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When Mike "Pops" Walsh built his '32 Ford roadster pickup he went through every good shop in town with a big magnet. The first magnetic surface, a '32 chassis with a 3-inch stretch in wheelbase was sourced from Randy at Hot Rods & Customs of Escondido, California. For brakes, the '32 is running four Buick finned aluminum drums with adapters from Walden's. Under the custom hood made by Marcel and louvered by Eric Vaughn sits a 350-inch Chevrolet with a Lokar-shifted 700-R4, built by Jimmy G, and a Currie 9-inch rearend. A Walker radiator handles the cooling shores. The interior was done by Jack Weimer of Sun Valley, California, and sports Stewart-Warner gauges with a Moon tach. Mark at Bent Tubing of Chatsworth, California, plumbed the '32 with stainless steel lines that suck brake fluid from a custom-made set of reservoirs from Kugel Komponents. The bright yellow exterior features gold leaf and pinstripping by Tom "Itchy" Otis over the top. The layback windshield was done by Rick Rodwell, and the cherry wood bed with polished stainless steel skids was done by a friend of "Pops" he works with at the movie studios.
High Plains Drifter
A retired welder, Danny Bowman lives up on Southern California's high desert near the town of Apple Valley, and by the looks of things found himself with a little spare time on his hands. Danny said it all started when he drove down the hill to Long Beach, California, to attend the Veteran's swap meet, with the intention of finding a truck he could cruise Mojave Desert with. The search ended with Danny finding an '86 Chevy 4x4 that was in real nice condition. Life was good, Danny had a '55 Chevy Big-Window shortbed stepside with a 327 and a Muncie four-speed, and a good running Chevy 4x4 with a 350 automatic sitting side-by-side in his garage. Danny said one day he lifted the garage door open, and decided to go to town. Before it was all said and done the '55 was powered by an Edelbrock crate motor putting out 363 horsepower, with 405 lb-ft of torque. With an Edelbrock AFB carburetor sitting on top of an Edelbrock intake manifold and an Edelbrock camshaft one could say the motor is pure Edelbrock from top to bottom, except for an MSD distributor that is. Looking back at all of the work involved to swap the '55 to on top of the '86 4x4 Chevy chassis, Danny said it wasn't a cake walk, but now that it's done he really enjoys driving it.
"Ace" Gordon of Mesa, Arizona, bought his first '66 Chevy shortbed Fleetside when he was 18 years old, but by the time he was 23 he had to sell it to pay for a life form that was brewing in his wife, Rose's, belly. Around 18 years later the life form got big enough to move out, and the coast was clear for Ace to pick another '66 and start where he left off. Ace didn't have to look very far to find his second '66, it was an all-original example owned by a paint company rep that serviced the autobody shop where Ace works as a painter. It was in 1997 when Ace pulled the '66 down to the bare frame, and by 2000 the truck was ready to roll. Since 2000, the '66 has had four different engines in it, with the last one putting out around 425 horsepower. Other features include a beefed 700-R4 automatic transmission, disc brakes, and a set of 20-inch wheels. Look at the bed floor and you'll notice there's a healthy set of flames painted from one end to the other. Ace said "thanks to his good friends like the manager at his shop, and Bryan Waller with his shop Custom Autowork, his second '66 really turns a lot of heads."