Kenny Davis, the pride of Rogers, Arkansas had a big weekend in Texas. Not only did he select the Top 10 Builders Choice awards but also had seven KD Hot Rods-built cars at the event which included a couple fresh builds. Davis has been a long time Goodguy supporter and has made waves of his own in our Top 12 program over the years. His father’s bright red 1955 Chevy Nomad caused the biggest splash of all winning the Custom Rod of the Year title back in 2010. Davis and his team have also built multiple Street Machine contenders, have racked up numerous Builders Choice awards and have big plans in the coming year!
Davis told us he plans on having three serious builds roll out of his shop in 2017 including a 1969 Camaro with LS power that will hit the AutoCross track as well as a 1970 Chevy C/10 that will also be weaving through the cones. He has his eye on the Custom Rod title yet again with a 1956 Buick convertible that’s in the works and in his spare time Kenny is building himself a 1957 VW Beetle which he describes as an “oddball” build but we’re sure it’ll be top-notch just like everything else he does!
It was no easy task choosing just ten cars from the Builders Choice area but Kenny whittled it down pretty good. From hot rods to trucks and everything in between he spread the love and the choices couldn’t have been better. As always, there was a lot to choose from at TMS. Thanks for your time Kenny, we can’t wait to see what rolls out of your shop next year!
|Everything is bigger in Texas so Rich & Cindy Gochanour’s ’66 Ford Bronco fit right in! We’ve seen Rich’s Bronco at quite a few events this year and in Des Moines, it was selected as a Truck of the Year Late finalist. Regardless of where it shows up it always stands out in a crowd, literally and figuratively! Cal Auto Creations built this 4×4 monster using a completely custom chassis, 302c.i. crate engine, Method wheels, and meaty 35-inch Toyo tires. Inside it’s all hot rod with a custom leather interior, A/C and Classic Instrument gauges. It doesn’t look like and easy task to climb into this Bronco but hidden running boards fold out when the doors are opened. Neat!|
|Mike Rutter of Tennessee’s Rutterz Rodz whipped out Jay Allison’s 1946 Chrysler Town and Country in a little over a year and that includes extensive wood restoration! It may look like a classy cruiser but there was more than enough room for Rutter to fit a late-model Hemi in the engine bay. One off Wheelsmith wheels with wide whites offer concours elegance while the custom Art Morrison chassis gives Allison easy Sunday drives. Also on board is a custom leather interior, Vintage Air, Classic Instrument gauges and power steering & brakes. Gary Meadors would have loved it!|
|Drennon Durham’s all steel, chopped ‘35 Ford was one of the best sounding cars to roll through the awards ceremony! Builder Roger Burman with Lakeside Rods and Rides wedged an LS9 engine between the frame rails while a 6-speed transmission delivers the GM power to the Schott wheels. Durham’s Ford’s chassis is fitted with Kugel chassis components, power steering, and disc brakes. Interior features include a custom dash, leather interior, A/C, navigation and a custom stereo system inside.|
|Tracy Chapman’s 1949 Cadillac now has two Hall of Fame Road Tours under its belt and we don’t think we’re ever going to get tired of seeing it on the open road! This car was built to be driven on road trips so a Roadster Shop chassis with Air Ride suspension was a must. The supercharged 454c.i. LSX, pumping out over 970 HP is quite capable of rapidly propelling all that heavy metal. An extensive amount of body work went into Tracy’s convertible Caddy at husband Harold’s Customs and Hot Rods of Andice. The cool Cad is finished with a custom pearl white, lending credence to her name…“My Pearl”.|
|Detroit Speed & Engineering builds some of the best performance suspension products for classic muscle cars but they’ve also been known to build some insanely cool complete cars such as Mike Braswell’s 1941 Willys seen here. Braswell’s Willys rides on a Detroit Speed chassis and is equipped with a full roll cage tucked cleanly inside the driver’s compartment. Coming from the DSE shop you know there’s gotta be performance to compliment the looks so a hearty LS7 engine was shoehorned into the engine bay backed with a 5-speed trans. Braswell plans on hitting the road with his Willys so a full leather interior was fitted inside and features Classic Instrument gauges, A/C and cruise control to keep the Schott wheels rolling at a consistent clip down the highway.|
|Another car that seems to find the winner’s circle at every event is Ralph Reed’s 1931 Ford Model A. Reed’s bitchin’ A-bone from Austin, TX is an original steel body riding on Pinkee’s custom 4-inch rails with a chrome beam front axle and Real Rodder’s wheels. The tri-powered 350c.i. Chevy engine breathes through custom headers and it sounds oh so good! The interior is all custom leather and OG Stewart Warner bubble glass gauges deliver the vitals to Reed as he books it down the road.|
|A Chevy Impala is a big car to turn into a killer street machine but Jason Hill’s ’62 from Lubbock, TX is exactly that! The classic Chevy body is shaved smooth and features a reshaped trunk, peaked lines and custom trim. Under the hood rests an LS3 engine equipped with Holly EFI which is backed by a 4060 transmission. Hill relies on BFG tires and Race Line wheels to put the power to the ground and he cruises comfortably in a custom brown leather interior, ice cold Vintage Air and snappy Dakota Digital gauges.|
|We mentioned the success Dustin Foust has been having with his 1955 F-100 in the last issue of the Gazette. Foust earned one of Kenny Davis’ awards with his stunning pickup powered by a 545c.i. big block Ford engine topped with a Hilborn EFI injection setup. The mile deep single-stage PPG black paint was applied by Dustin himself who also handled every aspect of the build other than the red interior which was outsourced to Cutters Hot Rod Interiors in Dillsboro, IN.|
|Jason Graham has been a very busy guy in 2016. In Texas, he rolled out his fourth big debut car of the season – a radical ‘37 Nash LaFayette for Hollywood’s Roy Revivo. Riding on a Fatman chassis with a triangulated 4-link and AccuAir suspension, the Nash body has been chopped 5 to 6 inches, converted into a custom 3-window and features custom built running boards and skirts finished with a custom mixed PPG Blue Pearl. Powering Roy’s radical ride is a 383c.i. stroker engine topped with three Strombergs. Finishing off the exterior is a set of Foose wheels with Diamondback classic wide whites. The interior features a boomin’ Alpine & JL audio system with Kicker subs, custom leather and Classic instrument gauges.|
|One of the latest builds out of Dave Kindig’s Bitchin’ Rides shop is Otto Vega’s 1955 Ford F-100 and man is it bitchin! Dave and his crew have displayed the truck at a few Goodguys events earlier this year but Texas was the first event they showed it in the Builders Choice area. People swarmed the truck all weekend. The cab on Vega’s truck has been stretched 4-inches and it now rides on an Art Morrison chassis. Under the pancaked hood is a supercharged 5.0 Roush Performance built engine supplying plenty of power to the B-Forged rear hoops. The custom leather interior had just as much time and effort as the rest of the truck and features power seats, A/C, a custom center console, tilt steering and more. The stretched cab and added cruising comforts were a requirement from Otto as he plans to drive the wheels off this truck in his home state of Florida. Ya just gotta drive ‘em!|