Great 8 Finalist “Anvil”

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Anvil Great 8 Finalist JF Kustoms

Think you’ve seen a ride like this before?  Think again.  Chevy II, nope.  Nova, nope.  This street beast is a Canadian built GM Pontiac Acadian and comes out of JF Launier’s shop JF Kustoms.  One look at this Radical Pro Street Custom dubbed “Anvil” and you know for certain Launier’s version is nothing like its stock Chevy II cousin.  Owner Danny Jadresko of Victoria, BC has had the Acadian for 35 years.  And in that time this Pontiac has seen many incarnations.  From a honeymoon get away car 33 years ago, to a hot rod street car, then to a blown fuel dragster.  And finally 3 years ago, the seeds for “Anvil” were planted when JF Kustoms was hired for the task to bring the Acadian back to a “Street” car.  Well, it’s “Street” and then some.

Custom hand fabricated details cover every inch of “Anvil”.  From the side mirrors to the tail light lenses.  All the bodywork, assembly and fabrications is courtesy of JF Kustoms.   

Nothing but a radical custom interior would do for a ride like “Anvil”.  Custom Classic Instrument gauges augment the dash.  Carbon fiber seats cradle the driver and passenger.  And Lee Baxter interiors took the Hydes leather to sculpted custom nirvana.  To understand the level of detail that went into this build, the stitching on the driver’s and passenger’s seats “bookend” each other.

“Anvil” was the heaviest HP hitter in this year’s posse of the Great 8 Finalists.  A Nelson Racing Engines built 632ci Twin Turbo sits between the rails.  This engine is dyno proven at 2510 HP with 2200 lb-ft of torque!  By the by, those twin 88mm turbos are mirror reflections of each other.  A custom built Turbo 400 tranny gets that power to the pavement. The custom vents in the hood are there to cool those monster turbos.

BASF/RM killed it with that white hot hue.  Curtis speed equipment knocked it out of the park with the custom wheels. 

A custom billet fuel cell sits pretty in the completely reworked truck.  Those dual fuel pumps only circulate 116 octane.

Cast an eye at the totally custom one-off 1964 Acadian “Anvil”.

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We have many more shots of this radical ride.  Head over to the Event Coverage to check them out!

J.F. Launier is no stranger to custom car building and the winners circle.  You might remember the Ridler Award in 2014 when he shocked the custom car world with a 1964 Buick Riviera brandishing a Split Window rear look and extravagant Twin Turbo powered monster motor.  Be sure and hit up JF Kustoms Builders Showroom and check out what these Canadian Cats are up to!

Keep an eye out for this shop stopper.  Mr. Jadresko will be hitting the show circuit with “Anvil” this year.  They even have plans to take her across the pond to show our European friends just how to turn out a Hot Rod.  Stay tuned.

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Till the next time – Keep on Kruzin!