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Custom Power Steering Reservoir, Coolant Overflow and Brake Fluid Reservoirs

Whether you’re upgrading the original engine in your Model-A Ford, dropping a big block Chevy in your Deuce Coupe or swapping in a radical modern engine into your 60’s muscle car, if you’re working in the engine compartment, the devil is always in the details. Sure the engine placement and transmission angle are key considerations, […]

Building a Custom “Z’d” Frame for a 1953 Pontiac Chieftain with Camaro Suspension

Blending an original 50’s frame with modern suspension for a low ride height, while maintaining safety and performance – all on a budget! When building any car from the 50’s the first thing you notice is the ride height, these things had the road clearance of a modern day 4×4 and if you could only […]

Hot Rod Rust Repair on a 1953 Pontiac Chieftain

Removing the rotted edge on a ’53 Pontiac hood and repairing with a hand made piece Sheet-metal modifications are the glamorous side of building a custom car. While they usually get the most “ooohs” and “ahhhs” they still account for only a fraction of the metal work involved on a Custom build like this ’53 […]

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1956 Ford F100 Farm Truck with Mild Resto-Mod

The goal for this project was to take a 60 year old Farm Truck and make it into a reliable running pickup, while adding a few hidden updates along the way. This 1956 Ford F100 was extremely solid; it had been repainted in 1981 and looked to have some mechanical repairs along the way. The […]

Custom Aluminum Rolled Pan to Replace Stock Bumper on 1953 Pontiac Chieftain

How to Fabricate a Kustom Rolled Pan aka “Roll Pan” for a 50’s Passenger Car Bumpers are one of those things that everyone sees first when they look at a car. From the factory they stick out a mile and take hours of fabrication and modification to make them fit in a manner that reflects […]

Pancaking the Roof on a 1957 Chevy

For many “chopping the top” is the pinnacle of coolness, and proof that you’ve built a real Hotrod or Kustom. As much as I love a good chop, it’s not always what the car needs, and that’s the key (in my opinion) to a perfect build. You should do what the car needs to be […]

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Favorite Builds and Influences

Awesome Builds: George Poteet’s Barracuda “Blowfish” Built by Troy Trepanier

  Rad Rides by Troy, the Manteno, IL based builder whose simple clean designs and immaculate build execution have earned his team countless, well deserved, awards. Rad Rides builds like “Chicayne”, “Sniper” and “Quadraduce” served as inspiration for much of the industry, including myself. Troy managed to pack cutting edge technology, cool gadgets and power […]

Favorite Builds: Kirk Hammett’s ’36 Ford Built by Cole Foster of Salinas Boys

  A 1936 Ford is one of those classic rides which can be very successfully built in a variety of styles. Normally these are “hot rodded,” meaning they lose the fenders and skirts and the hood, before it gets a big engine, a manual transmission and stout rear end to propel it down the strip […]

Influences: “Loaded” 1929 Roadster Pickup by Pinkees

1929 Ford Roadster Pickup – “Loaded” by Pinkees To me, this car epitomizes the look and feel of how a modern “Hot Rod” Should be, built in the modern times with modern tools and materials just like a shiny street rod. In many ways there is too much detail to even appreciate all of the […]

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