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Classics2019 Detroit Autorama: The Great 8 Winners

22:45  06 march  2019
22:45  06 march  2019 Source:   hotrod.com

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As you are about to see, the Great 8 winners for 2019 is as diverse a group as you can get. The winners include Fords, Chevys, a Cadillac, and a Willys, spanning a year range from 1932 through 1969. Body styles, build styles, budgets, colors, years in progress, and geographical origins are as different as can be. The common denominators are taste, technical excellence, as a huge passion on the part of the owners and builders.

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Owner: Quint Walberts, Danville, IN

Builder: Quint Walberts

This owner-built Willys, created over the course of eight years on weekends, would be equally a home among street rods and street machines. "I wanted it to look like it was going 100 miles per hour standing still," he said. The profile body lines are modified for the aggressive rake. The 4-stage pearl paint moves from blue to violet to magenta as the light changes.Quint painted the graphics. The hand-fabricated interior is finished in leather with a textured fiber material on the floor. The engine compartment packs a ZZ5 engine backed with a TH400 and Moser Wavetrac rear with 4:11 gears. The tube chassis is equipped with RideTech ShockWave suspension.

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1964 Acadian

Builder: JF Launier, JF Kustoms

This GM Acadian has a long history under Danny's ownership. He bought it 35 years ago, and he and Sandy rode in it on their honeymoon two years later. It was drag raced for many years. Three years ago, JF Kustoms got the car with instructions to redo it. The body has been reshaped mildly from top to bottom, molded into the frame, and painted white with assymetrical graphics incorporating the "Anvil" nickname. A Nelson Racing Engine 632 runs twin 88mm Mirror Image turbos and was dyno'd at 2,510hp. The full-race chassis features QA1 shocks, and Curtis Speed Equipment A-arms. Mike Curtis provided many components including the one-off wheels. The full-leather interior incorporates custom seats, a rear luggage trunk, and a full cage.

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1959 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

Owner: Steve Barton, Las Vegas, NV

Builder: Jordan Quintal, Sr. , Super Rides By Jordan

The long-awaited Cadmad has been a 16-year project that started with Steve's low-production '59 Brougham and drove onto the floor of Cobo Hall as a one-of-a kind wagon. The transformation is the result of Super Rides by Jordan's custom work, including the top transplanted from a 1955 Pontiac wagon. The Cad body was re-dimensioned at virtually every point, and rides on a fully custom chassis with independent front and rear suspension. Power comes from a Nelson Racing Engine runs 632 fed by 88mm Mirror Image turbochargers. The paint is based on an original 1961 Cadillac color. Steve Barton passed away before this car was completed; his brother Craig is showing the Cadmad in his honor.

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1965 Chevelle

Owner: Sonny Freeman, Lafayette, LA

Builder: Mike Goldman, Mike Goldman Customs

Sonny's Chevelle is another collaboration with Mike Goldman Customs. The car's name is Reflection, since it is a look at cars and styles from a significant period in automotive history. It was inspired by the '65 El Camino Sonny had driven as a young man, and built from Eric Brockmeyer's concept illustrations. Sonny chose the blue tone to be close to Chevy's Marina Blue from those days. Mike went over the exterior, making countless sheetmetal mods. The body sits on an Art Morrison Sport GT chassis. Mike Curtis designed the one-off billet wheels. The Chevelle is powered by a 900-horse LS7 backed by a Tremec T56 transmission. The seats were covered in charcoal and haze leather by Paul Atkins Interiors.

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1932 Ford Victoria

Builder: Dave Lane, Fast Lane Rod Shop

Phil and Debbie and Dave Lane have worked together in the past, but the "Legacy" '32 Vicky is a new height in the partnership. The Beckers have owned the car since 1977 and drove it until the Nineties. The redone Deuce still features original Ford steel, tastefully and mildly reshaped. The Moal coachbuilt chassis has a5-inch dropped and drilled front axle and Winters aluminum banjo rearend. Dayton 16- and 17-inch wire wheels were chosen for a period look. The Chevy small-black with Borla 8-stack injection was purposely built without a lot of identification to mimic the style of the coachbuilt cars of the Thirties. The interior has custom seats plus a '39 Zephyr dash, glovebox, waterfall, and gauge cluster.

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1935 Ford Slantback

Builder: Robert Chapman

Eleven years ago, Bob had an original frame and a $400 shell and desire to build a driver. He wanted it chopped with a filled roof. The project accelerated as he collected parts from all over. With the completion of the custom chassis with IFS and independent suspension and a polished 9-inch rear with 3.73 gears, things took off. The body got a 2-inch chop and is lowered slightly over the frame in front. Schott wheels are a perfect match for car. Exterior details include Harley headlights, a laid back grille, and that gorgeous paint. The hot rodded Corvette LS1 is topped by a Magnuson blower. Paul Atkins built the interior, modifying Wise Guys seats. The dash features Classic Instruments gauges and no switches.

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1969 Camaro

Builder: Willy Peart, Willy's Workshop

Pat Moran is a dedicated Sixties musclecar fan and his particular passion is for Chevys. The '69 Camaros were a high point for BowTie muscle car design and Pat wanted this car to honor that. Willy's Workshop answered the call to build a full-frame driver that blended old and new. Under the hood, custom sheetmetal shrouds the GM LSA engine (from a Cadillac). While the body honors the Sixties, a 2012 Camaro interior brings things into the 21st Century. Custom aluminum wheels with handbuilt caps featuring the ZL69 logo continue the modern flavor. At the start of this build, Pat never thought about showing the finished Camaro; however, here it is in Cobo Center as a Great 8 winner.

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1947 Ford Sedan Delivery

Owner: Mel Harbaugh, Ottawa Lake, MI

Builder: Chris Dixon, Wounded Knee Motors

Mel took his sedan delivery to Wounded Knee Motors in 2017 to transform it into an extraordinary but practical driver. The result is this two-tone green Ford-powered rod riding on a Mustang II style front suspension and RideTech-suspended rear, carried by Colorado Custom wheels. The engine is a new Ford 5.0L Coyote under a handbuilt cover. Interior goodies include the leather covered custom seats, Classic Instruments gauges, Billet Specialties steering wheel, and Pioneer stereo system. The paint colors were chosen to resemble Ford fleet colors. Minutes before the sedan delivery was selected as a Great 8 winner, STREET RODDER had selected Mel's car as our Best Ford in a Ford.

2019 Detroit Autorama: Autorama Extreme.
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