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1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe | FastLane Rod Shop

With a recent win of the Goodguys Hot Rod of the Year award, this beautiful ’34 Ford Coupe is getting a lot of attention. Build by FastLane Rod Shop from Donahue, Iowa, this Hugger Orange hot rod looks and drives well. The body came from Steve’s Auto Restoration from Portland, OR and was further honed by FastLane Rod Shop. They placed the body over a custom-build chassis with JRI Shocks and So-Cal Brakes and 15″ Kidney BeanĀ  fronts and 16″ Big Window wheels in the rear from Real Rodders. At the heart of the beast, they dropped in a thoroughly worked ’65 425CI Buick Nailhead from Russel Martin from Centerville Auto Repair outfitted with Hilborn Injection, Custom Headers and fully prepped for show and go. The interior is on point with custom touches everywhere. It is no wonder why this beautiful ride received the Hot Rod of the Year award and I am glad that I got a chance to shoot it!

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Foose Designs HEMISFEAR

In 1990 when Chip Foose was attending Art Center and studying Automotive Product Design he designed and hand built a 1/5th scale this beautiful ride as part of his (Chrysler Sponsored) graduation project. I do find it interesting (as do many others) that just 6 years later a strikingly similar vehicle emerged from Plymouth. While the prowler was horribly underpowered when first released in 1997, the HEMISFEAR has a 392 HEMI with over 500 HP. In partnership with Metalcrafters, this vehicle is planned to be produced in very low numbers (50 total) for a cool $300k. A bit more than a Prowler but probably a better investment overall (although I do like the Prowler).

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DuSold Designs TT ’67 Camaro

I’ve been following DuSold Designs on Facebook for quite some time. I was stoked to finally run into one of their cars @ the Goodguys 16th Southwest Nationals at Westworld in Scottsdale, AZ and lucky enough to see the shop ’67 TT Camaro cutting loose on the AutoX track. On the outside, the car looks like it might be a beater but you can clearly see that this ride was carefully purpose-built. The nasty TT boosted 427 LS motor pushes 900hp at the wheel and runs high 10s in the quarter. The Detroit Speed front clip and QUADRAlink rear along with the Wilwood discs at all four corners enables this thing to also perform amazingly well when not headed in a straight line. Much respect for the work on this ride fellas!

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“Nailed” ’56 Buick Special Post – Rad Rods by Troy

While I like a ’56 Chevy there seems to be a ton of them that look alike, I always like seeing something different and this car has “different” written all over it! When a car is built by Rad Rods by Troy out of Manteno, IL you know it will be solid but this one is just on a whole different level. The star of this car is the 413 Nailhead engine (based off a 401) that was used by early racers in the 1950s. Rad Rods added fuel injection and a slick and subtle twin turbo system to generate 800hp in a tidy package with a dry sump system to keep it lubricated on the twisties. Riding on an Art Morrison chassis with C6 font clip, triangulated 4-link rear with a Ford 9-inch 3.5 posi diff, 12″ Ridetech coilovers and Wilwood discs all around. This foundation leads to a killer old school ride that moves, corners and stops as good or better than a modern car. The list of modifications goes on and on, take a look at that interior and the details in the metal work and paint and you can begin to appreciate the love that was poured into this car. I really like that the exterior is done in gloss clear and the engine compartment is finished in matte clear, not something that I can ever remember seeing on another car. I am glad that I got some shots of this beautiful ride and hope to see it again!

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“Ruggiero Mercury” – 1951 Mercury Sport Coupe

This low’n’long sled is super clean and has won tons of awards, most recently the Goodguys 2013 Mother’s Custom of the Year award. Built by South City Rod and Custom this custom has been treated with tons of details from the well executed 4″ chop to the ’53 DeSoto grill to the ’55 Ford trim. This thing has it where it counts, killer looks and built to drive. What a ride!

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Project Olds – ’65 Oldsmobile 442 Clone

I saw this for the first time at SEMA 2013 but was yet again pleasantly surprised to run into it at the Goodguys 16th Southwest Nationals. This nicely built Olds was a featured project of Popular Hot Rod and has a laundry list of mods which have turned this big girl into a corner carver. At its heart, Project Olds is powered by a 461 CI Olds motor that was built by SAM Racing and puts the power out through a Hurst Driveline Conversions TKO 600 transmission and Strange Engineering S60 rear axle. With a Viking and Detroit Speed Coil-over conversion and Baer Brakes on all four corners this thing is nimble and handles well enough to get an invite to the 2013 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational. I know that my Cutlass doesn’t move like this think, maybe some day ;o).

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