Pontiac Star Chief, Chevy Roadster, and More Fords: Street Rodder’s Favorite Rods of 2019, Part 2 – Hot Rod

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Welcome to Part 2 of Street Rodder‘s list of favorite cars from 2019. As we explained in Part 1, Street Rodder attends 10 predetermined car events during the year, selecting 10 vehicles at each show. Our winners include everything from Model T’s to ’60s cars. We have awarded high-dollar pro-built Ridler Award contenders and low-budget backyard builds. Judging is based on taste, imagination, creativity, and build quality. At the end of the year, we pick one of our Top 100 winners as Street Rod of the Year, along with 10 runners-up. Here we have five of Street Rodder‘s runners-up from 2019. You can see the other five in Part 1 of this story (link above), and all 2019 Top 100 winners (Part 1, Part 2).

Check back tomorrow to find out which car Street Rodder picked as the 2019 Painless Performance Products/Street Rodder Street Rod of the Year. We think our choice will surprise you.

stunning 1936 Ford coupe. The Cloud Mist Gray coupe body was modified with a 1-inch chop, reshaped front fenders, and a custom-louvered hood. The ’36 rides on a Roadster Shop chassis and rolls on Evod wheels and bias-ply Diamondbacks. The Don Ferguson/ARDUN Enterprises 296 engine is fed by a S.Co.T. blower and Autotrend EFI 48 injection disguised as carbs. The custom interior features leather upholstered buckets on chrome frames plus a chrome luggage tray in the rear.

This Kandy Tangerine 1933 Chevy

When Phil and Debbie team up with Dave Lane of Fast Lane Rod Shop in Donahue, Iowa, the results are amazing. This 1932 Vicky (a Ridler Award contender) is the latest collaboration. Owned by the Beckers for more than 40 years, the car still wears the original steel (modifed a bit). The coachbuilt Moal chassis features a dropped and drilled front axle and Winters aluminum banjo rearend, riding on Dayton wire wheels. The understated small-block Chevy is injected by a Borla 8-stack system, and the interior was treated to custom seats plus a 1939 Zephyr dash, glovebox, waterfall, and gauge cluster. We caught up with the Beckers and many more at the NSRA Street Rod Nationals in 2019.

1932 Ford Roadster | Jeff Lawson | Wake Forest, NC

Jeff’s roadster has traditional looks, but with elegance that would’ve blown ’em away 50 years ago. Chad Adams and the team at Adams Hot Rod Shop in Rydal, Georgia, specialize in ’32 Fords and filled the bill with this PPG Destroyer Gray Deuce, built on a SOCAL Speed Shop front suspension with a dropped tubular axle and front hairpins for period looks and a perfect stance. The 1932 Ford wire wheels are wrapped in Firestone/Coker tires. A bench seat is covered in maroon leather. A classically dressed 350 Chevy powers Jeff’s spot-on street rod, awarded a Top 100 pick at the NSRA Nats.

1956 Pontiac Star Chief / Frank Howard / Venetia, PA

Pontiac purists at the Detroit Autorama might have been shocked that Frank’ 1956 Star Chief was a restored original car before being rebuilt as a custom by Tim Kilkeary at Customs By Kilkeary in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania. Even so, the Pontiac keeps a lot of original style. Modifications include custom headlamps, tucked bumpers, and a slight 7/8-inch chop. A Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis provides up-to-date handling and ride quality, and Evod wheels add modern flavor. The Don Hardybuilt LS engine is topped with a Whipple supercharger, and the interior is upholstered in rich leather.

2020 Street Rodder Top 100 Award Events

  • Cruisin’ The Coast 2019 / Biloxi, MS
  • Grand National Roadster Show / Pomona, CA / January 24-26
  • Detroit Autorama / Detroit, MI / February 28-March 1
  • Havasu Deuce Days / Lake Havasu, AZ /March 5-7
  • Back to the 50s / St. Paul, MN / June 19-21
  • Syracuse Nationals / Syracuse, NY / July 17-19
  • NSRA Street Rod Nationals / Louisville, KY/ August 6-9
  • Route 66 Street Rod Nationals / Albuquerque, NM / August 21-23
  • Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup / Pigeon Forge, TN / September 11-12


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