The Art of the Build: Rods and Kustoms

January 24 – April 27, 2014

Whether it be Europe, Asia, here in America or anywhere in between, the world depends on mass-produced vehicles to make life convenient and comfortable. These vehicles and the factories that assemble them are what keeps economies growing, businesses flourishing, and families in motion. For most of the general population, a ‘showroom stock’ car is more than adequate. In fact, the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) prides itself on promoting the preservation and restoration of cars and other vehicles to the exact way a car left the factory for historical documentation.

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But as typical human beings, we are all individuals, and some are not content to possess an object that thousands of others could easily own. Be it a house, car, or even a fashion statement, many of these free-thinkers prefer to create a custom tailored vision of their unique persona. We are all (thankfully) guilty of this trait in some degree. Most manufactures now offer ‘boutiques’ within their dealerships catering to customers wishing to personalize their rides. Some owners take this to the limit, completely altering a vehicle in every form to create a true “one of a kind”.

The AACA Museum’s “Art of the Build” exhibit focuses on these individuals, and the rolling art they have created. By treating each custom vehicle as a piece of sculpture, the Museum has planned this display as an art installation, celebrating each item for what it has become, not lamenting of what it once was. Each of these vehicles has been carefully planned, and painstakingly transformed by hand to its current configuration. Metal has been shaped, worked and smoothed, leather has been dyed, stretched and sewn, paint has been sprayed, sanded and polished, and power trains have been extensively upgraded by world-class craftsmen. It was feared that many of these skills would be lost to history, but thanks to both restoration and custom shops they have been resurrected.

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Some of these vehicles started life as a production vehicle; some are completely built from scratch. We invite our guests to examine the minute details, ponder the thought and build processes, and marvel at the end result of each vehicle on display.

Join us to celebrate the cars and their creators that dared to be different!

Lady Luck - 1923 Ford T Bucket

Owned by John Robertson
Built by Jessica and John Robertson

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Triple T - Tom's Torched T-Bucket - 1923 Ford T-Bucket

Owned by: Tom & Ann Reigle

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In 1923 the Ford Pickup was the work horse of the day for the family as well as the small business man to carry his tools and some supplies.  Finding a real all steel 1923 ford pickup today is hard to find.  Thanks to a few companies like Speedway Motors and Wintec Fabrication the 1923 ford pickup has survived time to be known as the “T” Bucket and the body have been reproduced in fiber Glass along with all the parts so the person who wants a Street Rod can buy them as kits to build at home or buy a complete car all finished and ready to go.

This particular “T” belongs to Tom Reigle and he bought it a few years ago when he saw it for SALE in someone’s front yard.  The car was in rough shape and Tom’s DREAM was to tear it all apart and have it completely rebuilt from ground up so it would reflect what he wanted.  Needless to say it took on a life of its own.  After being completely taken apart down to the last nut and bolt it was time to move forward.  While the body was being completely reworked by Grims Body Shop a new frame was being ordered from Wintec Fabrication and the engine was worked on by Trims Automotive.  Tom wanted the largest wheels and tires you could get for the street so all new wheels and tires were ordered from Speedway Motors.   While all this was going on all new wiring was installed along with new brakes, new radiator, and new wind shield to make a long story short everything on the car is new or rebuilt.   All the chrome was redone and a new chrome intake and carburetor were bought from Advance Plaiting.  The interior and top were done by Fairfield Auto Upholstery in Connecticut.

Every vehicle Tom owns has graphics on it and they are not decals.  He always has them painted and cleared coated but the one item that’s the same on all his vehicles is the EYE he has painted on the rear of each vehicle.  So for the “T” the graphics had to flow, they have to be wild, and they have to be different than anybody else’s, and for this piece of art the car was delivered to Denise Moyer Lehman owner of State of the Art Design. The car was clear coated and buffed by Kohrs Kustoms.  At the very front of the frame you’ll notice the head of a Torch putting out a Blue Flame which burns its way along the frame till it reaches the body.  Once it gets to the body it turns reddish orange with a deep yellow.  As it burns through the body it goes all the way to the rear.  If you look close you can see what she calls Fire Bees spreading the flames throughout the car.

And hence the name of the car “Triple T” (Toms Torched T).

ThunderRoad” 1929 Ford Model A Pick Up Truck

Owner:  Scott Whitaker
Built by: Posies Rods and Customs

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Drivetrain: Posies has been using Ford racing engines in his last several projects, and figured the Roush 500hp 402IR engine with aluminum heads perfectly suited the statement he’s making with ThunderRoad. The “Weber-style” eight-stack induction evokes the look of mechanical fuel injection but with the precision of electronics. At 500 hp, the engine provides daily driver reliability and eyeball-flattening power. The custom air snorkels are built by Posies and painted to match the wheels. The radiator is from Walker. A Wilcap trans adapter ties the Roush to the 700-R4 transmission built by Deltrans, who modified the torque converter based on tire size, gear ratio, cam duration and vehicle weight. We will look more closely at the wicked Roush mill in next month’s R&C.

Chassis: ThunderRoad rides on a 1 3/4 tube chassis and cage, sprung with Posies SuperSlide springs in the rear and POSIES Ellipta Slide Springs in front. A small-diameter steel driveshaft from Mahar Driveshaft, connected to a Winters Mini-Banjo with 3.73 gears/wedgelock, gets the wheels turning and disc brakes from Wilwood slow ‘em down. Borgeson changed the ratio on the ’56 Chevy steering box.

Wheels & Tires: The distinctive wheels are 20-inchers from the Colorado Custom Sugar City line. They have been painted RR Bronze, the same color used on the air snorkel tubes. The rubber meats ThunderRoad rolls on are BFGoodrich G Force radials measuring P285/55R20 in the rear and a pair of sport bike tires up front. Front and rear motorcycle fenders, painted flat black, are in the works.

Body & Paint: The steel body is the only genuinely old-time component on the vehicle, modified with a 5 3/4-inch chop to the top. Hinges and door handles were retained, along with the cowl gas cap. The tonneau-covered custom bed is built from aluminum. The CW Moss grille is flanked by H2 Hummer headlights in flea market buckets. The .080 aluminum visor and .120 aluminum fuel tank were built at Posies. The rearview mirrors from Valley Auto feature ’57 Chevy heads on tapered stainless rods that are adjustable. Ken can extend them five inches for highway use, and loosen a wing nut to push them in close to the visor during shows. The burgundy paint is a PPG factory mix, chosen for the fact that it is not obscure or exotic. And the LED third brake light? “I’ve never built a hot rod–and never will build another hot rod–with a third brake light–but if I’m professing 2004, it needs to have them.

Interior: Rick Futrell and Russ’ Trim Shop in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, handled the upholstery chores, using yellow leather from Car Tech in Michigan (the 1962 Pep Boys Falcon seat covers used as inserts are the single departure from Posies goal to keep it all 2004). The custom dash houses the Haneline gauges in a woodgrains instrument panel. This piece also houses the Vintage Air AC system. Shoulder belts from Juliano’s are fastened to the out-of-sight side rollbar. The steering wheel and column are also from Juliano’s. The tall center hump conceals the two 2 1/2-inch oval stacked exhaust pipes, a heat shield, the driveshaft, and a bridge for the wiring (from Painless) and brake lines. Other components include the Lokar hand brake and spoon gas pedal.

The rear suspension uses a full spring on the bottom and an quarter elliptic on top. The system is adjustable with a nut and screw set-up to allow up to 2 1/2 to 3 inches of height adjustment. Note the custom C-shaped hangers that captivate the springs. Rear Suspension custom headers The custom headers were hand fabricated at Posies from 90-degree mandrel-bent primaries connected to a main pipe that continuously tapers from 2 to 2 1/2 inches and connects to the exhaust pipes at the firewall with ball flanges. The headers were coated in black HPC. Mufflers are from Flowmaster.

The quarter elliptical springs on the suicide front end act like the lower half of a four-bar suspension set-up. The leaf springs take the place of the lower bars and the adjustable upper diagonal rods above them act like the upper bars. The springs and diagonals do all the suspending in front; the shocks ride for free. quarter elliptics
side profile After the top was chopped, the roof was raised 5/8 of an inch above the door openings to raise the roofline and reduce the flat surface. The cowl was raised the same amount and the top of the windshield was radiused 5/8 of an inch underneath the visor. The grille shell was lowered over the radiator and leaned forward 3/8 inch to provide a little more of a rake to the profile.

The aluminum bed is protected by a cage built from 1 3/4 tubing, the same as the cab.

For more information and images please see POSIES Rods and Customs

Mid-Century Motorsports inspired ’32 Ford Roadster

Owned & Built by:  Scott Whitaker

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It has a Miller grill shell, Indy style wires, an aluminum helmet fairing, Porsche 356GT seats, a triumph TR3 dash, Ferrari style steering wheel and  Brooklands aero screens.

The car has a stroked 302 Ford motor (dyno’d at 440 HP/ 410 ftlb) Tremac 5 speed, power cowl steering and Moser rear end.

The frame is a heavily reinforced but also a “cut up masterpiece” in itself.

The front suspension is so unique it is considered experimental but has been road proven.

It sports two pair of quarter elliptical springs and inboard shocks attached to a “60 HP” oval tube axle.

It has been driven it across country twice.

Euroliner - '32 Ford based custom

Owned by: Ullman Family
Built by: Posies Rods and Customs

The Bentley Blue Train and regal European coach built cars of the 30s were the inspiration behind the design of the Euroliner.

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Photo Credit: POSIES Rods and Customs

The Bentley Blue train and regal european coachbuilt cars of the 30’s were the inspiration behind the design of the Euroliner.

John’s Industries are 411 rear 800.332.3450
engine cooling by Walker Tremec
5-speed cab cooling by vintage Air.
I’m utilizing a special order ididit steering column (now available to the public) with Borgeson power box, joints and shafts.
Off-set steering gear box is POSIES and sells for $900.
Front Axel – Super Bell i-beam sprung by Super Slide Springs
Shocked by Bilstein
Rolling on- Coker Excelisor Tires
Mounted on – Dayton 20″ wire wheels
Windsheild is wiped by Speciality Power Window
Instrumentation by Haneline/Nordskog
I’ll be sitting on Tea’s seats 507.289.7733
Interior by RP Interiors 607.769.2360
Insulation & Sound deadening by Dynamic Control in inventory at POSIES
PPG paints and primer
Alumicraft grille insert 814.932.7405
Powder Coating TNK Coatings 717.832.3616

 

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Kracklin Rose - 1933 Willys 77

Built & Owned by: Mr. Al Nosse

One of the best in the country – 3,000hp Nitro Car

Ridler Contender

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Roaster 1933 Willys Coupe

Owned by:  Bob Kerekes
Built by:  Ida Automotive

The 69er II - 1934 Ford Roadster

Owned by: Chip Hoynitski
Built by: Blast From the Past Street Rods – Pottstown, PA

Winner of many National Awards – Ridler Contender
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The Recreated 69er originally built by the Alexander Brothers. The original Alexander Brothers 69er built for longtime Michigan resident Don Vargo was a center fold feature in Hot Rod Magazine in November 1962 issue and the cover car and feature in Rodding and restyling in January 1963. This 69er was recreated from the magazine articles, Mike Alexander’s memory and archives. They started with a 1934 chassis from Lucky Seven Chassis in Canada, the original was built from a 34 cabriolet.

Pacific

Owned by: Terry Cook
Built by: Delahaye USA

A stylized re-interpretaion of Ralph Lauren’s famed 1937 Type 57S Bugatti Atlantic

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Powered by a fuel-injected 4,988 cc (304 cubic inch) BMW 12-cylinder motor mated to an electronically controlled four-speed BMW automatic transmission.

Assembed and painted by Gary Brown of Brown’s Metal Mods in Port Leyden, NY
Interior by Jerry Ambrosi of Master Upholstery of Newton, NJ
Performance tuned by Koala Motorsports in Novelty, OH
Chome plating by Finishing Touch of Chicago
Pain by House of Kolor
Chassis by Fat Man Fabrications
Rims by Dayton Wire Wheel
Excelsior tires by Coker

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Olive - 1939 Ford F1 Pick-Up Truck

Owned by Glenn Snavley

Picture1Meet Olive, a 1939 Ford F1 pickup truck made into this Old School Hot Rod. This unique piece was found as a forgotten build in PA.Glenn Snavely bought the truck and took it to a friend’s shop, 2021 Customs in Lebanon, PA. There the owner, Skip Miller, and Glenn went to work building this hot rod. Together they came up with some of the unique ideas.

Olive consists of many different pieces and parts.  She has a ’39 cap that was chopped, channeled and extended. The rear window was designed to the period, cut down to 3 inches high.  The grill is from a ’37 Ford truck that’s been modified to fit the required look. The hood was custom made by Skip. The bed consists of several different truck bed parts. The head lights are from a ’40 Chevy truck that are turned on their side. The dash is custom made and has a brass insert to hold the gauges.  The center console is custom made from a Schwinn bicycle. The seats are Corbin race seats modified to fit the interior.  The shifter is a Loker that’s been modified to fit the cap and has lighted tiki eyes.  Olive has ’59 Cadillac tail lights.

IMG_5376She has a custom frame with a Ford 8″ posi rear with drum brakes.  The front axle is a Super Bell set up with Camaro disc brakes. Olive was designed to have a 137 inch wheel base which gives her the long low look you see.  The rear suspension is a pan hard bar with coil shocks. The front suspension has torsion bar friction style shocks.

Olive is powered by a slightly modified 351 Windsor Ford Motor producing about 325 HP.  She has a C4 transmission.  The heating lines are made from soft copper tubing for a different look and to make the engine and paint stand out.

Olive was painted by Skip at 2021 Customs with DuPont Hot Hues Paint using a three stage process. The first coat was Starry Night, a metallic dark gray.  The second stage was Golden Honey, a very yellow Candy, and the last stage was 5 coats of clear. The whole truck was painted the same color, but with some extra Candy added to the mixture on the interior, ribs, and firewall. The firewall was done in a ghost checker board style.

Glenn’s vision appears before you, an old school look with a new twist.

“Romango” - 1940 Mercury

Owned by: Ross & Beth Myers – 3 Dog Garage
Built by: Richard Reaume

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After World War II, custom cars became the rage. This car was built in 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, by Richard Reaume and was a star at the first Detroit Autorama in 1953. Show cars ‘needed’ names at the time, and this name is a contraction of “Roman Dago,” a well-known ’50s race horse. Restored in 2005, “Romango” earned an invitation that year to the first-ever early custom car class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, fitting recognition of its significance in custom car history.

Bodacious - 1947 Kaiser Custom Truck

Owned by:  Gary Maisel
Built by: Posies Rods and Customs

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Cyber-green metallic exterior w/ Buttercreme Leather interior.

Featured in the October 2012 issue of “Custom Classic Trucks” Magazine.

This vehicle was one of four originally commissioned by Earl “Madman” Muntz and built by Betts Curtis Motors (Long Beach, California) in the late 1940’s starting with four Kaiser 4-door sedans.

One of four prototypes originally built for “Madman” Muntz, this vehicle is believed to be the only survivor.

The vehicle has been frefreshed and further customized by Posies Hot Rods of Hummelstown, PA.

This “one of one” truck is powered by a 350 cubic inch ZZ5 crate engine back by a TH700-R4 transmission and features a Vintage Air A/C system.

 

Mileage:  181

"Lower '48 - New Tucker '48" Twin Turbo

Owned by: Bob Kerekes
Built by: Ida Automotive

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Four generations of Ida’s have been Tucker Fanatics. Back in 1947, Joe Ida heard about the revolutionary new car and pooled his money with his brothers to open a Tucker Dealership in Yonkers, NY. After Preston Tucker’s legal issues said to be applied by the competition put him out of business, the dealers were also left out of business.

Joe never gave up believing in Preston Tucker. For the next fifty years, Joe regretted not purchased one of the 51 cars auctioned off by the government at the Tucker plant in Chicago.

In 1959 Joe’s son, Bobby, started Ida Automotive Inc. a Hot Rod and Performance repair shop. Bobby’s son Rob joined the company in 1990, together the father and son team made specialty vehicles. Together they designed and created many specialty cars and manufactured components for the automotive aftermarket. World class custom cars were coming out of the shop as their equipment and capabilities grew.

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With an established Custom Hot Rod shop the three generations decided to embark on the ultimate project, a New Tucker 48. Not a “Kit Car” or some cheap “look-a-like”, but a hand crafted “Continuation Car” built with the same principles in mind that Preston Tucker believed in back in 1948. The Ida’s decided their New Tucker 48s should also couple the classic Tucker design, but with modern materials and performance abilities. Mid-engine, four wheel disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, Transverse engine, Climate control, etc. were all key elements in designing our cars.

There will only be 51 of these exclusive cars build by the Ida’s. Check out their site for more information. »

1952 Chevy Pickup

Owned & Built by: Mark Giambalvo – Creative Rods & Kustoms

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A little history on the truck- I purchased it when I was thirteen as a project for my Dad and I. After many years of working on it on and off it was finally completed in 2009. It also led me to open up my shop in 2003. The truck features a lot of subtle body modifications. The roof is chopped 2″. The rain gutters and outside window moldings are removed and molded into the body. The dash board came out of a 53′ Chevy Bel Air and was molded into the cab. The bed is off of a 54′ Chevy truck. The corners have been rounded. The bed is also moved forward 3/4″ which resulted in shortening the running boards and filler panels. It has a custom made rear roll pan. Custom made firewall and inner fenders. Frenched headlights. The emblems and seams are removed out of the hood. All of the factory spot welds and seams are all welded up and smoothed out throughout the truck. Underside of truck is smoothed out and painted. Their is a lot of other body modifications as well.

The chassis is a Mustang II front end with a four link rear suspension with Ride Tech front and rear air bags. The engine is a 350 small block crate motor that has been smoothed out and painted body color. It has a custom sheet metal air cleaner. Vintage Air Air Conditioning and heat. 18″ Billet Specialties Wheels and Wilwood brakes. The truck was on the cover of Classic Truck Magazine in July of 2009 and has won numerous awards from Good-Guys NSRA and ISCA over the years.

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Viet Automotive Foundation Museum
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I built the 56 wagon for Mr. Gordy Peters. The project took 45 months to complete. As you know this is a very special vehicle with approximately 140 body mods and countless one off parts. There are approximately 11,000 shop and subcontracted man hours in this project. No part or panel was left untouched. I started out by building a chassis for the car using the unique transaxle arrangement and suspension from a new Corvette. We also used the Corvette engine.

To make this work with the longer wheelbase of the wagon the torque tube was lengthened 13″ which required a carbon fiber prop shaft to deal with the increase length. The corvette track width is also very wide so new control arms and revised suspension geometry was built to accommodate the narrower wagon body and ride height. It is also equipped with an adjustable air ride quality or suspension geometry. This required removing the entire floor and firewall and building a new floor system to accommodate the new chassis and body position. Next we wanted to make the car look as if it were at speed so we wedged the body of the car, what this means is if you were looking from a side view a pie shaped section which is widest at the front of the car is removed through the entire length of the body, then the body is rejoined with that section removed. This wedge was 3.5″ at the cowl. We then installed a hardtop windshield frame which is shorter than the sedan windshield.

The new windshield frame was laid back to allow the A pillar to just pass center because the A pillar leaned forward originally. Next we made a new roof skin with much less crown than the original one which kind of had that “hearse” look to it. The new skin had just enough crown to hold itself up. Then we moved on to the door openings and B pillar which were originally vertical but again I wanted to give the car a look of motion so the B pillar was leaned forward and the swoopy door openings were built.

Notice how the door opening runs out through the front wheel opening with now other line to interrupt the motion.

The doors and the side window tracks and mechanism were made from scratch. Next the rear gate was fitted and a hidden gas shock mechanism to hold it open was incorporated into the rear roof area all concealed above the head liner. Next we installed hardtop qtr panels down in the area behind the wheel openings and built the rear valance and bumper. The tail lights and bezels are also one off items which molds were made for and the lenses cast. Moving to the front of the car the hood has been extended to the windshield eliminating the cowl panel. The hood peak has been changed to be more subtle and the bird was removed. The front of the hood and corresponding area around the headlight bezels was reshaped to eliminate the step that is in the stock hood trim. Then an aluminum skin was formed for the underside of the hood to hide the hood bracing. The unique hinges to allow the hood to open forward were CNC machined and the latch/release mechanism is from a new corvette. The front wheel openings were moved up and forward because the wheel base is stretched 2″ to reduce front overhang. The tops of the fenders were reshaped to swoop downhill from the cowl forward (the stock fenders ran uphill slightly). The area in front of the front wheel openings were filled to eliminate the stock chrome filler panel. The front bumper was made from scratch and has the same peak as the hood when viewed from the top. The bumper also has a body color spoiler below it which was made from aluminum. The grille, grille bar, and grille surround are handmade. The chrome trim around the windows was handmade and the body was recessed in these areas so the trim would be flush with the body. The rear QTR windows were originally divided so We had one piece curved qtr. Windows made. The side trim is all handmade one off pieces. The interior is also very special and took a lot of effort to design and create. The head liner is a formed aluminum piece to allow as much head room as possible because of all of the other modifications to the body it was not near as tall as it was stock.

The entire dash and all garnish moldings and interior panels are one of a kind handmade items right down to the knobs, handles, and switches. I could go on and on about the details and the level of craftsmanship put into this car but i have told you all of this to give you an idea of what was put into making this car a genuine piece of automotive art. We did not and could not order or buy these pieces, each one was made and fitted specifically for this car. While we were building the car Gordy made over 20 trips to the shop for design meetings and was very involved in the design process. If this car were recreated today it would cost well over twice what it cost when it was built.

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Rods and Restos

Swish Air - 1957 Chevrolet Radical Custom

Owned by:  Daniel “Swish” Swisher

Winner of multiple National & International Awards
Ridler Contender
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The name of the car is “Swish Air” because it belonged to me and it is a 1957 Chevy Belair. I bought the car back in 1966 when I turned 16 for $300.00. Since that time the car has had 5 face lifts and each time the car has transitioned to where it is today. Some people say now that it’s a “Trailer Queen” you can’t enjoy it. My response is: this was my only car for years, she has over 100,000 miles on her and she has been driven hard through snow and rain. She has been driven in drag races and used for daily transportation needs. To me she deserves to be hauled around and pampered.

Before this last build she was painted Frog Eye Pearl Green. She was in many magazines and won both National and International Awards. In fact if you have a Johnny Lighting custom green die cast car from ‘2000 with the Super Chevy Label they were called Magazine Cover Cars. This was the first die cast ‘57 Chevy they ever made and it was done in 3 versions and there is also a magazine that matches the car, item number 291-03 and item number 221-00.

After winning all she could win, it was time for another rebuild. This time we wanted to go to the next level, which meant finding someone who had already built some of the top cars in the country. One of my friends from New York, named Jerry Sterlaccia, referred me to his friend Scott Schneckloth of SNIK’s Rod & Custom, located in Manly, Iowa. Scott and I met in Detroit, MI, at the World of Wheels Show and from there a plan was formulated. A few weeks went by and 22 hours later the car was in Iowa. The plan was to build a car that was at the top which meant we needed a radical car. But, most radical cars never look like anything built from the factory. But we wanted a car that was a radical but also looked original the ‘57 Chevy already has eye appeal so the car was completely striped to nothing. The decision was made to channel it 3 inches so the entire floor was cut out. Scott also didn’t want any of the structure on the outside, so all the structure was moved to the inside of the car and the entire floor was built. All lines were hidden inside the floor. The entire cowl was removed as well and completely redesigned. Instead of a straight firewall it was curved and moved back 3 inches which also meant the front fenders also had to be lengthened 3 inches. Now that the fenders were lengthened the hood also had to be lengthened 3 inches. Because the car was channeled the hood had to be opened up so the Webber stacks could clear the Hood. When you start redesigning a car the changes just keep coming. The wipers had to be relocated back 3 inches and the entire engine compartment was redesigned. There are only two original pieces in the engine compartment.

The inner fender wells were redesigned and fabricated along with the hood hinges. The frame was hand fabricated and redesigned for the 3 inch channeling and redesigned to hold the 1966 Jaguar Rear, which are chromed plated and gold plating inboard brakes. There are so many changes you have to study the car to see them. There’s only one part of the car that hasn’t been modified and that is the roof. The rear bumper was narrowed 2 inches, door handles shaved, and all chrome pieces body worked to fit the body and all rubber was removed. The Engine is the original 283 cu inch motor, bored 30 over with 202 heads and a 62 corvette fuelled cam with solid lifters. The entire block was ground smooth and body worked and painted the color of the car with the heads molded to the block.

On top of the motor providing the power is a chromed plated intake with gold plated Webber Injection with chrome stacks, done by Advanced Plating. Exhaust is a Stainless and hand fabricated by Ralph O’Neal. Behind all this is a GM 4 Speed Transmission ground smooth and also painted the color of the car. Drive shaft is chrome plated and universal joints were ground smooth and painted the color of the car. Every part of the car is body worked and finished. Interior is leather and hand fabricated with metal inserts and painted the color of car.

Wheels are Billet Specialties. Fronts wheels are 18 inch and rear wheels are 20 inches.

A special thanks to the following National originations for providing the events in which I’ve competed in and won many awards both National and International; ISCA, Super Chevy Shows, NMCA Shows, Good Guys events, World of Wheels shows.

Other Events in which we won awards, Carlisle Events, Ocean City Maryland Car Shows, Motorama Events, North East Rod & Custom Nationals, Motor Mania of Rochester NY, Syracuse ICAS Show., Wild Wheels Weekend VA, East Coast Indoor Nationals Md.

A Special Thanks to ; Deb Gibson, Jo & John Robertson, Jerry Loeb, Ralph O’Neal, James Swisher, Denise Moyer Lehman, Thomas Reigle, John Swisher, Corey Swisher, Jeff & Deb Davis.
Susie & Carl of Nifty Fifty, Maguire’s Polishes, Dale Keesee and Bill Roche of DanChuk Mfg., Advance Plaiting, Scott Schneckloth of Sniks, DuPont Paints.

The Swish Air was also featured in many magazines the latest being Hot Rods and Harleys and if you would like to see the list of awards you can go to www.sparklingchampagne.com.

Low Profile - 1967 Chevrolet Camaro

Owned & Built by: Ken Faust of Pennsburg, PA

ISCA Champ & Multiple Grand Champion Winner

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In 1980, at age 15, Ken Faust purchased his first car, this treasured 1967 Camaro.  Ten years later his is passion for Street Rods, Street Machines, ProStreets, and customs drove him to integrate these varieties of cars and engines into his beloved Camaro.  The “Low Profile” debuted seven years later at the Hot Rod Supernations in Canfield Ohio.   The response to this labor of love was overwhelming!  It was dubbed “The World’s Most Beautiful Camaro” on the cover of Super Chevy Magazine and was accompanied by a full feature spread, Popular Hot Rodding did a cover shoot and feature story stating that “Ken Faust Sets the Standard for Camaro Craftsmanship”, Camaro Performers and Hot Rod Magazine also featured this one-of-a-kind automobile.

The body has been channeled four inches, handmade custom chassis including a corvette independent rear end, the engine has been moved back 8 inches sitting atop a fully molded engine bay, with a custom fuel injection system.  This custom also features a 6 speed Richmond transmission, 14 point roll cage, with a custom leather and tweed interior.

Major Awards:

  • Street Machine Nationals 7 time Grand Champion
  • Hot Rod Super National 3 time Grand Champion
  • Super Chevy Pro Engineered Winner
  • Super Chevy best of Gold 8 times
  • International Show Car Association (ISCA) 3 time Street Machine Champion
  • International Show Car Association (ISCA) 5 time “Top Ten”
  • Boyd Coddington Pros Pick 2 time
  • Soft Seals “Attention to Detail” Cup
  • Meguiars Medallion Award for Outstanding Body Appearance

1967 Chevrolet ProStreet Chevelle (Radical Custom Hardtop)

Owned by: John & Kelly Mazzochetti of West Norriton, PA
Built by: John Mazzochetti

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Transmission: Automatic Turbo 350
Rear: 12 Bolt, 4.56 Gears
Brakes: 4 Wheel Disc SS Brake Force 10
Wheels: Billet Specialties Front 15×7, Rear 15×15
Chassis: Tublar A-Arms, Ladder Bars, Air Ride Suspension

Body: All Metal, Top Chopped 7 ½ Inches, Front and Rear Body Reworked, Body Shell Molded, Turtule Deck Roof Line, Custom Dash and Console, Firebird Taillights, Caprice Headlights

Paint: Custom Single Stage Glasurit Plant

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This car was built in the 1980’s during the ProStreet Era.  It took approximately six years to complete.  We wanted to build something different that would stand out at car shows and could be driven to them. This car was shown at I.S.C.A. Car Shows during the 1991-92 season.  It has been featured in many magazines and has won many awards over the years.

D-Ranged - 1983 Ford Ranger Truck

Owned by:  Chick Deitz

National Champ ISCA and Great Eight Ridler Contender

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Candy Inferno - 1998 GRC moto GP Pocket Bike

Owned by Jo and John Robertson | Lovettsville VA
Customized by: Boyd Coddington

Two Time ISCA International Class Champion
photo credit: Whysall Photography

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The Candy Inferno with it’s 40 cc Polini Engine is the only Pocket Bike customized by Boyd Coddington. He has created some of the best known roadsters, hot rods, and show cars in the country. Although its only 30 inches long, the Candy Inferno can reach speeds of 75 mph. The multicolored candy flames are on both the inside and outside of the entire body and fenders. Of course it has a one off set of Genuine B. Coddington wheels. The Candy Inferno is a two time ISCA International Class Champion and both an American and Canadian Show Winner.

Rat Fink Motorcycle

Built & Owned by: Bob Luczun

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Tribute to BID DADDY ROTH > RAT FINK

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The bike was completed in 1997, The Rat Fink was updated with muscles and eyes that would light up.

 

First sculpted in clay > rubber mold made >  then cast in fiberglass resin. Brush and

airbrush was used with automotive paints.

The split gas tank and rear fender were also painted ..Rat Fink tail .

Tank leather and mud flaps display Rat fink.

The carb was changed and re- jetted along with the air filter……

This was done so the bike could run drag pipes.

The Coffin Car

Owned by:  Lester Rittenhouse
Hand Built vehicle

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Since I was 17 I always wanted to build a coffin car. I always admired George Barris and Roth’s work. I finally decided to build one in my late 40’s, I didn’t want to build a copy of Dragula. Instead my friend (Jay Arnsperger) and I build our version of a coffin car. This build took 3 and half years in a back yard garage. No fancy machinery. Just your ordinary back yard garage. We started building the frame with an old dragster in mind. Done with 2×4 square tubing. We knew that it would be powered by a 383 big block motor, with a 8 3/4 dodge rear and a chevy transmission. The rear is welded In like an old dragster. Then we started on the body. The sides were bent on a metal brake and pieced together. The lids were hand fabricated. It has a 1962 Dodge dash and of course it is a one seater. It has valve
covers done like coffins.

It has a tomb stone gas tank under the lid. The battery box is a hand made mausoleum. Functional brake lights, turn signals are lanterns that are hung on the sides in the back and in the front. These lanterns were house lanterns turned in 12 volt car lights. Driving lights in the front are hidden so the vehicle can be driven at night. It has side exhaust pipes like the original Dragula. The vehicle does run. I drive to local shows and cruises.

It was debuted in Motorama in Harrisburg and it was there a couple times after wards. Swish was surprised when we took it there, because anyother car we ever took there were rat rods. It was featured car at Chryslers at Carlisle in the building. It has been in Rochester, Philadelphia, The Cow Palace, Good Guys. It has won multiple awards in indoor and outdoor shows. It stops traffic where ever it goes.

I would be honored if you would consider my vehicle for your display. I would like people to see what can actually be built in a back yard garage with hand tools and a lot of work and some great friends.

Other Featured Exhibit Items

Bloody Mary - Art Deco Motorized Barstool

Owned by: Jo and John Robertson | Lovettsville VA
Built by: Posies Rods and Customs

ISCA International Class Champion

Wagon Meister

Owned by: Jo and John Robertson | Lovettsville VA
Built by: Ed “Big Daddy” Roth

photo credit: Whysall Photography

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1923 Radio Flyer Wagon with a 200 cc. Honda Engine. The Wagen Meister was built by Ed Roth, creator of the well known Rat Fink character as well as the Outlaw, Beatnik Bandit, and Surfite show cars. “Big Daddy” is a charter member of the National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame (HOF) and the Cruisin’ HOF and is a member of the International Show Car Association (ISCA) HOF. Used by him as a novelty parade vehicle, the Wagen Meister is a two time ISCA International Class Champion as well as an American and Canadian show winner. It has been featured in magazines, video clips, the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, the IHRA Junior Dragster Nationals, the Canadian Street Rod Nationals, and numerous charity functions. It is one of the very few Ed Roth creations in private hands and will eventually be retired to a museum.

Scoots In-line Roller Skates

Owned by: John Robertson
Customized by:George Barris

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1968 Camaro RS/SS

Owned by: Fred & Joanne Remite

All original, low-milage Camaro.

On display to show the contrast between an all original vehicle and a custom.

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