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.
The culmination of custom leather, a professionally polished
profile and small block Chevrolet power, this spectacular roadster
is about a nice as hot rods come. And with modern audio, Vintage
Air climate control and a custom undercarriage, it's a fully sorted
cruiser 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 Ford!
Sourced from Wild Rods of Granada Hills, California, this hot roadster's quality fiberglass body was super clean before its 6-figure build even started. But nonetheless, the car was subjected to a full, ground-up massage that included hours of labor-intensive prep. Naturally, that dramatic attention to detail was highlighted in equally dramatic 2-stage, which reflects bright Viper Red pigment. And today, with an undeniable nod to timeless Ford design, this classic rolls as a banner show piece that celebrates the best virtues of modern street rodding.
Thanks to high quality trim and first-rate form, this hot rod really puts the "cool" in old school. At the front of the car, Ford-cased H4 headlights frame a polished and streamlined grille. At the sides of the car, shaved doors found painted "Thirty7" themed pinstripes between smooth running boards and sculpted, LED-lined mirrors. At the top of the car, a removable hardtop seats tinted glass and tight tan canvas behind a tinted windshield and small stainless wipers. And out back, a shaved decklid shades a polished tag bracket and flush-fit LED taillights.
Peek under the car's clamshell hood and you'll find 5.7 liters of LS1 V8 that makes over 300 horsepower! Straight from the factory, the proven mill combines a sturdy aluminum block with lightweight aluminum heads, coil-near-plug ignition and aluminum flat top pistons to create razor-sharp throttle response and a torque band that's as wide as Texas. At the front of the engine, polished serpentine components spin a polished AC compressor, a coated water pump, and a polished and color-keyed alternator behind an "LS1" branded air cleaner. Once air enters that cleaner, it flows through a polished throttle body to a polished intake, which is bolted down over completely stock internals. High-octane fossils are provided by GM electronic fuel injection. Sparks are sequenced through fresh Taylor plug wires. Spent gases roar through a slick pair of block hugger headers. And cooling comes courtesy of a beefy Walker radiator that centers a large puller fan beneath a "V8" branded cap. Aesthetically, both the Viper Red mill and its assortment of bright accessories seem right at home inside their smooth, body-matched frame. And details like polished hardware, polished fluid lines, a polished Wild Rods cowl and color-keyed fuel rail covers ensure this Ford has the looks to match its performance.
This custom's pert profile and proven powerplant roll on a polished and painted chassis that's been assembled to exacting standards. The spry small block torques a dressed and painted 700R4 4-speed, which spins a polished driveshaft that's threaded to a polished Ford 9-inch. That custom drivetrain pushes a polished 4-link suspension that's fitted with adjustable air bags. Opposite that 4-link, a polished independent front-clip employs tubular control arms and two more adjustable air bags. Turns come courtesy of power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. Quick stops are a cinch thanks to polished Wilwood calipers, which utilize a Wilwood proportioning valve to clamp two vented rotors and two solid rotors. At the center of the floor, polished exhaust pipes breathe through polished, glasspack-style mufflers while braided fluid lines drain a polished fuel tank. At the corners of the chassis, stylish Colorado Custom blades turn 235/40ZR18 Fulda Carat Extremos in front of 295/45R20 Toyo Proxes S/Ts. And everything, from the car's polished oil pan and chrome-trimmed starter to its small transmission cooler and color-keyed brake booster, is well-planned, well executed and ready to roll!
Pop this classic's suicide doors and you'll find a custom leather interior that perfectly matches the aforementioned hardtop. At ground level, leather flooring floats piped and color-keyed mats beneath billet foot pedals. At the center of that plane, plush seats frame a custom console, which centers a small Lokar shifter behind an Alpine CD player and Vintage Air climate control. At the front of that island, a Snoopy-themed dash frames Dakota Digital telemetry under a billet rearview mirror. At the sides of that dash, custom door panels front modern power windows with billet handles and contoured door pulls. In front of the driver, a neat Colorado Custom steering wheel laps a polished, tilting column. And behind the cockpit, a surprisingly large trunk is lined in a full outfit of leather.
Despite the availability of components, building a quality street rod that looks, runs and drives as it should is still a serious undertaking. The builders of this Ford didn't cut a single corner, and it shows from every angle. With all the right parts, and tasteful looks that will always draw a crowd, this slick little roadster would be a great addition to any garage. Don't miss the chance to park it in yours!
5.7 liter GM LS1 V8 / Over 300 horsepower
GM 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission
Custom leather interior / Removable hardtop roof
Vintage Air conditioning / Modern audio
Wild Rods fiberglass body / Viper Red paint / Custom pinstripes
18 and 20-inch Colorado Custom wheels
Custom suspension / Equipped with air ride
Power rack-and-pinion steering / 4-wheel power disc brakes
Polished Ford 9-inch rear axle
Fully polished exhaust