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'53 Chevy Phantom Nomad Street Rod "Fauxmad"

A Nomad by any other name ... Take a second look, and what do you see. 

This friends is a 1953 Chevy Phantom Nomad lovingly dubbed "Fauxmad". Yep its a street rodded to the gills, spurious Nomad in other words the “Fauxmad”.  We recently ran across this curious creation at the GoodGuys PPG Nationals, where understandably this superb street rod was a recipient of the GoodGuys Award of Excellence.  Needless to say this ride had us all shook up and for good reason.  Here’s the skinny on this one off wonder.  It took three rides to make just one wondrous wagon.  That would be two Chevy Handyman Station wagons and a Chevy sedan.  The first incarnation of this ride was a ’53 Phantom Nomad.  The current curator of this chariot decided he wanted a “roadworthy street rod” so … phase II commenced and hence the evolution to the current "Fauxmad”.  Incorporated into this incarnation are many, many specs.  A 327 power plant with twin Carter 4 barrel carbs, a 700 R4 tranny with a Lokar shifter.  A stock dash, with the wondrously stock ’53 steering wheel married to an Ididit column.  This beauty sits on the stock ’53 Handyman Wagon chassis, enhanced with Ridetech coilovers and a ’68 Nova front clip.  The custom leather interior is to die for as is the Classic Instruments cluster and the PPG candy coat of Red Rock Crystal and Copper Penny.  All in all “Fauxmad” went through one heck of a metamorphosis resulting in a one off wonder that we think is the tops.

 Now take a look-see at an out of sight superb Street Rod.

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Check it out in living color in our next episode of Buidlers Showroom TV

You want to get this level of craftsmanship - check out Bulldog Rod and Custom and Circle W Restorations.  FYI, Charlie Kocher and Dan Myers were the hands behind phase I of this beauty.

We've got Kustoms on the horizon.  Stay tuned!

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Builders Showroom "Pick of the Week" - Roadster Shop "Inferno"

This week's Builders Showrooms "Pick of the Week" is brought to you by an award winning shop that just doesn't seem to know how to lose - the Roadster Shop.  This Mundelein Illinois shop is fresh off yet another big win at the GoodGuys PPG Nationals.  There, they drove off with the Street Machine of the Year award with their molten hot build of a 1969 Camaro appropriately dubbed "Inferno".  I'll revisit my previous post on their win to highlight this build.  The intention for the boys at the Roadster Shop was to "build an over the top concept car" while staying true to the of the origins of the '69.  Done and done.  Talk about hands on; they designed "every part, piece and component" of this ride, they machined every switch, cut the body and redesigned the numerous lines.  The valence, cowl, hood, rockers, tail.panel and spoiler all hand fabricated.  The foundation for this blazing beauty is none other than a Roadster Shop's Fast Track IRS chassis. (I think they had an in with that proprietary technology! ) The engine compartment is pristine, fitted with an ultra hot Texas Speed built 680 horsepower LTI engine.  A Tremec T56 Magnum transmission gets all those horses to the rear wheels.  Oh and those wheels, rims specially designed for "Inferno" by Jesse Greening from the Greening Auto Company.   High end super car inspired interior treatment is enhanced with the hand fabricated dash and panels.  What do we wear when your name is "Inferno"?  None other than a coat of the hottest yellow hue super car manufacturer McLaren uses on their million dollar sports cars.  All told this first gen is greater than the sum of it's parts.    

Now take a look at the build process of "Inferno", the GoodGuys Street Machine of the Year for 2017.  Those fellas are painstakingly methodical!

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There are so many - so many, pictures of this build in the Roadster Shop's "All in One Gallery".  The detail that is in this ride is unbelievable.  When they say  "every part, piece and component" has been custom made, they ain't kidding.  You'll find the pictures starting around page 16 or so in the gallery.  They are prolific posters so the photos might start a little further on.  Oh and there are about 9 pages of this build and trust me, you don't want to miss the evolution of this incredible, award winning creation.  

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

20th GoodGuys PPG Nationals

The GoodGuys PPG Nationals, two decades old and going strong.   How can you sum up a show like the GoodGuys PPG Nationals?  It ain't easy.  Let's just say this shows got legs and they be running - FAST There is so much to see and take in it's almost too much, if that's even possible when it comes to hot rodding!  From the incredible roster of vendors, to the AutoCross, to the incomparable list of professional builders showing off their latest wares, to the crowning of the Street Rod and Street Machine of the Year,  to the seminars that went on all weekend, oh and the 7,000 or so rides that shone under the Ohio sun, it was one heck of a weekend.  Dare I say it was the epitome of a hot rodders nirvana.  GoodGuys does their homework and they are earning straight A's.  The PPG Nats. just keeps getting bigger and better.  Enough words I'm gonna let the rides do the talking.  Now, take your time with the 20th GoodGuys PPG Nationals, and enjoy this milestone show.         

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Check out the Most Recent Show Gallery, we may have a pic or two there for you to get an eyeful of "The Big One" yourself!  If for some strange reason you missed my coverage of the Street Rod and Street Machine of the Year you can check it out here.

More hot rodding action is on the way.  Stay tuned.

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Winners at "The Big One" - PPG Nats.

At GoodGuys they call the PPG Nationals "The Big One" for good reason.  First of all, the show is big.  Well actually it's huge so that's a no brainer.  But it's "The Big One" for a few other very good reasons.  Right now "The Big" I'm talking about are the multitudes of Big Dog builders that were in Columbus showing their Big Bad new builds, many of which were out vying for either the Street Rod of the Year and Street Machine of the Year top honors.  So, to cut to the chase there were two big announcements at "The Big One" today and I've got them for you.  Drum Roll Please ...........

The GoodGuys Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year for 2017 went to Mr. Hot Rod himself and one of the "fastest" guys on the planet George Poteet with his '32 Ford Tudor built by Johnson's Hot Rods.  This is one stout Street Rod!  "Less is more" is the general theme for this amazing 1932 Ford Tudor build.  It is a work of stunning craftsmanship.  The sleek design called for a lot of significant changes to the Ford which Alan Johnson and his crew at Johnson's Hot Rods executed flawlessly.  Great strides were made to ensure the proportions were in line.  The panels of the sedan were chopped and proportioned.  The quarter windows were shortened, the leading edge of the cowl was moved back, and the cowl itself was moved down.  The interior with wood plank floors and leather wrapped panels maintain the subtle continuity of the extremely refined "less is more" aesthetic.  There's a Ford in this Ford.  This Street Rod is powered by a 312 Ford Y block V8 built around a hidden Hillborne injection unit system.  The Tudor rides on a JHRS chassis and with gold anodized Halibrand wheels to finish off the look.  Each of the countless details seamlessly tie together to create one spectacular ’32 and this year's winner of the GoodGuys Street Rod of the Year.  FYI, my bucket list includes a visit to Mr. Poteet's stable.  I would love to cast mine peeps on that fleet!  Now take a gander at his most recent winner!

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The GoodGuys PPG Street Machine of the Year for 2017 went to John Wilcus and his '69 Camaro "Inferno" built by the Roadster Shop.  This is some mighty muscle!  The Roadster Shop has the well earned reputation for turning out world class unexpected rides and Inferno is an excellent example of their talents.  The intention for the boys at the Roadster Shop was to "build an over the top concept car" while staying true to the of the origins of the '69.  Done and done.  Talk about hands on; they designed "every part, piece and component" of this ride, they machined every switch, cut the body and redesigned the numerous lines.  The valence, cowl, hood, rockers, tailpanel and spoiler all hand fabricated.  The foundation for this blazing beauty is none other than a Roadster Shop's Fast Track IRS chassis, I think they had an in with that proprietary technology!  The engine compartment is pristine, fitted with an ultra hot Texas Speed built 680 horsepower LTI engine.  A Tremec T56 Magnum transmission gets all those horses to the rear wheels.  Oh and those wheels, rims specially designed for "Inferno" by Jesse Greening from the Greening Auto Company.   High end super car inspired interior treatment is enhanced with the hand fabricated dash and panels.  What we wear when your name is "Inferno"?  None other than a coat of the hottest yellow McLaren makes.  All told this first gen is greater than the sum of it's parts.  So much so, it's got a new title, "Street Machine of the Year!"  Now take a look at what thousands of hours spent in the shop looks like. 

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Although the announcement of the Street Rod and Street Machine winners was uber exciting, there was another 6,000 or so rides putting on one heck of a show.  Again you know, it's "The Big One".  So take a gander at some of the other GoodGuys and Gals that have brought out their finest for, you guessed it - "The Big One", the PPG Nationals.

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Stay tuned for full coverage from "The Big One" it's coming up ASAP!

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

GoodGuys 26th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals

It was a car spangled weekend.  Who needs fireworks when the customs, classics and hot rods put on their own automotive pyrotechnics show.  It was sparkling chrome, blazing flame jobs, custom colors and firecracking horsepower.  This past weekend folks weren’t looking up for the excitement, it was eyes down to the ground and on everything with four wheels.  Although GoodGuys did put on a heck of a fireworks show Saturday night there was no real need to look skyward, the rides were the stars of this weekend.  What more can your really say.  The incredibly picturesque Iowa State Fairgrounds were filled to capacity with thousands of incredible rides and tens of thousands of even nicer folks.  Mine eyes have never seen the likes of this show, the Hawkeye State will never be the same.  It was non stop action and it was as good as it gets at the GoodGuys 26th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals.  A good old American weekend celebrating American automotive ingenuity as well as American Independence.  Move over apple pie, now it's gonna  be "as American as the GoodGuys Heartland Nats."!

See for yourself the finery that turned out for this car spangled weekend!   

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“The Big One” is up next.  Trust me, you ain’t gonna want to miss that one!

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!