We were at Hot August Nights in Reno, Nevada, to find 10 outstanding cars (and trucks) for the 2019 Street Rodder Top 100 award program presented by Painless Performance. Our judging criterion is simple—we pick vehicles that stop us in our tracks for one reason or another. The reason could be an exciting first impression that gets better the more we look, or an earth-shattering amount of technical excellence and attention to detail, or a cool back story about a homebuilt ride with a long history. Hot August Nights offers it all and we try to reflect that diversity with our 10 selections. Three of our 10 picks from Hot August Nights fall into the street rod category. One is a throwback to the hot rods at the root of this hobby. The other two are pro-built blends of contemporary and traditional styles.
Enjoy this trio of rods and check out the rest of our Painless Performance/Street Rodder Top 100 winners from Hot August Night—including cruisers, customs, and pickups—later in the week on HOTROD.com.
1930 Ford Coupe
Bob Branco: Hollister, CA
Branco’s Model A was a favorite at first glance, clinched by the 5 1/2 inch chop, 15-inch wire wheels, 300cid Nailhead, and the Ford 8N tractor hood and grille. A Borg-Warner T10 4-speed is tied to that Buick engine. The hood was widened and now matches the cowl. The chassis is built on 1932 ‘rails with an I-beam axle, leaf spring front end, and 8-inch rear with 4.10 gears. The interior wears pleated leather and features Auto Meter gauges and a quick-release racing wheel. The late Gary Mayes built the car. Bob has had it about six years and takes it out whenever he can, always with Gary in mind.
1933 Chevy Roadster
Greg & Dotty Meyer: Tigard, OR
This Kandy Tangerine 1933 Chevy started life as a three-window coupe, and was converted to a roadster way back in the ’70s. The Meyers bought it in 2000 and A&M Deluxe Customs built it to what you see here. Every body panel has been restyled. The updated chassis features a Kugel front suspension and Jag rear, and Toyo tires are mounted on 17- and 20-inch Billet Specialties five-spoke wheels. An Imagine Injection 8-stack system tops the LS6 engine. The mouth-watering two-tone leather interior includes a Glide bench, custom banjo wheel, and custom gauges.
1933 Ford Roadster
Harold Chapman: Florence, TX
Chapman always impresses with the outstanding rods he builds at Customs and Hot Rods of Andice. The original Henry Ford steel on this 1933 Ford roadster body was massaged to better-than-new condition before being painted with custom-mixed PPG copper. The frame is stock, but modified. A 4-inch dropped axle is mounted in front, with a 4-link suspended Ford 9-inch in the rear. The 550-horsepower Roush 427 engine is fed by Borla 8-stack injection. An inverted Studebaker gauge cluster with Classic Instruments gauges distinguishes the leather filled interior.
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