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Dennis Heapy's New Ultra Custom Dream Rod (Segment 5)

Dennis Heapy’s New Ultra Custom Dream RodUpdated photos of the 56' Chevy by Dennis HeapyFebruary 2013     ... read more...

From a POOR MAN'S CAR, to a GASSER, to an All STEEL FULL CUSTOM COUPE DEC. 27, 2012

(Posted December 27, 2012) The build was completed in time for the Portland Roadster Show and its debut March 2012.  The name of the Willy's is Sarge.  A tribute to American Military and Police Veterans.  The small pinstripe/bloodstripe is identical in color to that on the trouser leg of the Marine Corps Dress Blue Uniform.  Note the Sgt stripe...... read more...

One great Willy's coupe! Oct. 19, 2012

Check this out... a hand-formed all-aluminum Willys Coupe! This is Walt Austin’s aluminum Willys coupe at Jim Hume's shop, south of Bellingham, Washington .It's amazing what some people can do with an English rolling wheel, sheet metal brake and a lot of skill and knowledge. No, he is not going to paint it. Love the polished flames! (Look closely...... read more...

My Kookie Kar Kopy

MY KOOKIE KAR KOPYBy Gary E. DeFer IN 1979 after many years of mentally building a Model “T” hot rod along the lines of Norm Grabowski’s and Tommy Ivo’s rides, I stumbled across the remains of someone’s unfinished project sitting in a vacant lot in Hayward Ca. I had followed “Estate Sale” signs to the spot where it was languishing next to a house...... read more...

Dennis Heapy's New Ultra Custom Dream Rod (Segment 1)

  Dennis Heapy’s New Ultra  Custom Dream Rod   Here are photos from a shop tour of Dennis Heapy's and his new Ultra custom dream rod he is building. Watch it progress over the next months to a wild, wild, custom rod.  Dennis was originally from Detroit and worked on many concept cars, and worked with his close friends, the Alexander Brothers much...... read more...

Cruisin Products: The Mayflower Build (Segment 1)

  The Mayflower No! Not the one associated with Christopher Columbus, but the  Street Rod of Barb and Bill Hankes Story By Bob Brace of Cruisin Products www.cruisinproducts.com   This story starts in 1981, not 1492   Street rodders are quite the creative lot, and Bill Hanke is no exception, but a prime example of the imagination and ingenuity...... read more...

Cruisin Products: The Mayflower Build (Segment 2)

  The MayflowerSegment 2 Story By Bob Brace of Cruisin Products www.cruisinproducts.com Bill has a very unique car and his vision of the car has taken many paths. The frame is a good example . As any builder will testify, changes are made as their project progresses. Bill started with an Alston chassis kit. The basic frame was set up for a small...... read more...

Cruisin Products: The Mayflower Build (Segment 3)

  The MayflowerSegment 3 Story By Bob Brace of Cruisin Products www.cruisinproducts.com Many street rods take more than a few weeks, months, years, and even decades to build, and in doing so a lot of original ideas evolve. Plans for the Mayflower included a small block chevy, but the time and energy that Bill and friends had taken to build this...... read more...

Cruisin Products: The Mayflower Build (Segment 4)

The Mayflower Segment 4 Story By Bob Brace of Cruisin Products www.cruisinproducts.com To simply state that Barb & Bill’s Mayflower has some body modifications doesn't quite cut the mustard. First off, take a look at the stock body of the Mayflower. The body lines really don't fall into that category of low, sleek and mean looking, now does...... read more...

Cruisin Products: The Mayflower Build (Segment 5)

The MayflowerSegment 5 Story By Bob Brace of Cruisin Products www.cruisinproducts.com This segment lightly covers the interior features of Barb and Bill’s remarkable build, the Mayflower. I say lightly because the entire interior was fabricated from aluminum panels. All the panels were hand fabricated by Bill and a few friends, insulated in sound...... read more...

Cruisin Products: The Mayflower Build (Segment 6)

  The MayflowerSegment 6 Story By Bob Brace of Cruisin Products www.cruisinproducts.com   Here's the last segment for the Mayflower. This segment features some of the details of the finishedcar. It also has some pictures of a stock Mayflower with Barb and Bill’s car.Last September at the NSRA Nationals North, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a group of...... read more...

Raybestos Brake & Chassis '64 GTO-R Build (Page 1)

    Raybestos Brake & Chassis 64 GTO-R Build Photos & Article By: Chadly Johnson   Chicago area based shop Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle (HRC&C) is causing a major stir in the traditional hot rodding community with their rods built to perform beyond their flawless show car good looks. ...... read more...

Raybestos Brake & Chassis '64 GTO-R Build (Page 2)

Raybestos Brake & Chassis 64 GTO-R Build Photos & Article By: Chadly Johnson   After Chadly left the shop, the GTO-R was scheduled to head out to the paint shop for a blazing red paint job.   We’ll keep you posted on the progress and get pictures online as soon as we get them.... and THEN it’ll be time...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 1)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA Page 1 Bill Neumann, former editor of Rod & Custom magazine is known to many by his famous roadsters and customs, and as Founder and CEO of Automotive Performance Systems, Inc and NEUSPEED®. Bill is now building a new hot rod project. He purchased a 1932 Ford 5-window coupe...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 2)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann October 14, 2009 Camarillo, CA Page 2 I’m moving along with the build as fast as I can, and have set a completion date of January 2010 – maybe the Roadster Show?    I hope you have been following the Coupe build in Street Rod Builder (SRB) magazine – we’re up to Part 4, and Part 5 is scheduled...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 3)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA February 2010 Page 3 The last couple of months have been real slow for the Coupe build. Alan Palmer at Palmer’s Custom Paint & Body has been completely tied up finishing the details and paint on this year’s AMBR award winner.Now that the show is over, it’s full speed on...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 4)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA June 2010 Page 4 The chassis is painted and rubbed out, and I’m assembling the running gear. The Kugel rear end is in, along with the Bilstein coil-over shocks. I decided to paint the springs the same color as the body, which gives a nice contrast with all the glitter. The...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 5)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA August 2010 Page 5 Even though I planned ahead, there is always something that takes longer than expected. I’ve built many cars in the past, so I should know that sometimes you take two steps forward and one back. Anyway, Alan Palmer finally painted the chassis and body. It is now...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 6)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA October 2010 Page 6 The completed chassis, ready for the body. Check out the exhaust pipe hangers by Deeds Engineering – a great product, well made – all polished billet with a poly bushing. The Classic Instruments speedometer sender interfered with the shift rods, so I had...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 7)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA November 2010 Page 7 Now the coupe is off to Mike Harper Custom Interiors in Paso Robles, CA. ... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window (Page 8)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA December 2010 Page 8 On the last post, I brought the Coupe to Mike Harper’s Custom Interiors in Paso Robles, CA. After deciding on the upholstery color (black leather), look and details, the first step was to install the Dynamat® sound deadening and insulation material. I had...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 9)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA May 2011 Page 9 Mike Harper finished the black leather upholstery with a red bead that matches the body color. Then Mike and I added the window channel bead in the doors and I finished everything off with the chrome window moldings. So the interior is completely finished.   This is...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 10)

1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA July 2011 Page 10 At last, the grille shell with the Ron Davis radiator (black anodized) and fan shroud (painted to match) are mounted along with the Spal fan (painted to match) and Spal fan sender controlled 185°F on, and 165°F off. The Billet Specialties overflow fit perfectly...... read more...

1932 Ford 5-Window Coupe (Page 11)

  1932 Ford 5-window Coupe Build-Up  From Bill Neumann Camarillo, CA September 2011 Page 11   The Coupe is finished… Here are the final photos – it has been a lot of fun putting this 1932 five-window coupe together. Take a look…   Thank you Bill for sharing your 32 Ford Coupe build project with us. ... read more...

It's all in the details

Follow along as the crew at RETRO POWER with Christopher Smith of Space City Airbrush work their magic on this 1933 Chevy. "It's all in the details" By Michael Riley How many times have you walked through car show and saw a rod with custom graphics that stopped you in your tracks and you find yourself wondering...... read more...

1928 Ford Model A Build

  By Thierry (Terry) Kozlovic Kelowna B.C.   I built this car in memory of my Father DARIO KOZLOVIC. This car means a lot to the many people around me.   I started with a 28 Model A Tudor body sitting in a friends yard.  I chopped the roof 5 inches and installed a new roof, built a chassis...... read more...

Anvil 2010 Mustang

  Pure Vision - Anvil Mustang awarded the coveted "Ford Design of Excellence" "Best in Show" Award at SEMA 2010   The big story at Steve Stropes, Pure Vision for 2010 was the creation of, and building of the Anvil Mustang. If you are into Pro-Touring, then you know the Anvil name! Anvil Auto are...... read more...

1932 Ford Roadster Build by Bill Neumann

    Camarillo, CA January 13, 2011           I was going over my Coupe Build articles and realized that although I posted photos of my first roadster, there are none of my 1932 Ford roadster that I finished a few years ago. As you can see, I built this as a more modern...... read more...

Raybestos Roadster Pickup

    From now through August 31st, follow Raybestos, Troy Ladd and the talented Hollywood Hot Rods crew in Burbank, California for a front-row screening of a hot rod build that could very well become your ride.   Fan and follow Raybestos Brakes on Facebook and Twitter for exclusive info...... read more...

1937 Chevy 2 door sedan (custom) build

    A state of the art, full service restoration facility   Tom Van Steyn and Jeff Gargiulo are the co-owners of Full Circle Restorations LLC off Highway 88 in Lockeford, California. The pair started restoring cars together over 15 years ago when they found that their separate talents worked...... read more...

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