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Crazy 'Bout This Custom

From workhorse to show stopper, this pick up turned Traditional Custom is one for the books.  I saw this stunner at that show of shows, Custom Car Revival and instantly fell into deep envy.  More on that later, for now that Custom Car Revival.  Honestly, talk about the little show that could.  It could, it did and did it in spades.  When I said it took me over 5 hours to check out 200 or so rides, this is why.  Each was over the top with detail for days.  With this '51 Ford F1 though it's like extra credit customizing a Pick Up.

This beauty lovingly curated by Joe Santell made it's way to Edward's Drive all the way from the Keystone State and are we glad it did!  I could go on for days about the paint, the chop, the interior and all the custom chrome but for now I'll let the pics do the talkin'.  And these pic's be screaming volumes about this trick truck!

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Just can't get enough of this Custom Conveyance!

We have a B U S Y eight weeks ahead of us.  Stay tuned!

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Builders Showrooms "Pick of the Week" - Fastlane Rod Shop Roadster

This week's Builders Showroom "Pick of the Week" is brought to you by FastLane Rod Shop.  The gorgeous '32 Roadster rolled out of Dave Lane's Iowa shop a little over a year ago and is a sight to behold.  FastLane Rod Shop builds complete cars one at a time, yep you read that correctly one at a time.  This unique approach to car building has worked out extremely well for Lane and his customers.  His customers know that Dave is devoting his full attention to their build.  They know that their ride won't be put in the back burner for any reason and when you are waiting for your dream car to be built the luxury of Dave Lane's 100% attention is priceless.  Dave benefits from the one car at a time approach because from just about the get go his rides have been earning Dave heaps and I mean heaps of recognition.  More top 10's, top 5's and Pro's Picks than you can shake a stick at.  How about; Street Rod of the Year, 2012 Grand National Roadster Show builder of the Year, Hot Rod of the Year and the list just goes on and on.  So in my humble opinion, I would have to say that Dave Lane's approach to Hot Rod building is working out just fine for everyone! 

Now for a few deets on Dave's latest build the '32 Roadster.  The Roadsters power plant was built by Ed Pink racing engines.  According to Dave, "it's a well thought out 383 package - starts and runs like a basic small block. But this car is crazy fast."  I for one will take Dave's word on that but would love to see this baby in action!  It has a Hilborn Injection system and custom Billet valve covers made to look like Pink's stamped them back in the 60's.  Dave's son even made custom Pink's stickers for them.  Mixed steel and leather covered inserts were implemented for a basic and functional yet stunning interior.  The Roadster has meticulous chrome plating throughout. The frame was hard blocked "so there's not the tiniest ripple on any tube and even the area where the body sits on it is perfect."  The detail in the ride is endless.  And it is exactly that kind of attention to detail that a car built by Dave Lane at FastLane Rod Shop will get you.

Don't take my word for it, let your peepers roam over this gem from FastLane Rod Shop.  

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Have a look at some of the other fantastic builds FastLane has created in their Builders Showrooms All-In-One Social Media Gallery.

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Custom Car Revival 2017

Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawdy Miss Maudie, Custom Car Revival blew it out of the park like an intergalactic home run!  It was 100% Traditional Custom and it was 200% Awesome.  The unassuming parking lot at Edwards Drive-In turned into the epicenter of Traditional Customs this past Saturday and dang was it a great show.  About all I can say is, when was the last time you spent nearly 5 hours at a show where there were just about 200 cars. Ya, the cars were that awesome, ya it was THAT good.  

This show is all for the "love of Traditional Customs" and boy they were feeling the love at Edwards Drive - In Saturday at the 5th Annual running of this Revival.  The one of a kind beauties came in form coast to coast and these rides were representing.  That means there were tags from about 30 or so states.  Not too shabby for 200 rides.  Pretty strict rules at the revival, no: Street Rods, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Rat Rods, or Rat Rod Customs.  And no means no friends.  Want some more no's?  There was no convention and nothing commonplace with these Customs.  Frenched, chopped, channeled and sectioned were the mods du jour.  White walls ruled, grilles so in your face they were almost taunting you and oh that paint, candy colors as far as the eye could see.  However, paint or primer, if it was a Traditional Custom you were in.  At the CCR Traditional Custom yes everything else sorry Charlie.

This show was born out of an idea two friends, Kevin Anderson and Bob Davis, had few years ago.  They were longing for the “good ole days”, when custom cars were all the rage.  They thought maybe, just maybe, they could recreate (ahem, revive) the old fashioned outdoor style car show.  Those parking lot/dealer car lot shows that the 50's were all about.  Include a few like-minded folks and who knows what would happen.  Well five years later, we know what happens.  A totally unique, one of a kind show that people come from all across the country to enjoy happens, that's what.  

I'm afraid more words won't do these Customs justice so you are just going to have to take a look-see for yourself.  About all I can say is - Enjoy!  This show was ALL that and a bag of chip!

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Do yourself a favor and wander through the Most Recent Show Gallery for the Custom Car Revival.  I'm telling you, there ain't nothing like it out there and you're not gonna wanna miss a single pic from this show!

Oh ya, the summer is starting to heat up and if CCR is any indication of the kind of summer we're gonna have, it's gonna be a doozy!  Stay tuned.

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

Customs on my Mind

My bags are packed and I'm Indianapolis bound.  It's Custom Car Revival time and I can't wait.  Custom Car Revival is one of the Nation's premier Traditional Custom events.  And boy do they mean Traditional.  These are the real deal Customs, in fact Mr. Anderson claims that Custom Car Revival is the only 100% Traditional Custom show in the country.  Any who ..... heading off to this show of shows reminded me of some of the incredible Customs/Kustoms that I have encountered in my travels and this Buick screamed to the forefront of my memory.  She sure is a beaut and one heck of a Custom.  Take a gander.

If I had to describe this '47 Buick in one word it would have to be "exquisite" and that humdinger of a description just might be a first for me.  It's not all that often that you see a Roadmaster turned out like this and all I have to say is mega props to Chad Kolman and his 3 year project.  Just awesome, don't ya think?  Fab chop, and a nod to the Hirohota Merc with the window frames .... perfection.  A little birdie pointed out those grill teeth once graced a DeSoto, the bumper was born on a '57 Olds and those headlights came from a younger sib -  a '53 Buick.  Last but certainly not least, those sweet sweet Caddy Dagmars.  Yee doggy this is one fine ride!  

It was my good fortune to see this ride up close and personal at the KKOA Leadsled Spectacular.  Now cast your own eyeballs at this beauty and I do believe you'll agree with me, this is one for the books!

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By the by, rumor has it that each one of those upholstery buttons cost seveal bucks a piece and there are 2,684 give or take, Impala door panel buttons donning that beautiful interior.  Can you say money, money, money!  Can't wait to see what this year's Spectacular brings!  But before I hit KKOA I'll be at Edward's Drive-In enjoying the heck out of Custom Car Revival.  Stay tuned, CCR is gonna be epic!

Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!

It WAS Extreme

Now, ya'all remember that little show I went to a couple months back called the Detroit AutoRama.  Of course you do.  Well, down below the Cabo Center, beneath the Ridler contenders and the thousand or so other pristine show stoppers, there was another little show going on called AutoRama Extreme.  And Extreme it was.  This adjunct to AutoRama began a few years back as a way to include what some may call “the fringe element” in hot rodding.  And just where do you put your unruly teenagers?  Well in the basement of course.  Upstairs the posh presented their rides, downstairs it was an avant-garde, edgy dare I say extreme crowd.  AutoRama Extreme embraces the lifestyle of those folks who dig the early days of hot rodding.  There were even like minded vendors and artists.  In the land down below the adult beverages were flowing, rock and roll was blaring, tatoos were a showing and then there were the rides, rides, rides.  Each more unique than the next.  That's not to imply that the level of quality wasn't there, it was there and in droves.  For every polished to perfection ride upstairs, there was a down and dirty, real deal ride just an escalator ride away.  At the AutoRama Extreme there's a traditional, homegrown feel to the cars, not many trailer queens down yonder.  Believe it or not there was a mechanical elephant standing guard.  YIKES! I've got to say that elephant was one of the more "interesting" things I've ever seen at a show.  Needless to say I didn't linger long over that one!  AutoRama Extreme rumbled on for all three days and it was a hoot.  From refinement to ruckus, talk about going from one extreme to another!

They were exaggerated, edgy, some were even exorbitant but they were all extreme.  Now cast your eye at this bevy of automotive awesomeness otherwise know as the AutoRama Extreme.

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We have a couple hundred more pics in the Most Recent Show Gallery for you to paruse.  

Till the next time - Keep on Kruzin!