For this month's Radical Rendering section, we decided to let the artist do the talking and let you in on his visionary insight. Check out what he has to say and to contact him for a rendering, look below for his digits.
I've been designing hot rods and customs, in some way, my entire life. From drawing cars by the age I found a pencil, to cutting up model cars, to wrenching on friends' cars. It was all a part of growing up in a house populated by hot-rod-loving parents. I began my own studio, Problem Child Kustoms Studio in 2006, and have been fortunate to make a living designing project cars for individuals and shops whom I've admired for years.
I've been exposed to a variety of build styles, and enjoy everything from traditional rods and customs to pro-touring, to off-road. If it has wheels, chances are I'm checking it out. This broad interest is always a bonus for my clients, as I'll mix and match elements from all over the place, often creating unique looks in the process. I always thought it'd be cool to "theme" a Radical Renderings column ... you know, grab a common thread for the renderings, and just run with it. But to simply take one truck and change it to fit the theme would be too easy, and grabbing similar rides? It's simply out of the question! What I have are some decidedly different takes on the theme of "muscle-car-era trucks." I was thinking of late '60s and early '70s vibes, and all with a modern twist.
How about mixing two iconic Fords into one fun piece? When Tim and the boys at Fast Eddie Hot Rod Shop approached me a while back, this was the idea. Our client, Marc West, was seeking a combination of two things he liked: Early Effies and Boss Mustangs. The results are pretty slick, from the updated Boss-style striping and lettering to the subtle body mods-and the '68 Mustang dash inside, too!
Starting with a '54 F-100, I slammed it on the ground over a set of Billet Specialties Rat Tails (for a classic look), and then sliced and diced away, lightly pancaking the hood for a cleaner profile, and adding some Mustang-inspired hood vents; then flush-mounted the front bumper, filling the grille cavity with a '56 bar and headlamps, flush-mounting the glass, losing the vent windows, adding some width to the rear fenders with some 'Stang-inspired custom taillights, and finally adding a cool rear pan with a bumper insert to match the front sitting below that cool, smooth tailgate. Slide some Boss power under the hood, and have at it with anything on the street!
Granted, there was a lot more to that era than just Super Sports or big-blocks or drag racing... Consider that Trans Am racing was hot, and that an import company (Datsun) was a force to be reckoned with in their legendary 510s. Fast-forward to modern times, and the company now known as Nissan has created some killer muscle-truck potential with its Pathfinder V-8, and a mash-up of modern technology and racing history was inevitable.
I threw together this concept for a Trans Am racer, using styling cues from the championship 510 cars, and making the most of today's technology. It's a bit of a tuner, sure; but this is all-out performance from an SUV with an intercooled, supercharged 5.6L, full suspension upgrades (feel free to browse the local wrecking yards for Infinity models with a killer suspension!) and, it has all the racing goodies you can stuff in there. The custom fascia houses massive driving lights (24-hour racing, anyone?), with the original fog lamp holes now feeding cool air to six-piston brakes, and the rear doors were reworked to do the same for the aft-mounted stoppers.
Imagine a whole field of these monsters screaming around the track.
Artist: Brian Stupski
Problem Child Kustoms Studio