone else to fulfill your needs.

Next time you’re at the swap meet, local cruise night, or car corral at a Goodguys or NSRA event, slow your roll when strolling the rows! That ’80s-style fat-fendered rod with its price crossed out and marked down to blowout price—with a few updates here and there—could that fit the bill and subsequently fill the void in your garage? Regardless what year/make, your next car may be right under your nose, you just can’t see it past the goofy graphics, the particular wheels and tires, or even the sky-high stance!

What we’re presenting for you this month is a mild makeover that, hopefully, illustrates the potential of buying over building—for those who don’t have the time or the money to start from scratch. Thanks to the father and son team of David and Terry Stoker at Stoker’s Hot Rod Factory in Upland, California, we’ve taken a 1937 Chevy coupe test bed from back row to front row swap meet material with three simple changes. The idea is to buy low, personalize, and enjoy.

SOURCE
Classic Performance Products
378 E Orangethorpe Ave.
Placentia
CA  92870
800-830-1724
http://www.classicperform.com
Stoker's Hot Rod Factory
1777 West Arrow Route #501
Upland
CA  91786
909-920-6797
http://www.stokershotrodfactory.
com/
Rocket Racing Wheels
P.O. Box 5347
Chattanooga
TN  37406
888-307-7525
http://www.rocketracingwheels.co
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Classic Instruments
1299 M-75 South
P.O. Box 411
Boyne City
MI  49712
800-575-0461
http://www.classicinstruments.co
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