Ride Of The Month Contest – May 2014
Each month the Cool Rides Online team and sponsors select FIVE cool rides to feature. The featured cars, trucks and bikes will each receive an award and care package filled with products valued at over $150. The featured rides compete against each other via online poll for the honor of being chosen as the Cool Rides Online, Ride of the Month! The ride of the month winner will receive a personalized award, additional apparel/product prizes and a chance to compete for the 2014 Ride of the Year!
Philip Martin’s 1978 Dodge B100 Van
Representing the STA-BIL® Brand Fuel Treatments
Our 1978 Dodge B100 van, Nautique, is the result of several decades of work. I bought her in 1980 and she has been a labor of love ever since. Her current name is based on our love of the ocean/beach. The engine was modified only slightly with Hedman headers, Borla exhaust, Edlebrock hi-rise intake, Holley 4bbl carb and braided stainless hose covers. The interior was done over in all wood to resemble the interior of a ship including the captain’s cabin. The dash and dog box (engine cover) are covered in sand. I also installed an Aiwa cd player, speakers, amps, etc. Exterior has running boards, flares, visor and Nor-Cal wing. Teal paint accented with striping and murals painted by Gavek’s Graphics. My parents love the sea and fishing. We dedicated the van to their memory. We have shown her all over at van shows and the Van Nats. She has won numerous awards and Best Theme 5 times. We have shown her at Motorama and recently she was in an exhibit at the AACA museum in Hershey, PA for 6 months last year.
Al Young’s 1971 Plymouth Cuda
Representing 104+ Octane Boost
I still own my very first car; it’s a 1971 Plymouth Cuda 340/727 automatic with 3:91’s in the rear. When I bought it back in 1977, it was originally plum crazy purple, white top, rare bench bucket seat in white, column shifted automatic, original shaker hood car with the optional early model go-wing spoiler. It was redone in 1987 for shows it is now Black cherry in color, white roll and pleated interior, B&M floor shifted manual reverse automatic Trans with 4:86’s in the rear. It also has the complete front and rear suspension chromed. It still looks the same in 2014 as it was back in 1987 with the cragar pro-tech wheels, with old school flair. My car can be seen in the background of a Music Video from a New York Band The Dirty Pearls…the song is Who’s coming back to who? Check it out on Youtube along with the making of parts 1-4 videos. The car is now retired from the show circuit but still enjoys the casual cruise and shows. I still love this car after all these years
Steven Dahl’s 1953 Chevrolet 210
Representing Iso-HEET® Brand Fuel Treatments
I am the 2nd owner and I bought it with 34K miles. It was from Oklahoma with no rust. The last year it was driven prior to my buying it was 1964. It was a 6, stick. Now a 375hp, 350 with a 700R4 with racing clutches and gears. It currently has 373 posi. The green is a custom green metallic. The car has won many shows in its class. I love to drive this car as much as I can in the summer. Today it has 62K miles on it. I do burn rubber with it quite often. It was built to burn!
James Reckhouse’s 1966 Plymouth Belvedere
Representing Start Your Engines!® Fuel System Revitalizer
This is a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere II, original 383, original 4 speed, Hedman headers with 3″ dual exhaust, manual steering, manual brakes. It was originally a silver car. The interior remains original. This is my dream car, but my career in the Navy for the last 25 years has prevented me from having the time. I’m currently in my last tour before retirement so last year I made the dream come true!
Randy Wilkin’s 1946 Studebaker M5 Pickup
This is my 1946 Studebaker pickup that started out as a $99 M16 1 1/2 ton dually flatbed. Now sits on a shortened Chevy 1/2 ton frame , has power disc brakes , power steering with a S10 tilt wheel column, Motor is a 4 bolt 355 , trans is a 700r4 , rear is a 3:73 12 bolt limited slip. Has Camaro block hugger headers, magnaflow mufflers, Homebuilt bed and tail gate, Wood in bed (mounting screws do not go thru floor) has Vintage air, heat, and defrost. Drove 2000 miles round trip to get my $99 truck (Hillsboro ,Ohio to Logan ,Kansas).Fred Kidder Jr. , did the body work and paint and took the truck way above my expectations . Rick Frutrell did the interior. Had help from work (ABX Air in Wilmington, Ohio). The picture submitted was taken when driving from Hillsboro,Ohio to South Bend ,Indiana to the 2012 Studebaker International Meet . This is my favorite picture of my truck. I was the only bid, truck would have been scrapped if I hadn’t bid, I think it got a second life.