1948 Ford F-1 Pro Street
Paul and Carol Gerritsen - Dandridge, Tennessee
Are you scratching your head trying to figure out what kind of truck this is? Don't feel bad, the confusion is just testament to the body mods and amount of work that went into this phenomenal '48 Ford. Complete with a 4-inch chop-top, suicide doors, custom front grille and rear tailgate, the Ford is a wild conglomeration of custom. Strapped to the 406ci Ford V-8 is a BDS supercharger that turns the 18-inch-wide M/T tires into smoke with a tap of the throttle. Inside the suicide doors, a one-off matching steering wheel serves as the focal point in front of leather bucket seats and a handbuilt center console. With such a unique profile and the perfect wheel/tire combo, we had no choice but to include it in our list.
1956 Ford F-100
Bob "Hoot" Gibson - Phoenix, Arizona
You may never come across a nicer '53-'56 F-100 than the one you see here. Created over a 10-year period, Hoot's Ford features a Walton chassis with a TCI front clip and Kugel/Winters quick-change rear and also has custom-machined spindles to accept the real Halibrand knock-off wheels. Painted by Hoot and his son inside his daughter's garage, the Ford was two-toned vanilla and orange. Keeping true to his roots, a Ford 392ci small-block is fitted with Imagine fuel injection and plenty of dress-up items to keep things looking good. Leather abounds inside and the old Ford is equipped with Vintage A/C to keep the cabin comfortable. If you love attention to detail and you love a great story behind a build, go back and check out Hoot's story in issue 13. We're confident you'll be as impressed as we are.
2004 Chevy Silverado 3500
Casey Ridinger - Marion, Mississippi
To say Casey's dualie is low, would be like saying laying out a dualie is easy. Endless fabrication went into the Chevy to tuck the massive 24-inch Diesel Wheels. Innovative Customs and "Big" John Adkins teamed together to get the dualie on the ground using Ekstensive's upper and lower A-arms, a Suicide Doors triangulated four-link, and plenty of cutting and welding on the frame. The result is a bright red body that kisses the pavement. Inside, more bright red paint was brought sprayed and upgraded Rockford Fosgate audio keeps the road trips lively. Road trips you ask? Yes, Casey's HD is ready and able to tow at a moments notice thanks to the wild fifth wheel. We can’t think of a better tow rig.
1987 Chevy Van
Brock Chobar - Phoenix, Arizona
Rather than add a mural of wizards and bikini-clad she-warriors, Brock opted to go hot-rod style with his Chevy van and the decision paid dividends. Metal Asylum Kustom Finishes laid down the beautiful red basecoat and then set the van ablaze with traditional flames. The look is unmistakably sick. As if the bright hues weren't enough, Brock also 'bagged the van, Z'd the frame and notched the back to get the huge metal canvas on terra firma. Chrome Boss wheels add the right touch and with the air out of the 'bags, this monster draws a crowd. Powering the time machine is a 383ci stroker V-8 that rumbles as loud as the four 12-inch Rockford Fosgate subs in the cargo area. Hopefully this build will spawn a whole new era for vans—vans that look fresh and better than ever.