M(ech)anic Monday

Ford Meteor Convertible building…

Sedan Sunday - 1929 Ford Sedan "B-17"

Here's one cool 1929 Model A Ford Sedan. B-17 The Flying Fordtress.
2 Dr sedan body with nice Patina, chopped 5" and Channeled 4".
This is an extremely well and thought out build. No expense was spared. Over 800 hrs. into the construction...

Lots of cool Parts and Details. Original 1932 Ford commercial grill,
10" Commercial Ford Headlights.

Custom Hand Built 250 hrs Fabricated Distressed Aluminum Bomber Interior. Custom floor pans to match chassis design, Over 1500 hammer Rivets and bead rolled panels and dimple died holes.

Custom built bomber seats and console. 
Machine gun style steering column with quick release vintage style green metalflake wheel, Lokar shifter, e-brake and speedster gas and brake pedal. Custom Electric Bomber gauges set, cockpit style dash. 50.cal door handles and shifter knob..

M-16's around exhaust ports and draped across cowl,
350 Chevrolet V8 Engine 350 hp. 
Roller rockers, Pete Jackson noisy gear drive, 
501/270 Comp thumper cam, 
Creitz intake with 4 94 holleys, machine gun style headers,
Alu dressup and vintage flat head valve covers.( Very Rare!)
50 cal. dipsticks and wire holders.

Custom Fabricated Lexan observation roof with sliding internal sun shade. All new green safety glass. Opening front side windows and flip out Windshield. M-16 door hinge pins. Custom Dimple Died Visor.

One off custom Fabricated chassis by LoWest Hot Rods. Tons of details, Lightning holes and cnc brackets, Coated with Por 15 Metal Mask. 4" drop lucky 7 Drilled I beam axle. Suicide spring perch, suicide front suspension. Front disc brakes. Custom fabricated motor and transmission mounts, Vega steering box, front panhard bar, welder series rear parallel 4 link with panhard bar.

Frenched 59 Caddy taillights. Dual exhaust out the rear with turbo mufflers.Exhaust Ports frenched in lower rear body.
50 cal. machine gun site in rear window.

Custom fabricated stainless steel gas tank with sender, filled from the rear roof area. Firestone rear air ride. Rocket Gassers Wheels with  P165/15's Tyres up front, 15x8 polished Kidney Bean American Racing wheels with 285/70/15's on the rear

TH350 Automatic Tranny with 2500 stall convertor and shift kit.
GM rear end with 3:73 gears.

Multipul Award winning Show car. 
Featured in Rebel Rodz Magazine and on the Cover of Garage Shots Magazine. Best Rat Rod at Rat City Rukkus in Las Vegas 2015. Numerous Best of Show and Top ten awards as well...

Skippic Saturday

Throwback, 2008... Our Line up after Speedfest Eindhoven

1931 Ford Model A

1931 Ford Model A 5 Window Coupe / Hotrod / V8

Midweek Movie - The California Kid

The California Kid

Released:  1974
Runtime: 1 Hr 14 min
Genre:  Action / Horror /Thriller /  TV Movie 25 September 1974
Director: Richard T. Heffron
Writer(s): Richard Compton
Starring: Martin Sheen, Vic Morrow, Nick Nolte, Michelle Phillips

A deranged desert town sheriff has a murderous habit of forcing speeders to their deaths, until a young man with a souped-up hotrod arrives to possibly end it.

1934 Ford V8  "The California Kid" 

1947 International Harvester KB-Series Truck

1952 GMC ½-Ton Truck

1954 or 1955 Cadillac Ambulance

1953 Chevrolet Bel Air

Full Movie on Youtube

Truck Tuesday - 1928 Ford Model A Roadster

1928 Ford Model A Roadster Pickup / Flathead V8 / Hotrod

M(ech)anic Monday - R.I.P Pete Chapouris

No good strart for 2017 ;-( January 6 Hot Rodder & industry icon Pete Chapouris passed away due to complications from a stroke. 
He died at the age of 76.

In 1974 Pete was co-founder of Pete & Jake’s Hot Rod Parts, www.peteandjakes.com

Chapouris’ build a bunch of really cool hot rods in his career.
I think the most famous one is the flamed black 1934 Ford Coupe which became the star of the 1974 “The California Kid,”featuring a young Martin Sheen as the outsider getting revenge on a corrupt sheriff.  (See this weeks Midweek Movie )

Pete Chaporis & Martin Sheen with 'The California Kid' 1934 Ford Coupe

The Movie but also the car made Chapouris some sort of a celebrity and also played a big roll for the return of hot rodding as a popular culture.

Chapouris continued to build cars through until 1997, when he struck a deal with hot rod hero Alex Xydias who founded the So-Cal Speed Shop ( www.est1946.com ) in 1946.

Chapouris wanted to bring back that legendary shop, which had closed its doors in 1961. The two struck a deal and ever since Chapouris’s name has been connected  to the shop, which is still going strong in Pomona, California.

After the "California Kid", Chapouris is also known for creating ZZ Top's guitarist Billy Gibbons’ Kopperhed Ford Shoebox and for rebuilding and restoring the Doane Spencer hot rod that won its class at Pebble when Pebble finally acknowledged hot rodding as an art form.

Billy Gibbons Kopperhed

Doane Spencer’s 1932 Ford roadster

So you can say...  Pete had a great influence on the history of Hot Rodding and will always be a big inspiration to others. 

Thanks Pete Chapouris, R.I.P

Sedan Sunday

1928 Ford Model A / Hotrod / Ratrod

Skippic Saturday

My Garage... this week, burned some midnight Oil on the Sedan Project...


Cool Camino Combo

1959 Chevrolet El Camino with Custom Bike...

Midweek Muscle - Plymouth Superbird.

Pete Hamilton’s Petty Enterprises, Plymouth Superbird.