16-year body-off restoration completed in 2013
Winner of multiple national awards
6.0 liter GM V8
4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission
Full Lobeck chassis
Custom leather interior / Vintage Air conditioning / Modern audio
Tastefully modified body / PPG DuPont Hot Hues Harvest Flame and Ginger Bronze paint
Power rack-and-pinion steering / Power front disc and rear drum brakes
17-inch Budnik wheels
Ford 8.5-inch rear axle
One day, we might look back and consider today the zenith of street rodding. With an endless assortment of components, a deep pool of talent and many ways to fuse the two together, the possibilities are simply limitless. And the best part is: modern rods can be as driver-friendly as production cars while offering twice the style. Wrapping a svelte leather interior in a polished Hot Hues profile, this award-winning Ford is about a nice as hot rods come. And with a Lobeck chassis, an all-steel body and a smooth GM small block, it's a fully sorted custom that's ready for years of enjoyment. Want to view the street rod scene from the best seat in the house? Take a close look at this awesome sedan!
Owned by the same enthusiast since the mid 1970s, this impressive Ford is the beneficiary of a detailed, body-off restoration that wrapped in early 2013. During that 16-year build, Lobeck's V8 Shop married original Ford steel to a quality Bitchin Products firewall and fresh Bitchin Products floorpans. Successfully shored up, the car's newly solid fuselage was bathed in a killer combination of PPG 2-stage that reflects DuPont Hot Hues Harvest Flame over DuPont Hot Hues Ginger Bronze. And in the summer of 2012, this Ford began an all-out assault on the East Coast show scene.
As with most first class street rods, much of this sedan's detailing consists of subtle visual tweaks that manifested through hours of labor, years of skill and decades of planning. At the front of the car, custom stainless fenders hang a split bumper and '39 Ford headlights beside a color-keyed DeLuxe grille. At the top of that grille, a nosed hood centers an extended style line in front of smoked glass, which is seated between polished wipers and Vision Hot Rod Concepts mirrors. Beneath those mirrors, shaved suicide doors balance rounded tops between extended drip rails and smooth, extended running boards. And at the back of those boards, custom stainless fenders hang custom taillights and a flush Hagan fuel door behind a second split bumper, a custom Center High Mount Stop Lamp, and a shaved and rounded decklid.
'Keep it simple' is a good philosophy when it comes to performance and reliability. Pop this classic's custom VW hood latch and you'll find six liters of General Motors small block that mixes road-ready reliability with effortless, modern performance. Built to tear up the street and wow show goers alike, that 2005-model mill employs a sturdy iron casting, electronic fuel injection and coil-near-plug ignition to create sharp throttle response and immediate torque. At the top of the block, a polished air cleaner caps a factory throttle body, which feeds a color-keyed Corvette intake. At the sides of that intake, hand-fabricated valve covers, which took roughly 250 hours to assemble, cap polished fuel rails and aluminum GM heads. Beneath those heads, GM exhaust manifolds feed large-diameter pipes. At the front of the block, polished Street & Performance serpentine components spin modern power steering between a polished alternator and modern AC compressor. In front of those components, a Walker Cobra radiator secures a SPAL electric puller fan beneath a polished cap and fabricated water tube. And finer details include: braided hoses, pocket hood hinges and complete American Auto Wire wiring.
Every good street rod has a solid foundation. Flip this Ford upside down and you'll find a roster of mechanical improvements that mix classic looks with modern mobility. A 2005-model 4L60E 4-speed spins power to a tough Ford 8.5-inch axle. That stout drivetrain rides a sturdy Lobeck chassis, which mixes tubular control arms with traditional leaf springs. Modern power rack-and-pinion steering is a welcome addition. The car's power-assisted braking is solid, thanks to color-keyed calipers and drums. There's a 2.5-inch, Mandrel-bent exhaust system that hangs stainless pipes around polished Vibrant mufflers and custom engraved tips. Everything rides on polished Budnik wheels, which spin 205/50R17 Yokohama S drives in front of 235/55R17 Yokohama S drives. And items like fully polished hardware and a Rock Valley stainless fuel tank finish an otherwise impressive canvas.
Despite its custom leather digs, installed by Steve Holcomb of Knoxville's Pro Auto interiors, 'simple' is still the name of the game in this sedan's roomy cockpit. Front and center, power-operated buckets ride opposite a custom '56 Chevy dash that's finished with Classic Instruments gauges and Hot Rods by Dean bezels. Beneath that dash, a full console centers stainless cupholders and a quality Lokar shifter behind an MP3-compatible Alpine CD player. Beneath that console, clean California Carpet balances piped and color-keyed floor mats beneath Clayton Machine Works foot pedals. Those components are framed in custom side panels, remote door locks and a tight suede headliner. Vintage Air conditioning offers refreshing reprieve from hot summer car shows, while remote power windows allow for nice fall cruising. In front of the driver, a polished Budnik steering wheel laps a tilting Ididit column. And behind the passengers, an electronically actuated trunk finishes more leather and more California Carpet with Downs billet hardware.
Classic Instruments Pro's Pick at the 2015 NSRA Northeast Nationals in Burlington, Vermont
Slick & Smooth award at the 2014 Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio
Classic Instruments Pro's Pick at the 2013 NSRA Street Rod Nationals East in York, Pennsylvania
Best of Homebuilt Heaven at the 2012 Goodguys East Coast Nationals in Springfield, Massachusetts
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Despite the availability of parts, building a quality street rod that looks, runs and drives as it should is still a serious undertaking. The builders of this award-winning custom didn't cut a single corner, and it shows from every angle. With all the right mechanicals, and tasteful looks that will always draw a crowd, this slick sedan would be a great addition to any garage. Don't miss the chance to park it in yours!