The 48th Annual NSRA Street Rod Nationals held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky is plenty big enough to hold 10,000-plus street rods of every type of make, design, and construct description one could imagine.The Painless
Performance Products sponsors the Leading 100 program for Street Rodder at 10 events with an unique addition at the NSRA Nats. Considering that the occasion is so big with numerous possibly excellent vehicles and trucks there are 2 Leading 100 choices. One is for the indoor automobiles at the different indoor exhibits while outside there is another Top 100.
What you are now visiting if you browse the following pages will be the Top 100 for the outdoor area at this year’s Nats. SRM
Robert Hill, The Towns, FL/ 1929 Ford Roadster
Initially glance this automobile appears simple however upon closer inspection you’ll discover torsion bars concealed in the frame rails and some amazing fabrication by Steve’s Automobile Fabrication in Jamestown, IN. A stock ’53 flathead provides power to the rear Rally America wires wheels covered with Coker Excelsior tires. Customized Mocha Tan paint on the gennie body keeps things subtle while inside S&W gauges fill the Lobeck gauge cluster. The cars and truck captures postwar hot rodding perfectly.Rick Giordano, St. Peters
, MO/ 1950 Ford Convertible
The shoebox Ford is tidy and easy by style and so it does not take heavy modifications to make a cool customized. Things like nosing, decking and shaving the door deals with and Frenching the headlights and taillights finish the outside. Under the hood a 350 Chevy supplies power while Fatman Fabrications suspension and Billet Specialties wheels supply appropriate handling. Inside Vintage Air keeps things cool and the best part is this car was entirely homebuilt.Debra Vitte, Riverview, FL
/ 1957 Chevrolet Cameo When it comes to classic haulers the Cameo is high up on the list. The stylized bed was custom from the factory so it remains basically stock. Debra takes pleasure in lots of power in the type of a 502 Ramjet motor and a Hurst-shifted five-speed Tremec tranny mounted in the TCI chassis. Wilwood brakes sluggish things down, Vintage Air keeps things cool and U.S. Mags offer the rolling stock. The Emerald Green PPG paint combines with tan leather for a classic look. Doug Kenny gets credit for doing the bulk of the work on the truck.Mike Ricotta, Denton, MD/ 1933 Chevrolet 3W Coupe Here’s a winning combination.
Start with an extremely unusual Mercury series Chevrolet coupe
(the little series); chop the top, then lay down a set of hot licks over PPG Envirobase black for genuine hot rod flavor. Suspension is all early Ford design with a Super Bell dropped axle in advance and a Winters Quick Modification rear out back with Pete & Jakes shocks on all 4 corners. Genuine Wheels continue the traditional theme while under the hood a 4.71 blower forces air through the 383 stroker motor. The East Coast Racer Garage dealt with the build.Jerry Campbell, Wilmington, DE/ 1932 Ford Roadster This is the most recent in a string of standard racers for Jerry Campbell. When he’s not hectic pinstriping he builds
his own racers. The highboy carries a European taste with British Racing Green covering the greatly louvered body with Oxblood leather on the inside. Power originates from an Edelbrock fed 327 with double hump heads hooked to a Lokar moved 350-Turbo transmission. The dropped front axle and brakes are from SoCal with Pete & Jakes shocks. Wheel Smith wheels are covered with Coker Excelsior rubber to finish this oh-so-traditional hot rod.Bob Kuehn, Stanton, NE/ 1954 Mercury Convertible Bob Kuehn’s first car was a 1954 Mercury convertible and he just stayed with his very first love. After restoring a couple other ’54 Mercs he decided it was time for
a hot rod. To that end he planted a Ford 5.0 Coyote
with a 4R70W tranny. The body remains completely stock covered in PPG black while inside brown leather is a severe upgrade from original. Timeless Instruments monitor the Coyote when the top goes up the Vintage Air goes on. Front suspension is from Heidts while a nine-inch Ford back spins the Billet Specialties wheels.Vic LaBantschnig, Fenton, MO/ 1955 Chevrolet Nomad When Chevrolet decided to build a custom station wagon they knocked it from the park with the ’55 Wanderer. Enhancing a Wanderer is as basic as taking the original PPG Glacier Blue paint and blending a little bit more blue metallic for a much better than initial look. Then put the cars and truck on a Morrison chassis for that perfect stance and handling. Under the hood a FAST Englese EFI feeds the LS3 motor in conventional style. 17-inch ET Sebring wheels complete the restyling effort by Carnock Creations in Des Moines, Iowa.Bill Sherman, Peru, IL/ 1961 Pontiac Ventura The early sixties brought with it the wonderful “bubble top”style and no one did it much better than Pontiac. We love this vehicle because there are comprehensive enhancements but it takes a genuine automobile guy to see them. It all starts with a total customized made chassis with QA1 shocks and tubular control
arms. Rear suspension utilizes a 2nd set
of QA1coil overs and power comes from a 389 punched out to 406 inches with a factory four-speed blending the equipments. The uncommon Dawn Firemist paint is the factory color and the hallmark tri-color interior finishes the package.Carl & Jeanne Booth, Rochester, MI/ 1932 Ford Roadster A terrific formula is keep it clean and basic looking. Starting with a vintage Downs body it was covered with Henry Ford’s “Any color you desire as long as its black “PPG paint. While the motor may look traditional it is truly a modern LS3 topped with a FAST Englese EFI induction. The chrome front suspension is from Pete and Jakes while Wilwood offers the stopping power. Inside tans seats bring conventional rolled
and pleated fabric inserts. Timeless Instruments monitor the motor and Wheel Vintique steelies are covered with Coker Excelsior tires.Red & Deborah Stauffer, Mount Dora, FL/ 1932 Ford Victoria There are conventional racers and there are historical hot rods, this Deuce Vicky falls under the historic banner. First hot rodded in the forties this Vicky has a long and storied past. When very long time hot rodder Red Stauffer found the car he continued the heritage with a vintage build. From the authentic Ardun flatmotor to the genuine knock-off magnesium Halibrand wheels there is nothing new on this cars and truck.
Kinmont front brakes mount to an early dropped axle with stock ’32
shocks still in service. Coker Excelsior rubber brings the standard look, while within black tuck and roll and a ’36 Ford dash continue the theme. It’s a terrific racer with a long race history.The post Leading 100 From the Outside at the NSRA Nats appeared initially on Hot Rod Network.