1955 Chevy Belair
I decided to do something a little different this time with the Kruzn Pick. It has been a while since we have done a feature car and with the weather and schedules, we haven’t been able to shoot any cars. But we are going to get some, and do have a couple like up to do in the near future.
So we were at the Toad Suck Daze Car Show, and if you remember, our first two features were picked and photographed at this show. Well, this time, I decided to give a StillKruzn award, so I had a trophy made up and picked out one of my favorite cars of the day.
There was this 1955 Chevy there that was all blacked out with the exception of the center caps. This was a sharp, plain jane car, which is the way I like things. Look at my car!
So we gave the DJ the information and called this guy up to receive his award. Bobby Hampton from Hot Springs, AR owns this car. I talked to Bobby for a bit and he works for Sonic Drive-in, one of my favorite places to eat. No wonder I liked the car. Here are a few of the pics of the car and Bobby with his trophy. Thanks for bringing it out Bobby!
This little hot rod has a special place in my heart. This is one happens to be mine. I know what you are thinking, kind of a shameless plug putting my own car in here, but this is the car that started StillKruzn.com. If you don’t already know, this website started a place to chronicle the build of this car and it has become the logo of the website.
We started this car by picking it up in Monticello, MN, which is about 20 miles west of Minneapolis. We then spent 6 months building the frame chassis and getting everything together. The car was built in the shop of a good friend, Lead Foot Garage.
The running gear were donated from an abandoned car that I bought as a donor. The engine is a 302 roller, in front of an AOD tranny and 3.54 posi rear end. The tranny and rear end have already been rebuilt, and the engine will be getting it’s rebuild this winter and is going to get a 331 stroker kit.
The interior was recently finished by The Re-Do-It shop in Clinton, AR. The exterior will someday get finished in the original Ford Maroon paint with a satin clear. In the mean time, I just drive it and have fun! Enjoy the pictures…
Alright, it’s not a traditional hot or a custom Merc, but this is a pretty cool car… Air cooled that is. This VW belongs to Larry and Charlotte Jones.
It’s a stock 1200cc, 40hp engine wit a 4-speed transaxle(swing axle style). All the work was done by Larry or Pro Auto. It all started in 2001 and finished in 2006 with a total body off restoration.
The car was been on the cover of Mid-American Motorworks VW parts catalog in September 2007. The photoshoot was by MAMW in Effingham, IL. The car was also in their catalog continuosly for over a year and a half, including shot fof the interior. It also appearded in MAMW’s national advertising in Hot Vw’s serveral times.
The VW was also featured as car of the month for the Vintage Volkswagon Club of America (the national VW club).
If you like traditional hot rods, you are going to love this one. This is the last one that we shot in Dewery, OK during the StrayKat 500. This hot rod is powered by a 1957 364 cubic inch Buick Nailhead. backed by a Dyanflow tranny. All parts on this car are pre 1960 built by a 21 year old Sean Roberts over a 3-year period. The car is now owned byt Doc and Joan McClelland of Ardmore, OK.
The Flatz Blue on the outside and the blue/gold on the interior just set this car on fire. The Model A dash with 56 Olds instruments, 53 Buick steering wheel and the front seat from a 49 Caddy narrowed 22 inches finish off the interior.
Notice the Sampsonite suitcase that house the battery, fire extinguisher, tools, and emergency electircal shutoff. The steering column and turn signals are from a 49 Hudson.
If Mr. Webster were a car guy, I think he would have put a picture of this Mercury next to the definition of ‘Custom’. This car hales from Ashville, OH and is has been owned by Jerry Welsh for the past 4 years, the previous owner had it for about 20 years. It was built in the early 60’s in California.
The car currently rides on a 1978 Trans Am subframe and has air-ride on the rear. A Chevy 350/700r power it. The pear white interior could not have enhanced the exerior marrow paint any better. Right down to the Mercury man shifter knob.
The top has been chopped 6.5 inches and sports Cadillac taillights. The hubcaps are very unique. Jack Hughes made the cpas from 56 Olds hubcaps with after-market spinners from the 60’s. They almost look lethal.
We met up with Jerry at the StrayKat 500 car show in Dewey, OK. Being raised in Ohio, when I saw the license plates on this Mercury, it raised my interest in it. Jerry and I got to talking and found out that we know some of the same people. Mainly a guy by the name of Jim Noble. Jim used to drive a ’49 or ’50 Ford nick-named Sh-Boom. Brought back lots of good memories talking to Jerry about his Mercury and car shows in Ohio.
Who doesn’t like a Track-T Roadster… especially a 1927 Track-T. This one was built in 2006 by David Thacker and is owned by Jim Mickle from Tulsa, OK. The drive-train is a Chevy 350/350 with a Ford 9″ rear end. The exterior features Hot Rod Black primer with no sealer, 1950 Pontiac taillights, So-Cal Headlights, Duvall windshield, rear nerf bar, and full roll cage. It rides on 15″ Halibrand kidney-bean two piece w/ powder coated centers and polished knock-offs, wrapped with 15 x 5 Widetracks on the front and 15 x 8 radials on the rear. The interior sports bomber seats with red leather throughout.
The car has been featured in an Advance Auto commercial, Rodders Digest, Halibrand event t-shirt, and the 2007 Texas Good Guys event t-shirt.
A beautiful 1949 Baby Lincoln owned by Jim Decesaro of Conway, AR. It was purchased in the mid-60s by Jim’s father-in-law and has been in the family ever since. Jim’s wife was rode to grade school in the car, Jim acquired the car in 1980. The car is powered by a 351c with a C6 transmission behind it. Jim restored the car in 2007. The tungsten gray exterior matched with the gray interior really sets this car off. The term “Baby” designates that the car was built to a smaller scale than the original size Lincoln.
This 1948 Chevy Truck is owned by Darrell Oates of Little Rock, AR. This gorgeous truck was built in 2006 by Darrell, along with Gayle Oates, Nathan Hunter, Scott Helmback, and Terry Rollins. It is powered by a ZZ4 engine backed by a 700r6 tranny. The gray interior and the purple exterior greatly complimented each other. Darrell is a member of the Arkansas County Rods & Customs Car Club.